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Phelan Proud Charlie Bird congratulates 'new BFF' Vicky Phelan on Freedom of Limerick award

The pair finally met for the first time earlier this month after speaking to each other on social media for weeks.

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Vicky Phelan and Charlie Bird

Vicky Phelan and Charlie Bird

Vicky Phelan and Charlie Bird

Charlie Bird has congratulated his “new BFF” Vicky Phelan after it was announced that she will receive the honorary Freedom of Limerick in the new year.

The former broadcaster previously dubbed Vicky his “hero” during an interview on The Late Late Show and became fast friends with the Cervical Check campaigner following his diagnosis with motor neuron disease.

The pair finally met for the first time earlier this month after speaking to each other on social media for weeks.

Now, Charlie has taken to Twitter to congratulate his pal on her achievements and share how proud he is after hearing that she would be awarded the Freedom of Limerick.

“So happy to see Vicky Phelan is being awarded the freedom of Limerick,” he said.

“She deserves the Freedom of Ireland for what she has been put through. So honoured that I met her recently.

“Vicky you are my new BBF. Stay strong and hopefully we will climb Croagh Patrick together.”

The decision to award Vicky this civic honour was reached at a special meeting of Limerick City and County Council after she was nominated by Mayor Daniel Butler.

She will be recognised for her work in “uncovering the Cervical Check scandal and her tireless support of other women who have been affected and are fighting for justice.”

Ms Phelan said she was “absolutely honoured and delighted” to accept the accolade.

“I am a very proud blow-in from Kilkenny who has made her home in Limerick. I have always felt welcomed and accepted in Limerick, even before I became this public figure so I would be absolutely thrilled to accept the offer,” she said.

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She added it was also an honour considering only four other women have received the Freedom of Limerick since 1877.

Past recipients of the Freedom of Limerick include President Michael D. Higgins, US presidents John F. Kennedy and Bill Clinton, Pope John Paul II, and rugby legend Paul O’Connell.

The ceremony will take place in the New Year subject to Covid guidelines.

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