Hellfire Club

The Hell Fire Club situated on the top of Montpelier Hill in the Dublin mountains has been a popular destination for family outings for generations of Dubliners. It’s a challenging climb to get to the top but once you do get there, you are richly rewarded by spectacular panoramic views over Dublin city and its […]

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An Óige Squadron

Like many other nations in World War 2, Ireland organised itself to defend the country against foreign invasion (although they were not sure who was going to invade – Britain or Germany). As a relatively new organisation with an active membership, An Óige was keen to be of service. When a call was put out […]

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Dublin Bay Conservation

In a city where the mountains meet the sea, Dublin Bay conservation is always an important issue for our members. We were delighted when members of the An Óige Conservation Group and some of our hostel managers recently attended the Dublin Bay Biosphere conference  which was held in University College Dublin on Wednesday the 26th […]

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Places to visit in the Boyne Valley

Best places to visit in the Boyne Valley A couple of weeks ago we went on a short two day trip to the Boyne valley, a place most well-known for Newgrange. There is a lot to be seen in the area that can be traced back to Ireland’s ancient past. The Newgrange tomb is 400 […]

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Glenveagh Castle & Park

5 reasons to visit Glenveagh Castle Glenveagh Castle is one of our favourite things to do in Donegal when we visit our hostels in Donegal. We never tire of it.  While the county is big enough and wild enough to warrant a lifetime of exploration and is forever throwing up new places to visit, Glenveagh […]

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Rebel Hostels in Ireland

There are plenty of rebel hostels in Ireland – buildings that have direct links to the 1916 Rising and its aftermath. In this article we turn our attention to our hostels which have rebel connections with that period of Irish history. Rebel Hostels in Wicklow Glenmalure Hostel in County Wicklow is in mountain country. It […]

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10 interesting facts about Brú na Boinne

Probably the most interesting facts about Brú na Boinne are that they are older than Stonehenge and the Pyramids and they are aligned with the winter solstice, but that is only half the story. There is a lot more to them than meets the eye. 1. The megamounds of Knowth, Dowth and Newgrange are well […]

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Gruesome History of Dublin

The gruesome history of Dublin could fill a number of blogposts. It seems like every corner you turn has another bloody deed or strange happening. We asked our members and staff what were the spookiest bits of history that they knew about Dublin and we were surprised by what they came back to us with. […]

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The Ghosts of Glenmalure

Glenmalure Hostel is one of our most hidden hostels in Ireland. It attracts seasoned travellers who like to ramble across the vast solitude of the Wicklow Hills. Weary hikers who roam about the hills of Wicklow are delighted when they reach our back to basics hostel where the conversation keeps going as long as the […]

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The Legend of the Rock of Cashel

If you have ever been down at our Cashel hostel you will be familiar with the Rock of Cashel. No matter which direction you approach from it sticks out on the landscape. There is a strange story about how exactly it came to be there and in typical An Óige fashion, the legend of the […]

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