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The Royal Irish Regiment

On the 26 February 2011, the 1st Battalion The Royal Irish Regiment Battlegroup conducted its largest Air Assault operation since the crossing of the Rhine in 1945, when it conducted Operation Tora Zhemay VI in Zaborabad, Helmand Province.
The cap badge and shamrock of the Royal Irish RegimentThe Royal Irish Regiment is the only infantry regiment to have received a 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.

The Regiment is the last remaining Irish infantry regiment of the line. The 1st Battalion, based in Ternhill, Shropshire, is an air assault infantry battalion and forms part of 16 Air Assault Brigade. They are due to re-role to a Light Protected Mobility battalion in the near future.

The 2nd Battalion is an Army Reserve battalion, which is also part of 16 Air Assault Brigade, and has its headquarters in Portadown, Northern Ireland with company locations across the Province. 1 Royal Irish Battlegroup returned in April 2011 from their third tour in Helmand Province, where they served in the Nad ‘Ali region.

From its origins in 1689 right up to the present day the Royal Irish Regiment and its antecedent regiments have been engaged in the front line of British international military engagements.

Our antecedent regiments have played a significant role in world affairs for over 300 years from Waterloo, the Indian Mutiny and the Boer War to the battles of the Somme, Dunkirk, Normandy and Korea. More recently the 1st Battalion has been on operations in Bosnia, Kosovo, Sierra Leone, the Gulf, Iraq and Afghanistan. The Regiment has a proud and distinguished record of service in several operational theatres.

16 Air Assault Brigade is the UK's high readiness early entry force and comprises the Royal Irish Regiment, as air assault forces, alongside Apache attack helicopters and the Parachute Regiment.

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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