Mickey MacConnell (born 1947) is an Irish musician and song writer.
Mickey MacConnell was born in Bellanaleck near Enniskillen in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland. He is the youngest member of a musical family. He worked in Dublin for Irish Press Group and, later, with The Irish Times.
Mickey began writing songs very early in his life. In 1965 he wrote Only Our Rivers Run Free about the constitutional status of Northern Ireland; it became an instant hit in Ireland. This encouraged him to seriously devote himself to writing music and he moved to Listowel, County Kerry where he lives with his wife and two daughters.
The album "Joined Up Writing"; features many new songs and takes a wry look at life and politics, not just in Ireland but worldwide.
MacConnell's work has been greatly influenced by the The Troubles in Northern Ireland and his songs reflect that there are those who suffer on all sides. "Follow the Flag" is an example of this. "The Little Drummer Boy" is a song that uses the story of the drummer boys of the old days (similar to the sentiments evoked by the more famous Minstrel Boy by Thomas Moore) to remind us of the influence of the poets and singers on public opinion.
"Only Our Rivers Run Free" is a song written by Mickey MacConnell in 1965. It was made famous by Irish Ballad Singer Christy Moore.