Over 85 Years Young and counting….

For over 85 years now, An Óige – the Irish Youth Hostel Association has been providing safe, affordable accommodation and travel experiences to those travelling Ireland as backpackers, groups, or families. It is a non-profit organisation with a focus on its guests and providing the best budget accommodation in Ireland as is possible.

About An Oige

Since its inception in 1931, An Óige has expanded and added hostels and franchise hostels to its network as well as losing some hostels due to wear and tear and various incidents along the way!

Now, over 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. Nowadays hostels range from high quality city centre buildings with hundreds of beds to small rustic hostels in rural settings.

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, offers more than 4,000 hostels in over 90 countries.

The Aims of An Óige

An Óige, the Irish Youth Hostel Association has as its charitable aims the following:

  1. 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.
  2. To foster an appreciation of the Irish cultural and historical heritage
  3. To co-operate with other organisations for the following purposes:
    • (a)    to preserve the beauties of the countryside.
    • (b)    to secure and mark rights of way and other foot paths.
  4. To co-operate with kindred associations in other countries.
  5. To take any other steps calculated to further such objectives.

We feel these aims remain largely relevant today and should remain at the heart of what An Óige is all about.

Our most recent Annual General Meeting took place on Wednesday 26th April 2017 at 8pm in Dublin International Hostel.


National Council

  • Tricia Boyle
  • Norman Campion
  • Frank Dempsey
  • Billy Duffin
  • Dave Fadden (President)
  • George King
  • Stephen Lyons
  • Darragh McArdle
  • Marie McDonnell
  • Patsy Moloney
  • Josephine O’ Byrne
  • Sean Quinn

Council Group Representatives:

Cork Club – Aodhan Quinlan

Hillwalkers Club – Jim Barry

Photographic Group – Caith Ui Cinneide

Environment Group – Patricia Goodman

Newcomers – Eilis Ryan

Friends of Glenmalure – Joan Tattan


  • Darragh Miller (Chairperson)
  • Maria Shanahan (Vice-Chairperson)
  • Marie McDonnell (Company Secretary)
  • Heather Boyle
  • Domhnall Egan
  • Johana Ferriere
  • Tony Graham
  • Philip Hayden
  • Sarah Johnston
  • Peter Silvester
  • David Owens (CEO)

Child Protection Policy

Annual Accounts

If you have any queries about An Óige or wish to learn more about the organisation, please contact us directly and we’ll do our best to help you out!