Taoiseach hails Adam King as an “inspiration” in personal letter to the hero of the Late Late Toy Show
Despite everything that has happened in what has been, to put it mildly, a challenging year to date, when we look back on 2020, everyone will remember the young man who brought a much-needed smile to our faces.
Given the deserved level of recognition he has received since his appearance on the Late Late Toy Show late last month, six-year-old Adam King barely needs introducing at this stage.
It’s safe to say that it’s been a whirlwind few weeks for the young man since, having caught the attention of NASA, chatted with well-known astronaut Chris Hadfield on The Late Late Show and had his virtual hug made into a special Christmas postmark by An Post.
And now, he’s received a special letter from An Taoiseach himself, Micheál Martin, who hailed Adam as “an inspiration” and thanked him for giving strength to everyone who tuned into his TV appearance.
“Dear Adam, in my speech to the country on Friday night, I thanked Ireland’s children for their strength and for the way you have all coped with Covid,” Martin wrote.
“When I was saying it, I could not have believed that just a few hours later the country would see such a perfect example of that strength on the Late Late Toy Show. Your virtual hug and your obvious kindness made the point better than I ever could.
“You are an inspiration Adam. Thank you so much for the strength you will have given everyone watching.
“Continue to be yourself, and your dream to work with NASA will surely come true. In the meantime, I hope you enjoy your visit to the Irish Air Corp centre at Casement Aerodrome at Baldonnell. They are a great team who look after me and keep me safe any time I have to travel overseas.”
Thank you SO MUCH to our Taoiseach @MichealMartinTD for the lovely letter he sent to Adam! The kindest words and the highest of honours. The whole family were very proud and humbled to receive it #virtualhug #adamsvirtualhug pic.twitter.com/HwDBMCoHsp
— Adam King - Adventures With a Difference (@AdventuresWAD) December 13, 2020
Martin also asked Adam to pass on his thanks to his fellow pupils and staff at Clonpriest National School in Gortroe in Cork and said he would ensure, via government diplomatic staff, that Adam is the subject of a very good report to Santa Claus.
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