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The Most Heartwarming Moments From The Late Late Toy Show

The popular programme always tugs on our heart strings


The Late Late Toy Show returns this Friday on RTÉ One, and Ryan Tubridy has promised it’s going to be emotional.

Amid the coronavirus pandemic, this year’s socially-distant show will be very different compared to previous years – but that doesn’t mean its going to be any less special.

As we gear up for a Toy Show that’s sure to shed some tears, we’re taking a look back at some of the show’s most heartwarming moments from over the years.

When Ryan surprised Mia Farrell with a trip to Legoland

Back in 2017, viewers were in tears when host Ryan Tubridy highlighted the housing crisis in Ireland.

A young girl named Mia was invited on the show, and she explained that she lives in a crowded house with her extended family – because her mother can’t afford their own home.

Ryan then surprised her with a free trip to Legoland, thanks to Aer Lingus.

When Michael from Kerry met his hero Davy Fitz

There’s always so many stand out moments from the Late Late Toy Show, and this one from 2018 was pretty special.

Kerry native Michael O’Brien stole the hearts of the nation when he met his GAA hero Davy Fitz.

Ryan also surprised the 11-year-old with All Ireland final tickets.

When Ryan reunited two kids with their father 

One of our favourite Toy Show moments has to be when Ryan reunited the Burke family.

Admitting to the audience that this was his “favourite surprise”, Ryan hid father-of-two Graham Burke, who works for the armed-forces in Mali, in a huge Christmas present.


Graham then jumped out to surprise his two kids Adam and Kayla, leaving viewers in floods of tears.

Sophia Maher’s incredible anti-bullying message 

Sophia Maher won the hearts of the nation last year, when she spoke about bullying on the Toy Show.

The 8-year-old told Ryan about the bullying she faces daily because of her cropped hair cut, and he reminded her that “difference is a badge of honour”.


Sophia also urged other kids watching: “Don’t let the bullies stop you from doing the things that you want to do, because life would just suck if everyone was the same.”

When Ryan surprised ‘hero’ Scott – who saved his cousin’s life

Back in 2018, a young boy named Scott was dubbed a hero following his appearance on the Toy Show.

Ryan revealed how Scott from Athlone underwent a bone marrow transplant to save his little cousin Grace, as she was suffering from leukaemia.


Scott was treated to an on-air meet and greet with his favourite rugby stars – including Rob Kearney, who said Scott was the “real hero” in the room.

After bringing the entire family and their cousins on set, Ryan also surprised them with a trip Orlando, Florida.

When the Toy Show reunited another family for Christmas

Last year, the Late Late Toy Show reunited another family for Christmas by flying 24-year-old Alex home from Australia.


Her younger brother Lee was demonstrating a bike on the show when he was surprised by his sister, who he hadn’t seen in three years.

When Ryan surprised little Sophie with a well-deserved trip

On last year’s Toy Show, viewers were moved by a young girl named Sophie, who revealed her 5-year-old brother Cian was in hospital with leukaemia.

Sophie then burst into tears when Ryan surprised her with a trip to London to see her favourite musical School of Rock, as well as a trip to visit the Harry Potter studios.


Viewers were left in floods of tears as Ryan told her: “If I was Cian, I’d want a big sister like you.”

Tom Cullen and his beloved Nanny Pat

Another sweet moment from last year’s Toy Show was when eight-year-old Tom Cullen appeared on the programme with his beloved Nanny Pat.

After Tom gushed about spending time with his grandmother, Nanny Pat made a surprise appearance on the show – warming the hearts of the nation.


When Ed Sheeran surprised Aimee Keogh

One of the most memorable moments from the Toy Show has to be when Aimee Keogh was surprised by her idol Ed Sheeran back in 2014.

Aimee got the chance to sing with Ed, and he also announced that he was going to fly her and her family to London to attend one of his O2 concerts.

Three years later, Aimee was invited to sit in the audience during Ed’s appearance on The Late Late Show, where they both reflected on the emotional moment.

When little Domhnall met his hero Robbie Keane

Back in 2013, Domhnall Ó Confhaol from Connemara was surprised by his hero Robbie Keane, while he was recovering from an operation on his Achilles tendon.

Ryan asked Domhnall what he would say to Robbie if he met him, and he said: “I’d hope he’d be better quick, because I think we really need him for the 2016 Euros… he’s like the main man for us.”

Robbie then appeared onstage, leaving the eight-year-old in disbelief.