Tributes pour in for Charlie Bird as book of condolence opened

Shortly before 10am this morning, news broke that Charlie Bird had passed.

Devoted husband to Claire, Father to Orla and Nessa and his dear dog Tiger, Charlie is also mourned by his five grandchildren and three brothers along with his many friends and family.

President of Ireland, Michael D. Higgins had welcomed Charlie, Clair and Tiger to Áras an Uachtaráin in 2022 and had clearly been touched by Charlie’s work to extend the Hand of Friendship to so many.


Charlie Bird - Áras an Uachtaráin in June 2022
Charlie Bird visits Áras an Uachtaráin, June 2022
“It is hard to understate the impact which Charlie’s work to ‘Extend the Hand of Friendship’ has had on our country. His many initiatives, such as Climb with Charlie, raised incredible levels of funding for so many important causes and organisations. A contribution for all generations that will endure.
Even more than that, the dignity, strength, hope and inspiration with which Charlie carried the burden of his illness was remarkable. In a way that was truly extraordinary, Charlie redefined our collective perspective on the illness of Motor Neurone Disease and terminal illness more generally.”
“As President of Ireland, may I express my deepest condolences to Claire, to Charlie’s daughters Orla and Nessa, and to all his family, colleagues and many many friends.
Síocháin síoraí dá anam lách uasal.” The President continued.

Although he had made it very clear at the beginning of March that his health had taken a dramatic turn for the worse, it still came as a shock that Charlie had passed away. Reaching out to well wishers in one of his latest interviews, Charlie had asked them to look after his family when he is gone.

Wicklow County Council have opened an online book of condolence for Charlie Bird which will remain open until 31st March for people to convey their sympathies with Charlies family.

Charlie Bird Book of Condolence
Charlie Bird Online Book of Condolence opened

“On behalf of the elected members and staff of Wicklow County Council I wish to extend our sincere sympathies to the family of Charlie Bird and to acknowledge his courage and bravery in his fight against Motor Neurone Disease. Charlie brought honour to not only himself and his family but to the people of Wicklow. The thoughts and prayers of the community of County Wicklow are with Charlie’s wife, family and friends at this sad time.” – Emer O’Gorman, Chief Executive of Wicklow County Council

A journalist who was not afraid to face up to the hard issues in his broadcasting days as Chief News Correspondent for RTE, Charlie didn’t flinch when faced with his own hard issues. Since his diagnosis in 2021, Charlie has used his platform to raise the profile of a number of Irish charities including Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association, Samaritans, Pieta and the Irish Cancer Society.

Charlie Bird with Tiger supporting Our Ladys Hospice
Charlie Bird with Tiger supporting Our Ladys Hospice

Tributes to Charlie can be seen across all media sources today. The Nations outpouring of love and respect for him making it very evident how they felt about him.

Taking to social media, Executive Director of Samaritans Ireland had this to say:  “Charlie Bird showed incredible strength and courage throughout his illness. He will be remembered forever as a leading light for charitable organisations across Ireland, including Samaritans, for which his passion was formidable.
“Following the success of Climb with Charlie, Charlie decided to raise awareness for several other organisations including Samaritans. He often said he chose Samaritans as he found himself in a dark place following his diagnoses with MND (Motor Neuron Disease) and he wanted people to know that support is available, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, for anyone who is struggling to cope.

Charlie will be remembered as a true legend. A man who gave so much to others, even as he himself was undertaking the fight of his life against the cruel disease that is Motor Neurone Disease.  Thank You Charlie for all that you did for so many until the very end. You could do no more.

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