An Óige

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An Óige
Irish Youth Hostel Association
Established7 May 1931
FoundersThekla Beere, Marion Tweedy, C.E. (Terry) Trench
Founded atDublin, Ireland
TypeYouth organization
Legal statusNon-profit
FocusTo encourage youths to appreciate the Irish countryside through hostelling.
HeadquartersDublin, Ireland
  • 61 Mountjoy Street (closed)
Coordinates53°21′22″N 6°16′06″W / 53.356°N 6.2683°W / 53.356; -6.2683Coordinates: 53°21′22″N 6°16′06″W / 53.356°N 6.2683°W / 53.356; -6.2683
Region served
Republic of Ireland
AffiliationsHostelling International

An Óige (Irish: [ənˠ ˈoːɟə]; meaning "Youth"), or the Irish Youth Hostel Association (IYHA), is a non-profit organisation providing youth hostel accommodation across the Republic of Ireland. An Óige is a member of Hostelling International.


An Óige's headquarters hostel, on Mountjoy Street in Dublin, closed in 2019

An Óige was founded on 7 May 1931 by an organising committee which included Thekla Beere, Shane Bodkin, and Chalmers (Terry) Trench.[1][2] Its first youth hostel was opened at Lough Dan, near Roundwood, in County Wicklow.[2] An Óige was formed as a membership-based organisation and is now a member of Hostelling International.

As of 2017, the organisation operated 24 youth hostels in the Republic of Ireland.[3] In May 2019, An Oige closed the Dublin International Youth Hostel, which was then its main/headquarters facility and reportedly accounted for 60% of its revenue at the time.[4] By late 2019, An Óige was running 18 hostels, with franchise rights to a further 10.[4] During 2020, all hostels remained closed, as part of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic in Ireland.[5]


An Óige, the Irish Youth Hostel Association, has a number of charitable aims. These include to support a "love and appreciation of the countryside" by providing "simple hostel accommodation for [people] whilst on their travels", to foster an appreciation of Irish culture and heritage, to co-operate with Irish organisations which seek to preserve the countryside and walking routes, and to foster associations with similar organisations in other countries.[6]

The organisation is a registered charity in Ireland.[7]


  1. ^ Trench, Terry (1981). Fifty Years Young : The Story of An Óige. Dublin: An Óige, Irish Youth Hostel Association. ISBN 9780950029290. Retrieved 13 February 2016.
  2. ^ a b "Obituary - Pioneer of the youth hostel movement and researcher in antiquarian field". Irish Times. 26 March 2005. Retrieved 9 November 2020.
  3. ^ "An Óige Hostel Guide". An Óige. Retrieved 13 February 2016.
  4. ^ a b "An Óige faces financial crisis". 28 August 2019. Retrieved 9 November 2020.
  5. ^ "COVID-19 Update". Archived from the original on 9 November 2020.
  6. ^ "Over 80 Years Young And Counting…". An Óige. Retrieved 13 February 2016.
  7. ^ "Register of Charities - An Óige". Charities Regulator. Retrieved 9 November 2020.

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