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Staggering Late Late Show viewers raise more than €20m for Irish charities

The broadcaster announced today that the people of Ireland generously donated to Irish charities such as Pieta House, the Simon Community, and St Vincent de Paul through Late Late appeals in 2020 and 2021

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Ryan Tubridy on the Late Late Toy Show

Ryan Tubridy on the Late Late Toy Show

Ryan Tubridy on the Late Late Toy Show

Viewers of The Late Late Show have raised more than €20 million for Irish charities throughout the pandemic, RTÉ has revealed.

The broadcaster announced today that the people of Ireland generously donated to Irish charities such as Pieta House, the Simon Community, and St Vincent de Paul through Late Late appeals in 2020 and 2021.

A whopping €6.62 million was donated through the Toy Show Appeal alone, which was set up during last November’s emotional Late Late Toy Show.

Donations surpassed €3.5million for the Irish Cancer Society Daffodil Day after the Late Late Show special that saw Jedward shave off their signature quiffs live on air in honour of their late mother Susanna, who died of cancer in 2019.

Host Ryan Tubridy said he was completely “humbled” when he heard the news, saying: “The amazing TV audience that you are, you have donated a staggering total amount of €20 million to Irish charities.

"I mean that is - per capita, it's mind-boggling. So, we're very humbled and what else can we say but serious thank you from the bottom of our hearts from everyone here on The Late Late Show.

“The office teams, studio crew, the guests who turn up every week to make this all possible, we are grateful beyond words.”

RTÉ have also thanked their viewers for their generosity in a time when charities needed it most with a touching video message.

“When something so scary happens, it turns all our lives upside down. We see clearly what really matters,” a voiceover said in the clip.

“Caring, kindness, and love make the world go round. You’ve donated €20 million to The Late Late Show appeals.”

And a very special guest made an appearance at the end of the video.

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“Thank you, Ireland from the bottom of our hearts. This is for you and there’s one for everyone in the audience,” national treasure Adam King said as he held up his famous virtual hug drawing.

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