where does charlie bird live

Charlie visited the peaceful Aran Island spot with close friend Peadar Poil and wife Brid – Charlie Bird

In 2022, Charlie Bird visited his own grave in a documentary telling fans where he wants to be laid to rest.

In the RTE show, Charlie Bird: Loud and Clear the former Washington Correspondent travelled to the smallest of the three Aran Islands, Inis Oírr, to make plans for his final resting place.

Charlie said: “I have an affinity with Inis Oirr, it’s a beautiful island, I have a long relationship with Brid and Peadar Poil.

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“I sent her a text. I said, ‘Brid, do you think the community will allow for my ashes to be put into the graveyard there?’

“There is an amazing graveyard up in the sand, to me it’s peaceful, and at least I’ve sorted that issue out. That’s what I’m trying to do, sort everything out.”

Charlie says to pal Peadar in the documentary: “It’s so bizarre I’m looking at this. I’m happy that I’m going to be buried beside you, here on this beautiful island.”

In June this year, Charlie’s wife Claire said she will be buried alongside him when her time comes – but she admitted her first reaction to his plans came as a surprise.

She said: “The first time Bird brought me here I think I threw a runner at his head. I can’t remember why, but I’m sure he deserved it.

“I love the island; it is so beautiful, there really is no place like it on this planet.

“The far side of the island is so stunning, but few tourists really walk this far.”

Claire added: “We spent many a holiday lazing on the rocks at the far side of the island, hoping to see Hy Brazil. Now we are both going to be buried here and what better place than Inis Oirr as our final resting place?”

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Personal life edit

He wed Mary OConnor in 1974, and the two of them had two daughters. They divorced in 1998. [32] In 2016, he married Claire Mould. [33].

2010s edit

In January 2010, Bird covered the 2010 Haiti earthquake. Later that month, RTÉ One aired a two-part documentary about his first year in the country. [17] He discussed his “madness” for relocating to the nation, as well as his lack of connections and notoriety in Washington, DC. [18] He declared he was leaving his position in Washington at the conclusion of the second show. [19] According to preliminary viewing data, the two shows had viewing averages of 473,000 and 563,000 viewers, respectively. RTÉ cited Birds “popularity” when asked about the large audience. [20].

On TV3, Bird hosted Tonight with Vincent Browne from August 29 to September 1, 2016. [29].

He responded to the Thirty-fourth Amendment to the Irish Constitution by publishing A Day in May in 2016. [30] In 2018, portions of this publication were included in a play at Dublin’s Olympia Theatre under the same name. [31].

Early life edit

Bird became involved in far-left politics in the late 1960s and joined Young Socialists. [3] In this capacity, he went to the funeral of Peter Graham of Saor Éire, who was killed on October 25, 1971, in an internal conflict, along with Tariq Ali of the International Marxist Group. Ali and Bird can be seen in a funeral photo saluting at the grave with their fists clenched. [4].

Bird joined Official Sinn Féin (later known as Sinn Féin: the Workers Party) at the beginning of the 1970s. He served as the party’s director of elections for Dublin South-Central in 1973[5], but he claimed in 2022 that he had only been a part of the organization for a few months before leaving. [6] Later, in the middle of the 1970s, Workers Party member Eoghan Harris brought Bird on board RTÉ. [2][7].

Bird was a Labour Party member for a while, but he left after Noël Browne quit the party after the 1977 Labour Party conference in Cork. [b][6].

FAQ

Where is Charlie Bird from?

Charles Brown Bird was born in Sandymount, Dublin on 9 September 1949.

Who is Charlie Bird’s first wife?

Charlie was married to his first wife Mary O’Connor for 24 years and they share two adult children. The pair continued to have a very amicable friendship, with Charlie describing them as “parents of the modern age”.

What condition does Charlie Bird have?

He was diagnosed with the disease in 2021, and focused on charity work and raising awareness of his condition. Former RTÉ journalist Charlie Bird has died at the age of 74 following his battle with motor neurone disease.

What kind of dog does Charlie Bird have?

Charlie’s wife, Claire, walked to the platform after listening to reflections and memories of her late husband from a succession of speakers. She stood beneath a giant screen showing photographs of Charlie cuddling an adorable white cockapoo – their beloved Tiger.