50th Annual Irish Hot Air Ballooning Championships

Thursday, August 25, 2022. 2:03pm
50th Annual Irish Hot Air Ballooning Championships

Stunning Spectacle of Hot Air Balloons over Birr Castle Demesne this September

September will be a wonderful time to visit Birr Castle Demesne, where the 50th Annual Irish Hot Air Ballooning Championships will take place this year.  This is the longest running annual national ballooning event in the world! 

Around 40 ballooning teams from Ireland, Europe, Chile and the USA are expected to take part in the Championships, which takes place from the afternoon of Saturday the  24th September to Friday the 30th of September.

A private event for hobby balloonists from all over the world and an amazing spectator sport for the public, pre-booking is essential for this event due to high demand. Flights are due to take place from Saturday afternoon, and will then run through to Friday evening with two scheduled flights per day, launching in the mornings and late afternoons.  Flights are 100% weather dependent. 

50th Annual Irish Hot Air Ballooning Championships

The event is run by the Irish Ballooning Association, the representative body for ballooning in Ireland, and is kindly sponsored and supported by Birr Castle Demesne, Grant Engineering, Calor Gas, Grant Engineering, Offaly Tourism and Westland Horticulture..  See www.Birrcastle.com for details, and event updates and daily flight information can be followed on facebook/IrishBallooningChampionships.

Guests can access Birr Castle Demesne from 4.30pm to 7pm to see the ballooning event launch. €6 per person aged 4 and over. Please see www.birrcastle.com to book.

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