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The Royal Irish Regiment

The Royal Irish Regiment is the only Irish infantry Regiment of the line. The Regiment has two Battalions, one Regular and one Reserve. It carries forward a proud Irish heritage and traditions including wearing the distinctive head dress of Irish soldiers, the caubeen.

The Royal Irish Regiment is the only Regiment to have been awarded a collective Conspicuous Gallantry Cross; awarded by Her Majesty The Queen on 6th October 2006 in recognition of the bravery, sacrifice and service of The Ulster Defence Regiment and the Home Service Battalions of The Royal Irish Regiment.

The 1st Battalion has recently changed role from air assault infantry and is now at the forefront of developing the Foxhound vehicle as the Army’s first Light Mechanized Battalion. Based in Tern Hill, Shropshire, they have deployed globally since re-rolling. The 1st Battalion has a strong history of recent deployments including Iraq, Afghanistan, Mali and numerous other overseas deployments and exercises.

The 2nd Battalion is an Army Reserve Battalion with Company groups across Northern Ireland. It is the 1st Battalion’s first reserve, providing reinforcement to all 1st Battalion deployments and receiving direct support from their Regular counterparts. The 2nd Battalion also deploys personnel on operations and overseas exercises in its own right, including short notice deployment to Ukraine and sending training teams across Africa.

The Royal Irish Regiment is an agile fighting force, the spear point of the British armed forces.

Conspicuous Gallantry Cross

On 6 October 2006, Her Majesty The Queen awarded The Royal Irish Regiment the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross in recognition of the bravery, sacrifice and service of The Ulster Defence Regiment and the Home Service Battalions of The Royal Irish Regiment.

On this page you can find out how to join the Royal Irish Regiment as a soldier. You can either contact us direct, or visit one of our recruiters in an Army Careers Office.

This page has more information on what to do if you're interested in a career as an officer with The Royal Irish Regiment.

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