Our Annual Parade continues to go from strength to strength with scores of veterans from Irish Regiments and other members of Irish Regimental Associations turning out to march to the Cenotaph in June on the morning after the Queen's own Birthday Parade and Trooping of the Colour.
The present Chairman of the Association is Colonel Hubert McAllister, who continues the tradition of giving his wholehearted commitment to the success of the Annual Parade.
The Parade is led by the Pipes and Drums of the London Irish Rifles who, without interruption, have consistently and loyally supported us. On a usually sunny Sunday morning, Whitehall is closed to traffic and comes alive with drums beating, pipes skirling, not forgetting the sight of many Regimental and Association banners flying proudly and several hundred stalwarts marching out to honour the soldiers of all Irish Regiments, past and present. It is quite a remarkable occasion.
The Royal Irish Regiment still keeps alive the long and proud traditions of the Irish infantry soldier and the Irish Guards maintain a position of pride in the Foot Guards of the Guards Division and our Association is proud that serving soldiers of these fine Regiments continue to become members of the Combined Irish Regiments Old Comrades Association.
Veterans from other Regimental Associations are always welcomed, particularly those that have family connection with a former Irish soldier. It is of interest to note that wreaths for some of the Regiments disbanded in 1922 are paid for in perpetuity by their Regimental Associations or are donated by individuals who continue to retain family ties with these Regiments.