Clubs, Volunteers, Projects & Networks!
An Óige is much more than cheap accommodation in Ireland! Read on to see just how…
The Association has a Sunday Hiking Club, An Óige Hillwalkers Club, An Óige Cycling Club, Photography Club and the An Óige Conservation Club.
Check out the An Óige Event Calendar to see what’s up-and-coming including Weekly Hikes, Overseas Trips and Cycling trips.
Give Us a Break Project
We also organise a “Give Us a Break” project – sponsored by Provident Financial for primary schools. We have sent over 1500 funded young people for a school holiday with bed and board and activities too! That’s a lot of happy faces with help from our partners Provident Financial!
Our Selfless Volunteers!
We have many volunteers that selflessly give hundreds of hours towards supporting An Óige, helping with running some of the hostels and their maintence to organising walks and hikes and much more. If you wish to sign up to help out, contact our office.
What’s behind An Óige?
“An Óige” is Gaelige for “The Youth” which explains the main objective of An Óige which is:
To help all, but especially young people, to a love and appreciation of the countryside, particularly by providing simple hostel accommodation for them whilst on their travels.
An Óige is a non-profit membership organisation founded in 1931 to encourage youths to appreciate the Irish countryside and Irish culture through hostelling.
Now, nearly 85 years on, we have 24 youth hostels located countrywide providing budget, good quality accommodation for travellers just like yourself, looking for adventure and fun. As of 2015, An Óige consists of 24 youth hostels around Ireland, with 10 of its own hostels and 14 franchise hostels of varying standards and locations around the Republic of Ireland. Nowadays hostels range from high quality city centre buildings with hundreds of beds to small hostels in rural settings.
Worldwide Network of Quality Hostels
An Óige is part of a worldwide network of national organisations belonging to the International Youth Hostel Federation (IYHF). This entire network, known as Hostelling International (www.hihostels.com), offers more than 4,000 hostels in over 90 countries.