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Calendar of Events.


Saturday 1st November - Regimental Dinner in Commemoration of the Battle of Loos, Connaught House.

Dinner: 7.30pm for 8.00pm.

Carriages: 23.59pm.

Dress: Guests, Officers, NCO’s - Mess Kit/ Black Tie & Medals.

Dress: Other Ranks - Service Dress.

Ticket details on request.

Thursday 6th November - Field of Remembrance, Westminster Abbey.

The opening of the Field of Remembrance is attended by a member of the Royal family, who will visit the plot of poppy crosses commemorating men from the London Irish Rifles.

1030 Opening Day - ticket only (to be arranged with Noel Gunning in advance).

1400 Combined Irish Regiments' Service - Westminster Cathedral, St Patrick's Chapel.

The Field of Remembrance will remain open until Monday 17th November.




Sunday 9th November - Remembrance Sunday, Connaught House.

The observance of a minute's silence in memory of fallen London Irish Riflemen followed by a service, with wreaths being laid at the Regiment's Memorial Board by the Association, D Company and the Army Cadet Force.

0930 Assemble

1000 On parade.

Caubeen and Medals may be worn.

There will also be a Remembrance Service in Belfast at the National Cenotaph and this will be attended by members of the Northern Ireland Branch.




Saturday 6th December - Regimental Foundation Day.

A commemorative informal social is held at the location of the foundation of the London Irish Rifles during December 1859.

Time: 1300 to 1500.

Directions to The Freemason's Arms.






Sunday 7th December - Stormberg Day Parade.

A service in memory of men, including London Irish Riflemen, who fell during the Second Boer War on the anniversary of the Battle of Stormberg, which took place in December 1899.

Belfast City Hall.

1400 (tbc) at the Royal Irish Rifles' Monument.

Full details will be confirmed later.





Provisional 2015 Calendar.

Sunday 15th March - St Patrick's Day Parade.

Friday 25th to Sunday 27th September, Northern France.

100th anniversary commemorative visit to Loos.

Booking details can be found here.

You can view a link to the story of Loos-en-Gohelle during the First World War here.




Sunday 8th November - Remembrance Sunday.


- The London Irish Rifles celebrate St Patrick's Day (on the nearest Sunday to March 17th) when shamrock is distributed to men of' D Company, the Regimental Association and the Army Cadet Force detachments.

- In either May or June, the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Regimental Association is held and this is followed by an Annual Reunion Lunch. All members are welcome to attend the AGM and join the luncheon.

- In the middle of June, on the day after 'Trooping of the Colour', members of D Company, the Regimental Association and the Pipes and Drums march at the Combined Irish Regiments' parade and service of remembrance in Whitehall.

- On Loos Sunday in September (the nearest Sunday to September 25th), we remember the outstanding courage that the Regiment displayed during the Great War, and in particular when the London Irish showed their character and determination at the Battle of Loos. Whilst advancing under fire across open ground in gas masks, London Irishmen kicked a football between them all the way to the enemy trenches.

- There is always a parade at Connaught House on Remembrance Sunday. In addition, The Field of Poppies outside Westminster Abbey includes a section remembering men of the London Irish Rifles.

- Each year, in November (the day before Remembrance Sunday), you can see the Reginental Association Band and D Company march through the City of London with the London Regiment as part of the Lord Mayor's Show.  The Army Cadet Force are also in attendance.

- In December, our Northern Ireland branch take part in a Remembrance event at Belfast City Hall to mark the anniversary of the Battle of Stormberg, which took place at the start of the Boer War in 1899.

Other events are arranged at shorter notice, and you will find updated details here on this web site.


The next meeting is:

1600 hrs, 21st November 2014.