A new youth hostel opens in Dublin city centre run by the Catholic Youth Council.

The Young Traveller youth hostel on Saint Mary's Place near the Black Church in the north inner city is five minutes walk from O’Connell Street. With bed and breakfast accommodation for fifty guests priced at five pounds a night, it is aimed at visitors and groups who are aged thirty or younger.

What was at one time a Christian Brothers school, where former President Seán T. O’Kelly attended has been completely renovated by the Catholic Youth Council (CYC) and facilities include a laundrette, a disco and a soft drinks bar.

Aimed at young people visiting Dublin city for holidays, job interviews, conferences and training courses, Father John Fitzpatrick of the CYC tells RTÉ News that all are welcome here, regardless of creed,

It's open doors to anybody who wants to use it.

It is hoped that the influx of national and international guests will help to revitalise the inner city on Dublin's north side.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 23 September 1981. The reporter is George Devlin.