Sitting in her bar surrounded by hundreds of signed pictures from actors through the ages, Maureen has a clear favourite – “My Kris!” – that’s Kris Kristofferson to the masses. She also recalls Laurel and Hardy. “Oh, they were fabulous,” she smiles. “We had them here for two weeks. They used to come down with their wives, two lovely women. They were just normal guys.” She adds with a laugh, “They loved my children, and wanted to adopt half a dozen of them!”
Laurel and Hardy aren’t the only famous duo with a soft spot for Maureen. She tells us, “Liam Neeson was having coffee with Pierce Brosnan a couple of years ago in New York. Pierce was coming back to Ireland and Liam told him, ‘Make sure you have your photo taken with Maureen in the Olympia and tell her I still love her!’"
Though she doesn’t work behind the bar anymore, Maureen is an avid fundraiser and visits every night. “I’m not able to go in and do the work I used to do. But I go from bar to bar here every night, and even if it was the king himself, I’d say, ‘You’re not leaving without giving me €2!’ I handed over a cheque for €15,000 to the cancer ward in Beaumont Hospital recently.”