Croagh Patrick, county Mayo.
Retired RTÉ broadcaster Charlie Bird at the summit of Croagh Patrick with, from top: Barry McGuigan, Ryan Tubridy (left) and Daniel O’Donnell after a climb to raise funds the Irish Motor Neurone Disease (IMNDA) and Pieta, Ireland’s national suicide prevention charity.
A respite centre called ‘The Bird’s Nest’ is among the projects being considered after over €2 million was raised when thousands of people took park in a charity climb over the weekend to support former RTÉ broadcaster Charlie Bird.
Mr Bird’s wife, Claire Mould, said the event was the “the most beautiful, emotional, and inspiring day I’ve ever experienced”.
Speaking on RTÉ’s Morning Ireland, she said: “I’ve never experienced anything like this, the people that helped us and supported us, it was just absolutely wonderful. The money we have raised has been above and beyond expectations, I think we’ve raised over €2 million and the target had been €1 million.”
Mr Bird also passed on his condolences to the family and friends of Cora O’Grady who became ill and later died during a climb in Co Tipperary.
Her family and friends are in my thoughts and prayers this morning, he said.