There were laughs, there were tears, there were wildly talented kids as well as music and sport superstars. It's fair to say it was another night to remember for The Late Late Toy Show.

Here are some of the top moments from the mane event in the TV calendar...

The Toy Show roared to life with a wild opening number

There was magic in the air as Lion Tubridy and his pals opened the show with an utterly joyous and rambunctious rendition of Hakuna Matata. Ryan was really hitting those high notes!

What could we possibly need more than a problem-free philosophy in this day and age? Tubs' pun-filled introduction couldn't help but bring a smile to our faces.

Safari so good.

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The superhero we all need

The first toy tester of the night arrived in style. True star-in-the-making Alanna LaFontaine rolled in on a Batmobile and her infectious giggle soon won over hearts around the country. She had her superhero stance nailed to boot.

In true Toy Show fashion, Alanna was constantly getting distracted by one of the dolls - and we soon found out why.

"You're determined to get to those dolls and I swear to god..." Ryan warned, before getting a hearty blast of bubbles to the face. Her reluctance to exit stage left was amazing.

"Can I say goodbye?" "No!"

Legend.

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Róisín's dinosaur knowledge blew everyone away

"Why do you like dinosaurs so much?" "Because they're cool."

And so we were introduced to fledgling palaeontologist Róisín Dolan. Her breathless and rapid-fire naming of all the types of dinosaurs, some of which we hadn't heard before, had us impressed.

"You have a very intense gaze," Ryan remarked at one stage, before asking the studio audience: "Isn't she a superstar?" We couldn't agree more.

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Brothers DJ Calum and Hype-man Jackson stole hearts

Is there anything we love more than a dance party? The Toy Show pumped up the volume with DJ Calum, his younger brother and hype-man Jackson and some seriously impressive dancers mixing modern dancing with traditional Irish.

When DJ Calum told Ryan about his ambitions to make a career out of playing music ("I want to DJ the main stage at a music festival in front of thousands of people"), Ryan bestowed him with a full suite of top-notch equipment. A clearly emotional Calum was taken aback by the gesture, but just when we thought our hearts couldn't get any fuller, he told everyone how much his little bro' means to him.

"He's just the best, he's really funny, I just love him!"

Pass the tissues.

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Brave Lego-master Finn rang the bell

The inspirational Finn Ryan told Ryan about battling cancer in 2018 and explained all he was able to play with in hospital was Lego.

When he rang the bell in St John's Ward in Crumlin to signal that he was cancer-free, his extended family couldn't be there, so Ryan prompted him to ring a bell of hope for all the other children who are still sick.

Finn took to the task with plenty of gusto, so much so that he broke the bell, but continued on regardless.

When Ryan asked him if he would like to go to Denmark, Finn nonchalantly shrugged, but he was soon bowled over by the news that he was due to fly to Legoland with his family. A very well deserved treat for Finn and Toy Show moment for the ages.

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The future is bright for fashionista Abagail

The wonderful Abigail Heavey, a budding fashion designer with a penchant for "bling and sparkle" opened her segment by demanding of a similarly faux-fur coat-clad Ryan: "Why did you take my style?" He soon lost the jacket, and asked Abigail what she thought of travelling to Dublin.

"I cannot handle the traffic! How do people live in Dublin!"

Saying what we're all thinking, Abagail.

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Una Walsh performed A Million Dreams on the harp

Sometimes the quiet moments sneak up on you in the Toy Show, and that's what happened with Una Walsh's gorgeous rendition of A Million Dreams on the harp.

"There was something very beautiful about that," Ryan remarked.

A moving moment.

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Fergal stole the show by singing Ave Maria in Italiano

It was truly unexpected when 10-year-old Fergal casually jumped off his toy car and launched into Ave Maria in Italian. What a voice! DJ Calum's increasingly impressed expressions in the background mirrored how we were all feeling.

The talent on this show was spectacular.

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Kellie Harrington had some inspirational advice to young viewers

Olympic gold-medalist Kellie Harrington surprised two besties Poppy and Darcy, saying she was delighted to meet "these two champs". The Dublin boxer said she applies to go to the Toy Show every year ("the tickets are like gold dust") but now she finally had her chance to be part of the magic.

She made the best of it as she gave young viewers around the country some great advice. "Just be yourself and surround yourself with all your friends, and be very positive," she said.

"In the middle of the grey skies you were a rainbow for the country this year," Ryan told her. Very well said.

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Paudie impressed with Treat People with Kindness

Ryan teamed up with Paudie O'Callaghan for an awe-inspiring performance of Harry Styles' uplifting track Treat People with Kindness. While Ryan got the chance to show off his singing range, it was of course the kids that stole the show, particularly the brilliant Paudie.

They showed what great pals they are when Paudie encouraged a reluctant Ryan to go down the tiny slide in studio. Just adorable.

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Ed Sheeran

This year's Toy Show went out with a bang with surprise guest Ed Sheeran, who joined the Toy Show Appeal Choir for a cover of his song Leave Your Life.

Ed was suitably impressed by his talented backing singers, and offered them and their families tickets to his Irish tour next year. Having watched the full show from behind the scenes, it was clear Ed was a newfound Toy Show fan. "It's so wonderful," he said.

A fitting end to a top-notch show.

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