Friends Fr Brian D'Arcy and Jimmy Tarbuck have joined fans, fellow broadcasters and even heads of state in paying tribute to Terry Wogan, who has died at the age of 77 after a battle with cancer.

Terry's generosity, sharp wit and, of course, his distinctive velvety voice have all been saluted. However, many have also spoken of how through the strength of his personality he made life easier for Irish emigrants in Britain during the Troubles.

Paying tribute on RTÉ Radio 1's Liveline on Monday, Fr D'Arcy, a longtime contributor to Terry's BBC Radio 2 show, said: "He loved being Irish but it didn't mean that he couldn't also recognise how good England had been to him. And he didn't want to insult anybody. He played that role - which wasn't an easy role to play - but he played it to perfection along the way." 

On the same programme, his friend and golf partner Jimmy Tarbuck added: "He got honoured with a knighthood, but the public granted him something [that] only the public can give, and that's their love. That's an honour that isn't bestowed on everybody. But Terry was loved by everybody."  

Before he retired in 2009 from his weekday breakfast programme Wake Up to Wogan on BBC Radio 2, the show had eight million regular listeners, making him the most listened-to radio broadcaster in Europe.

BBC Director General Tony Hall yesterday said Terry was "truly was a national treasure", adding "Today we've lost a wonderful friend."

Chris Evans, who took over Wogan's slot on BBC Radio 2 today said that Terry was his "radio dad". He said that Wogan "taught me so much about being on the radio and not being on the radio. He was the absolute governor, everybody knows that."

President Michael D Higgins led tributes here in Ireland and said that he had learned with sadness of the death of "one of the great figures of broadcasting"

"People in Ireland will remember his early career in Irish broadcasting, " President Higgins added, recalling how his move to Britain saw his voice become "the most often quoted, favourite radio voices." He said his success was "a great tribute to his breadth of knowledge and in particular his unique, very personal sense of humour."

Taoiseach Enda Kenny said that "It is with great sadness that I learned...of the passing of legendary broadcaster Terry Wogan," Mr Kenny also said that the broadcaster’s sense of humour and wit were "unparalleled".

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British Prime Minister David Cameron tweeted his condolences to Wogan's family saying, "My thoughts are with Terry Wogan's family. Britain has lost a huge talent - someone millions came to feel was their own special friend."

Actor Chris O'Dowd took to Twitter to remember Wogan and to warmly reminisce about the scenes he shot on O'Dowd's comedy Moone Boy.

"Terry Wogan was a busy man. But he kindly gave up a day to film some scenes for Moone Boy. He brought and wore his own 80's mustard suit," O'Dowd said. "I felt guilty as our day ran long, but when we finished, he still insisted on taking us all out for pizza. He was, and is, a class act."

Wogan's anointed successor as BBC Eurovision commentator Graham Norton paid him a warm tribute saying that "He made it seem effortless and for a young boy in Ireland he made it seem possible".

His influence on the Song Contest itself didn't go un-noticed either, with The Eurovision declaring him to be "without doubt the most remarkable Eurovision commentator in history."

Broadcaster Gay Byrne also recalled Wogan fondly on Sunday with Miriam on RTÉ Radio 1.

"Well I'm very, very sad obviously, it didn't come as a great surprise because we knew that he was not well and so we were expecting this day, not quite so soon but there you are," Byrne said.

"The one point I always made about Terry, and to Terry, was that he was born with a monster advantage over the rest of us, in that he was born with a sunny disposition. He saw the fun in everything and this is a huge gift to have.

"He simply was optimistic and he was good-natured and he saw the fun in everything and this is a huge gift to have, " declared Gay. "He saw fun in everything, he saw a joke in everything, and was just expecting the best, and the best usually happened.”

He noted that some people regarded Wogan's sense of humour as "surreal", while others regarded it as "bizarre," but he could see "the quirky fun in things."

The broadcaster recalled how he would regularly play tricks on newcomers coming in to the old Henry Street studios, for instance when they were doing their first radio newscast.

"He would creep into the studio and start untying the two laces of your shoes and tie them to the opposite shoe," Gay recalled, observing that he was renowned for doing this trick, "and while you were reading live on the air and you were full of nerves anyway, he would do this and you wondered what he was doing because it never happened before, and then when  you stood up you fell over. He was full of that pranky sense of humour."

Broadcaster Mike Murphy also said he was 'absolutely shocked' over Terry Wogan's passing. "I can't believe it, I really can't, " said Mike. " He was so ebullient, so full of life, so full of energy, so full of pzazz and positivity. I always just felt that Terry would trundle on forever."  Murphy noted his "incredible command of language".

"God be with the days when he used be our boss," Mike added, addressing another veteran presenter Brendan Balfe who also paid tribute on Miriam's programme. Brendan was trained by, and worked under Wogan for a number of years. He also paid tribute to his "sunny disposition" and "offbeat sense of humour."

2FM DJ Larry Gogan believed that both Terry and himself started the same day at Radio Éireann's GPO studios. "He was a staff announcer, I was a freelancer  (at the time), " he recalled, "and we were friends ever since, right through all the years, and particularly down the years in the Eurovision."

When Larry compered his first Eurovision song contest in 1978 on radio, Wogan had already been doing so seven years. Once again, the pranky humour came into play, as the mischievous Limerick-man assured listeners that Gogan was an expert on Yugoslavia, when in fact he knew little about the place.

Terry had been involved with the Children in Need appeal since 1980

BBC Radio 2 host and TV presenter, Dermot O'Leary, also shared his condolences tweeting, "Sir Terry. Just the most warm hearted, generous, funny, clever, life affirming man. Part of the foundations of @BBCRadio2 so very sad."

O'Leary then shared Mary Black's rendition of Song for Ireland with the message, "This is for you Terry. 'May the road ride up to meet you'."

Another broadcaster who blossomed in the UK, Henry Kelly. said on RTE Radio that "for so many people in this country, it's going to be like a death in the family. They adored Wogan, they didn't care whether he was or whether he was not a professional broadcaster, he was just 'Terry Wogan.'"

Kelly recalled the Troubles of the 1970s and the 1980s, referring to the bombings. "It was a difficult time to be Irish"

Fans and colleagues of Wogan have also been taking to social media to share their reactions to the sad news, with many hailing him as an 'institution' and praising the longevity of his career and ability to always remain 'relevant'.

To see some of the tributes submitted by members of the public click here.