The Late Late Toy Show's festive display of talent, kindness and strength on Friday night proved that Ireland is in the best of young hands.

On a Toy Show that ranked with the best down the decades, presenter Ryan Tubridy let his young co-stars take centre stage as they shared their interests, hopes and dreams with wit and wisdom beyond their years. It wasn't about the toys; it was all about the children.

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From the opening Frozen extravaganza, this was a show that had something to thaw all hearts, whether it was Lee Cooling being surprised by his sister who was home from Australia; Nanny Pat's cameo with grandson Tom Cullen or Dublin youngster Sophia Maher's spellbinding show of strength as she delivered an anti-bullying message that spoke of, and for, a better Ireland.

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There were laughs, there were tears and there was a real sense that 44 years down the line, the Toy Show remains forever young.

Planning for the 2020 edition begins now; they'll have their work cut out to better 2019.

Watch the Late Late Toy Show in full on the RTÉ Player or watch with Irish Sign Language here.