Sir Terry Wogan honoured by President Michael D Higgins at ceremony recognising Irish abroad

The late broadcaster received the award posthumously

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The late Sir Terry Wogan was honoured at a ceremony at Áras an Uachtaráin for his work abroad.

Other recipients of Presidential Distinguished Service Awards include Angela Brady, Sir Terry Wogan, Robert Kearns, Gerald Lawless, Norman McClelland, Nora Higgins, Brendan Fay, Kathleen Walsh D’Arcy, Martin Von Hildebrand Mulcahy, Sr. Mary Sweeney and Garret FitzGerald.

"Through his long and universally acclaimed broadcasting career, he always reflected all that is good about Ireland and the Irish community in Britain," Minister for Foreign Affairs Charlie Flanagan said.

President Michael D Higgins said: "I know you will all join with me in celebrating Terry’s gift: so many people have felt less lonely – indeed they have felt understood – as they listened to Terry on the BBC throughout the different stages of his life and theirs.

"Terry did his broadcasting with such charm, wit, sensitivity and empathy – including during some very challenging times for the Irish community in Britain. Terry Wogan was loved on both sides of the Irish Sea and we send his family our heartfelt condolences as today we honour him with our highest award."

Sir Terry passed away in January of this year. His rise to the highest ranks of broadcasting in Britain was recognised when he received a knighthood in 2005.