The tune itself is a 16th century (if not older) English Country Dance. Read more about the history in Essays in Musicology: A Tribute to Alvin Johnson (full text online).
Learned from John Doherty.
Learned from the recording titled Live at the Burren Centre, Kilfenora by Kevin Griffin, Eoin O’Neill and Quentin Cooper that was recorded in June 2009.
Also known as A Night In Ennis, The Ash Plant No. 2, The Ash Plant, The Ashplant, Bobby Gardiner’s, Cronin’s, Dick Sherlock’s, Dickie Sherlock’s, Dicky Sherlock’s, John Brennan’s, Matt Molloy’s, Matt Molloys, The Night In Ennis, Packie Duignan’s, Reel On Mandolin, Roger Sherlock’s, Sean McGuire’s, Sherlocks, Thatcher’s Mallet, The Tipperary Fancy.
Learned from the playing of Mary MacNamara.
Learned from Billy McComiskey’s recording Outside the Box.
Learned from the recording by Tony McConnell, Andy Morrow, and Arty McGlynn.