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Volunteer profile – George King

  George King, former president of An Óige would like to share his final words of wisdom before stepping  down. 1. What makes our mission meaningful to you? Seeing so many people young, and not so young, utilizing  the facilities and the opportunities we present to explore and  enjoy the countryside. 2. What was your highpoint […]

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Staff Profile – Annemarie Lambe

This month we catch up with Annemarie Lambe who until recently was one of the longest serving staff members in Head Office in the accounts department. What three traits define you? Loyalty, Kindness, Determination.  What is your personal philosophy? I don’t like drama; I need calm in my life.  What’s one thing you couldn’t live without? Breakfast; […]

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Volunteer Profile – Billy Duffin

”Life is short, so we must make it count!” – Some inspirational words from Billy Duffin, a true Irishman whose soft spots include a pint of Guinness and a breathtaking view of the Glenmalure Valley. 1. What three traits define you?  Stubborn, listener, joker. 2. What is your personal philosophy?  We only get one life so […]

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Earth Day 2017

Since 1970, April 22nd has been assigned as Earth Day, the day when everyone is urged to take action to solve the major environmental issues facing the world. For example, the landmark climate protection Paris Agreement was signed by some 175 countries, including Ireland, on Earth Day 2016. The theme for this year’s Earth Day was […]

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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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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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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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First Impressions of Dublin

First impressions can tell a lot about people and their culture if you take note. Being in Dublin for my semester abroad, I’ve discovered so far that the Irish are (obviously) kind, friendly and open, but also patient, detail-oriented and have a great sense of humor. When I was asked to write a piece about my […]

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