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Month: August 2015

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‘Swing Low Sweet Chariot’ – Rousing Rugby Anthem or an Ode to Slavery?

If you are a rugby fan, then you must be pretty familiar with the unofficial anthem of the sport, Swing Low Sweet Chariot. It might get your blood pumping and make the game more exciting, but did you know that the song has roots in slavery? It was actually created by African slaves way back when slavery was accepted and was adopted by England’s supporters when it was sung at Twickenham in 1988 by a couple of schoolboys during the Five Nations Cup.

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A few rugby club members claim that they were the ones who started the trend; apparently, one of them started singing the song during the same match which was picked up by the crowd. However, if the former version is true then this makes the situation quite controversial due to its link with slavery. Allegedly the schoolboys sung Swing Low to mock Chris Oti, an African American rugby player. Perhaps a look at the song’s history will shed more light on the controversy.

Origins of ‘Swing Low Sweet Chariot’

‘Swing Low Sweet Chariot’ is considered an iconic song and was placed in the National Archives of the Library of Congress due to its apparent historical value. Recognised as the ‘song of the century’ by recording industries when it was rendered in 1909 by the Fisk Jubilee Singers, it has been covered by almost every musician to date. The history is a bit cloudy, but historians agree that it has its roots in slavery and was composed by slaves to give them hope of a better future.

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However, some are of the opinion that the song was actually a coded message that offered escape plans and even maps that the slaves could use to escape. This was similar to the song ‘Wade in the Water’ another rugby anthem that allegedly taught slaves how to evade bloodhounds when they were escaping. Similarly, the lyrics of ‘Follow The Drinking Gourd’ provided a detailed map that lead North to freedom; the refrain comprised of specific directions such as following the Big Dipper and several lyrics such as ‘the river ends between two hills’ showed them how to reach specific landmarks.

 

The song was written by Wallas Willis, a freed African American slave who was inspired by the Red River since it reminded him of the Biblical river that took Prophet Elijah to the heavens on a chariot. However, regardless of its origin, the song has been sung by rugby players and fans for decades and even during drinking games. It is mostly favoured by English supporters since the schoolboys who allegedly made it popular in-game were seated there and would sing whenever a try was scored.

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The rest as they say, is history. Despite its depressing origins, ‘Swing Low Sweet Chariot’ is still sung in rugby houses, pubs and during drinking games. If you are in search of a sports bar that has the best food, great people and sports fans galore, then you need to visit Trinity Bar Venue.

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THIS WEEK’S LIVE MUSIC SCHEDULE

It’s in the air, in the water, in the people. You can’t come without the music swallowing you whole and Trinity Bar Venue hosts Dublin’s best live music acts in Temple Bar, every night of the week!

Live Music Schedule:

Live Music Schedule

Check out this week’s schedule:

Monday, August 31st

Mariano

Tuesday, September 1st

Gary O’Brien

Wednesday, September 2nd

Huckleberry Jam

Thursday, September 3rd

Jimmy Coup

Friday, September 4th

Lee Tomkins

Hunter and Gatherer

Saturday, September 5th

Scotty

Mariano

Sunday, September 6th

Hot Whiskey

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This Week’s Top Live Fixtures

Trinity Bar Venue, Dublin’s best sports bar, shows all of the top Live fixtures, every week. Here’s a selection of what’s showing this week! Coming with a crowd for a big match? Click here to let us know and book a spot with a great view!

Monday, August 31st

Live Eredivisie Football: PSV Eindhoven v Feyenoord (Kick-off 3.45pm). Coverage of the match in the Dutch top flight, which takes place at the Philips Stadion.

footie

Tuesday, September 1st

Coverage of the second day of the final Grand Slam event of the season, featuring first- and second-round men’s and women’s singles matches at Flushing Meadows in New York. Showing from 4pm.

tennis

Wednesday, September 2nd

This afternoon from 4pm, we’ll be showing more live Tennis from the US Open!

