Fun and pancakes go hand in hand as hotels raise money for charity in Dublin and Cork.

Eaten on Shrove Tuesday, pancakes were the last treat before the forty days of fasting and abstinence of Lent.  Pancake flipping is also a traditional activity on this day, but in recent years people have embraced another element the pancake race.

At Jury’s Hotel in Ballsbridge, a pancake race was held to raise money for charity.  

The hoteliers of Cork went one step further, organising a fundraising relay race in the city, which also promoted ‘Dine Out Month’ in Cork.  Teams of women and men raced up Harley Street in Cork although there were a couple of collisions they did not effect the winners from the Imperial Hotel.  Second was the sponsoring hotel, The Metropole, and in third place, the Ashley.  The winners, Paul McNamee and Brian Hegarty, were presented with their prizes, and the good news nobody was seriously hurt in the race. 

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 16 February 1988.  The reporters are Gerry Reynolds and Tom MacSweeney.