As usual, there is something for all the family in the Enniscrone Festival, and this year, the programme includes delights such as a skydiving show, a Monster SUP (stand-up paddling) challenge, sunrise yoga on the beach, comedy, live music, the Soapbox Derby (back by popular demand!) treasure hunts … the list of great things to do in Enniscrone goes on!
The Black Pig Festival 2017 takes place in Enniscrone from Thursday 27th – Monday 31st July. One of the Moy Valley region’s premier community festivals, it is just a short 10km drive from Ballina in Mayo North.
Mike Denver will officially open the Festival on Thursday 27th and in the shortest time later the Festival’s opening evening will swing with live music and dancing with Mike Denver and his band supported by Pat’s Country Roadshow. Come and dance the night away! Prepare for some belly laughs and an unforgettable evening of mirth with comedian Conal Gallen live in the Ocean Sands Hotel on Sunday 30th July.
In this Festival choc-a-bloc with personality little ones and older children will find lots to enjoy. Characters from Peppa Pig and Paw Patrol will help open the Festival on Thursday 27th and they will add vibrant colour to proceedings on Friday evening at the Soap Box Derby on the Cliff Road, again in the Festival’s Marquee on Saturday afternoon 29th July, from 1pm-3pm, and during the Family Funtastic Day on Sunday 30th July. With events on Sunday in the Marquee like Piggy Picnic, Storytelling with Peppa, George, and Paw Patrol, and fun games on the beach like a Sandcastle competition, Plank races and duck races, junior splash and dash (and lots more) can we all be children for the day?
And of course, who could forget the spectacular annual fireworks display – promised this year to be even bigger and better than ever before!
Thursday, 27 July
7.30pm Official Opening of Black Pig Festival (27th-31st July, Enniscrone)
9pm Mike Denver and his Band Live in Enniscrone (Diamond Coast Hotel)
Friday, 28 July
6pm Sky Diving Show on Enniscrone Beach
6.30pm Soapbox Derby at Black Pig Festival
9pm Flat Out Live on the Gig Rig (outside the Church, Main St, Enniscrone)
Saturday, 29 July
10am Market Day in the Hollow
9.30pm Live on the Gig Rig – Tall Trees Open Air Concert
Sunday, 30 July
8pm Conal Gallen Live Enniscrone (Ocean Sands Hotel)
Monday, 31 July
7pm Black Pig 10km Race & 5km Fun Run (organised by Queenan Properties)
On the right you will find the extensive schedule of events for the Festival 2017. For further details, please visit the Black Pig Festival Enniscrone Facebook page where the committee posts regular updates.
Enniscrone’s Black Pig Festival is one of the Moy Valley region’s premier community festivals – with its abundance of personality, its vibrancy, wonderful community involvement, unique location beside sea and beach, it promises special moments that will remain long after July and that will be treasured.
The Legend of the Black Pig
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, and the black pig is immortalised every year in this much-loved Enniscrone Festival.