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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Glenveagh Gardens

Glenveagh Castle & Park

5 reasons to visit Glenveagh Castle Glenveagh Castle is one of our favourite things to do in Donegal when we visit our hostels in Donegal. We never tire of it.  While the county is big enough and wild enough to warrant a lifetime of exploration and is forever throwing up new places to visit, Glenveagh […]

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killarney park

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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signs on burren

Mysterious dogs and baby goats on the Burren

  The Burren is a national park located in county Clare, in between the cities of Galway and Limerick. Its name comes from the Irish word “Boíreann” which literally translated to rocky place; describing the area perfectly well. We arrived in the Burren national park on our 4th day of our Wild Atlantic Way road-trip. […]

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sunset

Unknown Waymont…

  Waymont was another thing that just came in our way while we were driving along the Wild Atlantic Way! We arrived at Dún Chaoin hostel around noon and we were up for a hike in the neighborhood. The weather was perfect, the sun was shining and I was even walking on my flip-flops with […]

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