Wogan was targeted by hate mail

Nick Rabbitts

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Nick Rabbitts

LEGENDARY Limerick broadcaster Sir Terry Wogan has revealed that he was once sent a parcel bomb while working at the BBC.

LEGENDARY Limerick broadcaster Sir Terry Wogan has revealed that he was once sent a parcel bomb while working at the BBC.

Ennis Road man Sir Terry made the revelation this week on the popular BBC Radio Four show Desert Island Discs.

His producer picked up the suspect parcel without realising what it was.

He never saw the device, because he happened to be on holiday at the time.

Sir Terry, who presented BBC Radio Two’s flagship breakfast show for 27 years until 2009, said it was difficult working for the British corporation with an Irish accent at the height of the Troubles.

However, he told Desert Island Discs presenter Kirsty Young that he never felt the need to apologise for his background.

“What was being done was not being done in my name. I was very conscious of it - for instance, you would come up a cheery morning voice after some horrific bomb incident,” he said.

Sir Terry is one of Limerick’s favourite sons - He was made a Freeman in 2007, during Cllr Joe Leddin’s mayoralty.

Current Mayor Jim Long expressed his “horror” that the Limerick man may have been targeted.

“But the Irish were targeted for none other than being Irish.

I did travel to the UK on a number of occasions during the Troubles, and I saw first hand the distrust of Irish people. You were feared. This came with the tag of being Irish. I have always said we can do a lot more for the Irish in Britain. They have suffered horribly because of the fact they are Irish, but they came through it.”

“What they have found was they are able to hold their own, and the associations in London, Birmingham and Manchester were able to continue. We should be very proud of them,” the Mayor said.

The interview is available by visiting BBC.