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'A hug for you' Adam King's 'virtual hug' to light up three counties tonight as part of National Hugging Day

Adam (6), from Co Cork, melted the nation's hearts when he first shared his homemade 'virtual hug' sign with Ryan Tubridy on the Late Late Toy Show.

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Adam King and his virtual hug on The Late Late Toy Show

Adam King and his virtual hug on The Late Late Toy Show

HEART-STEALER: Adam King, with his dad David, was a big hit on The Late Late Toy Show. Photo: Fergal Phillips

HEART-STEALER: Adam King, with his dad David, was a big hit on The Late Late Toy Show. Photo: Fergal Phillips

Six-year-old Adam King, from Cork, who has brittle bones, spoke of his Nasa ambitions on RTE’s The Late Late Toy Show (Andres Poveda/PA)

Six-year-old Adam King, from Cork, who has brittle bones, spoke of his Nasa ambitions on RTE’s The Late Late Toy Show (Andres Poveda/PA)

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Adam King and his virtual hug on The Late Late Toy Show

A light display of Toy Show star Adam King's 'virtual hug' symbol will light up three counties tonight to mark National Hugging Day .

Adam (6), from Co Cork, melted the nation's hearts when he first shared his homemade 'virtual hug' sign with Ryan Tubridy on the Late Late Toy Show in November.

This evening, the symbol will be displayed in Dublin, Waterford and in Cork where the City Hall and County Hall will be lit up.

In a post shared online, an excited Adam said: "Because we can't hug each other this year, I'm sending you all a virtual hug. So keep an eye out because you might see my virtual hug near you!"

Earlier this year, the 'virtual hug' symbol was also made into a postmark by An Post.

Adam, who has brittle bones, received a congratulatory letter from the Taoiseach, who told him he was a "perfect example" of the strength needed to cope with the pandemic.

In his letter, Micheál Martin wrote: "In my speech to the country on Friday night, I thanked Ireland's children for their strength and for the way you all have coped with Covid.

"When I was saying it, I could not have believed that, just a few hours later, the country would see such a perfect example of that strength on the Late Late Toy Show.

"Your virtual hug and your obvious kindness made the point better than I ever could."


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