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It's a 'Jepic' day out for toy lovers

Mark Hilliard

Published 05/11/2011 | 05:00

Jedward with Will Humphreys, from Donabate, Co Dublin, at the Toy Show Experience
in the Convention Centre yesterday
Jedward with Will Humphreys, from Donabate, Co Dublin, at the Toy Show Experience in the Convention Centre yesterday

JOYS are us -- pop stars Jedward opened the Toy Show Experience yesterday.

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As the snaking lines of screaming children and patient adults arrived into Dublin's Convention Centre, nobody was quite sure what they wanted to play with first -- the toys or the twins.

"It was Jepic," announced 16-year-old Laoise Dunne, from Bray, whose favourite game is following the twins around their various public appearances.

"They are just amazing; they are really nice and they have time for all their fans."

It's true -- the duo stood by the entrance doors 'meeting and greeting' hundreds of youngsters with equal enthusiasm.

In total, there is about 3,000 square feet of show space at the venue which remains open today and tomorrow.

Over the weekend some 20,000 people are expected to march through, dodging giant stuffed animals and trying out everything from games, dolls, teddy bears and puzzles to instruments, sports equipment and gadgets.

The event is also pitching stage productions with music and entertainment and 'experience areas' offering specialised events from storybook reading to music, sport to action figures, dolls and fashion.

And what wonderland would be complete without a Santa's Grotto? Today Leinster and Munster rugby stars will be on hand to promote the benefits of some outdoors fun.

Irish Independent

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