Pigs are the stars of a race night at the Cavan Equestrian Centre to raise money for charity.

The Cavan Equestrian Centre is the venue for what is possibly the biggest barbeque the county has seen for many years. Organised by Cavan Lions Club in aid of Down Syndrome Ireland, The Singing Brickie and The Outlaws provide the music. Burgers are sizzling on the grill, and the jiving has already started.

Entertainment is also here in the form of Walter Shortt's famous racing pigs, who provide the opportunity for those present to have a little flutter. Is it possible to guess a pig’s form? One local vet has the answer,

Good hind quarters, four feet firmly on the ground, snout moving forward.

A native of County Tyrone who is a pig farmer by day, Walter Shortt knows his animals, and is confident that pig racing will take off south of the border,

I think the general public over the next couple of years will go mad for this.

Punters in the Cavan Equestrian Centre give the thumbs-up to an enjoyable evening,

It's a night out, something different.

This report for 'Nationwide’ was broadcast on 25 September 1996. The reporter is Alasdair Jackson.