Charlie Bird has revealed his voice is “almost gone” in an emotional health update to his Twitter followers.
The broadcaster, who has recently been diagnosed with Motor Neurone Disease, shared an old video of himself singing Happy Birthday to his beloved cockapoo Tiger on the platform.
Someone found this on Twitter recently . I put it up a few years ago..In a way it is a stark reminder of how far I have now traveled..Today my voice is almost gone. But thankfully Tiger can still sing. I will still be climbing Croagh Patrick on April 2nd. https://t.co/TCqkcU5vLo pic.twitter.com/5U9DVdL7ts
— Charlie Bird (@charliebird49) January 25, 2022
“I put it up a few years ago…In a way it is a stark reminder of how far I have now travelled…Today my voice is almost gone. But thankfully Tiger can still sing.”
The former RTÉ journalist has previously spoken about how important Tiger is in his life, and even brought his pooch along to a Late Late Show interview earlier this month.
An Irish company, Marino Software, has worked with Charlie and his wife Claire to virtually ‘clone’ his voice. He will be able to communicate with his own voice.
Charlie will climb Croagh Patrick on April 2 to raise funds for the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association and Pieta House.
A number of familiar Irish faces will join Charlie for the climb including CervicalCheck campaigner Vicky Phelan, former President Mary McAleese, country singer Daniel O’Donnell, Wexford hurling manager Davy Fitzgerald, CNN reporter Donie O’Sullivan, architect Dermot Bannon and RTÉ broadcaster Ryan Tubridy.
He visited Mayo last week, where he paid a trip to Scoil Phádraig Primary School, where the 6th class students performed their own original song for him.
Yet another golden moment from an amazing few days in Westport Scoil Phadraig , Quay NS.and Murrisk NS. Thank you to everyone in Mayo and across the country. Climb every mountain on the 2nd of April. https://t.co/TCqkcU5vLo And always reach out the hand of friendship. pic.twitter.com/olMverqFhF
— Charlie Bird (@charliebird49) January 23, 2022