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Maureen Grant, the doyenne of the Olympia bar

Maureen Grant, the doyenne of the Olympia bar

Maureen Grant with Gary Barlow

Maureen Grant with Gary Barlow

Maureen Grant with Bono

Maureen Grant with Bono

Maureen Grant with Pierce Brosnan

Maureen Grant with Pierce Brosnan

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Maureen Grant, the doyenne of the Olympia bar

Actor Colin Farrell has paid tribute to Olympia Theatre stalwart Maureen Grant, who has been honoured for her work.

The 88-year-old has charmed stars down through the decades with her Dublin wit, after starting work at the theatre in 1949.

The doyenne of its stalls bar – where she first started working 64 years ago – last night received a Variety gold heart award for outstanding contribution to Irish entertainment at a special charity evening in Dublin's Mansion House.

A special video with messages of congratulations from stars including Farrell, U2 frontman Bono, comedian Billy Connolly and many others were presented to Maureen.

Farrell said: "I just want to wish you congratulations on getting this award."

Billy Connolly added: "Nobody deserves it more than you."

When she first started working at the Olympia, it was meant to be a three-week stint.

Looking back on her career, Maureen said that film legend Tyrone Power stood out. "He had a pair of eyes you could powder your nose in them," she said.

"When you looked at him you could see yourself in his eyes."

Variety, the children's charity, said it was delighted to pay tribute to Maureen for her continued support to the Irish entertainment industry.

The Mansion House event recognised her 60-plus years in the industry.

fdillon@herald.ie


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