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Toy Show starts the festive season in style

IT WAS festive mayhem and madness in Montrose as The Late Late Toy Show came to town.

Ryan Tubridy (39) kicked off proceedings by jumping from a sack in his now trademark Christmas jumper -- this year choosing to be a skinny elf.

There was endless talent from children all over the country as they showcased everything from apartment-appropriate toys to huge doll's houses.

Tubridy, presenting his fourth Toy Show, engaged well with the mini-presenters, and was able to bring out the best in the toy reviewers.

X Factor boyband Union J were on hand to add some star quality to proceedings.

Members George Shelley, JJ Hemblett, Josh Cuthbert and Jaymi Hensley said they had been "in a bubble" for the last nine weeks but were delighted to be in Dublin.

Music mogul Louis Walsh, their mentor on X Factor, is "amazing", they said, adding: "We call him the fifth member -- Uncle Louis."

They are also honoured to be compared to One Direction, calling Mullingar's Niall Horan and his bandmates the "biggest boyband in the world".


Children from across the country lined up to demonstrate their favourite toys, with four-year-old Lucas from Dublin first out.

Twins Aoife and Orla from Kildare then appeared dressed as elves, upstaging the host.

A Toy Show would not be complete without Jedward, who sent their greetings from Orlando, Florida.

Meanwhile, Vanessa (7) from Wexford showed Ryan magic tricks and then helped him make cakes, which were unceremoniously thrown into the audience.

It was also Christmas for the audience, who got gifts and hampers from Woodies and Tayto among others.

While there are many new toys on offer this year the focus seemed to be on a chosen few, rather than the helter-skelter running around that Gay Byrne and Pat Kenny used to engage in when they were the ones in the dodgy jumpers.

Ryan donned a pink tutu made by ten-year-old Angel Arnold from Offaly to much hilarity from the audience.