Domhnall’s new coat
Irish Guards mascot, Domhnall, shows off his new coat for the first time in Northern Ireland after being presented with it by Irish President Michael D. Higgins in front of HM The Queen at Windsor Castle during the Irish State visit to London on Tuesday. Immediately after the state ceremonies Domhnall and his handler Drummer David Steed, left to bring his new coat to Northern Ireland to show it off.
His first “parade” was in Bangor but Domhnall and David will be making a number of appearances in Northern Ireland over the coming days.
President Higgins decided to make the presentation after learning how the Irish Guards presented a ceremonial coat made by the regimental tailor to the 5th Battalion Irish Army for their Wolfhound masot on St. Patrick’s Day in 1973.
Domhnall is the Irish Guards’ 16th Regimental Mascot. The mascots are provided by The Irish Wolfhound Club, who presented the Irish Guards with Domhnall, at the Ambassador’s Residence in Dublin in October 2012. His full name is Domhnall of Shantamon, but he is known as Domhnall (pronounced Donal) which means ‘world leader’ in Gaelic.
The regimental mascot is traditionally named after an Irish chieftan. The regiment has had an Irish Wolfhound as a mascot since 1902. Domhnall is 2 years old and wears his own solid silver collar and scarlet tunic for official duties. He also has developed a fondness for Guinness.