Wearing of the green
No 2 Dress
No 2 Dress (Officers)
silver cap badge
hackle, black buttons
crossbelt, silver fittings (male and female)
shoes and gloves
silver cap badge
hackle, black buttons
Royal Irish Regiment wears a uniform which
reflects the traditions of its five ancestral regiments. The green
hackle was the traditional plume colour of the Royal Irish Fusiliers.
The harp and crown cap badge was worn by the Ulster Defence Regiment.
The castle collar badges are the original badge of the Royal
Inniskilling Fusiliers, and the black buttons represent the connection
with the Royal Ulster Rifles. The Piper Green trousers and
title 27th (Inniskilling) 83rd & 87th come from the
Royal Irish Rangers 27th (Inniskilling) 83rd & 87th.
Irish Regiment, the largest Infantry regiment in the British Army, was
formed in Northern Ireland on 1st July 1992. This new regiment evolved
from an amalgamation of The Royal Irish Rangers 27th (Inniskilling)
83rd & 87th and The Ulster Defence Regiment and is part of the
Regular Army. The collapse of the Warsaw Pact led to a major re-shaping
of the British Army which resulted in the amalgamation of many famous
regiments. The decision to form this new regiment was part of that
Irish Regiment originally had two General Service battalions earmarked
for world-wide duties, including taking their turn on operations in
Northern Ireland. These were merged into one General Service battalion
in 1993. In addition, there were six Home Service battalions, who have
now been disbanded. .
The battalion has a standard
strength of about 650 all ranks. They
have just completed a 6 month active service tour in Iraq on OpTelic
and another 3 month active service tour of Helmund Provice in
be moving from Inverness next year to Shropshire where they will take
up there role in 16th Air Assault brigade. The role
of the new
regiment is exactly the same as that for other regiments and battalions
within the Regular Army, namely to keep the peace wherever it serves.
The Royal Irish Regiment is the oldest of the Irish regiments; the
original Regiment to bear the name traced its history back to 1684 and
the raising of a body of troops by the Earl of Granard to fight for
King William. The Regiment fought at the battles of the Boyne and
Aughrim and went on to fight in many famous battles and campaigns such
as Blenheim, Ramillies, The Crimean War, The Boer War, Flanders in 1914
and Gallipoli in 1915. The Royal Irish Regiment was disbanded in 1922.
Regiment is not the reformation of the original Royal Irish Regiment
(18th Foot), but rather an amalgamation of the Royal Irish Rangers 27th
(Inniskilling) 83rd & 87th and the Ulster Defence Regiment
which has led to the re-use of an old name.
Recruitment & Training
Irish Regiment positively seeks to recruit from all sectors of the
community and welcomes all people of goodwill from throughout the
British Isles. Potential recruits from the Republic of Ireland are
soldiers of the new Regiment are subject to the law of the land and the
Army Act. They have to maintain the highest standards as laid down for
the whole of the Regular Army and are subject to military discipline.
recruits for the Regiment train in Northern Ireland for the
first 10 weeks on a fully integrated training course. At the 10 week
point the recruits go to the Infantry Training Centre at Catterick in
Yorkshire to train in General Warfare, alongside their counterparts
from other regiments. This second phase of the recruits course lasts
for 12 weeks. Recruits are taught skills ranging from marching to map
reading and shooting. Training continues at various
locations dependent upon the skills required, for example, the use of
anti-armour weapons and the Saxon mechanised combat vehicle. As the
Regiment is part of the Regular Army, access to many specialist
training courses and standards of achievement will be the same as
throughout the Army.
Regiment can look forward to travelling all over the world, ranging
from deployment on NATO
duties to service with the United Nations, or
as part of a disaster relief operation in some remote part of the world.
1st Battalion The Royal
Irish Regiment are now part of 16 Air Assault Brigade and are based at
Tern Hill, Shropshire.
In 1992 the oldest, most
distinguished Irish infantry Regiment of the line, the Royal Irish
Rangers 27th (Inniskilling) 83rd & 87th (itself the successor
to several famous Irish Regiments of the past) amalgamated with the
youngest and largest infantry Regiment in the British Army, The Ulster
Defence Regiment, to create a new Regiment - The Royal Irish Regiment.
amalgamation did more than bring together two distinguished Regiments.
Its effect was to forge an infantry force with formidable expertise in
both conventional infantry warfare and Counter-Terrorist operations.
Over the centuries, infantrymen from Ireland have earned an unrivalled
reputation as fighting soldiers and demonstrated their courage and
service to the Crown in conflicts around the globe, through the
Out of this
long history of more than 300 years of service to the Crown, The Royal
Irish Regiment looks forward with new confidence to the challange of
continuing this glorious tradition in the uncertain times that lie
War may have ended and the Warsaw Pact threat may have evaporated - but
the world is still a troubled place. Many conflicts rage, inflicting
misery and death on countless thousands, and causing widespread
disruption and famine. The United Nations is doing its best but in many
instances disciplined force is needed to bring peace. The United
Kingdom, and its Regiments, still has a role to play on the world stage
- as a peace-maker.