Plans for Terry Wogan Memorial – Pictured is Richard Lynch with former Mayor of Limerick Jim Long, Sir Terry Wogan and his wife Helen Wogan at the Mayors Ball. Picture: Dolf Patjin/ilovelimerick.
Plans for a Terry Wogan Memorial, the Freeman of Limerick have been put in place. The newly revitalized Limerick bus and rail station have been placed as a prime location for a statue of the legendary broadcaster with Mayor Kieran O’Hanlon putting plans in place to the council.
Mayor O’Hanlon believes that people would gather in hundreds or thousands to the unveiling of a Terry Wogan Memorial. People may continue to come to Limerick annually, especially those who were huge followers of Terry. Councillor Joe Leddin said that Colbert station is in need of a monument that would complete the work that has been done to that area.
Terry Wogan was born in the Ennis Road had died in January this following a battle with cancer, Mayor O’Hanlon believes it may bring benefit to Limerick from a tourism perspective. Terry began his long broadcasting career with RTE before moving to Britain where he started working for the BBC. He hosted the top-rated breakfast show Wake Up to Wogan.
2,000 friends and relatives of the legendary broadcaster gathered at Westminster Abbey in London to pay their last respects to the star. Mayor Kieran O’Hanlon and several members of the Limerick Association in London were among the guests.
As friends and family paid tribute to Terry, the Limerick flag flew high and proud in London. Terry loved Limerick and had always been proud of his city. According to Mayor O’Hanlon, Limerick got a lovely mention in the programme of the memorial.
The service was broadcasted on BBC Radio Two on what would have been the 50th anniversary of Wogan’s first show, which contained some recordings and some of the most comedic elements of his career.
In 2012, Richard Lynch of ILoveLimerick.com did an interview with Terry and a segment of the where Terry spoke about growing up in Limerick was recently used in the official BBC Radio 2 tribute to Terry.
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Check out Richard Lynch speaking with Terry Wogan below!