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 forward expectantly to another busy year of commemorative events and social activity.

Now, we are looking forward to the publication of the Emerald in June, this year marking the 70th anniversary of its first issue in September 1949. It’s always a good read.

Later in the year, we are also planning to be attendant at a commemorative event on Saturday 14th September at Maletto on the north-eastern slopes of Mount Etna, which was the scene of the last 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 over the next few months.

Peter Lough, Major (ret’d),

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, when invited.

You can find out more about how to join the London Irish Rifles Regimental Association and receive a copy of the Emerald here.


2019 Parade Dates:

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 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.