Wogan memorial a fitting tribute for Limerick’s favourite son

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Terry Wogan memorial sculpture
The late Sir Terry Wogan (pictured above) and Dr Tom Ryan Ð were conferred with Honorary Freedom of the City at a special ceremony in City Hall, Limerick last Friday night. A delighted Mr. Wogan is pictured above with his parchment following the ceremoney. Picture: Press 22 EuropeÕs top radio broadcaster and the renowned portrait artist were presented with the highest honour Limerick can bestow on a citizen at a specially convened meeting of Limerick City Council. They now join the list of other high profile recipients of this rare title including: former US Presidents John F Kennedy and Bill Clinton; Pope John Paul 11 and successful Limerick businessman JP McManus. Conferring the Honorary Freedom of the City on both men, Mayor of Limerick Cllr Joe Leddin said it is reserved for well known statesmen who have made a unique contribution to the common good or natives who have brought credit to the city by their contribution to the common good.
The late Sir Terry Wogan

Limerick City and County Council plans to create a memorial to one of Limerick’s most famous sons, Terry Wogan, whose first anniversary occurred on Tuesday.

His death in January 2016 was a shock to all his fans, with the outpouring of grief testament to the love everyone had for Terry.

Mayor of the City and County of Limerick Cllr Kieran O’Hanlon said: “Terry was welcomed into the homes of millions of Irish and British people either on the television or radio.  He had a very easy going way about him, which drew people in and he made people feel they were the only person he was talking to.”

“He was proud to be from Limerick and a wonderful ambassador for Limerick and Ireland in Britain, at a time when it was difficult.”

“It is right for Limerick to honour him and I’m proposing a statue of Terry Wogan sitting on a bench with microphone in hand ready to have a good ole chat.”

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Limerick City and County Council is to invite a number of artists who work in creating life-sized sculptures through the medium of bronze and who can deliver within a specified timeframe, to come up with ideas.

A selection committee including input from the public will then select the preferred memorial.

Sheila Deegan, Arts Officer with Limerick City and County Council said: “Terry was a broadcasting legend across Ireland and Britain.  His love of broadcasting will feed into the plans for the memorial.”

“His farewell words on his last radio programme were of humility and pride and we want to capture both of those traits that he had as a broadcaster and as a proud Limerick man.”