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Thursday, September 3rd

Live Euro 2016 Qualifiers: Azerbaijan v Croatia! Coverage of the Group H match from Bakcell Arena in Baku kicks off at 5pm.

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Friday, September 4th

Watch the Boys in Green take on Gibraltar in the Euro 2016 qualifiers this afternoon from 5pm.

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Saturday, September 5th

This afternoon at 14.30, our home team takes on England in International Rugby!

Sunday, September 6th

More Euro 2016 qualifiers showing this evening from 5pm: Wales v Israel, followed by Cyprus v Belgium!

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LUNCH SPECIALS THIS WEEK

Every day at Trinity Bar Venue, Dublin’s premier Gastropub, our chefs cook up a little extra something on top of our usual menu, just to mix things up a bit!

CHECK OUT OUR LUNCH SPECIALS FOR THIS WEEK:

Monday, August 31st

Chicken Curry with Rice

Chicken Curry

Tuesday, September 1st

Southern Fried Chicken served with Fries & Salad

lunch specials chicken fried

Wednesday, September 2nd

Chicken & Mushroom Pie served with Chips and Salad

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Thursday, September 3rd

Mushroom Ravioli served with Garlic Bread

Mushroom Ravioli:Garlic Bread

Friday, September 4th

Fish Burger served with Chips

Fish Burger

Saturday, September 5th

Mini Pulled Pork Sliders with Salad & Chips

Mini Pulled Pork Sliders

Sunday, September 6th

Sunday Roast

Perfect Sunday Roast

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Celtic Rock – A Fusion of Irish and Scottish Music

What is Celtic Rock?

Celtic Rock may not have received a lot of media attention, but it has its own charm. For those who are unaware, this genre is a blend of traditional Scottish and Irish folk music that utilises a number of instruments such as bagpipes, the tin whistle, fiddles and other Celtic musical instruments. Celtic rockers also blend modern rock music into their creations for a truly rip roaring performance.

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Even if you have not heard a whole lot about this particular genre, you should still give it a listen. Some of the best bands out there did not start off on a successful note. Many Irish inspired punk artists performed and perfected their music for decades to create a fan base. Some like the Drop Kick Murphys’ achieved fame overnight when their song ‘Shipping up to Boston’ became the official theme song for the iconic blockbuster hit, The Departed. Others inspired unique genres such as The Pogues, who inspired a lot of influential bands and proved that Celtic rock was here to stay.

If you are still not satisfied, take the British band Mumford and Sons. The band blends traditional folk songs and an assortment of unorthodox instruments such as the banjo, the dobro and the accordion to create their unique masterpieces. Despite their eclectic style, they still managed to land at number two on the Billboard 200, which just proves how popular their music is. The following bands can also become your favourites once you listen to their Celtic tunes:

Gaelic Storm

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If you are a fan of Titanic, then this band is for you. Remember when Rose was taken down to steerage where the ‘real’ party was? Well, you can thank Gaelic Storm for the jaunty Irish music that was being played during it. Ever since the band came into being in a pub in a Santa Monica in 1996, they have not looked back and show no signs of slowing down. According to the founder, Patrick Murphy, traditional Irish music will never fade as long as bands like his keep reviving it.

Enter the Haggis

No, this is not the savoury pudding you love to eat and no the band does not play over the top Celtic music. Based in Toronto, Enter the Haggis is renowned for their world fusion creations which rely heavily on Celtic music. The band has a dedicated fan base and has been going strong for more than a decade. They have become so popular in fact that their latest album, Whitelake was funded entirely by donations from their admirers!

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Whether you are looking to unwind after a long day, searching for the best live entertainment in Dublin for a day out with the pals, Trinity Bar Venue will not disappoint. We host bands whose performances have been praised up and down Ireland. Munch on scrumptious burgers, desserts and snacks and guzzle the best beer in town while you are enjoying the music!

 

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History of Irish Cuisine

In a previous blog  ‘The Lip Smacking Influence Of Irish Cuisine’ we explored how the Irish became dependent on the humble potato in days of yore. However, what happened before the spud came into existence for our Irish ancestors? For literally thousands of years, the staple diet for the people was grain and wheat based such as oats and barley.

