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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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Youth Travel

Despite recent fake news, we are more dedicated than ever to providing opportunities for affordable youth travel in Ireland. Providing young people with the opportunity to explore Ireland is one of the main reasons why An Óige exists. We were set up in 1931 to help young people travel in Ireland and we still have […]

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An Aosta

After 86 years of providing safe accommodation for young people, The Irish Youth Hostel Association will rebrand this year as An Aosta, which translates to “The Older”. After several difficult years, through recessions and depressions, An Óige has made this decision in an effort to cater exclusively to the over 35s market. An Óige’s current […]

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12 Travel Tips for Young People in Ireland

Travel tips for young people in Ireland tend to concentrate on the over 25s with plenty of money. Younger people tend to be forgotten about when it comes to travel. No more. We think Ireland is one of the most amazing countries in the world to explore for under 25s. You can’t get closer. It […]

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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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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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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 Gaisce Bronze Adventure

Our class arrived in Kilmashogue Forest car park at around 11am. For some it was their first spanning view of Dublin city.  By this stage of transition year we were a pretty close knit group, teachers included.  The 30 or so students who gathered amongst the few cars at Kilmashogue were the ones who had […]

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Gaisce PAL Training

Gaisce PAL Training

This September saw two of our Head Office staff make the short journey to Phoenix Park to take part in Gaisce PAL Training. As part of our new strategy, An Óige has been working to establish official links with other youth organisations and what better way to start then with the President’s Award? A photo […]

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