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Hugh Bergin

I’m Hugh Bergin and in 2013 I set out from Kilkenny to cycle to Burma. The journey is being used to raise funds for and the profile of two charities both local – one educational NGO in Burma, the other a hospice in Kilkenny.

I don’t have a ready answer to the often-asked question… a bemused “why”? Only that – I can. Most of my adult life has been spent on the move. For four years I worked as an expedition leader in Asia and South America with a British travel company, and in 2008 I was the first Irishman (so I’m told) to travel around Africa by motorbike, down the west coast and back up the east in support of the Irish-based NGO Self Help Africa.

bike tentKilkenny to Capetown – which includes my reports for The Irish Times and other newspapers – covers the the journey down the west coast, and Lap of Africa the return journey home back up the east coast.

This journey was by bicycle. There appears to be a progression here. I’m wondering if I’m next destined to attempt a long walk.

After the Africa adventure I completed an MA in Development Studies with Kimmage DSC, since then working for the college and doing consultancy work for other NGOs incl Oxfam Ireland.

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About Me

I’m Hugh Bergin and I’m planning to cycle from Kilkenny to Burma. The journey is being used to raise funds for and the profile of two charities both local – one educational NGO in Burma, the other a hospice in Kilkenny. All donations go to the charities, I am financing the journey myself.

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The Route

I set off by bicycle from Kilkenny the end of April 2013 heading east.

My journey brings me across northern Europe and the Black Sea to Central Asia and the ancient Silk Road routes. In western China turn right for the Kunjarab Pass over the Himalayas into Pakistan, India and Nepal – direction Burma.

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