Rich and Poor Fare

This is understandable if we take into account the fact that all of the meat went to the aristocracy, which were quite few in number compared to the poverty rates. Those who couldn’t afford quality food had to grow it from the land. However, both rich and poor dined on bread, which was considered one of the most important parts of their daily diet. The importance of meat burgeoned at certain times in history, but there were some periods during which crop production grew in prominence. During such times, cattle were kept as a source of milk production for dairy products such as cheese and curd.

When cattle was plentiful, both the rich and the poor gorged on meat, both from caged animals and any animal that could be hunted from the wild such as birds, wild boar, deer etc. Even hedgehogs were considered a delicacy.

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During the 16th century, large swathes of land were cultivated for crop production but some were prepared to maintain large cattle; the decision mostly depended on the type of land the owner had. Regardless of produce, farmers would sell their fares either directly to households, their liege lords or to agents who took it to larger towns to sell. However, those who were forced to sell to landlords often had to do so at slashed prices that were well below market rates.

Until the mid 1700s, most farmers preferred to keep some hens and a cow to take care of their own needs. Those who lived close to the sea typically collected eggs of wild birds and fish such shellfish. This was considered typical peasant fare including limpets, crabs, clams and mussels. Some farmers would even collect seafood to sell to the peasantry since it could be used to make a sweet dish with milk and honey which was both delicious and nutritious.

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Vegetables were not cultivated in Ireland until the 8th century and anything that could be picked wild from the land was preferred such as berries, fungi and wild leaves. Once the idea of growing a crop took root, vegetables such as carrots, celery, turnips, onions and cabbages entered the Irish cuisine. Fruits and hazelnuts also came into existence, but apples were predominantly preferred till the 1500s.

The cuisine received a new perspective when English colonists arrived in the mid 17th century. Suddenly, home owners started growing their own vegetables and orchards in their backyards along with new fruits such as strawberries, cherries, peaches, nectarines and plums. This also included a wealth of exotic spices and sugar, but the poor still had to contend with honey, salt and sometimes even fish to season their food.

Get a taste of the finest cuisine Ireland has to offer at Trinity Bar Venue. We have the best burgers in town along with 20 HD screens so you won’t miss any of the action during the RWC 2015.

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Sports Highlights This Week

Trinity Bar Venue, Dublin’s best sports bar, shows all of the top live fixtures, every week. Here’s a selection of what’s showing this week! Coming with a crowd for a big match? Click here to let us know and book a spot with a great view!

Sports Highlights:

Monday, August 24th

Tonight’s Premier League match is a big one, with Trinity Bar Venue favourites Liverpool going head to head with Arsenal at 8pm!

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Tuesday, August 25th

Luton Town v Stoke City (Kick-off 7.45pm). Coverage of the second-round fixture at Kenilworth Road, as the League Two Hatters take on Mark Hughes’ Premier League outfit.

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Wednesday, August 26th

Live One-Day International Cricket from 11.25am. South Africa v New Zealand. All the action from the third contest in the three-match series, which takes place at Kingsmead in Durban.

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Thursday, August 27th

Live PGA Tour Golf, tonight from 7pm. The Barclays. Coverage of day one of the opening event of the FedEx Cup, which this year is staged at the Plainfield Country Club in Edison, New Jersey.

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Friday, August 28th

There’s live La Liga football this Friday night, as Villarreal takes on Espanyol at 7.30pm!

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Saturday, August 29th

There’s another packed Premier League schedule today, and we’ll be showing all of it! Liverpool kicks off against West Ham at 3pm.

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Sunday, August 30th

This afternoon’s Premier League action features Southhampton v Norwich City at 1.30pm, followed by Swansea City v Manchester United at 4pm.

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Lunch Specials This Week

Every day at Trinity Bar Venue, Dublin’s premier Gastropub, our chefs cook up a little extra something on top of our usual menu, just to mix things up a bit!

