Second Place For Part-time Balloon Twisting Dubliner At International Tournament

Cllr Trevor Gilligan Bobs Balloons

Clondalkin man Bob Dunne wins second place at the Blackpool Balloon Bash, an international gathering for balloon professionals from all over the world, attending classes from the top professionals from Italy, Germany, and USA., the 5 minute balloon sculpture competition where he placed second with his frog design. He placed 2nd in the 5 minute balloon sculpture competition with his frog design, which featured on Q corner; Qualatex YouTube channel. The competition took place in March 2023.

Bob works full time in Snickers workwear and fills his weekends entertaining at parties. Plans are being made for Bob’s Balloons to teach some free classes through Dublin libraries sometime later in 2023 for all those who have an interest in starting balloon twisting or improving their skills. Bob started balloon twisting after receiving a novelty balloon book from his wife Eileen for Christmas 2016. Bob’s Balloons was founded in February 2018 after working with Holmes Mascots and Party entertainment.

Bob grew up in Clondalkin and now lives in Palmerstown. He serves Dublin, bringing the magic of balloons to private parties and local community events. Bobs balloons has its own website and social media channels where you can contact Bob to book your next event. An hour of balloon twisting is Eur85 for peak times* (1pm -6pm Saturday and Sunday)

Cllr Gilligan said “I’m delighted for Bob, I have known him a long time. He is a hard worker and this couldn’t happen to a nicer person. He entertained kids at a recent event in The Purty Central and the kids were overjoyed. Next time, I have every belief that he will finish no less than 1st place in the tournament”

Sarah Brooks

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