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VIDEO: Over ten thousand people attended the Irish Hot Air Ballooning Championships Co Galway


Over ten thousand people attended the Irish Hot Air Ballooning Championships in Loughrea, Co Galway at the weekend.

Competitors from across Europe, the US and South America will crew up to 40 balloons across the county’s skies during the week long event that is based at the Loughrea Hotel.

It is the largest ballooning event of its kind in Europe.

The annual competition is the longest running of its type in the world and was first held at Newcastle House in Ballymahon, Co. Longford in 1971.

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