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Doreen Keogh, Coronation Street's first barmaid, dies aged 91

The Coronation Street actress Doreen Keogh, who played the Rovers Return first barmaid Concepta Riley from 1960 until 1964, has died at the age of 91.


The Coronation Street actress Doreen Keogh, who played the Rovers Return first barmaid Concepta Riley from 1960 until 1964, has died at the age of 91.

The Irish actress was one of the soap's original cast members, involved in storylines that included the kidnapping of her character's baby son and her mechanic husband being crushed to death underneath a vehicle.

Following her stint on Corrie she had recurring roles on series including Ballykissangel, Cold Feet (playing the mother of John Thomson's character) and played neighbour Mary Carroll, mother to Jessica Hynes's Cheryl, on the long-running comedy The Royle Family. She also memorably feuded with Pauline McLynn's Mrs Doyle in an episode of Father Ted.

Keogh, who last acted in 2007, was said to have died "peacefully" at home in County Kilkenny on December 31.

John Whiston, the Creative Director at ITV Studios, told the The Mirror: "All at Coronation Street are sad to hear about the death of Doreen Keogh.

"There have been many barmaids in the Rovers over the years, dispensing pints and wisdom in equal measure. 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."

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