We often get pubs sending us details on upcoming events, but one that we received yesterday was about as far from the norm as you can get.
The Comet in Santry, which will be familiar to anyone who gets the 16 bus to the airport, or anyone who lives in the area, will be hosting a pig racing event on the 1st of July as part of their 4th of July celebration weekend.
Along with the poster for the event, the pub sent us on a video of the race from 2012. So, it appears that this event has been going on for 8 years at the back of a pub, and we had no idea it existed. Quite the tradition!
The pigs start the race in starting stalls, much like you’d see in a horse race. They make their way down a slight decline, and then hop over around 5 very low barriers, and on to the end where they run onto a trailer. The pigs look grand and don’t seem to be bothered by the trot and the gathered crowds.
The pigs carry a jockey with a number on their backs, letting the punters know who is winning. You can sponsor a pig or pig name. If your pig comes in, you can win 460. People can also bet on the pigs on the day. This year they’re raising funds for St. Aiden’s CBS Tanzania project and L.A.R.A.
You can come along and see the spectacle at 4pm on Saturday 1st July.