Charlie Bird awarded freedom of Wicklow

Retired journalist and broadcaster Charlie Bird has been awarded the freedom of Wicklow.

Speaking at a meeting of Wicklow County Council, Cathaoirleach of the Wicklow Municipal District Cllr Paul O’Brien said Charlie has been “an absolute inspiration”.

“Growing up we were all too familiar with Charlie on TV as a reporter with RTÉ, covering some of the most traumatic events in recent Irish history,” he said. “Never one from backing down, he encountered violence in his own profession and was viciously assaulted himself while trying to bring us the news.”

The retired RTÉ journalist revealed in December last year that he had been diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease, which is a progressive neurological condition that attacks the motor neurones, or nerves, in the brain and spinal cord.

Mr Bird, who has lost the ability to speak, tackled Croagh Patrick last month with friends, former colleagues and famous faces to raise funds for two charities, the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association and Pieta House.

In total he raised over €3 million.

Charlie lives in Ashford in the Garden County.

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