Dates for 2023/2024
Saturday 2nd December 2023 – Founders’ Day.
12 noon to 2pm – Informal Social at the Freemason’s Arms.
Sunday 10th December 2023 – Stormberg Day in Belfast.
Sunday 17th March 2024 – St Patrick’s Sunday at Connaught House.
Saturday 11th May to Thursday 16th May 2024 – 80th anniversary pilgrimage to Italy (provisional dates).
Sunday 16th June 2024 – Combined Irish Regiments Parade in Whitehall.
Sunday 6th October 2024 – 109th Anniversary of the Battle of Loos.
CALENDAR OF ANNUAL EVENTS:
At the St Patrick’s Parade (on the nearest Sunday to 17th March), Shamrock is distributed to members of No 15 (Loos) Company, the Regimental Association and the Army Cadet Force.
In either May (usually), the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Regimental Association is held and this is followed by the Annual Lunch. All members are welcome to attend the AGM and join the luncheon.
On the second Sunday in June, members of 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 25th September), we remember the outstanding courage that the Regiment displayed during the Great War, and in particular when men of the London Irish showed their character and determination at the Battle of Loos in 1915.
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 and we attend the opening ceremony on the preceding Thursday.
In recent years, we have commemorated Founders’ Day with a small scale gathering at the Freemasons’ Arms in London, close to where the Regiment was founded in December 1859.
In December, also, our Northern Ireland branch lead a Commemorative 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 December 1899.
Other events can be arranged at shorter notice, and you will find updated details here on this web site.