'He died Sir Terry Wogan but he saw himself as Terry from Limerick' - Ryan Tubridy on the passing of veteran broadcaster Terry Wogan
In a touching tribute to veteran broadcaster Terry Wogan, Ryan Tubridy said Ireland has lost “someone very important”.
The RTÉ star, who filled in for Mr Wogan on BBC radio on a number of occasions, described the 77-year-old as an “intriguing and very kind man”.
“We’ve lost someone very important to this country today… and I can only tell you what impact he had on me,” Ryan told The Dave Fanning Show on 2FM this morning.
“It would be unfair to say I knew him but we became quite friendly over the last five years.
“I remember one time I was flying into London on a Sunday and listening to him as he was signing off his show saying he was going to meet me for lunch.
“We had the most memorable, intriguing, enjoyable fascinating lunch with this guy who I was pretty much in awe with,” he added.
“He would have been incredibly important to me as a kid… On a school trip once upon time, back in the 80s, we went to London and as part of it we went to a chat show and got to sit in the audience.
“It was The Wogan show… and I still use on the Late Late a couple of things I learned that day.”
Ryan added that he had had a “terrible feeling” just before Christmas that the much loved presenter was ill.
Continuing, he said that he had met many Irish people who were glad that Mr Wogan was on the airwaves in the UK during the Troubles.
“[Irish] People would come up to him and say thank god your voice is there representing us and not any other voice with the smell of sulphur on it.
“He was a very, very funny man…He could be very British, but distinctly Irish.
“He might have died Sir Terry Wogan but he was just saw himself as Terry from Limerick,” Ryan told The Colette Fitzpatrick Show on Newstalk.