Dublin youngster Sophia Maher gave the Late Late Toy Show its most powerful moment on Friday night with an anti-bullying message that touched hearts across all age groups.

The eight-year-old had been testing games with host Ryan Tubridy when talk turned to the harsh words Sophia has faced back in the real world.

"Bullies never win," explained the host. "They never win in life. They never win when they're young. They never win when they're old. And you will win because you're a gorgeous human being."

There wasn't a dry eye in the studio, or at home.

"Do you have a message for other kids who are having a bit of trouble in their life?" asked Ryan.

"Don't let the bullies stop the things... from doing the things you want to do," said Sophia. 

"And life would just suck if everybody was the same."  

"That's it exactly," said Ryan. "So you just keep on being who you are, what you are, whoever you want to be." 

Here are just some of the reactions to Sophia's show of strength:

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