“Let Mr. McGuire Sit Down”


When Mick McGuire calls to court Kitty Donahue, her mother makes sure that he, a farm owner, had the seat by the fire. (Once married, Mick spends her father's legacy, or he proves poorer than expected.) Now her mother won't have him sit by the fire


The 1928 date for USBallinsloeFair is according to site irishtune.info, Irish Traditional Music Tune Index: Alan Ng's Tunography, ref. Ng #1122.

Broadsides NLScotland L.C.1270(020) and Bodleian 2806 c.16(135) are clearly the same song with the same chorus as the recordings but [have] a different twist. Barney is Kate's brother and tries to blackmail Paddy M'Guire ("I saw you courting Peggy Brown, I'll tell my sister Kate, But if you give me a sixpence, maybe I'll hold my prate.") but mother saves the day; they marry happily and without recriminations on anyone's part. - BS


  • Bodleian, 2806 c.16(135), "Barney, Get Up from the Fire", unknown, n.d.
  • NLScotland, L.C.1270(020), "Barney Get Up from the Fire!", unknown, c.1845


  • Margaret Barry, "Let Mr. Maguire Sit Down" (on IRMBarry-Fairs)
  • The Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem, "Mick McGuire" (on IRClancyMakem01)
  • Dinny (Jimmy) Doyle and Larry Griffin, "Let Mr McGuire Sit Down" (on USBallinsloeFair)


  1. Dean, p. 86, "Kate O?Donahue" (1 text)
  2. Roud #4249
  3. BI, RcLMMSD


Alternate titles: “Mick Maguire”; “Kitty Donahue”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1922 (Dean); c.1845 (broadside, NLScotland L.C.1270(020))
Found in: Ireland US(MW)