The annual Enniscrone Festival returns, with another great line-up of events. As usual, there is something for all the family from live music, dancing, markets, outdoor adventures, comedy, yoga. And of course, who could forget the spectacular annual fireworks display?
The Black Pig Festival 2016 takes place in Enniscrone from Thursday 21st – Monday 25th July. One of the Moy Valley region’s premier community festivals, it is just a short 10km drive from Ballina in Mayo North. The event is supported by Sligo County Council, Failte Ireland and IPB insurance.
An old local legend claims that many, many years ago, an old sow, possessed by an evil spirit, roamed the roads of South Donegal killing everyone she encountered. Locals, determined to kill the beast, gave chase to the pig and chased it from Donegal to Easkey, from where it swam to Enniscrone. Hunters in Enniscrone managed to kill the beast, but she was so large, she could not be moved, and so was covered with a mound of earth which can be seen to this day in a townland called Muckdubh – ‘the Black Pig’.
Today, just outside Enniscrone stands a four-metre sculpture of the pig, created by local sculptor Cillian Rogers, ensuring that the legend lives on.