The Royal Irish lay down their old regimental colors at Fermanagh

The colors were laid down at the Inniskillings Museum in Enniskillen Castle on Sunday evening

The colors were laid in a ceremony at the Inniskillings Museum in the grounds of Enniskillen Castle on Sunday evening.

They officially left the parade for the last time when 2 Royal Irish received their new colors at the Titanic Slipway in Belfast in September 2018.

The gap between the two events was caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

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Two Royal Irish Regiment receiving their new colors on the holds of the Titanic in Belfast. The regiment finally laid down its old regimental colors at Co Fermanagh where the regiment was originally raised in 1689, after a gap between the two events caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Photo: Rebecca Black/PA Wire

Regimental Sergeant Major Christopher Rushton said the Battalion was delighted to have the opportunity to lay down their Queen’s and Regimental Colors at the Regiment’s birthplace.

“The pandemic has thwarted and delayed our plans for the past two years, but we are now able to say goodbye to them in a fitting and proper way; and in keeping with the highest traditions of the Royal Irish Regiment,” he said.

The tradition of wearing colors dates back to ancient times when armies wore an identifying emblem in battle.

The motto of the Royal Irish Regiment, Faugh a Ballagh or “Clear the way”, is inscribed on the Regimental Colour.

Lieutenant-Colonel Simon Baxter, commanding officer of 2 Royal Irish, described the raising of the colors as a “reflective and emotional ceremony for all of us”.

“They are the spirit that unites us and a lasting memorial to the sacrifices made, not only by soldiers, but also by the friends and families of military personnel and veterans who also served under them,” he said. -he declares.

“I feel a deep sense of privilege and honor as we lay them in the same place where the regiment was raised by Colonel Zachariah Tiffin over 330 years ago.”

The Commanding Officer (OC) of ‘C’ Company, Major Darren Anthony, said the parade took a lot of work and preparation.

“All the soldiers on parade went the extra mile to prepare for this; and they fully understand the magnitude and significance of a moment like this. It really is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to get involved with a generation,” he said.

The Colors will be visible to the general public at the museum.