Terry Wogan is a known name in the Eurovision world, having commentated the Eurovision Song Contest in 1971 and 1974 until 1977 on BBC radio and even more for his commentary live on television in 1973, 1978 and from 1980 onwards until 2008. Sir Wogan even hosted the contest in 1998 alongside Ulrika Jonsson, when the contest was being held in Birmingham following Katrina and the Waves’ win.
Terry Wogan is a native of Limerick in Ireland, being born there in 1938. His family, along with him, moved to Dublin in 1953 and later they all moved to London, where he started working for the BBC, already having experience in the TV world from being a news reader in his Ireland as a newsreader for RTÉ. Terry Wogan acquired British citizenship in 2005, the same year he was knighted by the queen, which gave him the right to put the title of ”Sir” in front of his name. Sir Terry Wogan died from cancer on the 31st of January 2016.
Now a statue of the renowned media personality has been unveiled by the mayor of Limerick, Kieran O’Hanlon. The statue was made by bronze sculptor Rory Breslin.
Breslin himself said, on making the statue:
As Limerick is his home place I want to celebrate the man’s skills but also to see the relaxed Terry, engaging and familiar to us all
The bronze sculpture can be seen at Harvey’s Quay in Limerick, on the banks of the river Shannon.