MOREEN (Moirin). AKA and see "Móirín (The)," "Minstrel Boy (The)." Irish, Air (2/4 or cut time). F Major (Petrie): G Major (O'Flannagan): D Major (Clinton). Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. The tune for which Thomas Moore set his lyric "Minstrel Boy (The)." It first appeared in Neale's collection of 1787. The title is a variant of the name Maureen. See also the related tune "Tither Morn (The)."
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: Clinton (Gems of Ireland: 200 Airs), 1841; No. 54, p. 27. P.M. Haverty (One Hundred Irish Airs vol. 1), 1858; No. 13, p. 5. O'Flannagan (The Hibernia Collection), 1860; p. 3. Stanford/Petrie (Complete Collection), 1905; No. 1967, p. 270.