Former RTÉ broadcaster Charlie Bird reveals Motor Neurone diagnosis

Charlie Bird
Image: RTÉ

Former RTÉ broadcaster Charlie Bird has revealed he has Motor Neurone Disease, after previously sharing that he had “major issues” with his speech.

Sharing the news about his diagnosis, Charlie wrote on Twitter: “Recently I spoke about issues with my voice. I now know why. I have been diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease.

“Thanks to all my pals for their amazing support. And the kindness from so many people. Stay safe everyone.”

Charlie Bird
Image: Cathal Burke

Charlie previously spent 38 years in RTÉ, after joining the team in 1974 in Current Affairs.

During the pandemic, Charlie spoke of how he would have loved to be reporting during these times. “I wasn’t looking for a fancy job or someone else’s job. I didn’t want to be paid.”

At the time, Anne Doyle spoke of his comment, sharing “That would be Charlie. Charlie would be a great man to want to hurl himself into the centre of something and good for him.

“He’s always had such huge energy and I would have different interests I suppose.”

We are sending Charlie all of our well wishes at this time.


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