In 2008, the Royal Irish Fusiliers visited the site of the Battle of Barossa which took place on 5th March 1811.
From 3-7 March 2019, the Royal Irish Fusiliers visited Barossa again, this time accompanied by Ex Corporal, Tina Irving, the owner of this web site. She served in 219 Wessex General Hospital from 1972 to 1979. She was called to the Falklands in 1982, but she was already working in Libya so could not attend. She was delighted to be included, and the gentlemen and their ladies made her feel most welcome. Col Reid even gave her some tasks to carry out, which made her feel part of the group. It was a great few days, with a regimental dinner, bugling by Major Paddy Shortt, pipes by Corporal David Hogg, and our honoured Honorary Colonel Hubert MacAlister.
The golden beaches of Chiclana are the best in Spain. Once we have managed to download photos they will be posted here.
There will be a talk at the Irish Fusiliers Museum in Armagh on 7th June 2019 at 7pm. Cost is £3 per person to cover costs. Full details of the event are on the web page. Booking essential.
On the Saturday, 9th March, there was an amazing flamenco show in St. George’s Market, Belfast. The finale of all things Spanish.
You will be able to see the video at the web site of 219 Wessex General Hospital.
Chichlana will become the centre of operations for the company now. It is more fitting for the Royal Irish Fusiliers. Competa, where the author has been going for over 30 years, remains the centre for language learning.