Welcome

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

We recently enjoyed an excellent St Patrick’s Day Parade – it was a relief that we avoided the inclement weather that had affected the country over the previous few days and good to see so many Association members on parade. It was an especial honour for us all to be in attendance at Brigadier Jeremy Mooney’s first parade as Honorary Colonel of the London Irish Rifles. We wish Brigadier Mooney all the very best in his new role over the coming years.

As a reminder, our next major event will be the AGM and Annual Lunch on Saturday 18th May. We hope that there will be a good turnout from members and their guests on that day, which will be an excellent opportunity to meet up with old friends and receive updates on the recent activities of the Association. Details of all events can be found on this website.

A most important piece of news for the Regimental Association is that Brigadier Digby O’Lone has agreed to become our new President to succeed Major General Corran Purdon. Brigadier O’Lone is our sixth post war Association President and we certainly look forward to greeting him at future events and parades.

We are also commemorating a number of very important milestone dates this year, including the 160th anniversary of the founding of the London Irish Rifles, the centenary of the creation of the Old Comrades’ Association at the end of the First World War, and the 70th anniversary of the first publication of The Emerald.

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

Peter Lough, Major (ret’d).

Chairman of the London Irish Rifles Association.

QUIS SEPARABIT.


2019 Parade Dates:

Sunday 9th June – Combined Irish Regiments Parade.

Sunday 22nd September – Loos Sunday.

Sunday 10th November – Remembrance Sunday.

Find further details of Association events here.


The Footballers of Loos.

Lady Butler’s famous image is featured in a recently published biography written by Catherine Wynne.

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


THE ASSOCIATION.

Find details of how to apply for Membership of the Association and receive the Emerald by following this link.

The Regimental Association in Sicily, September 2016.

 


THE LONDON IRISH RIFLES TODAY.

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

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

D Company at the Royal Hospital Chelsea in September 2018.

 


REGIMENTAL HISTORY.

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

The War Memorial at Connaught House.

 


THE PIPES AND DRUMS.

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

Pipe Major Robert Williams at Catania CWGC Cemetery in September 2016.

 


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 to 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 in Whitton which has been 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.


FINDING US.

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

Find detailed directions here.