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Irish Guards – and mascot – drop in at high school

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THE Irish Guards dropped in at Warrington’s Sir Thomas Boteler CE High School – and brought their regimental mascot with them.
The troops were there to share their experiences and to talk to students in Years 8, 9 and 10 about careers in the armed forces.
An infantry Battalion who are deploying in operations to both Iraq and South Sudan until the end of the year, the Irish Guards recruit from the North West due to its close ties with the Irish community in the area.
Since 1902, the regiment has always had an Irish Wolfhound as its mascot and Domhnall – the 16th – not only marches with the troops but leads them on parade on special occasions and has paraded in front of the Royal Family.
Traditionally, the mascots – presented by the Irish Wolfhound Club – are named after Irish chieftains.
Domhnal means “World leader” in Gaelic.
The troops – and their mascot – made a big impression on the students, who thoroughly enjoyed their visit.

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