Different Tune, Same Name
Some of you who were searching for the tune by name, like I was, will find this a different tune than what you expected. If you search the tune database for Father O’Flynn, you will find another tune also called "Top of Cork Road," which is the tune I am familiar with.
Older than you think
This song is first published in England as the "Yorkshire Lasses" in 1789. The earliest Irish version stems from 1798. It is also widely known as "The Rollicking Irishman" and the famous song "Father O’Flynn".
Same tune different setting
I think it’s the same tune just changed a bit.
Re: On The Top Of Cork Road
Alias - "Lasses of Scotland" (a song) which can be found in the "Scottish Students Songbook" circa 1880s. If you see this book in a 2nd hand/charity shop, pick it up. Quite a treasury and not dear to buy. The song in question describes lasses’ hair as "raven or carroty", a v pleasant ditty about lovely girls.