Enniscrone Black Pig Festival

Enniscrone Black Pig Festival 2014
25th-28th July 2014

The Enniscrone Black Pig Festival takes place in Enniscrone, one of Sligo's most popular and scenic towns, with a wide variety of activities for all ages. 

PROGRAMME OF EVENTS

Fun Fair will be on every night
Live Music in Pubs and Hotels every night
Function Night Club also open every night.
 

Friday 25th July - Opening Night

7:30pm:        Live Pig Race - Main Street
                     Music on the Street
                     Children's Fancy Dress

Saturday 26th July - Market Day & Fireworks Night

9:00am:        Market Day - The Hollows
1pm-5pm:     Entertainment - The Hollows
                     Mini Beach Games - Music & Displays
6pm-8pm:     Busking Competition - The Main Street
8:30pm-10pm: Special Guest - The Square
10pm-12:30pm: Open Air Live Music with "Doppler" - The Square
10:00pm:      Sunset BBQ with Pig & Shark on a Spit - Water Front House
11:00pm:      Fireworks Display - The Beach
11:30pm:      Annual Party in Funktion Nightclub

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Sunday 27th July - Family Fun Day & Enniscrone Seaweed Festival

12pm-5pm:    Seaweed Products Exhibition - The Diamond Coast Hotel
2:00pm:         Sandcastle Competition - The Beach
2pm-4:30pm: Seaweed Cookery Demo - The Diamond Coast Hotel
4:30pm:         Fun Duck Race - Bellawaddy River
6:00pm:         Enniscrone Heritage Walk - Enterprise Centre
7pm-8:30pm  Kiddies Disco - The Square
8pm-11pm:    Live D.J Paddy Gillespie - The Square
11.30pm:       First Ever Scamps Reunion - Funktion Nightclub

Monday 12th August - Black Pig Fun Run

5km & 10km: Fun Race - Starting at Enniscrone Church on the Main Street
5pm-6:30pm: Registration
7pm:              Race Start
Refreshments after at the Diamond Coast Hotel

The Legend of The Black Pig

The Black Pig Festival of Enniscrone evolved from a legend story that a wild boar that was claimed to have magical powers, ran through the streets of Donegal killing all in his path. This boar was covered with large bristles that were deadly poisonous to touch, the wild boar disappeared into the waters and then rose from the sea onto the Enniscrone Shore and once again killing everyone in its path. When then people of the town recovered from their initial fright, they came together and ran the Black Pig out of the town using long-handed spears and wooden poles, to a field in Muckduff ( Irish for "Black Pig") where the wild beast was slayed. One person thinking that the poison in the bristles only worked while the pig was alive, touched the dead animal and died instantly. When the others saw this they knew there would be no feasting on this animal, so the animal was quickly covered up with clay & stone. The mound is still here to this day and a sculpture of the Black Pig was created by Cillian Rogers of Dromore West, it is 4metres long, 1.5metres high and weighs 3tonnes and can be found across the road from the Diamond Coast Hotel in Enniscrone.

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