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A-Mayo-zing Love Island's Toby Aromoloran says he had 'the best' summers in Ireland growing up

'I was chasing frogs around in the fields and running after cows. My cousins are in the same age group as me as well'

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Toby Aromoloran and Matthew MacNabb at The Dean

Toby Aromoloran and Matthew MacNabb at The Dean

Toby Aromoloran and Matthew MacNabb at The Dean

Love Island’s Toby Aromoloran has said that he had “the best memories” in Ireland as a child.

The 22-year-old, who made it to the Love Island final in August with his girlfriend Chloe Burrows after two months in the villa, arrived in Ireland this week to celebrate the launch of his latest collection with Boohoo Man.

Viewers of the popular reality dating show were both shocked and delighted this summer to discover that Toby’s mum Victoria hailed from Crossmolina in Co. Mayo when she visited him in the villa.

Speaking to Ray D’Arcy on his RTÉ Radio Show yesterday, Toby explained that he’d often spend his summers in rural Mayo with his cousins growing up.

The reality star said: “When I was a child, summer holidays come up, and my mum would just, like, throw me to Ireland. Like, ‘Go there!’ and I’d be like, ‘Ok, cool.’

“[She would say] ‘I’ll be right back’ and just leave! She’d go back to England! We didn’t have a clue until she went!”

“I just dropped them off and then went back!” Victoria laughed.

“I’d just say, ‘Go out through the back door there’ – and I’d be gone out through the front!”

“They went out from morning to night, and they only came back when they were either dirty or hungry so that was it.”

“That was the good old days,” Toby said. “I was chasing frogs around in the fields and running after cows. My cousins are in the same age group as me as well.”

Toby added that he had “the best memories” from those summers in Ireland.

Later that day, Toby spent some time in Dublin with his Love Island co-star, Down native Matthew MacNabb.

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Toby and Matthew via Instagram Stories

Toby and Matthew via Instagram Stories

Toby and Matthew via Instagram Stories

The pair visited Sophie’s Rooftop Bar at The Dean, where Toby tried his first pint of Guinness (which he found “disgusting”).

Posting to his Instagram Stories, Toby shared a video with his friend as they clinked their pint glasses together.

“Drinking Guinness with Matthew!” he exclaimed.

Matthew replied: “What’s up? Sláinte baby!”

Over on his own account, Matthew shared a clip of Toby and said: “I had to introduce the main man @tobyaromoloran to Ireland with a proper welcome! Sláinte.”

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