knockree butterfly and bee on flower

Knockree Nature Conservation Management Plan

Back in Autumn 2016, volunteers from Knockree Conservation Group collected seed from local plants which they hope to grow on in a small tree/plant nursery at the back of the Knockree Youth Hostel in the Wicklow Mountains. These plants of local provenance will be used in the restoration of some of the hedgerow on the […]

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Me sitting on Ben Lettery mountain

Cycling from Galway to Killary Harbour

We catch up with Karli the Australian cyclist as she moves on into the last stage of her trip, going from Galway to Killary Harbour. I awoke in the early morn to find the sweet robins singing praise to the new day were replaced with regret and the loud bodily functions of fellow lodgers. Today’s cycle was going […]

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Glendalough

Wicklow Way Bus Tour

Wicklow Way Bus Tour If you had to think about Ireland as a color, what color would that be? Let me go ahead and guess and say you thought about the color green. Of course you did, and not without a reason! Ireland is known, among other things, for its magnificent green landscapes and scenery. That being […]

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HELLEBORINE

2017 Conservation Plans for An Óige

An Óige have prepared their 2017 Conservation Plans. The organisation has recently strengthened its commitment to the preservation of our natural environment by including it as one of its strategic goals going into the future. The aim is to provide people with opportunities to learn about nature and do some practical conservation work, especially at […]

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universal design in errigal

Errigal Design Challenge

Last weekend saw the start of the Errigal Design Challenge which is a collaboration between An Óige and Griffith College of Interior Design. 24 students from the Griffith College of Interior Design headed for the hills of Donegal with their lecturers looking for inspiration to help us change the layout of our rooms. This project […]

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Dublin Bay

Dublin Bay Conservation

In a city where the mountains meet the sea, Dublin Bay conservation is always an important issue for our members. We were delighted when members of the An Óige Conservation Group and some of our hostel managers recently attended the Dublin Bay Biosphere conference  which was held in University College Dublin on Wednesday the 26th […]

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Brisbane to Nenagh map

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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knockree conservation volunteers

Knockree Conservation Volunteers

Since we last met, the An Óige Conservation Group they have been busy as bees with their green efforts around Knockree Hostel. While their woodland area has been the main focus of attention in the past, in recent years it became obvious that the remaining three quarters of the site (18 Ha / 45acres) needed […]

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sale of glenasmole valley

Sale of Glenasmole Valley

The recent news about the sale of Glenasmole Valley by NAMA in the Dublin Mountains has upset many people who enjoy the outdoors in the Dublin/Wicklow region. After an online petition was circulated to the public it looks like action may be taken to resolve the matter. In the meantime, we strongly urge our government […]

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wicklow way

Walking the Wicklow Way

One of our members got in touch with us last year because they wanted to write a piece for our blog about their latest adventure.We are always looking for hostellers to share their stories with us so we were delighted. Introducing Sheila Kilduff… So finally after years of living on its doorstep I managed to […]

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