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Irish Guards

The Irish Guards is a Light Role Infantry Battalion affectionately, and widely, known as The Micks.

Irish Guards beret 1st Battalion Irish Guards

The Irish Guards, part of the Guards Division, is a Foot Guards regiment based in Calvary Barracks, Hounslow.

The current regiment was formed on 1 April 1900 by order of Queen Victoria in recognition of the many courageous acts carried out by Irish soldiers in the Second Boer War.

The regiment takes its motto, 'Quis Separabit' or 'Who shall separate us?' from the Order of St Patrick, an order of chivalry founded by George III.

As a Foot Guards Regiment the Irish Guards Regiment is involved in public and ceremonial duties at Buckingham Palace, Windsor Castle, St James's Palace and The Tower of London.

St Patrick's Day is the traditional celebration of the Irish Guards and fresh shamrock is presented to members of the regiment.

The Battalion is made up of five companies with a variety of supporting arms and has recently deployed on operations in Helmand province, Afghanistan. One of the Guards' roles in Afghanistan was mentoring soldiers from the Afghan National Army.

The Irish Guards can provide an exciting and diverse way of life.

The opportunity for taking part in sport is fantastic. Football, Gaelic football, boxing and rugby are just some of the team sports you can get involved with. There's also a wide variety of adventurous training packages, which include things like mountain climbing, skiing, sailing and white water rafting.

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