Sleep for Peace 2017

Sleep for Peace is back! What the hell is that I hear you cry?! Look no further for all the answers! In 1981 the United Nations unanimously established September 21st as the International Day of Peace. “Peace Day” gives everyone a specific time to commit to global peace and a chance to contribute to a […]

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Crash Course: Hosteling

Crash course: Hosteling – How to make the most out of it?  ”Hosteling is an experience everyone should try at least once in their life.” – Yours truly It all started nine months ago with me trying to find an internship. With a little luck I stumbled across a great spot – the An Óige marketing team… […]

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Knockree Webinar

A few weeks ago, members of the An Óige team conducted a Webinar regarding the Conservation Plan for our site at Knockree Hostel in Enniskerry, County Wicklow. The Five-Year Conservation Plan was officially launched by the Minister of State for Food, Forestry and Horticulture, Andrew Doyle TD, in March earlier this year. The primary focus […]

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Hostel Companion Application

Everyone needs a hostel companion for an adventure. Someone who has got your back and who can remember the way home if you suddenly lose the run of yourself (which can happen to the best of us) and you forget where you are. Most of us just find these special people by chance. To speed […]

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Board Profile – Sarah Johnston

Sarah Johnston, one of our board members, is a hosteller who is not afraid to think outside of the box and speak her mind. In this interview you can read about her experiences, opinions on environmental issues and the problems facing our youth today and the things she considers the small pleasures in life. 1. […]

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Hostels in Ireland in Spring

One of the questions we always get in An Óige High Command is what to expect in the hostels in Ireland in Spring. What will the weather be like, what is there to do, where are the best places to explore near the hostels? With 24 hostels in the network and a diverse bunch of […]

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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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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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