The Irish Hot Air Ballooning Championships are usually referred to as ‘The Irish Meet’. It is the longest running national ballooning event in the world.
The first championships were held in 1971 at Newcastle House in Ballymahon, Co Longford and attended by only a handful of balloons.
The event now attracts up 40 balloons and in recent years has been held in Boyle, Co Roscommon; Kilkenny; Waterford; Athlone; Trim, Co Meath; Kells Co. Meath, Killenkere, Co Cavan and Drumshambo Co. Leitrim.
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