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Friday 2 December 2016

Olympia legend Maureen turns 90 and advises 'keep working'

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Maureen Grant who has worked at the Gaiety Theatre since 1949 celebrating her 90th Birthday in Nico's restaurant with friends and family including Dickie Rock, Red Hurley, Alan Amsby aka Mr.Pussy and James Brown
Maureen Grant who has worked at the Gaiety Theatre since 1949 celebrating her 90th Birthday in Nico's restaurant with friends and family including Dickie Rock, Red Hurley, Alan Amsby aka Mr.Pussy and James Brown
Maureen Grant who has worked at the Gaiety Theatre since 1949 celebrating her 90th Birthday in Nico's restaurant with friends and Family including Dickie Rock, Red Hurley, Alan Amsby aka Mr.Pussy and James Brown.

Dublin's longest-serving bar manager, Maureen Grant, attributes her long life to choosing not to drink alcohol, keeping busy and not smoking.

Maureen is a legend at the Olympia Theatre in Dublin where she has continued to work for the past 66 years.

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She was delighted when friends and family threw a surprise 90th birthday party at nearby Nico's Restaurant on Wednesday night.

The mother-of-eight's advice for a healthy life was: "Keep working as long as you can, don't drink, don't smoke."

Among the guests was promoter Pat Egan, who declared: "Maureen is a legend in Irish showbusiness from the early days of variety, when her customers included Laurel and Hardy and movie idol, Tyrone Power, and she's made pals with stars from Bono to Kris Kristofferson."

The theatre bar is named Maureen's Bar, and she said she had seen the rights of women and workers greatly improved since the 1930s.

"I love working at the Olympia. It's my wish that the Olympia is the place where I will die," she said.

Showbusiness stars such as Rebecca Storm, Dickie Rock, Red Hurley, Tony Kenny and Alan Amsby were among those to spring the surprise.

Tony Kenny, who starred in shows such as Jesus Christ Superstar' in the 1970s, said he remembered Maureen when he was just a boy - and how singer Josef Locke would call her onto the Olympia stage to supply him with a pint. Dickie Rock spoke of knowing Maureen for more than five decades.

Alan Amsby, aka Mister Pussy, said: "When I moved to Dublin in the 1970s, Maureen became my adopted mother."

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