Coming Soon To Skies Near You.....

48th Irish Hot Air Ballooning Championships

From the 23rd to the 28th September 2018 the skies above Birr, Co. Offaly will be filled with the beautiful sight of dozens of Hot Air Balloons - weather permitting.

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

Our dedicated Champs page on this website will also be able to provide you with some important information.

Birr Castle Gardens and Science Centre

2018 Championships - Main Launch Location

This year, we are very kindly supported by Birr Castle Gardens and Science Centre as our main launch location – launch location can be subject to change depending on the weather and ground conditions, our Facebook page will be updated with our launch location prior to each planned flight.

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 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

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 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