Welcome

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

We held an excellent Annual Lunch on 18th May at Connaught House when we had the opportunity to formally welcome our new Association President, Brigadier Digby O’Lone. There was a good turnout from members as we reviewed the events of the past year and looked ahead expectantly to another busy year of commemorative events and social activity.

Hopefully subscribing members have received their copy of the Emerald, which has recently been sent out – this year marks the 70th anniversary of the first issue in September 1949. Now we start to prepare for the 2020 Emerald !!

We are also planning to be present at commemorative events on Saturday 14th September at Maletto, which is situated on the north-western slopes of Mount Etna and the location of the final battle for the London Irish Rifles during the Sicilian campaign of July/August 1943. Full details of the day will be added to this website once they are confirmed. 

I look forward to seeing you at an Association event over the next few months.

Peter Lough, Major (ret),

Chairman of the London Irish Rifles Association.

QUIS SEPARABIT.


Objectives of the Association:

To foster friendship and fellowship among all past and present members and associate members.

To afford financial assistance to past and present 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 Association and of The Regiment.

You can find out how to join the London Irish Rifles Regimental Association here.


Upcoming Parade Dates:

Sunday 22nd September – Loos Sunday.

Sunday 10th November – Remembrance Sunday.


The Footballers of Loos.

This famous image of the Footballers of Loos is featured in a recently published biography of Lady Elizabeth Butler written by Dr Catherine Wynne.

The Regimental account of the Battle of Loos can be found here.


THE REGIMENTAL ASSOCIATION.

The Regimental Association on pilgrimage in Sicily, September 2016.

See photographs from recent Association events.


LONDON IRISH RIFLES TODAY.

The London Irish Rifles now form D Company (London Irish Rifles), The London Regiment.

D Company at the Royal Hospital Chelsea in September 2018.

You can find an MoD link for the London Regiment here.


REGIMENTAL HISTORY.

The War Memorial at Connaught House.

Find out more about the history of the London Irish Rifles here.


THE PIPES AND DRUMS.

The Pipes and Drums at the Combined Irish Regiments’ Parade, June 2019.

Read more about the Pipes and Drums of the Association here.


REGIMENTAL MUSEUM.

Find out more about the Museum’s activities here.


OUR SOCIAL LINKS.

We have excellent connections with three very fine hostelries:

The Freemasons’ Arms in Covent Garden near where our Regiment was founded in December 1859.

The Sportsman at Seasalter in Kent, where our 1st Battalion took German prisoners after the Battle of Graveney Marsh in September 1940.

The Rifleman pub in Whitton which was re-signed in honour of local resident Rifleman Frank Edwards and his comrades, ‘The Footballers of Loos’.


LONDON IRISH RIFLES SHOP.

We have a variety of items for sale at the museum and at Mulqueens.

Four eras of London Irish Riflemen.

CADET DETACHMENTS.

The London Irish Rifles has Army Cadet Force detachments at locations in the South East sector.

71 and 99 Cadet Detachments at the Loos Sunday parade in September 2018.

RESOURCES AND USEFUL LINKS.

Find out more here.


FIND US.

Connaught House is located in Camberwell, South London, and is easily accessible by car, bus, train and tube.

Find detailed directions here.