"The Wild Rover" along with Whiskey in the Jar
are both, of course, extremely well known and are ever popular in Germany. There is even a German version by Klaus and Klaus (I disrespectfully call them "Klau and Klau") under the title of "An der Nordseekuste" which I most positively hate.
As it so popular I don't recall when I first heard this song, most likely from one of the earlier Dubliners recordings on radio. We sang it very often in the Idle Fellows
and I still sing loads of times as a solo "artist", on occasions several times in the course of one evening. No St. Patrick's night at the
is complete without it.
The song may be found in Soodlum's 100 Irish Ballads Volume 1