Royal Irish Fusiliers

Royal Irish Fusiliers

Royal Irish Fusiliers

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The Royal Irish Fusiliers was an Irish infantry regiment of the British Army, raised originally as 87th Regiment of Foot in 1793 and later combined with 89th Regiment of Foot in 1881. It was given the title "The Royal Irish Fusiliers" in 1827. It was one of eight Irish regiments. The regiment's first title in 1881 was Princess Victoria's (Royal Irish Fusiliers), changed in 1920 to The Royal Irish Fusiliers (Princess Victoria's). In 1968 the regiment was amalgamated with the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers and the Royal Ulster Rifles to become the Royal Irish Rangers. In 1992 the present title of the Royal Irish Regiment was adopted.

Royal Irish Fusiliers Museum

The Royal Irish Fusiliers Museum is located on the Mall in Armagh, County Armagh, Northern Ireland The exhibits include uniforms, medals, regalia and the two Victoria Crosses won by the Regiment. The Regimental archive and library may be viewed by appointment.

Early history of constituent regiments

The 87th and 89th Regiments of Foot both saw extensive service in the Napoleonic Wars. At the Battle of Barrosa in 1811 the 2nd battalion of the 87th became famous as the first British Army unit to capture a French Imperial eagle in battle. It was during the Peninsular War that the regiment got its nickname, the Faughs, from their Irish war cry "Faugh A Ballagh" (Fág a' Bealach, meaning Clear the Way).

The 87th Regiment subsequently saw service in the Burmese War of 1824-26, where the battle honour...
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