Published on May 26th, 2022 | by Mark Dwyer


Irish Hot Air Ballooning Championships

Start date: September 24, 2022
End date: September 30, 2022
Time: 5:00 am
Location: Birr Castle

The 50th Irish Hot Air Ballooning Championships will take place in Birr, Co. Offaly, from Saturday 24th to Friday 30th September 2022. To mark the 50th event, the organisers have added an extra day starting on the Saturday instead of the usual Sunday. The Championships is being sponsored by Offaly Tourism, Grant Engineering and Birr Castle & Science Centre. More details will follow nearer to the event such as times, weather information and updates and launch site information.

About the Author

Mark is an airline pilot flying the Boeing 737 for a major European airline. In addition he is also a Type Rating Instructor, Type Rating Examiner and Base Training Captain on the B737. Outside of commercial flying Mark enjoys flying light aircraft from the smallest 3 Axis microlights up to heavier singles. He is also an instructor and EASA Examiner on single engines and a UK CAA Examiner. He flies the Chipmunk for the Irish Historic Flight Foundation (IHFF). Mark became the Chairman of the National Microlight Association of Ireland (NMAI) in 2013 and has overseen a massive growth in the organisation. In this role he has worked at local and national levels. In 2015, Mark won ‘Upcoming Aviation Professional Award’ at the Aviation Industry Awards sponsored by the IAA. Mark launched this website back in 2002 while always managing the website, he has also been Editor and Deputy Editor of FlyingInIreland Magazine from 2005 to 2015.

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