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'Living Nightmare' Charlie Bird is planning his own funeral after motor neuron disease diagnosis

The former RTÉ journalist announced last week that he had been diagnosed with motor neuron disease

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Charlie Bird

Charlie Bird

Charlie Bird

Charlie Bird has revealed that he has been making plans for his funeral.

The former RTÉ journalist announced last week that he had been diagnosed with Motor Neuron Disease after experiencing issues with his voice for months.

Speaking to The Irish Times, the 72-year-old said that he was busy planning his own funeral and making arrangements for his ashes to be scattered on the Aran Islands.

“Without revealing what I call the secrets of Fatima, I’ve been making plans for my own funeral,” he said.

“My ashes will be taken to Inisheer, the smallest of the islands, where I’ve been going for the last 50 years. I call it my second home, I love the place and people, and I just feel that’s where I want to go.

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Charlie Bird. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Charlie Bird. Photo: Steve Humphreys

Charlie Bird. Photo: Steve Humphreys

“I know what’s going to happen, in the end we all know what’s going to happen. It’s hard to take, but I want to live whatever time I have left as fully as I can, and be with my mates.

“It’s bizarre, I don’t know how many people plan their own funeral. But I’m a forward planner, I always was. I never missed a deadline.”

Charlie said that while his deteriorating health is like a “living nightmare,” he maintains that his life has been “great” overall.

“When I was growing up, my father always used to say, a man’s natural span is three score years and 10. And I remember when I turned 70, I said, ‘I made it.’

“I’m the youngest of four, they’re all alive, so chances are I will be the first to go. But in one way, I’ve been fortunate, I’ve had a great life.

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“I’ve been lucky – for most of my time in RTÉ I never had a sick day. I’ve never been in hospital for a night, so I’ve had a good run. I was hoping for more, but maybe I’ll get a little wobble and get a bit longer.”

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