Built with fighting spirit, tradition, and Irish character, we are the only Irish Infantry Regiment of the line in the British Army. We recruit men of the right quality and calibre right across the island of Ireland, all parts of the UK, and beyond.
1 July 1992
Light role infantry soldiers of the Royal Irish are expert in dismounted close combat using specialist infantry weapons, weapon mount Landrover and Foxhound vehicles.
Both battalions are stationed at home preparing for operational deployment in 2019.
Our people come from all communities, from all the counties of the island of Ireland, as well as from further afield. We do things differently to other people and other regiments because we are Royal Irish.
Our Regimental Headquarters based in Holywood at Palace Barracks is the focal home for the Regiment and our battalions. The 1st (Regular) Battalion is based in England at Clive Barracks, Shropshire and the 2nd (Reserve) Battalion headquarters is in Lisburn, Co Antrim. Our Reserve Company and Platoon bases are in Belfast, Enniskillen, Portadown, Lisburn, Newtownabbey and Ballymena.
The craic is awesome! Ranger Regan O'Reilly, 22
The infantry is the backbone of the Army, taking on some of the most dangerous and physical work, close to or on the front line.
If the Army is a spear light role infantry is the very point of that spear with every other part of the Army supporting it as it drives into the enemy.
Infantry soldiers are highly sought after and extremely important. Our diverse training and skill-set mean we can be employed in front line, aggressive actions, but are also just as likely to be involved in humanitarian and peacekeeping work around the world.
Our history stretches from the 1688 to the campaigns of the 21st Century. The Royal Irish Regiment epitomises the Irish character of courageous and willing service. The Regiment has a rich and complex story inextricably woven into the history of Ireland itself.
Raising of the Regiment in Enniskillen by Zacharia Tiffin
The Regiment’s motto ‘Faugh-a-Ballagh’ (‘Clear the Way’) is born at the battle of Barrosa
The 27th (Inniskillings) Regiment holds the centre of Wellington’s line at Waterloo
29 bns of three antecedent regiments fight at the Somme with every Irishman a volunteer
Two battalions of the Royal Ulster Rifles land in Normandy by air and by sea
The Royal Irish Regiment is awarded the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross by the Queen