Saturday 17th March – St Patrick’s Day.
From 1400: Assemble.
1500: Parade/Distribution of Shamrock.
1600 to Late: Post Parade Festivities.
Saturday 2nd June – AGM/Annual Lunch.
Details will be confirmed later.
Sunday 23rd September – Loos Sunday.
Sunday 11th November – Remembrance Sunday.
Saturday 1st December – Founders’ Day, Freemasons Arms.
September 2019 (Provisional date) – Association Pilgrimage to Loos-en-Gohelle.
CALENDAR OF ANNUAL EVENTS:
The London Irish Rifles usually celebrate St Patrick’s Day (on the nearest Sunday to March 17th) when Shamrock is distributed to the Regimental Association, members of D Company and the Army Cadet Force.
In either May or June, the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Regimental Association is held and this is followed by an Annual Reunion Lunch. All members are welcome to attend the AGM and join the luncheon.
In the middle of June, on the day after ‘Trooping of the Colour’, the Regimental Association and the Pipes and Drums march at the Combined Irish Regiments’ Parade and Service of Remembrance in Whitehall.
On Loos Sunday in September (the nearest Sunday to September 25th), we remember the outstanding courage that the Regiment displayed during the Great War, and in particular when the London Irish showed their character and determination at the Battle of Loos. Whilst advancing under fire across open ground in gas masks, London Irishmen kicked a football between them all the way to the enemy trenches.
There is a Parade at Connaught House on Remembrance Sunday. In addition, The Field of Remembrance outside Westminster Abbey includes a section remembering men of the London Irish Rifles.
Each year, in November (usually, the day before Remembrance Sunday), you can see the Regimental Association Band march through the City of London as part of the Lord Mayor’s Show.
In December, our Northern Ireland branch lead a Remembrance Service at Belfast City Hall to mark the anniversary of the Battle of Stormberg, which took place at the start of the Boer War in 1899.
Other events can be arranged at shorter notice, and you will find updated details on this web site.