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Ryan Tubridy has shared an emotional message after this year’s Late Late Toy Show saw €6.2 million raised for charity.
The RTE star has thanked the crew, children and viewers following the massive success of the show.
This year’s Late Late Toy Show was a little different as the kids and guests had to follow social distance guidelines due to Covid-19, the Irish Mirror reports.
Ryan posted a pic of himself holding a guitar and wearing a Star Trek jumper on Instagram with the caption: “‘So shines a good deed in a weary world’.
“To all the wonderful people behind the scenes, to all the children and to all who showed such kindness at such a difficult time, thank you from the bottom of my heart.”
It comes as Late Toy Show star Adam King will relive his magic moment from the other side of the screen tonight after reuniting with his family today.
The inspirational space-loving little six-year-old from Co Cork won the heart of the world last night after reuniting with his hero JD from Temple Street live on the most-watched TV show of the year.
Adam travelled up from Youghal with dad David while his siblings Danny, Katie, Robert, and baby Sarah watched with mam Fiona at the family home.
Over 1.5 million people tuned in to see him tell Ryan Tubridy of his dream to be a commander in NASA – and when asked about being an astronaut he said he couldn’t because of his brittle bones.
Cork Beo reports that Adam was born with osteogenesis imperfecta (OI). It’s a condition which causes brittle bone and causes stunted growth which can make him prone to fractures.
Despite these he’s still a very active kid – he plays with TWO GAA clubs and soccer with Youghal United. He’s also starting tennis next week.
“Instead you can be the guy with the microphone underneath on the ground,” Tubridy replied when Adam told him of his future plans.
Tubs got into a rocket before Adam got out of his chair to give him an official countdown – and right after that he was surprised with a visit from his favourite celeb – porter John Doyle from Temple St Hospital.
The images of Adam’s face lighting up beamed across the globe and his infectious attitude was admired by everyone – including people from NASA.
Emotional dad David told Cork Beo of his pride and said the kid we saw on TV is exactly how he is in real life.
He said: “It’s been lovely to see this outpouring from people in Ireland and all over the globe. It’s very humbling. To say we’re overwhelmed is an understatement.
“It was very emotional watching from backstage, it was beautiful, I was so impressed with how relaxed Adam was.
“Taking away all the wonder and magic of the toy show, as a parent the one thing you want is for your child to feel comfortable and be themselves.
“He did all that, he was absolutely himself and it came across so genuinely on the camera.
“Ryan was masterful with him. You could see they had such a good rapport and it came across so well.
“For him to have such an enjoyable experience, and the fact he got to meet JD was wonderful for him.”
David thought John’s celebrity treatment was “proper order” and said what happened was a “testament to the wonderful work he does and the work that everyone in Temple St does”.
“It was fantastic to see how JD was brought in, it’s the type of thing in the past that would be reserved for a celebrity. But I think it’s proper order that he got that type of reaction from the public and Adam and it’s a testament to the wonderful work he does and the work that everyone in Temple St does.
“It was a lovely moment meeting him and getting to chat with him backstage. We had a lengthy conversation about the magical nature of the giant peach he came in on. Adam is convinced he went home in the thing.”
“They asked Adam before the show who his favourite Irish celebrities were. He put down three people.
“Michael D Higgins because his mam says Michael D is small and cute like he is, he put down his nurse Marie Mac from CUH, she’s from the Seahorse Ward and he loves her, and he put down John Doyle. They were his top Irish celebrities.
“It’s reflective of his world. A lot of his life revolves around visits to Temple St and visits to CUH. They’re there helping with the challenges and struggles that people don’t see.
“That’s why it was such a wonderful and magical thing last night.”
David described mam Fiona as “the engine” of the family and said Adam is “only the wonderful child he is because he has a wonderful mother behind him”.
“Fiona is the glue that holds it all together. She can’t be credited enough.
“They video called them all the second they got home and she was first to talk to him.
“She told him ‘Adam you were absolutely wonderful, you were just yourself, you were amazing’.
“I think the way we both see it is that we’re so chuffed that the world got to see an Adam that we know, his friends and schoolmates know, and everyone here knows.
“He’s an amazing kid who like many others has a dream.”