About Us

Welcome to The Bleeding Pig cultural Festival website.


First off for those who don’t know, the Bleeding Pig is the name given locally to one of the rock formations on the cliffs between Portrane and Donabate.

The aim of the Festival is to bring together different cultural groups on the peninsula of Donabate/Portrane  under one grouping. In this way we hope to attract a wider audience and appreciation of the cultural groups in our area. All ages are catered for.  We welcome back this year the Short Film Festival which was very popular and entertaining last year, the Pipers ceili event and The Open Mic and the arts and crafts exhibition as well as the art workshop. This year  we have many new events, a mobile planeterium, a puppet making workshop, ‘Shall we Dance’ in Donabate Golf Club. Fingal Co. Co. are also running their Resort Revelations during the Festival.

The peninsula has many groups of musicians, singers and  artists, photographers, dancers and storytellers. We have a drama group and  historical society that have been in existence for many years. All these bodies need the support of the community. We hope by running this festival to bring them to your attention. In doing so we hope you enjoy the event and maybe join up to some of the groups.

September 2013 was our first outing and the organisers and participants and also the people who attended all agree it was a resounding success.

We are now into our fifth year and this year the festival will start on Thurs.3rd. Sept.  and run until Sun. 10th. Sept.

If you enjoyed the historical walk or the photography exhibition they will be back again this year. We will also have many new events in different locations on the peninsula.

If you have been before we look forward to seeing you again and if its going to be your first time we hope you enjoy it and maybe bring a friend along.

Entry to all the events is free and the committee would like to thank the following. Fingal Co.Co.,  Progressive Credit Union, Tesco Donabate,  local businesses, Donabate Portrane Community Council, all the groups who take part and the local community for their support in sponsoring and attending this event.