Coming Soon To Skies Near You.....

49th Irish Hot Air Ballooning Championships

From the 22nd to the 27th September 2019 the skies above Ireland will once again be filled with the beautiful sight of dozens of Hot Air Balloons - weather permitting. The exact location of the 49th Championships is still to be decided, we will update this website and our Facebook page as soon as a location has been fixed however, that will probably not be until at least May 2019. 


Check out Irish Hot Air Ballooning Championships on Facebook to keep updated with the latest Champs news including our launch times and locations.


Our dedicated Champs page on this website will also be able to provide you with some important information but will not be updated with specific information for each years event. 


THIS SITE ONLY CONTAINS GENERAL INFORMATION REGARDING THE CHAMPIONSHIPS, ANY/ ALL UPDATES AND SPECIFIC INFORMATION YOU NEED CLOSER TO THE EVENT, ABOUT THE EVENT, WILL BE PUT ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE - IRISH HOT AIR BALLOONING CHAMPIONSHIPS. 


PLEASE LIKE/ FOLLOW THE PAGE TO MAKE SURE YOU GET ALL OF OUR UPDATES. ONLY THE PAGE ITSELF (NOT THE EVENT, THIS IS CREATED JUST FOR DATE AND GENERAL INFORMATION PURPOSES) WILL BE UPDATED WITH INFORMATION SUCH AS LAUNCH LOCATIONS AND FLY/ NO FLY DECISIONS, THE MAIN IBA PAGE AND EVENT WITHIN THE PAGE WILL NOT BE UPDATED. 

Birr Castle Gardens and Science Centre

2018 Championships - Main Launch Location

In 2018 we were very kindly supported by Birr Castle Gardens and Science Centre as our main launch location.


Created over generations, Birr Castle Gardens and Science Centre is an environmental and scientific time capsule, a living breathing evolving place of beauty and inspiration. We welcome you to visit one of Ireland’s most extraordinary places, open 362 days of the year. Explore the Science Galleries, marvel at the famous Great Telescope, stroll through 120 acres of gardens and parklands and climb the Tallest Treehouse in Ireland.  


Please see www.birrcastle.com for more information.

Ballygowan - Pure Irish Refreshment

2018 Championships - Sponsor

As Ireland's original water brand, Ballygowan has a proud reputation for quality and innovation with a heritage that extends for over three decades with many award-winning advertising campaigns and partnerships.


The Ballygowan source was originally discovered in the 12th century by the Knights Templar. They named it St. David’s Well and settled in the area and eventually this community became the thriving town known as Newcastle West in Co. Limerick. St. David’s Well became the exclusive property of Ballygowan in the 1980’s and our bottling plant sits beside the Well, in the picturesque surroundings of the Castle Demesne. It is this rich history that earns Ballygowan a special place, deep within Irish history and mythology.


As a Total Water Solutions provider, Ballygowan offers a range of products and accessories to compliment all your water needs.


For more information on the Ballygowan brand please visit www.ballygowan.ie

Calor Gas

2018 Championships - Sponsor

We would like to thank Calor Gas for their sponsorship and support for The 48th Irish Hot Air Ballooning Championships - hot air balloons hold hot air and this is what makes them airbourne but, the air has to be kept hot and this is done by burning propane, a combustible gas that’s used as fuel via special tanks and the balloon burners. 


Calor Gas is the leading supplier of LPG in Ireland. Switch to Calor for your central heating, cooking and fuel needs.


Please see www.calorgas.ie for more information.

About Us

Who We Are

The Irish Ballooning Association is affiliated to the National Aero Club of Ireland, the Federation Aeronautique Internationale and the Commission Internationale d' Aerostation. The CIA is the international governing body of ballooning.  


As the representative body for hot air ballooning in Ireland, the IBA handles the selection process for International competitions and supervises the National Ballooning Championships which has now been running for over 40 years.

Contact Us

Drop us a line!

Please note, all information regarding the Irish Championships can be found either on this site or the Facebook event/ page (Facebook is updated with the latest info as we have it), please do not use this Contact Us function for general Championship queries. Information on how you can experience a balloon flight in Ireland can be found on the relevant page on this site.

Irish Ballooning Association

irishballooningassociation@gmail.com