Check out our Lunch Specials for this week:

Monday, August 24th

Chicken Penne Pasta with garlic Bread

Lunch specials chicken penne

Tuesday, August 25th

BBQ Ribs served with Coleslaw & Chips

Lunch specials bbq ribs

Wednesday, August 26th

Chicken Balti served with Rice

Lunch specials chicken balti

Thursday, August 27th

Spaghetti Bolognese with Garlic Bread

Spaghetti Bolognese

Friday, August 28th

Mini Hake Fillets served with Dill Sauce & Mash

Hake Fillets

Saturday, August 29th

Lamb Burger

specials Lamb Burger

Sunday, August 30th

Sunday Roast

Lunch Sunday Roast

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This Week’s Live Music Schedule in Temple Bar

It’s in the air, in the water, in the people. You can’t come without the music swallowing you whole and Trinity Bar Venue hosts Dublin’s best live music acts in Temple Bar, every night of the week!

Live Music in Temple Bar

Check out this week’s schedule:

Monday, August 24th

Austin Monks

Tuesday, August 25th

Lee Tomkins

Wednesday, August 26th

Huckleberry Jam

Thursday, August 27th

Jimmy Coup

Friday, August 28th

Robin McGuinness

Mariano

Saturday, August 29th

Scoops

Mariano

Sunday, August 30th

Hot Whiskey

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5 Things You Should Look for in a Sports Bar

What are the elements that make up an awesome sports bar? Is it the people? The rowdy and exciting
atmosphere? The service? The mouth watering food? Whatever, floats your boat, there are some things
that an RWC fan will look for when searching for a sports bar in Dublin. Here are just a few of their
preferences:

 High(est) Def Flat Screen TVs

Nothing is more frustrating to sports fans than a low definition television that ruins the game they were
looking forward to for years! Since the Rugby World Cup occurs once every 4 years, that disappointment
is almost palpable in sports bars that do not have the media to do it justice.
 Sports Bar Big Screen
If you knew how much a good sports bar puts in making sure its patrons have the best viewing
experience, you would be shocked. Most have multiple screens, such as the Trinity Bar Venue, so that
each visitor has something to watch while guzzling down draft beer or munching on some of the best
burgers in town.

Unobstructed Views of the On-Screen Action

Of course, all of the sets should be HD and should not have a row of tap bars obstructing the view. Plus,
even if a bar has 15 HD video displays, they won’t do much good if they cannot be seen from every part
of the room they are in. That will just defeat the purpose, especially if you come late to a crowded pub
come game night.

Comfy Seats

Avid sports fans can watch their favourite teams on-screen sitting on a cold, hard floor and not even
flinch. However, when you are paying to watch a game at a pub, then you will expect comfy seats for
your rear right? Unless it’s freezing out, you won’t need heated seats, but if you are going to plunk
yourself down for 7 to 8 hours straight, then the seat better come with a cushion or at least, be
comfortable to sit on. This includes bar stools.

Surround Sound and NO Music

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Even if a sports bar is known for its great music, it will lose patrons quickly if it decides to play the tunes
during a game. No one wants to hear a live band or ear-blasting music when they are straining to hear
the announcers on-screen. No one will be dancing either so head to a sports bar that upholds its values
and turns off all of that ‘white noise’.

Never Ending Booze and Service

Besides a range of beers, a decent sports bar also offers a variety of wines for its patrons. Plus, if you
prefer full bodied draft beer rather than its watered down commercial counterparts, then you better
choose a bar that offers a variety of them and without making you get up for them. Even if a sport bar
has the TVs and the sound quality to satisfy you, the enjoyment will be diluted if you have to get up each
time you need to order a pint. Plus, the game should be on before it actually starts! If you are a rugby
fan, you wouldn’t want to miss a single second would you?
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Whether you are looking for a bar that offers great food, good service or HD televisions, Trinity Bar
Venue will not disappoint. We have over 20 HD screens and a bar that is stocked full of the best vintage
in town.