Local tributes paid to Terry Wogan

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A Sligo-based singer and musician who was given the rare privilege to play live on Sir Terry Wogan’s BBC radio show has described the broadcaster as a “warm character” and a “pure gentleman”.

ICON: Broadcasting legend Terry Wogan, who passed away last week.
ICON: Broadcasting legend Terry Wogan, who passed away last week.

Limerick-born Wogan died after a short illness on Sunday, January 31, surrounded by his family. He was 77. In a career spanning half a century, Wogan was most famous for his various stints on BBC Radio 2, the last of which, a weekend radio show, he retired from last year.

Dubliner Miles Graham, who has called Sligo his home now for a number of years, was asked to come on Terry’s weekend show in January of last year to play two of his own songs. He said the brief encounter with this veteran broadcaster left a lasting impression.

“When I met him, the man was as bright as a button,” Miles told the Sligo Weekender. “He was a real warm character, real warm, bubbly, smiles, just very welcoming.

“He brought these little cakes in and he was giving all the little cakes to the band and was just saying ‘Keep the blood sugars up boys!’ ..He just made you feel very at home and made me feel much more relaxed.”

For more see this week’s Sligo Weekender newspaper. In shops now.

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