Hot Air Balloons
Friday
Saturday
Sunday
from 7 pm - Town Park
7am - Charleville Estate
from 7pm -
Town Park
7am - Charleville Estate
from 7pm -
Town Park

Hot Air Balloonists from the United Kingdom, USA and Ireland will take to the skies from Friday (14th) to Sunday (16th) each morning and evening.

Evening flights will be from the Tullamore Town Park - from 6.30pm.

Morning flights will take place from Charleville Castle Estate - Barnes Gate entrance close to the Fingerboard. - from 7am.

All balloon flights are weather dependent and launch times may vary.

Tullamore has a along association with hot air balloons and has been successful in attracting Hot Air Balloon enthusiasts from around the world to Tullamore for a long weekend of fun flying.

Tullamore's town centre was destroyed by a wayward balloon on May 10th 1785 and is recognised as Irelands first aviation disaster.

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As the local landlord, enjoyed a lavish lifestyle and was known to entertain dignitaries and foreign visitors at Charleville, and with the elitist craze in hot air ballooning at the time, it is most probable that very early balloon experimentation took place in Tullamore, probably centred around the Charleville Estate.
The Phoenix Balloon Meet is organised as a social weekend for balloon enthusiasts with a number of activities organised with a ballooning theme.

The first ever balloon flights took place in France in 1783.

For a period during the 1970's there was a hot air balloon factory based here, (run by Per Linstrand - Richard Bransons partner in the round the world attempt).

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