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Isabella Sydney back home again in Ennis after her appearance on this year's Late Late Toy Show, where she charmed host Ryan Tubridy, with her tales, art and very own Adventure Wish Book, pictured with her proud twin brother A.J., her mother, Munster And Clare Carer Of The Year Clare Mulvey Sydney, and her pet dog "Antonio". Photograph by John Kelly

Ennis girl’s Late Late dream come true

AN Ennis girl who touched the hearts of the nation with an appearance on last weekend’s Late Late Toy Show has described the experience as “amazing”.
12-year-old Isabella Sydney Mulvey was born with Lumbosacral Agenesis which necessitates her using a wheelchair as her legs were amputated at the age of seven.
On the show, which has been watched by 1.8 million people all over the world, Isabella spoke with host Ryan Tubridy about her favourite sensory toys and her ‘Adventure Book’ which includes all her favourite wishes including a dream to visit the Louvre in Paris.
She was then surprised by Ryan who revealed she and her family would be going on a magical trip of a lifetime to the French capital including a visit to Disneyland Paris.
Speaking to The Clare Champion this week Isabella said, “Being on the show was great, it was amazing. Ryan was really lovely and nice.”
She said she is “very much looking forward” to going to Paris with her family including mum Clare, dad Dee and twin brother AJ, to see all the places she has dreamed of, including the Eiffel Tower and Louvre Museum.
Clare, who recently was named Munster Family Carer of the Year, told us she was stunned when Ryan surprised Isabella. “Oh my God, I was absolutely shocked,” she said.
Aunt Mairead, who Isabella described as “hilarious” to Ryan on the show, will also be going on the trip along with her family. They hope to be able to travel to Paris next spring or summer, and are trying to co-ordinate it so other family members will be able to travel at the same time and have a big holiday together, according to Clare.
On the show Isabella told Ryan all about her Adventure Book explaining it is “basically a wish list of things I want to do. The first page is Dominica in the Caribbean, because my nan is from there.
“On the next page is Paris. I haven’t been there. I really want to see the The Eiffel tower is really beautiful. I also want to see the Louvre because I love art.”
It was at that point that Ryan told her, “I need some magic in my life for you” before springing the surprise of a lifetime on the delighted youngster.
He said, “Aer Lingus are going to put you, your brother, your folks, and aunty Mairead – you’re all going to Paris.
“They’re going to put you up in a hotel and we’re going to organise a little trip for you to go to Disneyland.
“You’re also going to see the Louvre and have lots of fun. Happy Christmas!”
“The shocked youngster could barely contain her excitement as she exclaimed, “Oh my God, thank you so much.”
There was a big welcome home when they arrived back in Ennis after Isabella’s appearance on the show which also raised millions for children’s charities.
“My family were all outside the house and there were banners and posters,” Isabella smiled.
Since appearing on the show Isabella has now become famous throughout the town and county. “People have been great, coming up to Isabella to say hi.
“I know I am her mother and it might seem that I’m biased, but she was just so lovely, calm and composed on the show, and it was the same in the auditions. She really did the Banner proud.”
The biggest show on the TV calendar The Late Late Toy Show 2021 raised a staggering €6,601,895 million for The Toy Show Appeal supporting a range of children’s charities, with viewers watching from 150 countries.
The average TV viewing for Friday night’s show is now over 1.8 million, taking catch-up viewing on Saturday and Sunday into account.
An average audience of 1.56 million viewers watched The Lion King themed show on RTÉ One on Friday night, representing 81% of the available audience.

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