Tributes paid to Olympia Theatre legend Maureen Grant

by Rachel Darcy

Tributes have been paid to Maureen Grant, the ‘legendary’ longest standing staff member at the Olympia Theatre, who passed away earlier today.

Maureen was well known by those who frequented The Olympia, and has met numerous well known faces over the years during her time working at the iconic Dublin venue. She passed away on January 6 at age 95.

Announcing news of her passing on Twitter this evening, The Olympia said: “It is with very heavy hearts, that we must announce the passing of The Olympia’s longest standing, legendary staff member, Maureen Grant, on Wednesday 6th January 2021.

“Condolences to the Grant family at this time, sending all our love.”

Maureen started as a Bar Girl in The Olympia Theatre in 1949, initially for a 3 week position, but continued working in the beloved Dublin venue as recently as 2018.

Maureen was the namesake of Maureen’s Bar on the ground floor of the Olympia Theatre, where she still appeared behind the bar for many years, and always encouraged a friendly chat with gig goers.

During her time at the Olympia, Maureen met the likes of REM, Bono, Bryan Adams, David Bowie, Michael Buble, Pierce Brosnan, Laurel & Hardy, Snoop Dogg, Colin Farrell & many more, with photos of her brushes with fame adorning the walls of the bar.

According to the Olympia’s website, Maureen’s most memorable moments at the theatre include ‘flirting with Tyrone Power in the 50’s, spending lots of time with Laurel & Hardy in 1952, being kissed by Kris Kristofferson backstage, bringing Josef Locke a pint on stage at this last Olympia show and receiving a rose from him in return’.

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