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Thread #12294 Message #4179080
Posted By: GUEST
12-Aug-23 - 09:19 PM
Thread Name: Origin: The Old Triangle
Subject: RE: Origin: The Old Triangle
It refers to the iron triangle the prison guards would use to summon the prisoners when it was wake-up time or mess time , or slopping out time. The song is set in Mountjoy Prison in Dublin which is on the banks of the Royal Canal. Brendan Behan wrote it and put it in his play "The Quare Fella" which is set in Mountjoy, the night before an execution.