Bleeding Pig Cultural Festival 2022 ~ 2023 So, another hugely successful Bleeding Pig Cultural Festival has come to a close. After a Covid-induced absence of two years, the festival made a welcome return to the peninsula in September. The festival boasted 11 days of fun-filled cultural activities for all ages and all cultural tastes. From Art & Craft Workshops to Gala Concerts, Céili Dancing to Guided Tours, and Short Films to a Casino night, the timetable included something for everyone. All events in the Bleeding Pig Festival were free of charge. We are very grateful to all generous festival sponsors, without whose assistance the festival could not happen. Our sponsors include Fingal County Council, Tesco Ireland, SuperValu, DoughBox Pizza, Roughan & O’Donovan Engineers, Donough Higgins and D&S Construction Limited, Screenlink Printers, Cates Café, Forget-Me-Not Flowers, Life Pharmacy, Progressive Credit Union, Keelco Limited, John B. Dockrell Limited, Film Equipment Hire and Wiley Design. The organiser are also very grateful to all the premises on the peninsula who offered their locations as venues for festival events, including Donabate/Portrane Community Centre, Donabate Library, Pea & Pod Café, the Brook Pub, Keelings Pub, St. Patrick’s RC Church, St. Patrick’s Church of Ireland, and the Parish Hall. The committee worked hard to put the festival together and make it such success. If you would like to be part of the Bleeding Pig Cultural Festival and are interested in joining the committee, contact Eilish McDermott on 0877911833, or any committee member. The committee met last weekend for a workshop and cabinet re-shuffle and the new committee was voted in as: Festival Director Eilish McDermott Chairperson Anne Hand Vice-Chairperson Peig McManus Treasurer Larry Carolan Secretary Eilish McDermott PR & Advertising Sharon Scally, Áine Duffy, Emer Weston A huge debt of gratitude is due to Breda Dockrell for her tireless contribution to the festival since its’ inauguration in 2013. Breda is retiring from the committee and taking a well-earned break. We wish her all the best for the future. The next item on the Bleeding Pig calendar is the Winter Miscellany on Sunday December 18th at 6.30 in St. Patrick’s Church of Ireland. This festive favourite features stories written by members of the Chinkwell Writers, together with musical interludes from the Blanchardstown Brass Band, the Bevertones, Willie Cahill, Kate Smartt, Louise Flood School of Irish Daning, and the Yukeleles. 2023 marks the 10th anniversary of the Bleeding Pig Cultural Festival and the celebrations will be worthy of a decade of successful, fun, entertaining cultural events! Keep an eye on FaceBook and the Bleeding Pig website for details of events to come.