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The Royal Irish Regiment


Built with fighting spirit, tradition, and Irish character, we are the only Irish Infantry Regiment of the line in the British Army. We recruit people of the right quality and calibre right across the island of Ireland, all parts of the UK, and beyond. 




1 July 1992



Light Infantry



Close combat

our skills

Light role infantry soldiers of the Royal Irish are expert in dismounted close combat using specialist infantry weapons, weapon mount Landrover and Foxhound vehicles.

  • Superb fitness
  • Determination and focus in and out of combat
  • Teamwork and camaraderie
  • Expert marksmanship and weapon handling
  • Initiative and intuition
  • Navigation and orienteering
  • All-terrain driving

Training for operations

Both battalions are stationed at home preparing for operational deployment in 2019.

Previous deployments:

  • Op Toral – Afghanistan 2017 
  • Op Herrick – Afghanistan 2011

Our People

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.

Colour Sergeant Robert McClurg Conspicuous Gallantry Cross, County Down
Sergeant Bryan Curley, Platoon Sergeant, County Galway
Ranger Brian Boru X, Mascot, County Dublin

Our Location


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 Royal Irish Regiment

The craic is awesome! Ranger Regan O'Reilly, 22

Our Role

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.

Through the years

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.

  1. 1689

    Raising of the Regiment in Enniskillen by Zacharia Tiffin

  2. 1811

    The Regiment’s motto ‘Faugh-a-Ballagh’ (‘Clear the Way’) is born at the battle of Barrosa

  3. 1815

    The 27th (Inniskillings) Regiment holds the centre of Wellington’s line at Waterloo

  4. 1916

    29 bns of three antecedent regiments fight at the Somme with every Irishman a volunteer

  5. 1944

    Two battalions of the Royal Ulster Rifles land in Normandy by air and by sea

  6. 2006

    The Royal Irish Regiment is awarded the Conspicuous Gallantry Cross by the Queen

Our Locations

  • 1st Battalion

    Clive Barracks, Tern Hill, Market Drayton, SHROPSHIRE. TF9 3QE 01630698280

  • 2nd Battalion

    Thiepval Barracks, Lisburn. BFPO 801 02892262826

Royal Irish weapons and vehicles

Explore our equipment

Grenade Machine Gun

Mounted The GMG is usually mounted on WMIK Land Rovers but can also be used from ground-based tripods.

Small arms and support weapons

L115A3 Long Range 'Sniper' Rifle

600 metres They are designed to achieve a first-round hit at 600 metres and harassing fire out to 1,100 metres.

Small arms and support weapons


112 kph Foxhound has a top speed of 112 kph but can still protect against improvised explosive devices thanks to its v-shaped hull.

Protected patrol vehicles

Guided Weapons

Anti-tank weapons The Javelin anti-tank weapon and the Next-generation light anti-tank weapon.

Small arms and support weapons

SA80 Individual Weapon

Tests On its introduction, it proved so accurate that the Army marksmanship tests had to be redesigned.

Small arms and support weapons