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Forget the Galway Races, Roscommon had something much more interesting on last night

It was the annual pig race in Castlerea.

ON WEDNESDAY NIGHT, the Castlerea Rose Festival in Roscommon kicked off with a fancy dress parade through the town.

But yesterday it was time for one of the main events of the weekend: the annual pig race which seems popular with the local kids.

It’s a tradition every year, and the Irish Times describes it as:

one of the highlights of the Castlerea Rose Festival held in the Co. Roscommon town every August Bank Holiday weekend

And there was some crowd out for it last night

As the video shows, the track is fairly short and the crowd full of kids watching on as the pigs amble along the course.

There’s even cute teddy bears on their backs to look like little jockeys

pigrace Source: Facebook

Beats the Galway Races for sheer adorableness, anyway.

Now we know why “ar mhuin na muice” was such a popular phrase in the Leaving Cert Irish oral.

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