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Toy Show is just child's play for Pat


Pat Kenny  with Naoise (5) and Tierna (8)

Pat Kenny with Naoise (5) and Tierna (8)

Pat Kenny with Naoise (5) and Tierna (8)

A BIT like his Christmas jumpers, Pat Kenny has never looked completely comfortable presenting the Toy Show.

However, the 'Late Late' host (pictured right, with sisters Naoise (5) and Tierna (8) Rowsome from Dublin) is confident that he has the experience to deal with that sticky moment when talkative Timmy from Foxrock clams up or the robot dog refuses to wag its tail.

"The show is a bit daunting," Pat admitted yesterday. "This is my tenth so I'm not too concerned that it won't happen, but it's one of those shows that never gets fully rehearsed."

With a nod to the economic climate, this year's set marks a return to a more traditional Christmas.

"The whole emphasis is on the ghosts of Christmases past. We're aware that a lot of people may not have the Christmas they expect to have with the recession," Pat said. "So we're not going bling. It's much more traditional and cosy."

Rest assured, however, there will still be gadgets. "A lot of the toys are evolutionary rather than revolutionary," he said. "Some of the robots are much more natural now."

While Pat said the performances of the children was the ingredient that has kept the show popular, the audience is adults-only, with tickets notoriously hard to come by. On Pat's radio show this week a woman paid €1,500 in a charity auction for a pair, with the proceeds going to Our Lady's Children's Hospital in Crumlin, Dublin.

Those tickets were raffled after being turned down by competition winner Barbara Heavey from Cork city last week.

"I wonder why would someone want to enter a competition, the centrepiece of which is Toy Show tickets, if they have no interest in the Toy Show?" Pat asked.

There will, he hopes, be no similarly uncomfortable moments tonight.

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