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2nd Battalion The Royal Irish Regiment

SSE Arena, Belfast - 4th - 5th September 2015

The 2nd Battalion The Royal Irish Regiment (2 R IRISH) is Northern Ireland's only infantry Territorial Army (TA) battalion. It has its headquarters in Portadown, Northern Ireland, and company locations across the Province. 2 R IRISH forms part of 16 Air Assault Brigade - UKs high-readiness early entry force.

2 R IRISH has four companies located across Northern Ireland: HQ Company in Portadown, A Company in Belfast, B Company in Newtownabbey and Ballymena, and C Company in Armagh and Enniskillen. The Battalion currently has a mortar platoon and a machine gun platoon in addition to the normal infantry platoons. 2 R IRISH has a proud record of achievement in supporting the Regular Army on operational tours to Afghanistan, Iraq and Cyprus. The battalion also mobilised personnel for the Olympics in 2012. In the past two years, the most recent in April 2013, the battalion has deployed six Short Term Training Teams (STTT) to Burundi and Uganda as part of a pre-deployment training package for these countries armed forces deploying to Somalia under the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). The battalion also recently deployed a STTT to Tanzania. The battalion undertakes training around the world; in 2012 a company completed a two-week training package in Cyprus. Already in 2013 a platoon has been training in Kenya and further overseas training has been programmed for this year - a platoon to Italy in June, a company to Spain in October and another platoon to Kenya in November.

There are ongoing opportunities for TA soldiers to support the Regular Army, 1 R IRISH in particular, on operations and training. Training typically takes place on Thursday evenings and at least one weekend per month with a two-week training period once a year. TA soldiers are paid for all training they attend plus they will be paid an annual tax-free bounty if the relevant number of days is attended and training tests passed.

Jobs within the battalion are not restricted to the infantry role as chefs, mechanics, medics, administrators and musicians also form part of the battalion, which has an acclaimed Bugles, Pipes and Drums band and is always looking out for new recruits. Although training concentrates on the military aspect, there are plenty of opportunities to undertake adventurous training and sport. Recent adventure training has included kayaking in Gibraltar and white water rafting in Uganda.