SA Irish Regiment Theas Afican na hÉireann Reisimint

Events

Forthcoming Events from The Regiment.

  • 12 November 2017 - Remembrance day parade in Johannesburg. 
  • 26 November 2017 - Sidi Rezegh Commemoration parade.
  •  1 December 2017 - Regimental Birthday.
  • 17 March 2018 - St. Patrick's Day. 
  • 25 August 2018 - Barberton sunset parade. 
  • 11 November 2018 - Remembrance Day.
  • 11 November 2018 - Remembrance Day parade in Johannesburg.
  • 25 November 2018 - Sidi Rezegh Commemoration parade.
  • 1 December 2018 - Regimental Birthday.

Training (Please note deployment composition and destinations are withheld for Military security purposes, please contact your company commander for more details)

  • More training dates for 2018 to follow.

Schedule of the SA Irish Pipes and Drums for 2018.

  • 17 March - St. Patrick's day
  • 07 April: Vaal Highland Gathering.
  • 28 April: South Coast Highland Gathering (Championship)
  • 12 May: Jeppe Gathering (Regional)
  • 26 May: De La Salle Gathering (Regional)
  • 09 June: Cornwall Hill Gathering (Regional)
  • 16 June: Pretoria Boys Gathering (Championship)
  • 14 July: St Benedict’s Gathering (Regional Final)
  • 28 July: Benoni Gathering (SA Champs & Championship Final)
  • 28 August: Barberton sunset parade
  • 11 November: Remembrance day parade - Johannesburg
  • 25 November: Sidi Rezegh Parade - SAIR HQ.
  • 1 December: Regimental Birthday
  • More dates for 2018 coming soon

Important Dates and observances

Public Holidays and observances for 2018

  • 1 January  – New Years Day.
  • 21 March - Human Rights Day.
  • 25 March – Good Friday.
  • 28 March – Family Day.
  • 27 April - Freedom Day.
  • 1 May - Workers Day.
  • 16 June - Youth Day.
  • 9 August - National Women’s Day.
  • 24 September – Heritage Day.
  • 16 December - Day of Reconciliation.
  • 25 December - Christmas Day.
  • 26 December - Day of Goodwill.

Important dates on the Regimental Calendar.

  • 9 September 1914 - The Regiment is raised at the outbreak of World War 1.
  • 12 September 1914 - The Regiment holds its first parade.
  • 1 December 1914 - The Formation of the Regiment is Gazetted in Gazette no. 1961
  • 21 December 1914 - The Regiment embarks for German South West Africa.
  • 25 December 1914 - The Regiment lands at Walfish Bay in German South West Africa.
  • 26 December 1914 - The regiment comes into contact with German forces for the first time.
  • 31 December 1919 - The Regiment is disbanded.
  • 6 September 1939 - The Regiment is reformed at the outbreak of World War 2.
  • 16 June 1940 - The Regiment officially forms part of the 5th SA Infantry Brigade.
  • 18 February 1941 - The Regiment is involved in the Capture of the Fort at Mega for which the Regiment is awarded a battle honour.
  • 23 November 1941 - The Regiment is virtually destroyed at the Battle of Sidi Rezegh, for which the Regiment is awarded a battle honour.
  • September 1942 - The Regiment sees action at El Alamein as part of 2nd Regiment Botha.
  • 1 June 1946 - The Regiment is designated as 22 Field Regiment (South African Irish), South African Artillery.
  • 1 January 1960 - The Regiment reverts back to an Infantry regiment. 
  • November 1966 - The Regiment receives the freedom of the City of Johannesburg.
  • 1974 to 1988 - the Regiment was part of 72 Motorised Brigade and being re-established as a conventional force. During these years the Regiment saw active duty in Angola during Operations Savannah and Protea as well as undertaking operational duties during the Border war, together with internal security duties within South Africa; and exercises at the Army Battle School, e.g. Quicksilver and Thunderchariot.
  • 1987 - the Regiment underwent conversion from a motorised infantry Regiment to a mechanised infantry Regiment.
  • 1979 - the Regiment was granted the Freedom of entry to the City of Barberton because of the WW II training period and the frequent "raids" to the town.
  • 2006 - members of the Regiment again deploying externally to the DRC.

An Irish Merry Christmas to all!

On behalf of the Officer Commanding, SA Irish Regiment, we want to wish all our members and friends a Merry Christmas and a happy new year.

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Notice Board

  • Remember: You can now listen to the Regimental March by visiting our Traditions page.
  • Remember: The annual Sidi Rezegh parade is scheduled for the 25th November 2018.