Horizons Unlimited Ireland 2013 Archive

Horizons Unlimited Ireland Meeting

Friday July 12 - Sunday July 14, 2013 - Enniskillen, Northern Ireland


It's All About Overland Adventure

Whether you're a seasoned veteran with wisdom to share or a complete novice hungry for ideas and guidance, it doesn't matter if you ride a motorcycle, a bicycle, or drive an expedition vehicle...

Horizons Unlimited meetings are for everyone who dreams of adventure along the road less travelled.

Horizons Unlimited Ireland Event Schedule

The event is taking place from Friday, July 12 to Sunday, July 14, 2013.

The plan is simple. Show up on Friday afternoon, meet people and setup. Travel Presentations and Tech seminars are planned throughout the meeting, starting Friday evening.

Presenters at HU Ireland 2013 include...


Sean Dillon.

Seán Dillon

HondaVsTheWorld -Alaska to Argentina

Seán Dillon set out from Ireland in August 2011 to ride from the Arctic Circle in Alaska to the Southern most tip of Argentina, his mission to prove the humble Honda Cub is the king of motorcycles.

After thoroughly thrashing the bike through 46,000 km avoiding the Pan America highway like the plaque, riding through asphalt,dirt,mud, salt, sand, snow and ice the little Honda heroically finished the trip and even added a world record to its accolades for the highest altitude achieved on a Honda Cub at 5706m above sea level on a volcano in Chile.

Along the way Seán had encounters with rebel groups in Mexico, slept with homeless in the united states, slept under bridges, in tree houses,abandoned sheds, boat and houses.

The presentation covers the deranged thoughts of a frustrated Irish man that drove him to pack in his job and go in the search of adventure. It also includes some funny stories, videos, photos and a few road poems to boot.

On the road in Peru.

Kevin Emans and Mark Kemp.

Kevin Emans and Mark Kemp

The highs and highers from Magadan home

8 weeks from Magadan to Dublin via the Road of Bones (including the old summer road), the western BAM road then down into Mongolia before turning west towards home.

BAM bridge crossing.

BAM river crossing.

Sam Manicom.

Sam Manicom

'One of the best story tellers of adventure in the world today'

Africa! It's all good..., Unless you are a disaster magnet that is. But even then, every disaster is just a new opportunity ... isn't it?

Sam Manicom at the Fish River Canyon, Africa.

Neil and Helen Laughlin.

Neil and Helen Laughlin

Belfast to Kathmandu on a Diesel Bike

What would possess someone to build a diesel motorbike in their garage and ride it to Kathmandu? Come along and see...

The diesel bike.

Neil and Helen Laughlin.

Paddy Tyson.

Paddy Tyson

The Bike is the Catalyst

"How forsaking plans and choosing a shit bike can lead to political insurrection, beautiful scenery, fear, excitement, love and new friendship, as well as a sore arse, sunburn, paralysis, dinner with a president and being held at gun point. The bike is the catalyst, let it lead you out of your comfort zone."

Paddy Tyson hunting for Puerto del Faglioli.

Born in Fermanagh, Paddy is the bestselling author of 'The Hunt for Puerto del Faglioli', a Motorcycle Adventure in Search of the Improbable. Paddy currently works for Motorcycle Action Group as the national campaigns co-ordinator, is an adviser to the Ted Simon Foundation and is the editor of OVERLAND magazine. He also drinks a lot of tea!

Brian Foster.

Brian Foster

Taking the Silk Road to St James's Gate, A bloody long way to get a good Guinness: Overland from Kathmandu to Dublin.

"My route took me up the infamous Karakoram Highway to the 4700m Khunjerab Pass into Kashgar in Xinjiang, and then along the wildly remote Pamir and Wakhan Highways to the lawless border regions between Tajikistan and Afghanistan. From the Tajik capital of Dushanbe, the bike and I trudged across Central Asia in endless 40 degree heat to the ancient Silk Road cities of Samarkand and Bukhara before entering the bizarro world of Turkmenistan. Without missing a beat, my trusty yellow dray carried me across the world of the Ayatollah during Ramadan and then on to Istanbul - the greatest city in human history."

The starting point - Kathmandu Guest House. The Holy Grail!

Indian traffic jam - with catering.

Indian traffic jam - with catering!

Paul Burns.

Paul Burns

USA and PSA, From Folsom Prison to the Cancer Ward

Paul Burns at Folsom Prison.

Monument Valley, USA.

Frank McNelis.

Frank McNelis

Africa for Charity

How to fulfill your dream for adventure and helping people in need - How I combined my quest for adventure and help raise funds and awareness for the plight of some of the poorer people in Zambia.


Good roads in Africa.

Liam McCabe.

Liam McCabe

Around the world, Making it up as you go along

"I set off in 1999,on a solo trip, to travel around the world on a motorcycle, my camera always at my side. By the time I returned home four years later, I had crossed five continents, and had accumulated thousands of images. "

As with Sam, if you have experienced Liam's presentations in previous years, you will be beating the door down to get in. If you haven't, you are in for a treat.

Peter Francon.

Peter Francon

Expedition into Tribal North East India

"Armed with my '98 500 Bullet, tools, spares and several maps I rode east.

North East India is special in many ways, it's not been spoiled by tourism and infrastructure development. It's home to a host of different tribes whose tribal lives despite being Christianised still involve bows and arrows and at times inter-tribal feuds. It borders Bhutan, Tibet, Myanmar and Bangladesh.

Since the British departed India in '47 many of these tribes have been warring with the Indian army for their independence rendering some areas a little unsafe in which to travel.

My route took me through 5 states, from West Bengal to Nagaland, from plains to mountains, across un-bridged rivers and down the Brahmaputra..."

Peter Francon.


Brian Byrne.

Brian Byrne

Emergency First Aid Awareness

"This is a practical presentation on awareness of first aid and emergency tips for travellers. As an Emergency Medical Technician I have a strong interest in the health and well being of fellow travellers and ensuring that they have the information which will assist them to deal with emergencies on their travels.

The presentation will be supported by a Power Point presentation with group dicussion on the types of emergencies people may experience when travelling. The basic contents of a first aid kit for travelling will be discussed as well as essential information a traveller shoud have with them."


Jay Johnston

I'm a world traveller get me outta here!

"I'm a world traveller - get me outta here! An attempt to help folks create 'get me out of here' bodges to get to the next safe working area."

How about you?

We're all here to learn, and there's LOTS to learn! We want to do more presentations and seminars - but we need volunteers to give them! Any topic you can contribute having to do with motorcycle travel, maintenance, planning etc, lasting 20 minutes or more, would be great. Please contact us here to volunteer.

Where are we?

Presentations, demos, technical sessions, etc. will be held at:

Cavanacarragh Hall
Enniskillen, Fermanagh
BT94 5GL

Information and Entertainment!

HU Ireland presentation rooms. HU Ireland entertainment - the Mummers.


Camping is at the Lisbellaw Hurling Club, and is included in your registration fee.

HU Ireland meeting camping facilities. HU Ireland bikes.


Available a la carte at the event.

HU Ireland BBQ. HU Ireland staying warm.


For 2013, we're holding the event in mid-July, hoping for that elusive Irish summer!

Weather stats for Enniskillen

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Map to the Community Centre for the Meeting

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How to get there - Google Maps

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