Veteran broadcaster Charlie Bi...


Veteran broadcaster Charlie Bird has passed away aged 74

Jonathan Duane
Jonathan Duane

10:21 12 Mar 2024

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Broadcaster Charlie Bird via Twitter. Broadcaster Charlie Bird via Twitter.

Veteran broadcaster Charlie Bird has died at the age of 74.

He had been living with motor neuron disease since 2021 and spoke openly about his diagnosis.

He joined RTÉ in the 1970s, where he worked for 40 years.

He was RTE’s Chief News Correspondent at the forefront of Irish news and politics.

Background and Career Highlights

Charlie Bird was born in Dublin in 1949.

He was the only point of contact between the Provisional IRA and the RTE Newsroom for years.

He had a tape and statement hand-delivered to him when the cease-fire was called in 1994.

In 2006 Charlie was assaulted while covering a Love Ulster parade in Dublin City - a day he was supposed to have off.

In 2008, he was made RTÉ's Washington Correspondent where he doorstepped the former Anglo Irish Bank CEO.

He retired from the national broadcaster in 2012, after nearly 40 years.

In 2021 Charlie said he was having problems with his voice and was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease.

In 2022, he climbed Croagh Patrick in Mayo to raise money for charity.

He is survived by his wife Claire, his two daughters Orla and Nessa, grandkids Abigail, Charlie, Edward, Harriet and Hugo and his dog Tiger.

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