Irish Hot Air Ballooning Championship

Things to do in County Offaly, Ireland - Irish Hot Air Ballooning Championship - YourDaysOut
Birr Castle, Gardens & Gate, Townparks, Birr, Co. Offaly, Ireland
Sep 23, 2018 12:00:00 PM - Sep 28, 2018 6:00:00 PM
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From the 23rd to the 28th September 2018, the skies above Co. Offaly will be filled with the beautiful sight of dozens of Hot Air Balloons - weather permitting. The Irish Hot Air Ballooning Championship is usually referred to as 'The Irish Meet'. It is the longest-running national ballooning event in the world. The first event was held in 1971 at Newcastle House in Ballymahon, Co Longford and was attended by a handful of balloons. The event now attracts over 40 balloons and has been held in places like, Boyle, Co Roscommon; Kilkenny City; Waterford City; Athlone; Trim, Co Meath; Kells Co. Meath, Birr Co. Offaly, Killenkere, Co Cavan and Drumshambo Co. Leitrim. Balloonists from UK, USA, France, Holland, Belgium, Chile and Ireland are regular attendees for the event which is an invitation-only event. The event, the biggest of its kind in Ireland, is a huge spectacle, with these huge ancient aircraft flying totally depending on the wind for direction. This year, these balloonists will spend the last week in September in the Birr, Co. Offaly We aim for the balloons flights to take place twice each day, weather permitting, at approximately 7:30am and 6:00pm. he status and location of these flights will be updated on the official Irish Hot Air Ballooning Championships Facebook page throughout the event (although our main launch site will be the Birr Castle Gardens, this may have to change depending on the weather and/or ground conditions). The public are actively encouraged to come out and see the balloons as they launch. The balloons will make a spectacular display in the skies over Birr so bring your camera. (The attraction of so many balloons flying can be mesmerizing, so we issue a note of caution to be mindful of traffic and road users while enjoying the spectacle!). Please note, for castle entry fees and parking information head to – the Irish Ballooning Association operates the Irish Hot Air Ballooning Championships as a private event...

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