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Young Laois boy glides in as Late Late Toy Show raises €5 million for charity

Ryan Tubridy and Laois's Eli McGlynn

A young Laois boy played his part as the Late Late Toy Show helped raise more than €5 million for a brand new charity.

7-year-old Eli McGlynn, who hails from Camross, joined Ryan Tubridy and the rest of the gang at the RTE Studios this evening.

Eli appeared in the popular toy car part of the show as he emerged driving a Desert Commander 4-wheel drive.

Speaking to us prior to the show, Eli’s mam Collette said he was excited at the prospect of his grandparents being able to see him on TV – and he was sure to give them a big wave.

In an emotional show, which saw Ryan at his very best in a socially distanced manner with all the children, an unbelievable sum of money was raised.

RTE have partnered with the Community Foundation for Ireland to help support children’s charities and causes all around Ireland and spread the Toy Show magic across the year.

All funds raised will be distributed by The Community Foundation for Ireland in 2021.

50 per cent of the monies raised will shared among three children’s charities (Barnardos, Children’s Health Foundation and Children’s Books Ireland), and the other 50 per cent will be distributed as grants by Community Foundation for Ireland to charities supporting children across Ireland.

You can still donate to the RTÉ Toy Show Appeal online at www.rte.ie/toyshowappeal or you can call 1800 111 800.

Congratulations and fair play to all involved!

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Stradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016.