The parents’ council at Lyreacrompane National School (Scoil Naomh Pádraig) hosted their annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Extravaganza at the local community centre this morning. There, Lyre native and Chef, Kieran Keane was kept on his toes with the demand for the traditional fare of the day. Only after had he the time to indulge in the mandatory tossing of the pancake from the frying pan into the air and back again.
The proceeds from the event are to be presented to Tallagh Children’s Hospital and it’s a charity the school along with the parents and toddler and scouts groups have been donating to for the past number of years.
The parents’ council would like to record its acknowledgement of the help and support it receives through the use of the fine facilities at the centre.
The expression ‘Shrove Tuesday’ comes from the word shrive, meaning confess’ or to gain absolution before the onset of lent. It is long traditional that the last day before the season of Lent is spend in ceremonial indulging in drink food. A kind of stocking up for the road ahead through 40 days and 40 nights until Easter Sunday morning.
Ash Wednesday is upon us – it looms large and will be here in the morning.
So that’s what all the celebrations were about in Lyre this morning. It’s tradition – you see.