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A statue of Terry Wogan was unveiled in Limerick and it doesn't really look anything like him

So many jokes.

YESTERDAY, A BRONZE statue of the late broadcaster Terry Wogan was unveiled in his native Limerick.

There was even a big ceremony at Poor Man’s Kilkee on the Shannon quayside:

Terry Wogan Statue 005 Source: Alan Place

The grand unveiling.

The statue looks great from afar, but when you get an up close shot of it you realise that the proportions are slightly off… with the result that it doesn’t really look like Terry at all

ronnie3 Source: Alan Place


People picked up on it straight away – and the jokes came flooding in

Memories were sparked of that Ronaldo statue from a few months back

ronnie Source: @alanfergs

People thought the Wogan statue was inspired by that iconic piece

The last 24 hours have been a long game of “guess who this looks like?” – with Nick Cave being an early frontrunner

This theory checks out

BAFTA Film Awards 2015 - Arrivals - London Source: PA Archive/PA Images

Kent Brockman from The Simpsons, maybe?

Yep, you can see that too

kentb Source: Fox

The suggestions kept on coming

2017 Writers Guild Awards - Los Angeles Source: Admedia

And, inevitably, the comparison to Herman Munster

Uncomfirmed reports that Lionel Richie’s girlfriend helped out with the design

kiely Source: @Kielybear86

Something is just *off*

And word is in that there’s going to be an official portrait done

All this criticism *might* be a little harsh – from far away you can definitely make out it’s Wogan

Terry Wogan Statue 010 Source: Alan Place

And visitors to the city will know that Limerick’s well-known BBC presenter is being remembered in the birthplace

Terry Wogan Statue 013 Source: Alan Place

But still. 

What a 24 hours in the life of a statue.

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