21-23 June 2013

Baltinglass and district will celebrate The Gathering 2013 with an event that promises to be an unforgettable experience. Combining Baltinglass's historic links with a spectacular display, The National Balloon Association is delighted to partner with the community for the first time ever, in a three day extravaganza of Hot Air Ballooning on June 21-23, 2013. These magnificent colourful aircraft will ascend to a backdrop of the town's landmark 12th century Cistercian Abbey on the River Slaney, right on the edge of the town. Baltinglass 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, flew the first Irish manned Balloon in 1785, and Benjamin Stratford, 6th Earl of Aldborough was 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.

This unique event is posted on the official Gathering website A fundraising concert has been planned for early February and posters and wristbands are in the process of being produced. 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.

We invite sponsors to come on board to ensure that this celebration of Baltinglass's heritage is a resounding success. Various packages are on offer that will ensure that business contributions, small or large, will be acknowledged with gratitude. For more details and information.

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