Friends and former colleagues of former RTÉ broadcaster Charlie Bird gathered at Hodges Figgis in Dublin this evening for the launch of a book commemorating 'Climb With Charlie'.

The book contains photos of the day thousands of people climbed Croagh Patrick to raise funds for Pieta and the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association.

In autumn 2021, veteran Irish journalist and broadcaster Charlie Bird publicly announced that he has motor neurone disease.

Despite this devastating diagnosis, Charlie decided to organise a charity climb of Ireland's famous holy mountain Croagh Patrick.

Little did he know then that his initiative would turn into a national event and raise almost €3 million for the charities close to his heart.

From left, Ryan Tubridy, Charlie Bird and Daniel O'Donnell at the launch of Climb with Charlie

On the afternoon of 2 April 2022, Charlie completed the momentous challenge, cheered on by his family, friends and a host of famous faces.

At the summit Charlie lit five candles: for Vicky Phelan; for those with a terminal illness; for those in a dark place; for the people who worked so hard in the pandemic, and the fifth for the people of Ukraine, whose flag flew at the top of the mountain.

Climb With Charlie is described as a joyous record of that unforgettable, emotional day, and a deserved celebration of determination, generosity and community.

All author proceeds benefit Pieta and the Irish Motor Neurone Disease Association.