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Jimmy O'Dea & Harry O'Donovan 78

Jimmy O'Dea  was born in Lower Bridge Street, Dublin, where his mother kept a small toy-shop. He was one of 11 children. His father was an iron-monger and had a shop in Capel Street. He was educated at the Irish Christian Brothers O'Connell School in Richmond Street, Dublin, where a classmate was future Taoiseach Sean Lemass, and by the Jesuits at Blackrock College and Belvedere College.[1] From a young age he was interested in taking to the stage; he co-founded an amateur acting group, the Kilronan Players, in 1917. But his father would not hear of it. O'Dea was apprenticed to an optician in Edinburgh, Scotland, where he qualified as an optician.[2]

He returned to Dublin where, aged 21, he set up his own business which he was, eventually, to give to his sister, Rita. In his spare time he took part in amateur productions of Ibsen and Chekhov. From 1920 he was in the Irish theatre in Hardwicke Street working with actor-producer John McDonagh. After working in plays by Shaw for a few years he rejoined McDonagh in revues, the first of which, Dublin To-Night, was produced at the Queen's Theatre in 1924. In 1927 he took to the stage full-time.[2] In 1928, this company's first production Here We Are won international acclaim, and in December of the same year it produced its first Christmas Pantomime, Sinbad the Sailor.

O'Dea formed a partnership with Harry O'Donovan (died 3 November 1973) whom he first met in a production of You Never Can Tell in 1924. Their first show was Look Who's Here at Queen's. For more than two decades beginning in 1929 the duo produced two shows a year in Dublin, first in the Olympia Theatre, then in the Gaiety.[3] They created O'Dea's most famous character, "Mrs. Biddy Mulligan".[2] The role drew on Jimmy's previous manifestations as "Dames" in Variety performances and pantomimes. Biddy Mulligan was the representation (caricature, parody and stereotype) of a Dublin street-seller, with all the working-class repartee, wisdom and failings implicit. He made a number of recordings



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UK JIMMY O DEA , HARRY O DONOVAN - DOMINION 78 RPM

JIMMY O DEA , HARRY O DONOVAN - DOMINION 78 RPM

1647 DOMINION   A 115  RARE  UK  PRESSINGS DOMINION SIDE 1 THE  TWO  TD'S SIDE 2 A ROMANCE  OF  IRELANDS  EYE MADE    UK DISC   ...
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UK JIMMY O DEA , HARRY O DONOVAN - PARLOPHONE 3634

JIMMY O DEA , HARRY O DONOVAN - PARLOPHONE 3634

1660  & 4420 PARLOPHONE  E 3634  RARE  IRISH  PRESSINGS PARLOPHONE SIDE 1 SIXPENCE  EACH  WAY ...
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UK JIMMY O DEA , HARRY O DONOVAN - PARLOPHONE 78 RPM # IRP 26

JIMMY O DEA , HARRY O DONOVAN - PARLOPHONE 78 RPM # IRP 26

IRP  #26 JIMMY  O'DEA , HARRY  O DONOVAN    PARLOPHONE  E 3663  RARE  UK  PRESSINGS DECCA  SIDE 1 Mrs MULLIGAN AT THE  TELEPHONE SIDE...
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IRELAND JIMMY O'DEA - WITH HARRY O'DONOVAN - EMI 1037

JIMMY O'DEA - WITH HARRY O'DONOVAN - EMI 1037

IRISH  418 RARE  IRISH    PRESSING JIMMY  O'DEA &  HARRY  O'DONOVAN     COMEDIANS BIDDY  MULLIGAN  SKETCHES  EMI  TALISMAN   1037        1974...
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IRELAND JIMMY O'DEA - WITH HARRY O'DONOVAN - EMI 1044

JIMMY O'DEA - WITH HARRY O'DONOVAN - EMI 1044

IRISH  419 RARE  IRISH    PRESSING JIMMY  O'DEA &  HARRY  O'DONOVAN     COMEDIANS BIDDY  MULLIGAN  SKETCHES  EMI  TALISMAN   1044    1975...
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UK JIMMY O DEA & HARRY O 'DONOVAN - PARLOPHONE 3634

JIMMY O DEA & HARRY O 'DONOVAN - PARLOPHONE 3634

# 1887  &  2508 & 2511  & 4410  & 9375 PARLOPHONE  E 3634 78  RPM    10 ...
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UK JIMMY O'DEA HARRY O'DONOVAN - REGAL 78 RPM

JIMMY O'DEA HARRY O'DONOVAN - REGAL 78 RPM

RARE  78 RPM 2510 O'DEA  &  O'DONOVAN          REGAL  MR 923             RARE   UK     PRESSINGS SIDE  1  -  Mrs MULLIGAN  RECORDS  HER ...
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UK Jimmy O'Dea & Harry O'Donovan & Drago - Decca F.5120

Jimmy O'Dea & Harry O'Donovan & Drago - Decca F.5120

4952 & 9376 10 inch  78 RPMs  Jimmy O'Dea , Harry O'Donovan &  Kathleen Drago SIDE  1   -  The...
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UK Jimmy O'Dea & Harry O'Donovan & Drago - Decca F.5147

Jimmy O'Dea & Harry O'Donovan & Drago - Decca F.5147

1651 JIMMY  O'DEA , HARRY  O DONOVAN KATHLEEN  DRAGO DECCA  F 5147  RARE  UK  PRESSINGS ...
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USA Jimmy O'Dea & Harry O'Donovan - Columbia 33467 USA

Jimmy O'Dea & Harry O'Donovan - Columbia 33467 USA

4964   10 inch  78 RPMs  Jimmy O'Dea & Harry O'Donovan SIDE  1   -  Mrs Mulligan and the Motor Car ...
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