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Shine A Light RTÉ stars record charity single for Charlie Bird's Croagh Patrick climb

Joe Duffy, Marty Morrissey, Eileen Dunne, and Brian O'Donovan are among the familiar faces singing on 'Shine a Light'


Charlie Bird.

Charlie Bird.

Charlie Bird.

A host of RTÉ stars have come together to record a charity single ahead of Charlie Bird's Croagh Patrick climb.

The former broadcaster, who was diagnosed with motor neuron disease last year, hopes to climb the Mayo mountain with family and friends on April 2nd to raise funds for the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association and Pieta House.

And some of Bird’s former colleagues have banded together to record an inspirational song together to promote the fundraiser.

Joe Duffy, Marty Morrissey, Eileen Dunne, and Brian O'Donovan are among the familiar faces singing on 'Shine a Light,’ which was written by Galway native Sara Noone after Bird appearance on The Late Late Show.

The tune is primarily sung by Michael English and is brought to life with the help of the RTÉ concert Orchestra.

All proceeds from the charity single are also being split between the Irish Motor Neuron Disease Association and Pieta House.

Sharing the “amazing song” on his social media accounts, Bird dedicated the piece to his friend, CervicalCheck campaigner Vicky Phelan, who he described as “a real beacon of hope.”

The 72-year-old wrote: “‘Shine A Light’ this amazing song penned for me by Sara Noone and sung by Michael English and the RTÉ concert Orchestra and some of my RTÉ colleagues. I want to share this dedication with Vicky Phelan who is a real beacon of hope. Always extend the hand of friendship.”

Vicky recently announced the sad news that she was “simply not well enough either physically or mentally” to take part in Climb For Charlie after receiving radiotherapy treatment.

Charlie confirmed the news on his Twitter account on Tuesday and said that he was “so sad” that Vicky would be missing the charity climb.

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He said: “So sad that Vicky Phelan won’t be able to wave me off on the 2nd April when I start to climb Croagh Patrick, she has told me she will be with me in spirit- Vicky, you are in my thoughts every day. When I get to the top the first candle I light will be for you, Vicky, my soulmate.”

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