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Gaisce Adventure Challenge Partner

An Óige have announced that they will be the new Gaisce Adventure Challenge Partner in Wicklow this week. The new partnership will bring young people on mountain treks across the Dublin and Wicklow Mountains in future. For 20 years, An Óige volunteers have been leading free hikes for young people from their hostels. The volunteers […]

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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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BRIDGET CANTWELL

Staff Profile – Bridget Cantwell

Bridget Cantwell works in the Reservations Department in Head Office in Dublin where she takes care of reservations for our volunteer hostels, franchise hostels and Hostelling International Groups. We sat down with her for a cup of tea and a chat to see what she is like when she is not chasing hostel managers on […]

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Domhnall at Victoria Falls

Board Member Domhnall Egan

This month our Fireside chat is with An Óige board member Domhnall Egan. We caught up with him after one of our board committee meetings. 1. What makes our mission meaningful to you? Hosteling offers young people who aren’t into the traditional sports, games and groups an opportunity to explore the world, meet new people […]

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Volunteer Award for Gaisce Guide

Cyril McFeeney was the first recipient of a Volunteer Award last week in An Óige. Amazingly, we have never done them before. In the old days hostelers had a duty they had to perform in order to stay in a hostel. There was an expectation that a stay in a hostel involved helping to keep […]

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Knockree Nature Conservation Management Plan

Back in Autumn 2016, volunteers from Knockree Conservation Group collected seed from local plants which they hope to grow on in a small tree/plant nursery at the back of the Knockree Youth Hostel in the Wicklow Mountains. These plants of local provenance will be used in the restoration of some of the hedgerow on the […]

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First Gaisce Bronze Adventure

Our class arrived in Kilmashogue Forest car park at around 11am. For some it was their first spanning view of Dublin city.  By this stage of transition year we were a pretty close knit group, teachers included.  The 30 or so students who gathered amongst the few cars at Kilmashogue were the ones who had […]

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Cycling from Galway to Killary Harbour

We catch up with Karli the Australian cyclist as she moves on into the last stage of her trip, going from Galway to Killary Harbour. I awoke in the early morn to find the sweet robins singing praise to the new day were replaced with regret and the loud bodily functions of fellow lodgers. Today’s cycle was going […]

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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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2017 Conservation Plans for An Óige

An Óige have prepared their 2017 Conservation Plans. The organisation has recently strengthened its commitment to the preservation of our natural environment by including it as one of its strategic goals going into the future. The aim is to provide people with opportunities to learn about nature and do some practical conservation work, especially at […]

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