Enniscrone’s Black Pig Festival is one of the Moy Valley region’s premier community festivals – with an abundance of personality and strong volunteer involvement, this Festival beside sea and beach promises special moments that will remain long after July. The Black Pig Festival 2018 takes place in Enniscrone from Thursday 26th – Monday 30th July.
As usual, there is something for all the family in the Enniscrone Festival, and this year, the programme includes highlights such as a skydiving show, SUP (stand-up paddling) challenge, yoga on the beach, comedy, live music, treasure hunts … the list of great things to do in Enniscrone goes on!
A Flavour of Entertainment at Enniscrone Black Pig Festival 2018
Mike Denver will officially open the Festival on Thursday 26th July and the Festival’s opening evening will swing into action with live music and dancing in the square. Later Mike Denver and his band will perform in the Diamond Coast Hotel at 9 pm. Come and dance the night away!
Some highlights for 2018 festival include:
Throughout the Festival
Beach yoga – Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings at 10am
Friday, 27th July
Up in the Air show – 7 pm at the beach (weather permitting)
Saturday, 28th July
Scenic Walk – 9am, from Enniscrone Tourist Office
Ceili on the Square – 9pm
Irish dancing, sean nos, music and lots of craic agus ceol
Fireworks display, from 11 pm at the Pier
Be there for this stunning display and Festival highlight in an iconic location
Sunday, 29th July
Family fun day, 1 -4 pm
Workshops, sandcastle competitions, bouncy castle obstacle course and so much more to keep the kids entertained.
Party at the Pier – 5 pm – 8pm
Includes SUP, dance demo and water zorbing, and a party to be remembered.
Monday 30th July
Black Pig 5 km Fun Run or 10 km Race, from 7pm at Main St.
Improved timing system and unique Piggy medals for all participants.
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.
For further details, please visit the Black Pig Festival Enniscrone Facebook page where the committee posts regular updates.