A huge crowd gathered in Glin Square on Saturday evening last to enjoy a hilarious exhibition of Pig Racing. Six pigs contested every race and betting was very busy on the night. In the 1st race, Chris P Bacon won by a short snout at 3/1, Play Boy Piggy won the second after being badly ‘ham’pered at the last fence, Pork Chops was declared winner of the third after ‘hogging’ the inside rail , Mr Pork Lion ,’trotted’ over the line in the fourth at odds of 4/1, Pork Scratchings, after much ‘grunting’ from the crowd was declared the winner of the fifth after a stewards enquiry, while Smokey won the sixth race at 3/1 despite someone squealing about illegal drug-taking to the media.
A fancy dress parade and vintage tractor rally preceded the pig racing and we thank Denis Hegarthy and the local clubs, businesses and families who participated. The Four Marys representing Hogans Shop and The Simpsons /Hogan Family from Cahara were voted joint winners of the Fancy Dress.
A periwinkle eating competition was held in Wallaces Bar on Friday night. Two glasses of winkles had to be shelled, swallowed and washed down by a pint of stout. Eight participants availed of the ‘free’ drink and Sammy Fitzell was the winner although the judges thought it rather fishy that he devoured everything in an amazing time of seven minutes.
There was great entertainment for all the kids over the weekend with Giggles the Clown, a teddybears picnic, childrens disco, and despite the inclement weather a great crowd enjoyed the Family Fun Day on Sunday.
Great credit is due to the Festival Committee, which consists mainly of the younger generation of the parish, and to the members of Glin Development for the huge effort in organising the festival and to the many local people, visitors, and sponsors who supported the festival.