Bring Back Bees Programme

In designing a programme for promoting pollinators it seemed logical to call it the Bring Back Bees programme. For one thing such a name opens the door for our marketing department to use as many bee related puns as they can dredge up from their hive mind. More importantly, the Bring Back Bees programme is…

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Festivals in Ireland

How better to enjoy the summer than spending a day outside, listening to great music with your friends. Festival season has started and therefore there are plenty to choose from. Our intern Laura has selected the festivals around the country that she feels shouldn’t be missed. Life Festival 25 – 27 May Life Festival has…

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Coming to Killarney

Coming up in Killarney at the end of the winter does feel like coming back home and it makes you feel relaxed instantly. The mysterious atmosphere of the clouds hanging around the mountains and the silence that can be experienced going up there is incredible. Since the tourism season hadn’t started yet, the area was…

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Engagement at Glenmalure

Glenmalure Youth Hostel in Co. Wicklow recently had cause for celebration when it saw the engagement of a young Polish couple take place within its walls. Ania travelled all the way to Ireland from Gdańsk in Poland to meet her partner of 3-years, Adam, to spend some quality time together when the couple decided to go…

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Best Storm Emma Pictures

It’s been 2 weeks since Storm Emma hit Ireland and we felt the full force of the Beast from the East. While the majority of the country was hit by several feet of snow, power outages, and water restrictions, it did make for some absolutely stunning images. We searched hard and long and have found…

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International Women’s Day – Maria Shanahan

In honour of International Women’s Day, our Vice-Chairperson, Maria Shanahan, was kind enough to sit down and discuss her role with An Óige, her history with our organisation, and how she became our vice-chairperson. Maria with An Óige Chairperson, Darragh Miller. I was 15 when I first stayed in a hostel. In transition year, my class…

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An Óige Environmental Week

An Óige – Irish Youth Hostel Association recently held our very first An Óige Environmental Week as a way to promote the importance of conservation and environmental awareness to the public, as well as promoting the role that An Óige plays in the conservation of nature in Ireland. Over the course of the week we…

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