Oil painting by Ralph Lillford, 'Irishmen Avenge Irish Dead', Londonderry, 1975
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The Troubles

Troops were sent to Northern Ireland in 1969. They ended up staying there for nearly 40 years in what became the British Army's longest ever deployment.

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Cap badge, other ranks, 6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons, c1900

6th (Inniskilling) Dragoons

This cavalry regiment was raised in Ireland in 1689. It continued in British Army service until 1922, when it was merged into the 5th/6th Dragoons.

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Glengarry badge, 88th Regiment of Foot (Connaught Rangers), c1873

88th Regiment of Foot (Connaught Rangers)

Raised in 1793 in the west of Ireland, this infantry regiment served until the reforms of 1881 when it was merged into The Connaught Rangers.

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Other ranks' cap badge, Queen's Royal Irish Hussars, c1958

The Queen's Royal Irish Hussars

Formed in 1958 from two existing armoured units, this regiment served with the Royal Armoured Corps until 1993, when it merged into The Queen’s Royal Hussars.

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Cap badge, other ranks, 8th (King's Royal Irish) Hussars, c1900

8th King's Royal Irish Hussars

This British Army cavalry regiment was raised in Ireland in 1693. It went on to serve in many campaigns until 1958, when it merged into The Queen's Royal Irish Hussars.

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Celtic plaid brooch taken from the body of a Sinn Féin rebel, 1916

Easter Rising

On Easter Monday 1916, Irish nationalists launched an armed revolt against British rule in Ireland. Although quickly suppressed by the British Army, the rising was a seminal moment in modern Irish history.

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A bomb disposal officer and infantry officer patrol West Belfast, 1992

The Troubles

Troops were sent to Northern Ireland in 1969. They ended up staying there for nearly 40 years in what became the British Army's longest ever deployment.

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The Royal Munster Fusiliers

The Royal Munster Fusiliers

This British Army infantry unit existed between 1881 and 1922. It recruited in Munster, a province in the south-west of Ireland.

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The Royal Irish Regiment

The Royal Irish Regiment

This infantry regiment existed between 1684 and 1922. It mainly recruited in Kilkenny, Wexford, Waterford and Tipperary.

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The Royal Dublin Fusiliers

The Royal Dublin Fusiliers

The Royal Dublin Fusiliers was an infantry regiment of the British Army, which recruited in the east of Ireland.

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The Prince of Wales's Leinster Regiment (Royal Canadians)

The Prince of Wales's Leinster Regiment (Royal Canadians)

The Leinster Regiment was an infantry regiment of the British Army, which recruited predominantly in central and eastern Ireland.

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The Connaught Rangers

The Connaught Rangers

The Connaught Rangers was an Irish infantry regiment of the British Army, which mainly recruited in the west of Ireland.

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Easter Rising 1916
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Easter Rising 1916

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