Kids stuck in homeless crisis to be remembered in Toy Show 

Kids stuck in homeless crisis to be remembered in Toy Show 
RTE's Ryan Tubridy pictured with students from the Denise Moriarty School of Dance and the School of Uke, Cork at the launch of The Late Late Toy Show Audition Tour in Cork city. Pic Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

SELF-proclaimed ‘Toyman’ Ryan Tubridy hopes to host a Late Late Toy Show that delivers joy to all children watching at home.

Speaking at auditions in Cork yesterday, Mr Tubridy said this year he wanted to make a concentrated effort to remember kids that may feel a little left out of the festivities.

“I want to remember kids who might be having trouble at home, who are not fortunate enough to have a big fire and popcorn and all the things that normally happen in a house,” said Tubridy.

At the auditions in Cork with Ryan was the School of Ukulele players and singers from Midleton. 	Picture: Cathal Noonan
At the auditions in Cork with Ryan was the School of Ukulele players and singers from Midleton. Picture: Cathal Noonan

“I want to remember kids who are not in a house — I think this is really important this year — that kids that don’t have a voice get heard and I think I have a role in that.

“So that they know that whatever is happening in their world, that they are being thought of and hopefully the place will be kinder to them.”

The Late Late Toy Show host said this year’s theme and song was picked and the show would be a huge stunning production that he felt was inclusive for all children.

“We have a very good, big and warm show, bursting with happiness from the heart and there are kids I know who don’t have that and if we could somehow get the message to them that is it not going to be bad always - it is not going to be sad always. It is not going to be difficult always.”

Speaking about the current economic climate, and the homelessness and housing crisis, Mr Tubridy said the situation got to him.

Ryan Tubridy with students from the Joan Denise Moriarty School of Dance and the School of Uke, Cork, on the boardwalk outside the Clayton Hotel, Cork city.
Ryan Tubridy with students from the Joan Denise Moriarty School of Dance and the School of Uke, Cork, on the boardwalk outside the Clayton Hotel, Cork city.

Ryan added: “The current crisis bothers me, it upsets me. I think that this is the toy show, this is a happy story, but I don’t think we should let the opportunity go by not to mention what is happening for a lot of children around the country. I get a great kick out of being the Toyman and if you are going to be the toy man you are going to be the toy man for all children, not just the lucky ones.”

Mr Tubridy said the show this year was very much about getting a positive message out to kids who need to hear it.

RTÉ's Ryan Tubridy pictured with students from the Denise Moriarty School of Dance and the School of Uke at the launch of The Late Late Toy Show Audition Tour. Pic Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision
RTÉ's Ryan Tubridy pictured with students from the Denise Moriarty School of Dance and the School of Uke at the launch of The Late Late Toy Show Audition Tour. Pic Daragh Mc Sweeney/Provision

“This year is about saying: We hear you, we know you are there and we are going to fight for you if we can. I think the difficulty is if we ignore it, we forget them and I don’t want to ignore them. I don’t know if we can do anything about it but I can’t ignore it. It is too sad.

“It is just to say, we know you are there, we are aware of you and we don’t know if there is much we can do for you, but we are thinking of you.”

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