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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 near Forests in Ireland

Today is International Day of Forests and the theme this year is “Forests and Energy“. Along with being sources of renewable energy, the forests of Ireland have a unique atmosphere about them. Without going full-hippy they have a character about them that is different to the open trails or the mountains. It may be because of […]

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Knockree Conservation Plan Launch

Today An Óige, the Irish Youth Hostel Association announce their plan to officially launch their Five Year Conservation Plan for their Knockree Youth Hostel site on March 10th by the Minister of State for Food, Forestry and Horticulture, Andrew Doyle T.D. An Óige bought the 24 hectare site in 1938. They transformed the original hostel […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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