IF you think you've got the stomach for an 18 inch pizza, a 'fully loaded' 18 oz beef burger with fries and onion rings, or three bowls of spicy chicken wings then now's the time to sign up for a fundraising Man Vs Food challenge at O'Riordan's Restaurant in Abbeyfeale.
Based on the hit US TV show of the same name, the event is being organised to raise funds for the Bee For Batten's/Liams's Lodge Project, with participants being asked to raise at least €100 for the cause before they take part.
Proprietor TJ O'Riordan has teamed up with the people at Feale Fit to host the event, and is now calling on those brave enough - or big enough - for the challenge to put their money where their mouth is!
Those willing to get involved are invited to take part in one of three eating challenges, the aim being to clear your plate in the quickest time. Diners can choose from an 18" pizza" with two toppings of their choice; the Hot Wings Challenge where participants must finish three bowls of chicken wings (regular, extra hot and insanity wings) or an 18oz beef burger with bacon, fried onion, fried egg, mushroom, pineapple, tomato, jalapeno peppers, roasted red peppers served with large fries, coleslaw and a side of onions wings.
Contestants can only enter one challenge and the first to finish each challenge is declared the winner. Anyone interested in taking part must sign up in advance at O'Riordan's or by contacting Shane of Feale Fit (087 2891015), and they will then be given a sponsorship card for Liam's Lodge. Organisers are asking that at least €100 be raised by each participant.
TJ says that anyone who feels a need for some serious eating practice can do so any Sunday in May between 3pm to 7pm. If you finish the practice challenge, he pays, but if you fail to finish you pay.
Meanwhile, Shane and Kadie of Feale Fit are teaming up with local man Pascal Keane to take part in the 'Feale Fit Hike and Bike Challenge' for Liam's Lodge on July 20 and 21, where they are inviting the public to join them on a climb of Croagh Patrick and a cycle from there to Limerick on the first day, followed by a cycle to Killarney and a climb of Carrauntoohill on day two. Anyone interested in taking part can contact Shane.