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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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Karli in Delphi Valley & Westport

The next part of my journey would take me to Westport in County Mayo through the gorgeous Delphi Valley.  There were no cars in sight just me, my bike and sheep on a lonely stretch of road peacefully cycling through a valley of mountains. You don’t realize how few songs you know all the words to […]

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Irish Christmas Traditions

Irish Christmas Traditions

‘Tis that jolly time of the year once again, and you can bet this Colombian intern in Dublin is looking forward to experiencing Irish Christmas traditions for the first time! I’ve done a little research to find out what Christmas means to the Irish, and this is what I’ve found out so far about holiday […]

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Cycling along the Clare Coast

Cycling along the Clare coast would take Karli the Australian cyclist from Quilty to Doolin on her first leg of the journey. Along the way, she would experience the differences in the Irish landscape. She would see cute cottages, huge cliffs, gloomy waves and deep caves. She would also experience the famous Irish hospitality in […]

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First Impressions of Ireland

When you are coming from Australia to cycle along the Wild Atlantic Way you have to first get used to the Irish landscape (or you’ll fall off the bike looking at all the green fields). Luckily for Karli, the intrepid Ozzie cyclist, she had relatives in Tipperary who could take her in and allow her […]

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Why I chose to cycle the wild atlantic way

G’day fellow travellers. My name is Karli and I’m a 25 year old from Brisbane, Australia and I am on a mission to cycle the Wild Atlantic Way. I have wanted to visit Ireland for as long as I can remember. My interest in Ireland came initially from…please don’t judge me…Enya. My mum refused to […]

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Volunteer Hostels

 Are you able for the Volunteer Hostel experience? Our volunteer hostels are open every day for the summer season now. Now is the time for you to discover what you are really made of! Do you think you can throw yourself into some real hostelling experiences, ones that are so special and different that will […]

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A detour from Cork to Black Valley Hostel

  Stunning mountain roads, seaside villages and calm rivers. March 13 marked my birthday and the second day of our 9 day long road trip along the Wild Atlantic Way. A great way to celebrate if I say so! I am ever so lucky that Imke has such a great internship and I get to […]

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