Locations across Cork and the rest of Ireland were illuminated last night to celebrate National Hugging Day, and Adam King's 'virtual hug'.
Six-year-old Adam King stole the hearts of the nation with his handmade 'virtual hug' on The Late Late Toy Show this Christmas.
To mark National Hugging Day, the Cork native encouraged the people of Ireland to send virtual hugs to loved ones this year.
A number of locations and landmarks across the country embraced Adam's concept and lit up with their very own 'virtual hug'.
The six-year-old joined the Lord Mayor of Cork, Cllr Joe Kavanagh and Mayoress Stephanie Kavanagh to launch his virtual approach to National Hugging Day this year.
🌈What a superstar!✨— Cork City Council #StaySafe (@corkcitycouncil) January 21, 2021
Today, on #NationalHuggingDay Cork's Adam King reminded the world to spread joy & kindness @AdventuresWAD !
💖Don't forget to send a virtual hug to someone you love or miss today💕
#AHugForYou #AdamsVirtualHug #AHugFromCorkCityHall pic.twitter.com/NEb381CWPw
Staff at the Cork International Hotel also got on board with the idea and sent virtual hugs that were inspired by the original handmade version that Adam presented on The Late Late Toy Show.
Sending you all virtual hugs!❤️— Cork International Hotel (@No1CorkHotel) January 21, 2021
Taking a leaf out of Adam's book, we're celebrating #NationalHuggingDay today with virtual hugs for our families and hardworking heroes!#NationalHugDay #lockdown2021 #wearetrigon pic.twitter.com/jcglUmGEbb
Daly's Bridge, also known as Shakey Bridge, was also illuminated for the occasion.
Adam's message was spread right across the country, with one of his virtual hugs appearing on the GPO in Dublin along with the Samuel Beckett Bridge and the Mansion House.
❤️ Locations featuring Adam King’s “virtual hugs” this evening— Philip Bromwell (@philipbromwell) January 21, 2021
❤️ Dublin - Samuel Beckett Bridge, Mansion House, GPO
❤️ Cork - City Hall, County Hall, Dalys Bridge & the Grand Parade Fountain
❤️ Waterford - City Hall#NationalHuggingDay #AdamsVirtualHug pic.twitter.com/xAj4OZdAKn
Inspired by Adam King's idea, Children's Health Ireland at Crumlin also lit up their building to sent a virtual hug to their patients, families and staff.
We lit up @CHIatCrumlin to send Children's Health Ireland patients, families and staff #VirtualHugs to celebrate #NationalHuggingDay #ThankYou Adam King for inspiring us 🇮🇪 ❤ @TempleStreetHos #CHIatTallaght #CHIatConnolly @nch_info @JD1879 @AdventuresWAD pic.twitter.com/a4674A43jE— CHI at Crumlin (@CHIatCrumlin) January 21, 2021