Charlie Bird in Cold Water

EXHIBITION : BEFORE THEY WERE FAMOUS

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

  • Title
    Charlie Bird Tests Water Safety Equipment
  • 1st Broadcast
    10/01/1975
  • Contributor
    Charlie Bird (Demonstrator)
  • Clip Duration
    00:04:16
  • Material Type
    Video
  • Series title
    Seven Days
  • Clip title
    Charlie Bird in Cold Water
  • Extended description

    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.

  • Information

    'Seven Days' (it later became '7 Days') began broadcasting on 26 September 1966 and was RTÉ television's flagship current affairs programme for ten years. The programme's young production team was made up of producer Lelia Doolan, directors Eoghan Harris and Dick Hill, and reporters John O'Donoghue, Brian Cleeve and Brian Farrell.

    Muiris Mac Conghail became producer of '7 Days' in 1967 when the programme was merged with another current affairs programme, 'Division'.

  • Local keywords
    Charlie Bird, Seven Days, Water Safety, Fishermen, Fishing, Dun Laoaghaire
  • Geographical coverage
    Ireland, Dublin
  • Topic
    Arts and Culture
  • Publisher Broadcaster
    RTÉ
  • First broadcast channel
    RTÉ One
  • Production year
    1975
  • Country of production
    Ireland
  • Original identifier
    P13/00075
  • IPR restrictions
    Rights Reserved - Free Access
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  • Item type
    part/extract
  • Item colour
    Colour
  • Item sound
    Mono
  • Aspect ratio
    4:3
  • Language used
    English (eng)
  • Original language
    English (eng)
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