Charlie Bird thanks the women who comforted him after the collapse at Dunnes Stores

Charlie Bird has thanked strangers who comforted him at Dunne’s stores after he burst into tears.

The former RTÉ man explained that he had one of his “terrible wine moments” and revealed how he was comforted by two women while shopping in Dublin.

He said the crying moments are a symptom of his motor neuron disease, but the “hand of friendship” is helping him overcome them.

In a post on Twitter, he wrote: “It’s hard for me to send this tweet but I would like to thank the two ladies who comforted me at Dunnes stores in Cornelscourt this afternoon.

“I had one of my horrible crying moments, which is a symptom of my MND. The hand of friendship has helped me so much.”

His message came just days after the former RTÉ presenter admitted he was “really struggling” at the moment.

The star – who was diagnosed with MND last year – admitted that a year ago he didn’t think he would see his 73rd birthday tomorrow.

But Charlie thanked his followers for their continued support and said he’s looking forward to Christmas and seeing rock legend Bruce Springsteen play on the RDS next May.

He said: “I’m really and emotionally struggling right now. This time last year I didn’t think I was going to celebrate my 73rd birthday, but in a little over a week I will.

“Roll on Christmas and Brucie thanks everyone, the love is amazing,” he added.

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Charlie’s followers flooded the comments section with kind messages and well wishes on his latest health update.

One said: “On my mind Charlie. All of Ireland and beyond on your side.”

Another added, “Stay strong Charlie…you are an inspiration to many…I hope you find strength during your struggles.”

Charlie also thanked those who “extended the hand of friendship.”

In a recent tweet, he noted that he and his wife Claire and their beloved dog Tiger were shown kindness during a break from strangers that brought him to tears.

“Sometimes I wish I had a camera with me. Claire and Tiger and I are taking a break and everywhere I go the kindness I receive from strangers is amazing, sometimes I end up crying but they are tears of joy,” he said.

Last month, following the Climb with Charlie fundraiser, Charlie presented two checks – totaling almost €3.4 million – to Pieta House and the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association.

Charlie climbed Croagh Patrick on April 2nd. He raised funds and raised awareness about motor neuron diseases.

On the day Charlie said: “As I have admitted before, I cry a lot and it is a side effect of my illness. When I was diagnosed last October I was so scared. But the kindness shown to me by each of you lifted my spirits and lifted each of you who supported Climb with Charlie.

“You all have taken me to a much happier place,” he said.

Promising fans he will “keep reaching out the hand of friendship,” Charlie shared that “nobody knows what’s around the corner.”

He added: “I was diagnosed with a terminal illness last October and have had many dark days since. But remarkably, this morning here is one of the happiest days of my life.” Charlie Bird thanks the women who comforted him after the collapse at Dunnes Stores

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