Charlie Bird had viewers in tears with his incredibly emotional documentary that aired this week.
Charlie Bird: Loud and Clear saw the veteran journalist visit his eventual resting place, a graveyard in Inis Oirr, the smallest of the Aran Islands.
The island has a special place in his heart, with his lifelong pal Peadar Póil and his wife Brid living there.
Throughout the documentary, Charlie spoke candidly about his Motor Neurone Disease (MND) diagnosis that he learned about late last year.
He has spent the last few months sharing his experience of the disease as well as raising money for research on the illness.
The RTÉ journalist recently climbed Croagh Patrick to raise money for Irish Motor Neurone Disease (IMNDA) and Pieta, Ireland’s national suicide prevention charity.
During the documentary, he discussed how the disease has changed his life as well as how it has impacted his relationship with his wife, Claire Mould.
Viewers shared their feelings on social media, admitting that they were “in tears” as they watched the “raw and honest” documentary.
Isn’t Claire Bird just the most amazing supportive and loving partner you could ask for. Her strength and commitment to Charlie is just inspiring to watch. She is so amazing. @charliebird49 #CharlieBird ❤️
— Karl Hayden (@Khayden2412) June 13, 2022
#CharlieBird is an absolute inspiration He is so courageous brave & lovely. The love he has for Claire is beautiful to watch . A fantastic amazing couple
— @Aoifs123 (@Aoifs123) June 13, 2022
What a beautiful programme. In tears watching. Such honesty. #charliebird
— Bríd Curran 🇺🇦 (@Wholeswell) June 13, 2022
— Michael Coyne 🏳️🌈 (@CoynesGastropub) June 13, 2022
This is so raw & honest. The graveyard scene broke me Huge admiration for this man, legend. #charliebird
— Mags (@magsmccallig) June 13, 2022
After the documentary aired, Charlie Bird took to Twitter on Monday evening, saying that the support he has received has helped him “cope” with his diagnosis.
“I want to thank everyone for the amazing support I have received since my diagnosis of a terminal illness,” he wrote.
“The humanity of people is hard for me to put into words. But the hands of friendship extended to me has helped me cope with the journey I am on. A big hug to everyone.”
Since his diagnosis, he has worked tirelessly to raise awareness about MND.
Climb with Charlie saw thousands of people across the country climb peaks in their local area, while Charlie climbed Croagh Patrick on April 2.