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!
And of course, who could forget the spectacular annual fireworks display – promised this year to be even bigger and better than ever before!
The Black Pig Festival 2017 takes place in Enniscrone from Thursday 27th – 31st July. One of the Moy Valley region’s premier community festivals, it is just a short 10km drive from Ballina in Mayo North.
For more information, you can visit the Black Pig Festival Enniscrone Facebook page where the committee posts regular updates. The below is just some of the events on offer this year, with a full schedule coming very soon!
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.