Welcome

… to the web site of the LONDON IRISH RIFLES ASSOCIATION.


Thank you to Association Members for coming along to the Annual General Meeting/Annual Lunch, which took place on Saturday 1 June.  Despite competing attractions elsewhere in the city and some transportation dislocations, it was heartening to see so many of you at the event and we all certainly enjoyed an excellent solo performance from Piper Lucas Rinaldi, a recent recruit to the Band. 

The Pipes and Drums led the Combined Irish Regiments’ parade at the Cenotaph, which took place on 16 June. A very enjoyable day indeed.

Just a reminder too that, while great attention has rightly being given to the D-Day commemorations in Normandy, it should not be forgotten that the lads from the two battalions of the London Irish Rifles played a highly significant role in the battles in southern Italy during the Second World War, which led to the Liberation of Rome. Members of the Regimental Association joined British Embassy/Royal Irish Regiment led events at the Vatican, which included attending an audience with Pope Francis at the exact date and timing of the 80th anniversary of a previous visit on 12 June 1944. 

Members of the Regimental Association have also just returned from a very successful pilgrimage to Italy to join the 80th anniversary commemorations of the Second World War battles in southern Italy during early 1944. You can view some photos of the visit to Italy here.

Continue to keep in close contact with us by regularly visiting this website or joining the Regimental Association and coming along to one of our Parades.

Lieutenant Colonel (Retd) Ant Maher VR

Chairman of the London Irish Rifles Association

QUIS SEPARABIT



The London Regiment – 1993 to 2022

In April 2024, Members of the Regimental Association were proud to join the parade for the Laying Up of the Colours of the London Regiment at the Guildhall.

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Following the incorporation of the London Irish Rifles as a company of the London Regiment in 1993, soldiers from the London Irish Rifles served in The Falkland Islands, Bosnia, Kosovo, Sierra Leone, Northern Ireland, Iraq, Afghanistan and Cyprus.

A list of London Irish Riflemen who served on Overseas Operations from 1988 to 1999 can be found here.

During Operation Telic, the company contributed to the formation of Cambrai Company (Operation Telic 3) and Messines Company (Operation Telic 4) alongside numerous individual and small group mobilisations throughout the conflict in Iraq.

Soldiers from the company also deployed to Afghanistan with Somme Company in 2007 (Operation Herrick 7), Amiens Company in 2010 (Operation Herrick 12) and Arras Company in 2011 (Operation Herrick 13) as formed units within Guards Division formations.


Upcoming Parade Dates:

22 September 2024 – Loos Sunday at Connaught House.

10 November 2024 – Remembrance Sunday at Connaught House.


Please make sure you have provided an up to date postal address to our Membership Secretary to ensure that you receive the 2024 Emerald.

Email: membershipsec@londonirishrifles.com

How to join the Regimental Association

Key Principles of Membership:

To foster friendship and fellowship among all past and present members of the London Irish Rifles and No 15 (Loos) Company.

To afford financial assistance to past members of the Regiment and their dependents.

To administer and accept responsibility for the Band.

To administer and accept responsibility for the Regimental Museum.

To encourage all members to attend organised functions of the Regimental Association and No 15 (Loos) Company.

See photographs from recent Events



WELFARE

The Welfare Officer is contactable directly by eMail: webmaster@londonirishrifles.com.



NO 15 (LOOS) COMPANY, IRISH GUARDS

On 1st May 2022, the London Regiment became 1st Battalion, London Guards and D (London Irish Rifles) Company now forms No 15 (Loos) Company, Irish Guards.

You can find an MoD link for the London Guards here



REGIMENTAL HISTORY

Find out more about the history of the London Irish Rifles

The Battle of Loos, September 1915.



THE PIPES AND DRUMS

You can contact the Band President by eMail: bandpresident@londonirishrifles.com

Read more about the Pipes and Drums of the Association



REGIMENTAL MUSEUM

Find out more about the Museum’s activities



FIND US

Our Parades take place at Connaught House, which is located in Camberwell, and easily accessible by car, bus, tube and overground train services.Find detailed directions to Connaught House