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8 Tips for your Gaisce Adventure Journey

The Gaisce Adventure Journey is often the most intimidating and fondly remembered part of the entire Gaisce experience. An Óige has recently teamed up with Gaisce to help cater for those doing the Adventure Journey for the Bronze award. If you’re not used to being active outdoors you could be nervous about experiencing the wilds […]

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Hostels near Forests in Ireland

Today is International Day of Forests and the theme this year is “Forests and Energy“. Along with being sources of renewable energy, the forests of Ireland have a unique atmosphere about them. Without going full-hippy they have a character about them that is different to the open trails or the mountains. It may be because of […]

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Staff Profile – Edward Wallace

Edward Wallace works in Errigal Youth Hostel in one of the coolest places on the planet. We sent him a list of questions to see what he was up to when he is not waiting to welcome youth groups from all over the world. 1. What three traits define you? Passionate, reliable & avid tea […]

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Women in hostels in Ireland

Today is International Women’s Day. The theme this year is Be Bold for Change. So we have resident history geek and marketing ninja, Kate Cowan digging in to our history to discover what attracts women to hostels in Ireland and how they have achieved change by being bold. Founder Women in Hostels Thekla Beere was […]

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Knockree Conservation Plan Launch

Today An Óige, the Irish Youth Hostel Association announce their plan to officially launch their Five Year Conservation Plan for their Knockree Youth Hostel site on March 10th by the Minister of State for Food, Forestry and Horticulture, Andrew Doyle T.D. An Óige bought the 24 hectare site in 1938. They transformed the original hostel […]

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Karli in Delphi Valley & Westport

The next part of my journey would take me to Westport in County Mayo through the gorgeous Delphi Valley.  There were no cars in sight just me, my bike and sheep on a lonely stretch of road peacefully cycling through a valley of mountains. You don’t realize how few songs you know all the words to […]

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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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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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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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