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Irish Hot Air Ballooning Championships

The Irish Ballooning Championship is back in Galway for a second year running. Following on from the success of last year, the competition is returning to the west for this year’s contest.

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  • Date : 24th Sep 2017 - 29th Sep 2017
  • Location : Galway

The longest running competition of its kind, the Irish Meet as it is commonly known, is entering its 47th year. It will be launched from Loughrea Co. Galway, less than thirty minutes away from Maldron Hotel Oranmore Galway. With up to forty international teams taking part, including the UK, USA, Belgium, France and Chile, it is sure to be a sight to behold! If conditions for flying are right, the teams will launch every morning and evening of the event. There will also be a special ‘Nightglow’ event where spectators can watch the balloons light up the night sky.

The balloons are not available for rides to the public during the event but it is free to the public to come along and enjoy the spectacle. With so many teams participating this year, it is sure to be a wonderful occasion.

If you’d like to take a trip to Galway to see this amazing event take place, we are ideally located in Oranmore, just under a half hour drive from the main launch area in Loughrea. This promises to be a very popular event locally and will be a great treat for young children to see.

Check out the amazing footage from last year here.

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