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Crazy Mountain Broadcaster Charlie Bird to debut new cloned voice on upcoming Bono track

Bird was diagnosed with motor neurone disease last October after experiencing “major issues” with his speech.

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Former RTE news reporter Charlie Bird, Pic Maxwells Dublin

Former RTE news reporter Charlie Bird, Pic Maxwells Dublin

Former RTE news reporter Charlie Bird, Pic Maxwells Dublin

U2 frontman Bono is releasing a special song in honour of former RTÉ broadcaster Charlie Bird.

Bird was diagnosed with motor neurone disease last October after experiencing “major issues” with his speech.

Now, Bono plans to release a brand-new song, Crazy Mountain, before the presenter climbs Croagh Patrick this spring in aid of The Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association and Pieta House.

The tune will have an exclusive first preview on The Ryan Tubridy Show on RTÉ Radio 1 from 9am on Friday, February 4.

As part of the broadcast, listeners will hear Charlie’s new cloned voice for the first time as he introduces the song himself.

Following the preview, the song will be made available to the public on the Climb with Charlie social media channels.

Charlie said that appearing on Bono’s new track was “an outstanding gesture.”

He said: “This is an outstanding gesture. I am overjoyed and could not believe the message that I received from Bono.

“He has been hugely supportive of the Climb With Charlie campaign, which aims to raise funds for two amazing charities, the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association and Pieta.”

The 73-year-old added: “I want to encourage everyone to log on to www.climbwithcharlie.ie and donate what they can or set up their own fundraisers to climb in their local area, be it climbing a set of stairs or a short walk around the house, around a local park, a walk to the beach, whatever you are able to do.

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“Climb With Charlie is a nationwide initiative to recognize the huge physical and emotional mountains so many of us have to climb in our daily lives.”

Charlie plans to climb the 764m mountain on April 2nd to highlight the vast mountains so many people have to climb in their everyday lives due to severe illness, physical and mental.

The broadcaster’s wife Claire and his “hero” CervicalCheck campaigner Vicky Phelan will also join him on the hike.

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