Saturday 10 December 2016

'He never missed an opportunity to speak about his roots' - Limerick set to honour 'true son' Terry Wogan

Brian Hutton

Published 31/01/2016 | 13:27

Terry Wogan, Broadcaster pictured at the University of Limerick in 2004 where he was conferred with an Honorary Doctorate
Terry Wogan, Broadcaster pictured at the University of Limerick in 2004 where he was conferred with an Honorary Doctorate

Sir Terry Wogan's home city is opening a book of condolences to allow citizens to mark the passing of a "true son of Limerick".

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The legendary broadcaster regularly returned to his home town and was honoured as Freeman of the city in 2007.

City leaders have confirmed separate books of condolences will be opened at council buildings in Dooradoyle and Merchants Quay on Monday morning to allow the public express their loss.

An online book of condolences also will be hosted on the city's official website www.limerick.ie .

Limerick Mayor Liam Galvin said the books will allow people at home and abroad convey their sympathies to the family of "a true son of Limerick and a broadcasting institution whose passing will be mourned by millions".

"Despite his fame and the fact that he was based in the UK throughout much of his career, Sir Terry often returned home to Limerick and never missed an opportunity on radio or TV to speak about his Limerick roots," he said.

"The council honoured him with the title of Freeman of Limerick in 2007, which I know was a title that meant very much to him and his family.

"On behalf of the council and the people of Limerick, I wish to extend my deepest sympathies and condolences to Sir Terry's family."

On receiving the freedom of his native city nine years ago, Sir Terry said he felt honoured and privileged as he had such an affection for his birthplace.

"I have nothing but the happiest memories of Limerick and I was very proud when I watched O'Connell Street full of people when the Munster rugby team won the Heineken Cup," he said.

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