National Hot Air Balloon Championships coming to Co. Galway!

Cathaoirleach, Peter Roche of Galway County Council officially launched the 2016 National Hot Air Balloon Championships which is taking place in County Galway from 25th to 30th September. At the launch event in Loughrea, which will serve as the event base in September he said ‘I am delighted to be able to launch this event coming to County Galway, 40 international Balloon Teams coming to County Galway is a great opportunity for the County, for the communities, business and tourism in the County for which I can already see great excitement’.

Speaking at the launch last Saturday evening Joe Daly, event Director for the championships said ‘The event is taking place in Galway this year due to the corporate sponsorship by Galway County Council without which we could not hold the event here and I would like to thank them for this. We are delighted to see this event coming to Galway. Already we are getting a great reception from the locals, landowners and businesses. Galway County is a beautiful sight from above and the teams are very excited to visit Galway for this first time. This event brings colour, wonder to both participants and spectators. Landing in a field and seeing the communities follow the flight is wonderful experience for the balloon teams and spectators alike!’

Up to 40 Balloon teams are set to land in Loughrea from all over the world including USA, England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland, Italy, France and Spain with preparations in motion for some amazing sights around Loughrea and beyond, with planned Mass launch of all balloons, Night Glow, Schools visits.

The event will take place all over County Galway in different locations depending on wind direction from 25th September to 30th September, with the base for the participants being Loughrea.

The Championships are held in various locations in Ireland in conjunction with local authorities and the 46th Championships have been handed over to County Galway in conjunction with Galway County Council - Made in Galway. The Irish Hot Air Ballooning association is the representative body for Ballooning in Ireland and promotes ballooning in the country with the longest running National Ballooning Championships in the world!

So mark your diary people of Galway for late September for a sight to behold!

Loughrea from a Balloon