Halloween List

Halloween 2017

Halloween 2017 is a little under a week away. The fright fest will, as always, take place on 31st October, which this year falls on a Tuesday. One of the biggest and busiest nights of the year, this year is sure to be no different with a large number of events taking place all across […]

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CULTURE NIGHT 2017

Culture Night 2017

Culture Night 2017 is on Friday September 22nd this year. This is the 13th year of free activities and events around Ireland during September and it is growing bigger and better. As usual we asked our staff what they recommend near our hostels in Ireland and below is the list of their suggestions for Culture […]

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Bracken Trampling Volunteers

  We are looking for Bracken Trampling Volunteers. With the success of our ongoing conservation work in Wicklow we are holding another bracken trampling event at Knockree Youth Hostel at 11am on Saturday the 29th of July. We are looking for volunteers to do some bracken trampling for a few hours (or whatever time you […]

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Knockree Webinar

A few weeks ago, members of the An Óige team conducted a Webinar regarding the Conservation Plan for our site at Knockree Hostel in Enniskerry, County Wicklow. The Five-Year Conservation Plan was officially launched by the Minister of State for Food, Forestry and Horticulture, Andrew Doyle TD, in March earlier this year. The primary focus […]

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Gaisce: The benefits of learning

Earlier this year An Óige teamed up with Gaisce – The President’s Award to become official Challenge Partners. Doing the Gaisce gives you the potential to learn a huge amount skills you might never have thought would be useful. An Óige volunteers have been ensuring young people and teachers make it back from their Bronze […]

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geocaching

Geocaching near Hostels in Ireland

People come to Hostels in Ireland for a number of different reasons. One of the latest activities that attracts people is geocaching. This is a high tech global scavenger hunt which involves looking for hidden treasure while following directions from satellites in space. Our hostels are perfect bases for this new pursuit. Flip the Switch […]

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A Day in Galway City

It’s nearly impossible to walk down the Latin Quarter in Galway City without these famous lines coming to mind: Well, I took a stroll on the old long walk of a day -I-ay-I-ay…. You have to be one kind of a town to have a song written after you; the likes of Chicago, New York […]

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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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First Impressions of Dublin

First impressions can tell a lot about people and their culture if you take note. Being in Dublin for my semester abroad, I’ve discovered so far that the Irish are (obviously) kind, friendly and open, but also patient, detail-oriented and have a great sense of humor. When I was asked to write a piece about my […]

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Exhibition of Photography

  The 78th Annual Competition & Exhibition of Photography!   The An Óige Photographic Group is an amateur group catering for photographers since 1938 – it’s the longest running activity group within An Óige. Our Group meets every Wednesday night organizing digital presentations, lectures, Club Nights and a Photographic League for its members. Our premises is […]

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