Welcome to the Irish Ballooning Association

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 www.birrcastle.com 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!

Irish Ballooning Association

irishballooningassociation@gmail.com