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Aron has ‘lift off’ on Late Late Toy Show


STAR OF THE SHOW Áron Gibbons, age 6 from Westport, donned his pilot’s outfit to take centre stage on the most watched television programme of the year, RTÉ's Late Late Toy Show. Pic: Anders Poveda

Oisín McGovern

ARON Gibbons from Westport won the hearts of millions of people with a high-flying appearance on the Late Late Toy Show.
Aron (6), who wants to be a pilot when he grows up, wowed the audience with his aviation knowledge and impressive pilot uniform.
He told host Ryan Tubridy that he likes airplanes because they are ‘very cool’ and he invited Ryan into the Toy Show airplane.
Aron wants to follow in the footsteps of his uncle, who works as a pilot. He also loves geography and is fascinated by the different countries and their flags.
Aron himself has only been on a plane twice in his life – a pre-pandemic return flight between Riga and Dublin.
During his Toy Show appearance, Aron made it very clear to Tubridy who was boss.
Aron ordered Ryan not to bring any liquids on board after the Toy Show host set off the alarm upon boarding.
As they embarked, Ryan asked Aron, “Are you the pilot?” to which Aron replied, “It’s called the captain,” sending the audience into fits of laughter.
After landing the plane following some ‘turbulence’, Ryan announced that Aron would be given an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of Dublin airport. He will also be made an honorary airline pilot on the day.

Story for school
Speaking to The Mayo News yesterday (Monday), Aron’s mother, Sanita, said he was welcomed back to Lankill NS ‘with open arms’.
Aron is a Senior Infant student in Ms O’Connell’s class, and all gave him a big send-off ahead of his big flight on Friday.
Unsurprisingly, Aron slept soundly that Friday night before darting into school on Monday morning to tell his friends about his Toy Show adventure.
“They let him put on his [pilot] uniform and bring in his plane so he can talk about it and tell all the kids about his experience on The Late Late Toy Show,” Sanita said.
Is he proud of himself?
“He is,” replied Sanita. “He is taking his new fame in his stride. He was excited to go back to school today to tell his friends in Lankill about his experience.”

Ready and able
Aron clearly wasn’t one bit nervous before or during his big flight with Ryan Tubridy and had the audience in the palm of his hand.
His mother, however, wasn’t so relaxed.
“I was as nervous! Really nervous,” Sanita revealed.
“As a mum, you hope everything goes well for him. But he didn’t mind, he was just ready to go on and to do his thing and to show his plane to everybody.”
Millions of boys and girls and mothers and fathers tuned in to watch this year’s Late Late Toy Show, which raised over €3.5 million for charity.