Baltinglass and District celebrates The Gathering 2013 with an event that promises to be both spectacular and exciting for local people and visitors alike. The National Balloon Association is delighted to partner with the community, for the first time ever, for a three day extravaganza of Hot Air Ballooning.
These magnificent colourful aircraft will ascend to a backdrop of the town's landmark 13th century Cistercian Abbey right on the River Slaney, on the edge of the town. This small rural heritage town will come alive for the three days with street entertainment, a Country Market, face-painting, music, sporting events, children's art competitions, exhibitions and talks, and lots more.
The event celebrates the areas historic links with Hot Air Balloons: Richard Crosbie, first Irish manned flight by Balloon flight in 1785, and Lord Aldborough, 3rd Earl of Stratford, a balloon enthusiast (the stone from his balloon house makes up the present St. Joseph's Church tower in Baltinglass). This is the first, of what the town hopes will be, an annual event on the County Wicklow summer calendar.
We invite all our diaspora, and visitors of course, to come and join us for this momentous occasion in the history of Baltinglass and District. For three days on June 21 to 23, 2013 Baltinglass will rise like a phoenix from West Wicklow and show off its true colours for all to see. A céad míle fáilte awaits you all.