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Thursday 14 December 2017

I really miss my pals in RTE - Charlie Bird

Journalist, Charlie Bird during rehearsals at the Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin to begin the second annual Strictly Against Breast Cancer event
Journalist, Charlie Bird during rehearsals at the Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin to begin the second annual Strictly Against Breast Cancer event

He left Montrose two years ago, but Charlie Bird admits that he still misses his old employer.

Bird (65) worked at RTE for 38 years before flying the coop in 2012.

"I did all those years in RTE and I do miss it, I miss my friends," he told the Herald.

"If you work with a whole group of people for 30 something years - even in the newspaper world, the magazine world, whatever it is - and then you're gone from it, you miss the place and when you're somewhere for 38 years you can miss it, absolutely."

However, Charlie is making the most of his time off enjoying plenty of outdoor pursuits.

"I do lots of hill-waking, cycling, climbing, running, learning to dance, which is definitely out of my comfort zone," he said.

Charlie is currently preparing to dance the waltz as part of Strictly Fun Dancing, which is a charity version of the smash-hit reality show featuring Irish celebrities to raise funds for Breast Cancer Research.

"I wouldn't do anything like this if it weren't for something really important," he admitted.

"I was in RTE for so long and so many of my friends and colleagues there had breast cancer.

"Outside RTE, so many close friends of mine have been affected, so if I was ever going to do something like this it would be for that charity.

"It's just something we all gotta do, whether it's for women's cancer or men's cancers like prostate cancer. What I like about this is that all the money goes to research - to find a cure."

The former broadcaster admitted that he has already missed a few rehearsals.

"I'm already lagging behind in what I'm meant to be doing," he said, laughing.

Dressing up is all part of the fun, but Charlie revealed that he's not a big fan of the shiny red sequinned shirt he has to wear.

"I'm standing here feeling absolutely cringe - it's embarrassing, but it's all for a good cause," he said.

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