Nick Hand born in Bristol a trained typographer and works as a graphic designer and photographer. Cycling is one of his main hobbies and wondered what it would be like to cycle around the coast of Britain. So summer 09′ he put that thought into reality by covering nearly 5000 miles. His lasting memories are of the amazing people that he has met along the way, he uploads interviews in the form of recorded sound-slides and has blogs and maps of his progress on a dedicated website throughout the trip.
So after covering the coast of Wales, England and Scotland he thought he would continue the journey by cycling around the coast of Ireland, leaving from Belfast and traveling clockwise around the coast of Ireland and on this journey he has continued his project of talking to artisans that he meets, meeting people who have a passion and have developed and honed a skill.
Nick dropped into the Connemara Smokehouse one late afternoon on the 2nd of September and had a long chat to Graham and took some photos. Graham gave him some product to snack on his way. He was stopping in Clifden for the night and then heading north to Clare Island. We followed him on twitter from then on.
The journey around Ireland is between 1500 and 2000 miles. You can see from Nick’s map ” follow” where he has travelled and who he met along the way. As well as doing this for fun Nick decided to do it for a cause as well. Nick has an older brother Bob who he has always idolized as his hero. One day Bob told Nick that he has Parkinson’s Disease also known as a degenerative disorder of the central nervous system. So last year Nick raised £6000 for the Parkinson’s Disease Society and his aim for this year is £10,000, he has raised over £9,000 so far and rising, you too can make a difference, if you would like to help Nick reach his target “Just Giving”.
Through the potholes and the rain of our Emerald Isle the Connemara Smokehouse wish Nick every success.