Yet again, we were spoiled for choice. There was never a dull moment, but here are the ones that will go down in Toy Show history.

The opening number to get the party started

As Fantastic Mr Fox, Ryan Tubridy and friends welcomed a weary land with a performance of It's Oh So Quiet. It was anything but, moving from library to studio with a chutzpah that set the tone for the shenanigans in store. On a night where we had nowhere else to go, this was the only place that we wanted to be.

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Saoirse Ruane inspires the nation to dig deep

Eight-year-old Saoirse Ruane from Kiltullagh, Co Galway was an inspiration for the ages as she shared her story of losing her leg because of a tumour - she first started to feel a little bit unwell on Toy Show night last year.

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Saoirse told Ryan she had three dreams: be on The Late Late Toy Show, be walking by Christmas and go on a family holiday. With the first two sorted, the Toy Show and Aer Lingus were only too happy to help with the latter. A trip to Disney World is on the cards when the world goes back to normal.

But the Toy Show will never be the same again after her appearance because Saoirse's mam told us all about how the youngster had raised funds for charity. Her work for others inspired this year's Late Late Toy Show Charity Appeal - and by the end of the show over €5m had been donated by viewers to help children around the country. Now that's wow factor!

What a glorious feeling

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Showstoppers are the Toy Show's stock-in-trade for decades, but Tubs' tribute to Singin' in the Rain - on the Fair City set! - has to be top five. Cloud-busting magic, this one would have made even Gene Kelly smile that smile. Had it been raining tonight, we would've been swinging off a lampost.

A young giant

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Teenager Michael Moloney is a huge Dermot Kennedy fan and performed a sublime version of Giants, dedicated to Michael's late father. Mid-chorus, in came Dermot to marvel at Michael's totally assured rendition. "It was magic," said the chart-topper after his latest duet. And he didn't come empty-handed, telling Michael he has a day's recording in Windmill Lane lined up. It sounded like it would be the first of many.

Adam King rules our hearts

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Adam King, aged six from Co Cork, held up the homemade virtual hug that he shows everyone he meets because of Covid-19. Everyone in the country wanted to hold one up for him too. Adam, who has brittle bones, plans to work in NASA mission control; his confidence and love of life are already out of this world.

And there was a suitably stellar surprise: John Doyle, "the nicest hospital porter in Ireland", beamed in from Temple Street to salute his young friend. "Adam has such an infectious smile that even the darkest planet out there would light up," said John. Talk about a rocket straight to your heart!

The Toy Show rules the world

That much-heralded performance of Rule the World lived up to the hype. And then some. As Gary Barlow joined children with Irish roots from around the globe, everyone felt that little bit closer to home - and to coming home. Watch again, marvel again, weep again. The future is in the best of hands. 

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