The Irish Balloon Championships visited Waterford once again and this year I was hoping to get a few more shots than last year. The event approached with the sad news that there was a possibility that the Discover Waterford hot air balloon flown with pride by Joe Daly would have it’s last outing in our skies due to a lack of funding from our local council. The Discover Waterford hot air balloon has been a common sight across Waterford and South Kilkenny in recent years and it has also attended a number of hot air ballooning events in the UK and Europe, most recently photobombing on a prime time BBC1 TV show.
With that in mind I tried my best to get to as many launches as possible however weather conditions meant that there were only a few launches, most early morning, which I couldn’t get to due to my 9-5 job but the highlight came on Friday 25th September at Waterford Airport when over 20 balloons took to the skies.
Some of the photos from this event are shown below.