Irish Youth Hostel Association
|Established||7 May 1931|
|Founders||Thekla Beere, Marion Tweedy, C.E. (Terry) Trench|
|Founded at||Dublin, Ireland|
|Focus||To encourage youths to appreciate the Irish countryside through hostelling.|
|Republic of Ireland|
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 was founded on 7 May 1931 by an organising committee which included Thekla Beere, Shane Bodkin, and Chalmers (Terry) Trench. Its first youth hostel was opened at Lough Dan, near Roundwood, in County Wicklow. 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. 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. By late 2019, An Óige was running 18 hostels, with franchise rights to a further 10. During 2020, all hostels remained closed, as part of the response to the COVID-19 pandemic in Ireland.
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.
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- "An Óige Hostel Guide". anoige.ie. An Óige. Retrieved 13 February 2016.
- "An Óige faces financial crisis". hospitalityenews.ie. 28 August 2019. Retrieved 9 November 2020.
- "COVID-19 Update". anoige.ie. Archived from the original on 9 November 2020.
- "Over 80 Years Young And Counting…". An Óige. Retrieved 13 February 2016.
- "Register of Charities - An Óige". charitiesregulator.ie. Charities Regulator. Retrieved 9 November 2020.