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by Steve Tillotson 2017

History of the Irish Guards Irish Wolfound Mascot

Since 1902, an Irish Wolfhound has been presented as a mascot to the regiment by the members of the Irish Wolfhound Club. The first mascot was called Rajah of Kidmal, bred by Mr A.J. Gerard in 1900. After presentation to the Guards he was renamed Brian Boru. His initial regimental home was the Tower Of London because that was where his regiment were stationed in February 1902.

The Irish Guards were not the only regiment to have an Irish Wolfhound as a mascot. As we discover other regimental mascots we will add them to this page

Irish Guards first mascot - Brian Boru, 1902

In 1961, the wolfhound was admitted to the select club of "official" Army mascots, entitling him to the services of the Royal Army Veterinary Corps, as well as quartering and food at public expense. Originally, the mascot was in the care of a drummer boy, but is now looked after by one of the regiment's drummers and his family. The Irish Guards are the only Guards regiment permitted to have their mascot lead them on parade. During Trooping the Colour, however, the mascot marches only from Wellington Barracks as far as Horse Guards Parade. He then falls out of the formation and does not participate in the trooping itself. The regiment's current wolfhound is named Domhnall. His predecessor, Conmael, made his debut at Trooping the Colour on 13 June 2009 . At the end of 2012 Conmael retired and was replaced with the new wolfhound- Domhnal.

Irish Guards Brian Boru Mascot leading his regiment IRISH WOLFHOUND MASCOT FOR THE IRISH GUARDS

Irish Guards Reports on the mascot 1908, 1909 IRISH WOLFHOUND MASCOT FOR THE IRISH GUARDS

Irish Guards Photo of the mascot 1919
The news archive states the mascots name was "Garry"
who was presented a few years ago by Lady Limerick IRISH WOLFHOUND MASCOT FOR THE IRISH GUARDS

Inniskilling Fusiliers - Photo of the mascot 1920 IRISH WOLFHOUND MASCOT FOR The EInniskilling Fusiliers

8th Battalion Sherwood Foresters mascot ("Vulcan")
Missing then found dead 1920 IRISH WOLFHOUND MASCOT FOR The 8th Battalion Sherwood Foresters

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