Dermot O’Leary pens heartbreaking tribute to old friend Terry Wogan: ‘Thank you – for everything’

Dermot O’Leary has shared an incredibly moving tribute to his friend, colleague, and mentor, Sir Terry Wogan

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by Kayleigh Dray |
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We have seen countless tributes to broadcasting legend Sir Terry Wogan following his death on 31st January.

But it was Dermot O’Leary’s beautiful message to his old friend that really touched us the most.

Terry, for those who don’t know, was born in Ireland and worked for Irish radio before moving to London to pursue a successful career with BBC.

With that in mind, Dermot saw fit to dedicate the below Irish blessing to Terry.

Sharing a joyful photo of Terry, Dermot wrote:

*Thank you Terry. For everything.

May the road rise up to meet you.

May the wind always be at your back.

May the sun shine warm upon your face,

and rains fall soft upon your fields.

And until we meet again,

May God hold you in the palm of His hand.*

Dermot also penned a longer tribute to the late broadcaster via the BBC’s website, where he explained eloquently: “Terry meant a great deal to me.

“He was a friend, a colleague and a mentor. He was not only a great broadcaster, he was one of THE great broadcasters.”

Explaining how Terry encouraged him to reach for the stars - and how the legendary star helped him to settle in at his first big job at Radio 2 - Dermot added: “It's not my place to, but I'm sure I speak for many, when I say we've lost a hero, a voice, a presence, a friend.

“‘Never be afraid of the silence’.

“I’ll try Terry, but it's deafening in your absence.”

Terry passed away aged 77 at the end of January, following a short battle with cancer.

In a statement, a family spokesperson said: "Sir Terry Wogan died today after a short but brave battle with cancer.

"He passed away surrounded by his family. While we understand he will be missed by many, the family ask that their privacy is respected at this time."

BBC director general Tony Hall said: "Terry truly was a national treasure."

Sir Terry leaves wife Helen and their three children.

Our thoughts are with them at this tragic time.

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