I had never heard of this song until I came across it in Soodlum's 100 Irish Ballads Volume 1
and loved it immediately. Soodlums only gives two verses so I used to improvise in stretching it out with home-made verses to sing it as long as possible on account of the rollicking chorus. When I was in New Zealand I heard, for the first time, an Irish band giving it a real thrashing with loads of instrumentals and additional verses. On my return to Germany I then tracked down further verses on Internet.