As well as all of the year-round and seasonal activities you can enjoy in Enniscrone, we are also lucky enough to have the fantastic Black Pig Festival to look forward to each year. The festival is a weekend of activities, music and family fun with something for all ages. Here are the highlights and some more details about this year’s festival:

Where & When

Sligo’s most picturesque and popular seaside town, Enniscrone.  This year's festival takes place from 26th to 30th July 2018.

The Legend of the Black Pig

Believe it or not, the festival takes its name from a tale in Irish folklore about an evil old pig! The black boar (or pig) was said to have been possessed by an evil spirit and terrorised the town of Muckdubh killing men, women and children. This was until the villagers got together and slayed the evil pig with spears. The animal could not be feasted upon as its flesh was poisonous so the town decided to bury it. The mound under which it’s buried still stands there to this day and is marked with a huge pig statue.

The Festival

View the festival programme to see the full line up of events. Here are a few of our event highlights taking place each day.


Thursday’s highlight has to be the opening ceremony. Bring your dancing shoes to this fantastic street hoolie featuring Mike Denver and his band. There will be a mixture of traditional and country music right on the main street and a delicious BBQ pig on a spit.


Friday’s highlight will be the ‘Up in the Air’ show from 7pm on the beach. This promises to be a fantastic land and air display but it is weather permitting so fingers crossed!


Saturday’s highlight will be the open-air Céilí in the square. It promises to be a night of dancing and the best of live Irish entertainment including music from Swallows Tail Céilí band and Irish Dancing from Naughton’s School of Irish Dancing.

On Saturday night there will be a fantastic fireworks display starting at 11pm down by the pier. Enjoy an evening of magic, wonder and the most beautiful colours and firework designs imaginable.


Sunday’s highlight is the family fun day out down on the beach. There will be a huge variety of entertainment to keep the kids, even the bigger ones, entertained for the whole day. There will be a sandcastle competition, beach games and even a Peppa Pig appearance for the kiddies. 


Monday’s highlight will be taking part in or cheering on, the participants of the 5 & 10 k run setting off at 7 pm from the festival office.

As well as the highlights, there are daily activities to enjoy too. There will be a daily Sunrise Yoga class at 10am each morning, getting you ready for the busy day ahead.

If you are planning to visit Enniscrone for the Black Pig Festival, or any other time of the year, choose the Ocean Sands Hotel for top quality and great value accommodation. Contact our reservations team today or take a look at our special offers to get the best deal. Enjoy the festival!

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