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"The "Micks" (Irish Guards) are in Magilligan."

The "Mini Micks are the Army Cadets who wear Irish Guards head dress are affectionally know in the regiment as the “Mini Micks”.

"The "Micks" (Irish Guards) are in Magilligan."

24 October 2023

  • 1st Northern Ireland Battalion ACF

Cadets from all over the Northern Ireland and GB who proudly wear the cap star of the Irish Guards have come together for a Military Skills competition organised by the Irish Guards. Soldiers from the 1st Battalion Irish Guards travelled from Aldershot to allow the cadets to take part in an exciting and challenging competition.

It all starts with a briefing from L/Sgt Hanna who has spent several months organising all the stands, which includes Drill, Map Reading, Military and Regimental Knowledge, kit Inspection,

First Aid, Command Task, Observation, Section Attack, Ambush Drills, a Wood Clearance, a small-bore .22 Shoot on the indoor range.

On the Sunday morning they will take part in a March and Shoot to the outdoor range with the Cadet GP Rifle.

A full day of training which will test not only their skills but the ability and stamina. At the end of it all there will be some excellent regimental prizes to be awarded. we were visited by our Honorary Colonel of the 1st NI Battalion Colonel David McCorkell.

A massive "WELL DONE" to Lisneal Detachment, B Company on WINNING the "Mini Micks 2023" competition held at Magilligan.

The team also won the First Aid Trophy as well as coming 1st and second on many of the stands.

It is a great achievement as they will be invited to parade with the 1st Battalion Irish Guards on St Patrick's Day 2024 and be presented Shamrock by HRH The princess of Wales who is the Colonel of the Irish Guards.

The trophy was presented by Mr David Mills a founder member of the Mini Micks Competition

A great competition sponsored by the Irish Guards who are one of the best supporters of the Army Cadet Force not just through this competition but throughout the whole training year.

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Major General Sir Christopher Ghika,