Buildings across the country have lit up to help spread a Late Late Toy Show star’s virtual hug.
Adam King was one of the stars of the 2020 show and his virtual hug has gone around the world.
As today is National Hugging Day, Adam wanted people to send a virtual hug to someone they care about.
Buildings including Cork City Hall, Cork County Hall, Daly’s Bridge and Crumlin Children’s Hospital were all brightly coloured this evening in celebration of Adam’s virtual hug.
🌈What a superstar!✨— Cork City Council #StayHome #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
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
Thinking of all our families and friends today as we celebrate #NationalHuggingDay with a virtual hug for you all inspired by Adam who you will all fondly remember from this year's Toy Show! @AdventuresWAD pic.twitter.com/TAhgDDk3OO— The Metropole Hotel Cork (@MetropoleCork) January 21, 2021
Dublin’s GPO and Samuel Becket Bridge was among the Dublin sites to have been lit up.
❤️ 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
Last December, Adam’s virtual hug poster was turned into a special postmark by An Post.
Late Late host Ryan Tubridy explained at the time: “We got a call from An Post during the week and they wanted to help Adam share his virtual hug across the world.
“So they have transformed it into a special Christmas postmark.” An Post said that Adam “stole our hearts” when he appears on the Toy Show.
Adam’s dad, David, said they are “a very proud family”.
The family added: "In a world forced to stay apart we wanted to use Adam's virtual hug to bring us all a little closer."