Written by his brother as an introduction to his play The Quare Fellow (1954), about a condemned prisoner the day of his execution. Referring to the mice in his Mountjoy prison cell, while serving time for his part in IRA activities. Dominic also wrote The Patriot Game (see: The Bold Grenadier). Brendan earned his reputation as "a drinker with a writing problem" during a drunken appearence in a BBC tv-show in 1956, promoting the West End staging of his play while singing The Auld Triangle. The play was fist staged at the Pike Theatre Club, Herbert Lane in Dublin in November '54. Filmed in '62.
Ewan MacColl [as The Banks Of The Royal Canal]
Liam Clancy [as The Royal Canal]
Ian & Sylvia [idem]
Dubliners [as The Old Triangle]
Bob Dylan & The Band [Basement tape]
Chris Eldridge-Marcus Mumford-Chris Thale-Justin Timberlake-Gabe Witcher [in film Inside Llewyn Davis]
Inspired by the music hall tune Never Let Your Braces Dangle. Some even recognize a vague echo in Dylan's Mr. Tambourine Man. After all, Dylan covered The Auld Triangle as The Banks Of The Royal Canal with The Band during sessions for the Basement Tapes (bootleg).