Kerry Mental Health campaigner, Joan Brosnan is holding a Happy Pancake Day tomorrow, Shrove Tuesday at the Slice of Life health-food shop at 75 to 79 Main Street.
Joan will be making regular and gluten free pancakes there from 11am to 2pm. The pancakes will come with a choice of toppings that will suit people on their 11am breaks and even lunch-time fare for others.
Savoury or Sweet Options
“We’re still planning surprises as toppings and we’ll have savoury and sweet options and there will be tea and coffee available at anytime people can call in between 11am and 2pm,” said Joan.
“It will be on a donations basis and we hope that people will get into the spirit of the day and support our efforts on behalf of the Castleisland branch of Kerry Mental Health,” said Joan.
Though the Lenten fast is not as widely observed as it used to be, people still indulge in ‘Pancake Tuesday’ and many of its rituals survive – if only as a keepsake.
Christmas and Shrove Tuesday
Irish custom had it that people of marrying age who didn’t get hitched between Christmas and Shrove Tuesday were likely left on the shelf until the open season came around again.
As for foods, like an animal preparing for hibernation, people stocked up on fats and sugary foods in preparation for 40 days and nights of complete abstinence.
In more recent years there came an element of hair splitting as people opted to give up drink and fags as their sacrifice – while they ate away as before.
The really dedicated didn’t even break their fast on St. Patrick’s Day.
If you’re in the vicinity of Castleisland tomorrow between 11am and 2pm drop into Slice of Life and dip into a long held tradition and do your bit for Kerry Mental Health in the process.
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