Céad Míle Fáilte! or a Hundred Thousand Welcomes in Irish/Gaelic!
We’re An Óige – the Irish Youth Hostel Association – a not-for-profit organisation providing budget accommodation, adventure and fun to all looking to travel around the Emerald Isle that we call Ireland! So if you’re looking to travel around Ireland on a budget, we have 22 youth hostels located in prime locations throughout Ireland.
Our youth hostels offer good quality, safe and comfortable accommodation for families, groups and individuals of all ages. You can choose from hostels in Dublin, Cork, Galway, Kerry, Wicklow and more with all types of rooms and locations – everybody is welcome!
“An Óige” is Gaelic for “The Youth” which explains the main objective of An Óige which is:
To help all, but especially young people, to a love and appreciation of the countryside, particularly by providing simple hostel accommodation for them whilst on their travels.
Since its inception in 1931 (yep, we’ve been around a while now!) An Óige has expanded and added hostels and franchise hostels to its network as well as losing some hostels due to wear and tear and various incidents along the way!
An Óige is a non-profit membership organisation founded in 1931 to encourage youths to appreciate the Irish countryside through hostelling. As of 2014, An Óige consists of 22 youth hostels around Ireland, with 10 of its own An Óige hostels and 12 franchise hostels of varying standards and locations around the Republic of Ireland. Nowadays hostels range from high quality city centre buildings with hundreds of beds to small hostels in rural settings.
An Óige is part of a worldwide network of national organisations belonging to the International Youth Hostel Federation (IYHF). This entire network, known as Hostelling International (www.hihostels.com), offers more than 4,000 hostels in over 90 countries.