Charlie Bird, the journalist most well-known for his work with RTE News, spoke out about his Motor Neurone Disease diagnosis. “major issues”His speech.
Charlie shared that even though he was able to rule out other brain conditions, Charlie found that MND was the most common. Further tests revealed that Charlie had the disease.
He stated: “Recently I spoke about issues with my voice. I now know why. I have been diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease.
“Thank you to my friends for your amazing support. Thank you for your kindness. Stay safe everyone.”
In particular Charlie has been open about the struggles he’s faced when it comes to his voice and that people around him were noticing it too.
Interview with the Sunday IndependentHe stated: “At the end of March I realised I was having serious issues with my voice and the people around me could hear it too. They knew something was seriously wrong.
“The problem persisted throughout the summer and I have been to the top neurologists in the country — they are fantastic. I have had every test under the sun, but we can’t come up with an answer. It’s evident in my voice. It’s bizarre.”
Back in 2016 Charlie got married to his long-term partner Claire Mould who is a former RTE colleague and 20 years younger than him.
They tied the knot in a Humanist ceremony at Fitzwilliam Place in Dublin, but had already been together for 10 years before then.
Charlie stated: It doesn’t matter what you think is right. Do it if it feels right. We were always together and never exchanged a word.”I don’t know about anyone else – we are absolutely so happy. In the ten years we have been together, we have never had a raised word.
However, this isn’t Charlie’s first marriage as he was previously married to Mary O’Connor for 24 years who he has two children with.
The pair still get on very well and even have a friendship together.
Read more”Today, I am better mates with the mother of my two children.
The journalist also has a beloved family pooch called Tiger, which changed his previous negative opinions on dogs.
But his wife Claire convinced him to get cockapoo following their wedding who he is now loves ‘to bits’.
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