Thursday 14 December 2017

Helen Moorhouse: Just like Tayto and hurling, our Toy Show is a national treasure

SOME things are inherently Irish. Tayto. Hurling. Calling a ham and cheese pastry by the French word for ham.

And then there's that one special night every year for all the boys and girls. The night when, if you're very good, and don't thump your sister, you can stay up to watch the Irish phenomenon that is The Toy Show.

In 2011, in a nation obsessed with sport, in a time of economic crisis, when both the queen of England and President of America visited, it was the most-watched TV programme of the year. Over 1.5 million tuned in to spend two hours with a skinny man in a terrible jumper, surrounded by dolls.

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