Welcome

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

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 will be our sixth post war Association President and we certainly look forward to greeting him at future events and parades.

We look forward to 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.

As a reminder, our first Parade of the year takes place on St Patrick’s Day, this year actually on the day – Sunday 17th March – and then it is the Association’s AGM and Annual Lunch on Saturday 18th May so look out for full details of both these events when they are added to this website.

Find a Full Calendar of Association events here.

Peter Lough, Major (ret’d).

Chairman of the London Irish Rifles Association.

QUIS SEPARABIT.


Remembrance Sunday at Connaught House.

2019 Parade Dates:

Sunday 17th March – St Patrick’s Day.

Sunday 9th June – Combined Irish Regiments Parade.

Sunday 22nd September – Loos Sunday.

Sunday 10th November – Remembrance Sunday.


The Footballers of Loos.

Lady Butler’s famous image.

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.