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Tears and laughter Vicky Phelan meets Charlie Bird and has been ‘roped’ into climbing Croagh Patrick

"The conversation flowed. We laughed. We cried. We hugged (apologies in advance to the Covid brigade!) We made plans to meet again."

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Vicky Phelan and Charlie Bird embracing this afternoon. Photo: Vicky Phelan/Twitter.

Vicky Phelan and Charlie Bird embracing this afternoon. Photo: Vicky Phelan/Twitter.

Vicky Phelan and Charlie Bird embracing this afternoon. Photo: Vicky Phelan/Twitter.

Vicky Phelan and Charlie Bird have posed for photographs after meeting for tea and scones following Charlie Bird’s appearance on Friday’s Late Late Show.

The former RTÉ chief reporter’s frank honesty about his battle with Motor Neurone Disease struck a chord with the entire nation, including Ms Phelan.

Vicky reached out to Charlie to arrange a meeting between the pair and the inspirational duo stayed true to their word.

Vicky took to Twitter today, posting photos of the her and Charlie embracing to confirm the pair have met and said: “We laughed. We cried. We hugged."

“The tea and 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 and Claire, and the whole of Ireland, it appears,” Vicky, who has terminal cancer, said on Twitter.

The Limerick-based Kilkenny native reached out to Charlie after he revealed he wanted to talk to her recently.

“I would love to talk to one of my heroes Vicky Phelan…what she said this weekend was most interesting,” Charlie said in recent weeks in relation to Vicky calling for terminally ill people getting the right to decide how to die.

“Ahhhh Charlie, sure I would only be delighted to chat to you. We have a lot in common...unfortunately! I will DM you with my details,” Vicky responded and the pair met this morning.

Vicky said she was moved by Charlie’s honesty while on the Late Late Show.

“You were so vulnerable sharing so openly the terror of living with a disease that you know is going to take everything from you - your voice, your swallow, your mobility...yet your love of life, family and friends shone through. I have no doubt that you brought comfort to so many,” Vicky said.

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Charlie spoke candidly about how he believes he will lose the ability to speak in the next three to four months.

Mr Bird said he sometimes wakes and thinks it’s all a dream only to realise, “I’m living in this nightmare”.

Charlie said he was “so-so, alive and still here” and defiantly declared his love for life despite suffering from a terminal illness.

“I love people, I love my friends, and I want to spend as much time as I can with all of them. I want to see my five grandkids… grow up. I want my two daughters to be with me for as long as possible," he added.

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