Hot air balloons fill Loughrea sky for Irish Hot Air Balloon Championship

Hot Air Balloon themed toddler storytime and craft session at Loughrea Library

Hot air balloons fill Loughrea sky for Irish Hot Air Balloon Championship

The official launch took place on Sunday 24th September, after 4.30pm at the Lough Rea Hotel & Spa, Loughrea, with balloons taking off from the fields at the back of hotel shortly after.

The good weather continued on Monday morning, 25th September launching at 8am, again from the fields behind Lough Rea Hotel & Spa.

Up to 40 colourful and eye-catching international hot air balloon teams arrived in County Galway from the 24th to 29th September for the 47th National Hot Air Balloon Championships, with the base for the participants being Loughrea.

Please Take Note: This is an outdoor event, all flights and events are Weather Dependent and subject to change. A decision as to whether the balloons will launch and where they may launch from will only be taken 2 hours before each launch slot and not before. The balloons flights will take place twice each day, weather permitting, at approximately 7.30am to 8.00 am in the morning and again at around  5.30pm to 6pm in the evening. The Irish Hot Air Ballooning Championships Facebook page will be updated regularly throughout the event with all weather updates. Also view

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