Cork Jazz Festival

The Cork Jazz Festival was celebrating its 50th anniversary on the 27th October. It is an annual music festival held in Cork City, always held in late October. The first festival began on Friday, 27 October 1978, and has taken place every year since. Impressive, right? It is Ireland’s biggest jazz event and attracts hundreds […]

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Volunteer Profile – Mags Collins

Mags Collins was our previous chairperson. She took time out from her hectic travel itinerary to talk to us about all things youth hostelling. 1. What makes our mission meaningful to you? I would love to see all young people doing what I did when I was young, being outside, doing sports and interacting with other […]

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Sleep for Peace 2017

Sleep for Peace is back! What the hell is that I hear you cry?! Look no further for all the answers! In 1981 the United Nations unanimously established September 21st as the International Day of Peace. “Peace Day” gives everyone a specific time to commit to global peace and a chance to contribute to a […]

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Crash Course: Hosteling

Crash course: Hosteling – How to make the most out of it?  ”Hosteling is an experience everyone should try at least once in their life.” – Yours truly It all started nine months ago with me trying to find an internship. With a little luck I stumbled across a great spot – the An Óige marketing team… […]

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Staff Profile – Kristina Ferry

We have the chats with Kristina Ferry who is one of the staff in Errigal Youth Hostel in Dunlewey Co. Donegal 1.What three traits define you? Patient, funny and outspoken. 2. What is your personal philosophy? “You don’t kick me off” was an advice I got once a long time ago from a coach when […]

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Hostel Companion Application

Everyone needs a hostel companion for an adventure. Someone who has got your back and who can remember the way home if you suddenly lose the run of yourself (which can happen to the best of us) and you forget where you are. Most of us just find these special people by chance. To speed […]

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World Environmental Day

World Environmental Day, in special honour of our life sponsor: Planet Earth.     Let’s start with a brief overview of what this day is all about… World Environment Day (WED) – 5th of June every year, so for all of you nature lovers, put it in your calendar. This day is all about encouraging environmental […]

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Connemara in Springtime

  Connemara in springtime is now sitting on our doorstep and it’s the time of year to plan the next adventure. You could do worse than head for Connemara where the water and the sky mix in the sunlight. Come with us to view this fairy tale landscape. 1. Firstly, we start off with a […]

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Earth Day 2017

Since 1970, April 22nd has been assigned as Earth Day, the day when everyone is urged to take action to solve the major environmental issues facing the world. For example, the landmark climate protection Paris Agreement was signed by some 175 countries, including Ireland, on Earth Day 2016. The theme for this year’s Earth Day was […]

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Hostels in Ireland in Spring

One of the questions we always get in An Óige High Command is what to expect in the hostels in Ireland in Spring. What will the weather be like, what is there to do, where are the best places to explore near the hostels? With 24 hostels in the network and a diverse bunch of […]

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