Dan O’Connor: The Irish hostel market will rise again

Once the vaccination programme is rolled out and travel restrictions are lifted, hostels are likely to rebound swiftly

25th April, 2021
Dan O’Connor: The Irish hostel market will rise again
The past decade has seen the introduction of new hostel concepts, brands and facilities to the market. Picture: Getty

The last year may have torn Ireland’s hostel sector apart, but now there is real hope that Covid-19’s legacy will bring us all much closer together.

In 1993, my late father left his job in the council and established Wicklow Bay Hostel. He sold our home to fund the venture, and so our family moved into the hostel. We lived, worked, and grew up there together, alongside our guests, for the...

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