This is a popular camp and scout song.

Michael Finnigan - Irish Children's Songs - Ireland - Mama Lisa's World: Children's Songs and Rhymes from Around the World  - Intro Image


There are many different variations of this song. The verses here are found in most of them.

The earliest known version of this song found in print is in, "The Hackney Scout Song Book" (Stacy & Son Ltd, 1921).


Katherine wrote, "My grandma always used to sing 'Michael Finnigan' to me, except she used to sing 'Michael Quinnigan', as my brother's name is Michael Quinn."


Sheet Music

Sheet Music - Michael Finnigan

Thanks and Acknowledgements

Many thanks to Katherine Quinn for contributing the 1st verse this song.

Thanks to Monique Palomares for the illustration!

Thanks so much!