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Calendar of Events - 2015.

Saturday 5th December.

Regimental Foundation Day.

1300 to 1500: Informal Social at Freemason's Arms, 81-82 Long Acre, London WC2 9NG.

Commemorating the 156th anniversary of the founding of the London Irish Rifles.

Join Jon and his staff at the Freemason's Arms for an enjoyable drink and some great pub grub.

Sunday 6th December.

Stormberg Day Parade, Belfast.

1400 -  At the Royal Irish Rifles Monument at Belfast City Hall.

This event is organised by the Northern Ireland Branch.


The next meeting will be held at Connaught House at 1630 on Friday 12th February 2016.


Sunday 20th March - St Patrick's Day Parade.

Sunday 25th September - Loos Sunday Parade.

Sunday 13th November - Remembrance Sunday.


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

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', 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 a Parade at Connaught House on Remembrance Sunday. In addition, The Field of Remembrance outside Westminster Abbey includes a section remembering men of the London Irish Rifles.

Each year, in November (usually, the day before Remembrance Sunday, but not in 2015), you can see the Regimental Association Band march through the City of London as part of the Lord Mayor's Show.

In December, our Northern Ireland branch lead a Remembrance Service 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 can be arranged at shorter notice, and you will find updated details here on this web site.