Doreen Keogh, an actress who played the first Coronation Street barmaid, has died on Sunday, December 31 and she was 91.
Doreen pulled Rovers Returns' first pints as Concepta Riley, appearing in the television series in the 1960s and 70s. The Irish star had also recurring roles in Father Ted, Cold Feet, and the Royle Family.
Coronation Street's First Barmaid Doreen Keogh Dies at Age 91
John Whiston, ITV Studios' creative director, said Doreen holds a "unique place" in Coronation Street history.
There have been many barmaids in the Rovers over the years, dispensing pints and wisdom in equal measure,
He further added,
But Doreen played the first and so has a unique place not just in the history of the show but in the affection of all who watch The Street.
Doreen is also credited with coaching Barbra Streisand on how to speak with a cockney accent for her drama movie On a Clear Day You Can See Forever.
Her niece and nephews Christina, Laurence, Matthew Keogh said in a statement,
Our auntie Doreen died peacefully in Thomastown, Co Kilkenny, Ireland, on New Year's Eve after a long illness. She is known for the parts she played in prominent TV series including Coronation Street, Ballykissangel, Father Ted, The Royle Family, Cold Feet, Fair City, Z Cars, Crossroads and others.
She also had many stage and film roles, including a part in the 1960 Blake Edwards-directed musical Darling Lili with Julie Andrews and Rock Hudson.