Two Laois sisters land dream job of toy testers for Late Late Toy Show

"Trying to get them to bed tonight will be harder that Christmas Eve" - Cliona O'Connell, mother to lucky Abbeyleix girls Bebhinn, 5 and Aoife, 7

Lynda Kiernan


Lynda Kiernan


Two Laois sisters land dream job of toy testers for Late Late Toy Show

Two little girls from Abbeyleix have landed the best Christmas present ever, after being chosen to demonstrate toys on the Late Late Toy Show tomorrow night.

O'Connell sisters Bebhinn aged 5 and Aoife aged 7 are "shellshocked" their mother Cliona said, after being chosen from thousands of videos sent in by children all around Ireland.

"Bebhinn will be demonstrating toys and Aoife will be riding bikes. We saw the ad to send a video so we did up two little videos. Bebhinn has diabetes and she talked about her dolly who has a diabetes kit too. Aoife is quite happy to do anything, but especially loves books," said Cliona.

They sent the video last September, and got a call before Halloween to come to RTE over mid term.

"The two went in and spent some time talking, we have no idea what they did, and they did some filming. Two and a half weeks ago we got a call to say they had been successful. We waiting until they were both home from school to tell them, and all hell broke loose, there was absolute bedlam. I can't believe they are both on it," said their delighted mother.

Bebhinn will be well able for Ryan Tubridy she said.

"She's well able to talk, she'll be pointing out if he is wrong about anything, she won't let him away with anything. A whole heap of toys was sent to our home, we are not allowed to divulge anything, but she is trying to make sure she knows where everything is and what everything does," she said.

The girls met Ryan at the audition day.

"He's nice, he's really tall," said Bebhinn.

"He kept crashing into me in his go-kart," said Aoife.

The girls go to Abbeyleix South NS.

"They're like little celebrities, the kids can't believe they're going to be on television," said Cliona.

She and her husband Alan will be backstage watching on the small screen, while the girls' grandparents will be watching at home in Cork and Dublin.

"I can't believe we're driving up to Dublin bright and early tomorrow morning to do this, it's just mad. Trying to get them to bed tonight will be worse than on Christmas eve. My husband is so excited it's like having three children," she laughed.

The Late Late Toy Show is on RTE 1 at 9.35 on Friday night December 2, while viewers worldwide can tune it live on on desktop or download the iOS or Android app. It will be repeated on Sunday afternoon at 3.25pm.