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Joanne O'Riordan to join Charlie Bird and Vicky Phelan on Croagh Patrick hike

'Room for a limbless girl? My brother says he will carry me on his back if he has to'
Joanne O’Riordan

Joanne O’Riordan

Paul Hyland

Joanne O'Riordan is set to join Vicky Phelan, Charlie Bird and his wife Claire in climbing Croagh Patrick.

Earlier this week, women's health advocate Vicky Phelan posted a message and pictures on Twitter with the former RTÉ journalist Charlie Bird..

Ms Phelan and Mr Bird have both appeared as guests on the Late Late Show in recent weeks, and Mr Bird has previously described Ms Phelan as his "hero".

Speaking on the programme last month, Ms Phelan shared details about her battle with cancer and undergoing treatment in the United States, while Mr Bird who was on the show last Friday night, spoke bravely about his Motor Neurone disease diagnosis.

The two subsequently met up for "tea and scones".

Afterwards Ms Phelan shared the Twitter post in which she wrote: "The tea & scones have been had. The conversation flowed.

"We laughed. We cried. We hugged (apologies in advance to the Covid brigade!)

"We made plans to meet again.

"I have also been roped in to climb Croagh Patrick with Charlie & Claire and the whole of Ireland, it appears."

Vicky Phelan and Charlie Bird

Vicky Phelan and Charlie Bird

Journalist and disability rights activist Ms O'Riordan has now offered to join the hiking party too.

She took to Twitter yesterday, posting: "Hey @charliebird49/ @PhelanVicky I hear you are going for a hike up Croagh Patrick! Room for a limbless girl? My brother says he will carry me on his back if he has to #WithYouAllTheWay."

Responding to Ms O'Riordan's offer, Ms Phelan wrote: "Ahhhh Joanne, we would be delighted to have you join us," to which Ms O'Riordan responded: "Just give me a time and date, and I'll be there."

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