A 25 year old Charlie Bird demonstrates water safety equipment at Dun Laoghaire pier.

Charlie Bird joined RTÉ as a researcher on the programme 'Seven Days' in 1974. In this clip from the same programme he doubles as a demonstrator of water safety equipment.

This episode of 'Seven Days' examined safety issues for fishermen at sea and was a direct response to the drowning of six fishermen from Burtonport, Co. Donegal when their trawler the 'Evelyn Marie' sank on 7 January 1975. This was followed by two further drownings that year in Skerries, Co. Dublin and Kenmare, Co. Kerry. This clip includes an interview with the Scottish designer of the safety suit, which is both buoyant and warm in the water.

In 1980 Charlie joined the RTÉ Newsroom where he remained until November 2012. During this time he held positions as Chief Reporter, Special Correspondent, Chief News Correspondent and Washington Correspondent.