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TOY SHOW Late Late Toy Show: Ryan Tubridy says there won't be a 'dry eye in the land' after special performance

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 Ryan Tubridy pictured on the Roald Dahl themed set of this years The Late Late Toy Show.

Ryan Tubridy pictured on the Roald Dahl themed set of this years The Late Late Toy Show.

Ryan Tubridy pictured on the Roald Dahl themed set of this years The Late Late Toy Show.

RTÉ's Ryan Tubridy said there "won't be a dry eye in the land" with one particular segment of tonight's Late Late Toy Show.

One of the expected highlights will be a segment involving groups of children across the globe, including the US and United Arab Emirates joining to sing Take That's Rule the World.

All the singers featured in the performance have Irish connections and have teamed up to send special messages to their loved ones in Ireland through the medium of song.

TEARS

In a statement ahead of tonight's show, Tubridy said he doesn't think "there will be a dry eye in the land tonight when this performance is beamed across the country.

"Seeing these children - who all have much-missed and much-loved family back here in Ireland - come together to sing from every corner on Rule the World, I think it will soften the hardest of hearts.

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Isabella Douglas (4) from Meath is pictured with Ryan Tubridy on the Roald Dahl themed set of this years The Late Late Toy Show

Isabella Douglas (4) from Meath is pictured with Ryan Tubridy on the Roald Dahl themed set of this years The Late Late Toy Show

Ryan Tubridy pictured on the Roald Dahl themed set of this years The Late Late Toy Show

Ryan Tubridy pictured on the Roald Dahl themed set of this years The Late Late Toy Show

 Isabella Douglas from Meath is pictured with Ryan Tubridy on the Roald Dahl themed set of this years The Late Late Toy Show.

Isabella Douglas from Meath is pictured with Ryan Tubridy on the Roald Dahl themed set of this years The Late Late Toy Show.

 Matilda aka Eve Murphy is pictured with Ryan Tubridy on the Roald Dahl themed set of this years The Late Late Toy Show.

Matilda aka Eve Murphy is pictured with Ryan Tubridy on the Roald Dahl themed set of this years The Late Late Toy Show.

RTÉ release the first pictures of the Roald Dahl themed set of this years The Late Late Toy Show.

RTÉ release the first pictures of the Roald Dahl themed set of this years The Late Late Toy Show.

 Ryan Tubridy pictured on the Roald Dahl themed set of this years The Late Late Toy Show.

Ryan Tubridy pictured on the Roald Dahl themed set of this years The Late Late Toy Show.

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Isabella Douglas (4) from Meath is pictured with Ryan Tubridy on the Roald Dahl themed set of this years The Late Late Toy Show

"It's a performance that encapsulates the year that was, and bright hopes for the future."

Tubridy said he wouldn't hesitate to get the Covid-19 vaccine when it comes available. The presenter, who is ringmaster for tonight's show, contracted coronavirus last March.

But unlike his RTÉ colleague, Claire Byrne, he said he has fortunately not suffered any long-term symptoms and added that "of course" he would jump at the chance to get the vaccine.

"I was very lucky with the Covid experience that I had and that is to say, some people had it really bad and they had a long Covid. I had a very small version of Covid. I had a persistent cough, I only remembered recently I had a bad wheeze and a shortness of breath," he said.

"But I didn't have to take a pill, no medication. I didn't have to go to bed, I wasn't tired or anything like that.

"So I took the two weeks to self-isolate and that was it and then back to work as soon as humanly possible, so I was OK.

"But in terms of the long-term effects of Covid, I don't believe I have any. But if I do have anything untoward, I'll blame it on that."

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He said he's hopeful that better times lie ahead once the Government eventually starts rolling out the vaccine to members of the public.

"I think the vaccine is coming, the cavalry is coming and I think the world is going to be a much better, brighter place in a few months time," he said.

"And I think we'll be going to gigs, going to matches. I am very optimistic about the near future. I think we're going to be fine and everything's going to taste and look and feel better than ever before."

Tubridy, whose show will celebrate the works of Roald Dahl tonight, also paid tribute to the support of his tight-knit family, including his two daughters aged 15 and 21 as well as his mother Catherine (79).

"I was bowled over by their determination and kindness. That was lovely," he said.

"Certainly my own immediate family have been amazing. Some people go for pints, I go for double, which is pints and therapy combined.

"My mother is nearly 80-years-old and the first lockdown was really hard for her.

"It was really, really tough and I was worried about her and I missed her, even though she only lives up the road.

GRATITUDE

"To me, she reflected all the men and women in Ireland of that age who deserve our gratitude because they stayed in.

"That is a horrible thing to do to them. I was bowled over by her and my family.

"I have found that it has been a very moving and humbling experience. I think I have learned a lot of life lessons from the pandemic," he said.

The Late Late Toy Show is on RTÉ 1 tonight at 9.35pm.

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