Initially composed of three battalions, the regiment was reduced to two later that year, when the 3rd Battalion (Royal Irish Fusiliers) was disbanded. It became the county regiment for the six counties of Northern Ireland.
As its predecessor regiments had either been ‘Rifles’ or ‘Fusiliers’, the new designation ‘Rangers’ was adopted to avoid favouring one of these former titles.
1st Battalion spent the first two years of its existence in England, while 2nd Battalion was sent to Gibraltar and Bahrain.
Both battalions spent much of the 1970s and 1980s serving with the British Army of the Rhine in West Germany and on garrison duties in England. There were also deployments to the Falkland Islands (1983) and to Cyprus with United Nations peacekeeping forces (1976, 1977 and 1991).
The Rangers also served as fire-fighters in 1977 during the national strike by firemen. Tours of Northern Ireland during 'the Troubles' followed for both battalions in 1988 and 1990.
The National Army Museum works together with Regimental and Corps Museums across the country to help provide a network of military museums for everyone to visit and enjoy.
Explore the history and collections of the Royal Irish Rangers by visiting the Royal Inniskilling Fusiliers Museum at Enniskillen Castle, the Royal Irish Fusiliers Museum in Armagh, and the Royal Ulster Rifles Museum in Belfast.