An Óige are pleased to announce that they have a new franchise hostel opening in Cork City on April 8th. Popular city centre hostel, Sheila’s Hostel will take over from the Cork International Hostel as An Óige’s premier city centre hostel in Cork.
Marketing Manager Roy Murray said “We have been waiting six years to acquire a new franchise here as we have seen the growth in international youth travel to Cork City. Since we first started thinking about it, Sheila’s was the hostel that we wanted to work with. What attracted us to Sheila’s Hostel, apart from their city centre location on Belgrave Place and modern amenities like cinema and sauna, was the building itself. We love buildings with character and heritage.
Sheila’s Hostel was originally a school. In typical Cork fashion it has a rebellious story. It was run by Moira and Eithne McSwiney who used the building as the first non-church run education establishment in Cork in 1916. They were sisters of the Mayor of Cork, Terence McSwiney who died on hunger strike during the Irish War of Independence. Liam Maher’s family opened the first independent hostel in Cork City on this street in the 80s and this building was the ideal location when they wanted to expand in the 90s.
Sheila’s Hostel will replace popular Cork International Hostel which is finally closing its doors after being in operation since 1958 on Western Road. The An Óige team want to take this opportunity to thank hostel managers Billy and Breda Noonan who have looked after Cork International Hostel since 1985. They would also like to welcome the staff of Sheila’s Hostel to the Irish Youth Hostel Association network and wish them as much success in the future.