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12th Dec 2023

‘I didn’t think I would see this Christmas’ – Charlie Bird issues health update ahead of the holidays

Jody Coffey

Charlie Bird

Charlie Bird has shared a health update, admitting he did not believe he would see this Christmas.

The former RTÉ journalist says that his health has ‘dramatically changed’.

Charlie was diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease back in October 2021 and has shared his journey with the condition with the Irish public since.

The former journalist also launched ‘Climb With Charlie‘ to raise vital funds for Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association and Pieta.

He attributes the fact he is still around to the support he has received from the people of Ireland.

Charlie Bird
Credit: Charlie Bird

The 74-year-old addressed his followers on social media, sharing an update on his current health condition.

Taking to X, the former broadcaster wrote:

“This time last year I said I didn’t think I would see this Christmas.

“Thankfully I am still around and that is because of the support and kindness I have received from people all around the country,” Charlie continued, before adding that his health ” “has changed dramatically”.

“I am wheelchair dependent now and tube fed.”

Many of his followers took the opportunity to send well-wishes to the former news correspondent and his family ahead of the Christmas holidays.

“Ireland, including myself, hope you have a good Christmas. Your courage and determination are inspiring now, and also will be in the future too,” one user wrote.

“You’ve been so brave sharing your journey – a massively emotional & debilitating battle which has highlighted just how truly devastating MND is. You’ve been a shining star. I hope you have a great Christmas with your nearest & dearest,” another well-wisher added.

“Hope you and your family have a lovely Christmas Charlie. Your updates mean a lot to so many people,” a third added.

“You are my hero @charliebird49 I’m in awe of you and what you can and do achieve despite your illness. Inspirational and always with a big smile. You make the world a brighter snd better place. (((Hugs))) to you, your lovely wife & Tiger,” another commented.

Wishing Charlie, Claire, Tiger, and his entire family a beautiful Christmas together.