Books of condolence have opened for Limerick-born broadcaster Terry Wogan who died yesterday aged 77 after a battle with cancer.

Members of the public can express their sympathies at Limerick city and county council buildings in Dooradoyle and in Merchant's Quay in Limerick city.

An online book of condolence is also hosted on www.limerick.ie.

Limerick City Mayor Liam Galvin said: "These books of condolence afford Limerick people at home and abroad the opportunity to convey their sympathies to the family of the late Terry Wogan, a true son of Limerick and a broadcasting institution whose passing will be mourned by millions."

Known for his velvety voice on radio and television, the veteran broadcaster was one of the best-known stars in Ireland and the UK.

A huge number of tributes have been paid to Mr Wogan since the announcement of his death yesterday morning.

He was born in Limerick and first headed into the world of banking after leaving college in 1956 but, after answering an advertisement, joined RTÉ where he worked as a newsreader and announcer.

He moved on to become a DJ and hosted quiz and variety shows.

Moving to the BBC he hosted a mid-1960s programme called Midday Spin and when the corporation reorganised its output, he began working on the new Late Night Extra slot on Radio 1, for which he commuted from Dublin.

His career with the BBC flourished as he became one of the organisation’s most well-known personalities.

Last November, he was forced to pull out of presenting Children In Need at the last minute due to health issues.

He was last on air on BBC Radio 2 just under three months ago, on Sunday 8 November.

Mr Wogan was one of the most skilled, popular and enduring broadcasters of his generation, with more than 40 years at the top of his profession.

His BBC Radio 2 breakfast show, with his recognisable voice and his wry, rambling thoughts on life, achieved the UK's biggest and most loyal audience.

Millions of early-morning listeners tuned in to hear his gentle and witty commentary on the affairs of the day, both trivial and momentous. It was all delivered in a soft Irish brogue, sometimes cutting but never malicious. He put a smile on the faces of countless people at their breakfast tables.

He announced in September 2009 that he would be quitting that breakfast show the following new year after a total of 27 years.