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. The festival will commence with a momentous parade through the town, followed by the black pig warriors, the evening will include street entertainment.
The official opening will be by Tommy Marren of Mid west Radio. The Mardi Gras will be on Thursday with live music on the street, Friday Live music and selecting the Festival Princess. Saturday is Children's Day with Live music and Fireworks. Sunday Market Day will be held in the Hollow and live music all day. On Monday there is a 5 and a 10 km Run.
Fun Fair will be on every night from Wednesday the 7th to Monday the 12th
Live Music in Pubs and Hotels every night
Function Night Club also open every night.
Disco bar every night in Mary Ann’s
The official opening will be by Tommy Marren of Mid west Radio.
7pm The Mardi Gras along the main street
8pm - 11pm Roasting of the Pig
8pm Brendan Grace Live @ Diamond Coast Hotel
8:30pm - 11pm Live Music with Doppler
“Smash Hits" playing at Function Night Club
Friday 9th August
7pm - 9pm Street Busking Competition
9pm Selecting of the Festival Princess at the Ocean Sands Hotel
Music with Pat's Country Road show & Disco
Battle of the DJ’s in Function Night Club
Saturday 10th August - Family Fun Day
2pm Sandcastle Competition on the Beach
4pm Duck Race on the Bellawaddy River
5pm Treasure Hunt
6pm Enniscrone Heritage Walk from the tourist Office
7pm Music In Square
7pm - 8:30pm Kiddies Disco / Face painting
8:30pm - 10pm Road Angels
10pm -12:30pm Revenge
11pm Fireworks on the Beach
Mark Cunning from I-Radio playing in Function Night Club
Sunday 11th August - Market Day
9am Market Day with stalls throughout the day in the Hollows
2pm - 5pm Entertainment throughout the day
Music by Daniel Gallagher
Tai Chi Demonstration
Irish Dancing display etc...
8:30pm - 11pm Music with The Prickly Pears on the Square.
DJ Ryan Geraghty playing Function Night Club
Monday 12th August - 5km & 10km Run
5pm - 6:30pm Registration for the 5km & 10km Run
7pm Start of the 5km & 10km Run from the Church.
Refreshments and raffle will follow the race at The Diamond Coast Hotel.
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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