Cork Jazz Festival

The Cork Jazz Festival was celebrating its 50th anniversary on the 27th October. It is an annual music festival held in Cork City, always held in late October. The first festival began on Friday, 27 October 1978, and has taken place every year since. Impressive, right? It is Ireland’s biggest jazz event and attracts hundreds […]

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unicycle the wild atlantic way

Unicycle the Wild Atlantic Way

To unicycle around Ireland has always been a dream of mine. My name is Anais Charbin. I was brought up in a family of adventurous travellers in France. I started to travel alone at an early age, from humanitarian missions to road trips, from Africa to Asia, and through Europe and Canada. As a fervent […]

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Volunteer Profile – Mags Collins

Mags Collins was our previous chairperson. She took time out from her hectic travel itinerary to talk to us about all things youth hostelling. 1. What makes our mission meaningful to you? I would love to see all young people doing what I did when I was young, being outside, doing sports and interacting with other […]

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sleep for peace workshop

Sleep For Peace Workshop

Our Sleep For Peace workshop facilitator, Deirdre Quinlan will be visiting hostels in Killarney and Errigal and working with young people this September. We asked her to tell us how the Sleep For Peace workshops will help young people explore the issues raised by intercultural encounters. Diversity The concept of diversity is at the core […]

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Sleep For Peace 2017

Young People on the Move On the 21st day of September An Óige, the United Nations (UN) and Hosteling International (HI) will join forces again to celebrate Sleep For Peace 2017.  ‘What’s that?’, you may wonder.  Well, Sleep for Peace is a global initiative set up by HI back in 2013 – which reinforces a […]

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Sleep for Peace 2017

Sleep for Peace is back! What the hell is that I hear you cry?! Look no further for all the answers! In 1981 the United Nations unanimously established September 21st as the International Day of Peace. “Peace Day” gives everyone a specific time to commit to global peace and a chance to contribute to a […]

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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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Supporting Youth Travel with ISSU

  On June 1st  An Óige, the Irish Youth Hostel Association, and the Irish Second-Level Students Union, launched their new partnership to make summer getaways in Ireland more affordable and accessible for students. In recent years An Óige has been reaching out to even more young people, to encourage them to explore and travel around […]

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AN ÓIge squadron

An Óige Squadron

Like many other nations in World War 2, Ireland organised itself to defend the country against foreign invasion (although they were not sure who was going to invade – Britain or Germany). As a relatively new organisation with an active membership, An Óige was keen to be of service. When a call was put out […]

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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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