SHELL-shocked election candidates were thrown in the deep end yesterday to prove the old adage that you can't make an omelette without breaking some eggs.
Six of the 11 candidates in the Donegal North-East constituency donned aprons and rolled up their sleeves for the eggs-citing charity event at the An Grianan Hotel, in Burt, in aid of the Donegal Hospice.
And in what may turn out to be a rare victory for Fianna Fail, candidate Charlie McConalogue was first to scramble across the finish line, completing his omelette in 45.7 seconds.
It was also an opportunity for organiser and community chef Brian McDermott to showcase Donegal produce.
After a skilled demonstration from the chef, the first to take up the gauntlet was the sole female candidate, Betty Holmes (IND), who happily revealed that husband, Con, had never cooked a dinner in 35 years of marriage.
Self-confessed virgin omelette maker, Padraig MacLochlainn (SF), predicted to top the poll in next week's election, called for the fire brigade during his flamboyant demonstration, in which one egg ended up broken on the table.
"I've never made an omelette before but it's great craic," he laughed as he picked out the shells before tucking into the finished product with relish.
John Ryan (FG) and fellow Inishowen native, Ryan Steward (IND) produced the best-looking omelettes of the day, while 80-year-old Ian McGarvey, the oldest candidate contesting the election, was delighted with his first attempt.
"I have scrambled and boiled eggs before but this is my first omelette," he pronounced.