• The Balloons

    Every year almost forty hot air balloon attend the event coming from the UK, Europe and the USA.
  • The Location

    The event will be based at the Lough Allen Hotel, Drumshanbo and over 30 balloons are expected to attend what is now the longest running national ballooning event in the world.
  • The Event

    The 43rd Irish Hot Air Ballooning Championship will be held in Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim from 22nd - 27th September 2013.
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The Irish Meet 2013


43rd Irish Hot Air Ballooning Championship

The Irish Hot Air Ballooning Championship is usually referred to as 'The Irish Meet'. It is the longest running National ballooning event in the world. The first event was held in 1971 at New Castle House in Ballymahon, Co Longford and was attended by a handful of balloons. The event now attracts over 40 balloons and has been held in Boyle, Co Roscommon; Kilkenny; Waterford; Athlone; Trim, Co Meath; Kells Co. Meath and Killenkere, Co Cavan.

The Irish Ballooning Association is delighted to be hosting the 2013 event for the first time in Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim.


Main Sponsors


Leitrim County Council LogoFailte Ireland LogoThe Irish Ballooning Association is grateful to Leitrim County Council and Fáilte Ireland for their support of the 43rd Irish Hot Air Ballooning Championship.

Irish Ballooning Association

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Past Times

Creativity Showcase


Harnessing Creativity in Co. Leitrim
It all starts on Culture Night 20th September 2013
6pm @The Dock , Carrick-on-Shannon

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