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Charlie Bird and his dog Tiger at home in Ashford, Co Wicklow. Picture by Gerry Mooney

Charlie Bird and his dog Tiger at home in Ashford, Co Wicklow. Picture by Gerry Mooney

Charlie Bird at home. Picture by Gerry Mooney

Charlie Bird at home. Picture by Gerry Mooney

Charlie Bird has breakfast with his wife Claire and dog Tiger at home in Ashford, Co Wicklow. Picture by Gerry Mooney

Charlie Bird has breakfast with his wife Claire and dog Tiger at home in Ashford, Co Wicklow. Picture by Gerry Mooney

Charlie Bird has breakfast with his dog Tiger at home in Ashford, Co Wicklow. Picture by Gerry Mooney

Charlie Bird has breakfast with his dog Tiger at home in Ashford, Co Wicklow. Picture by Gerry Mooney

Charlie Bird at home. Picture by Gerry Mooney

Charlie Bird at home. Picture by Gerry Mooney

Charlie Bird at home. Picture by Gerry Mooney

Charlie Bird at home. Picture by Gerry Mooney

Charlie Bird with a picture of himself broadcasting from Washington. Picture by Gerry Mooney

Charlie Bird with a picture of himself broadcasting from Washington. Picture by Gerry Mooney

Charlie Bird with a picture of himself broadcasting from the US. Picture by Gerry Mooney

Charlie Bird with a picture of himself broadcasting from the US. Picture by Gerry Mooney

Charlie Bird relaxing and listening to music with his dog Tiger. Picture by Gerry Mooney

Charlie Bird relaxing and listening to music with his dog Tiger. Picture by Gerry Mooney

Letters of support sent to Charlie Bird at his home

Letters of support sent to Charlie Bird at his home

Charlie Bird. Picture by Gerry Mooney

Charlie Bird. Picture by Gerry Mooney

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Charlie Bird and his dog Tiger at home in Ashford, Co Wicklow. Picture by Gerry Mooney

Shortly after dawn in a quiet suburban estate in Ashford, Co Wicklow, Charlie Bird is woken by the whimpering of his dog, Tiger. The golden cockapoo used to sleep in a basket downstairs, but these days he settles down each night in the master bedroom.

Some nights are worse than others and I need him,” Charlie says.


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