Welcome to the Website of the Association of Retired Commissioned Officers (ARCO). ARCO was founded in 1993 and our purpose is to represent retired officers of the Permanent Defence Force of Ireland. We have some 800 members. Our main focus has always been on pension issues and our website enables us to provide members with information on this, along with details on a broad range of issues and events. To communicate effectively with our members we also publish two Newsletters every year, hold an Annual General Meeting in October and have developed a Texting Service.
To be successful, ARCO needs a continuous flow of new members and we urge serving officers, who are about to retire from the Permanent Defence Force, to join. ARCO will provide you with a continuity of representation and information into the future.
ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Commandant Dave Hyland, O’Briensbridge, County Clare, on 20th July 2016, after a brave battle with cancer. He will be sorely missed by his wife Anne, daughter Caragh, sons Cian and Davet, daughter-in-law Caoimh, Cian’s fiancée Aoife, his brother Billy and sister Judy, family and friends.
Funeral Service on Saturday afternoon in Newlands Cross Crematorium Chapel at 1 o’clock. Family flowers only please. Donations may be made in Dave’s name to Mid-Western Cancer Foundation, University Hospital, Limerick.
Between 16th July and 20th August this year a Ceremonial Military Guard will parade every Saturday at midday (and at 9.30 am on 30th July only) at the National Memorial to Members of the Defence Forces who died in the Service of the State. Units from throughout the Defence Forces and across the Army, Air Corps and Naval Service will participate in the ceremony in solemn remembrance of their fallen comrades.
On 23rd July ARCO will participate in the ceremony and our President, Commander Gerard O’Flynn (Retired), will lay a wreath on behalf of the Association. ARCO members, along with their families, are invited to attend to honour old friends and comrades. On that Saturday 1 Artillery Regiment, Collins Barracks, Cork and Naval Service, Haulbowline, Cork will provide the Ceremonial Military Guard.
The National Memorial was unveiled by President Mary McAleese in November 2008. It is a place of contemplation and remembrance where families, relatives and members of the public can reflect on the sacrifice these soldiers, sailors, airmen and airwomen have made for this State.
Further information can be found at this LINK.
ARCO members are invited to join friends and colleagues on Sunday, 17th July, for the Defence Forces' Race Day at the Curragh Racecourse with 7 exciting races along with displays of Defence Forces’ vehicles and equipment, including the most iconic vehicle in Irish history, Sliabh na mBan.
A dedicated turnstile will operate at the main entrance for Defence Forces’ personnel, serving and retired. ARCO members should have their ID Card with them to gain free admission for themselves and a guest.
Package 7 race programme starting at 2pm featuring the Kilboy Estate Stakes (Group 2) and Friarstown Stud Minstrel Stakes (Group 2) and Corinthian Challenge Charity Race in aid of the Injured Jockeys Fund.
The Mess President, Officers' Mess, Cathal Brugha Barracks, has extended an invitation to ARCO members and their guests to a BBQ to mark the departure of the GOC 2 Brigade, Brigadier General Michael Beary, as Force Commander UNIFIL.
The BBQ takes place on Thursday, 30th June and tickets are €15. Cocktail Bar opens at 1830 with food served at 1930 followed by a DJ and Music.
Interested members should contact the Mess before next Tuesday, the 28th at 01 804 6460 or e-mail email@example.com
An information meeting for ARCO members will take place in the Officers’ Mess, Cathal Brugha Barracks, at 1130 hrs on Friday, 17 June.
Coffee will be available from 1100 hrs. The Executive Committee will update members on matters of broad interest in relation to Association matters.
Please indicate your intention to attend, by return, to firstname.lastname@example.org or by text only to the ARCO Texting Service at 087 9097860. A light lunch will be provided by ARCO.
Please ensure you bring your ID Card with you to gain entry to Cathal Brugha Barracks.
Col Mick Meehan's retirement lunch takes place in Ceannt Officers’ Mess, Defence Forces Training Centre, (1330 for 1400 hrs) on Thursday, 2nd June. Members of ARCO who wish to attend or send messages should contact the Mess Manager, Captain Marie Carrigy, at 045/445061 or e-mail email@example.com
Congratulations to Commandant Victor Laing, formerly officer in charge of Military Archives, who was conferred with the Degree, Honoris Causa, of Doctor of Laws by University College Dublin on Monday, 25 April 2016. The ceremony was part of UCD’s celebration of the Decade of Centenaries. Those who were also conferred with honorary degrees on this special occasion were: Ms Catriona Crowe, Professor Roy Foster, Mr Justice Gerard Hogan, Professor Joe Lee and Professor Michael Mann.
On the following day Uachtarán na hÉireann, Dr Michael D. Higgins, opened the newly refurbished Military Archives facility at Cathal Brugha Barracks. This represents one of the seven Government flagship capital projects being developed for the 1916 centenary. The project is a tribute to the dedication of Victor Laing, the late Commandant Peter Young and the staff and volunteers who have worked in Military Archives over the years.
The Defence Forces Review 2016
Call for Papers
“The Emergence of Modern Ireland, 1912-2016”
Conference to be held at Dublin Castle on 15 October 2016
In order to commemorate the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising, and to contribute to the process of national reflection that is currently in progress, the Defence Forces, in conjunction with the Centre for Military History and Strategic Studies at Maynooth University and the Trinity College Dublin Centre for Contemporary Irish History, will host a one-day conference in Dublin Castle on 15 October 2016 with the aim of exploring the ‘Emergence of Modern Ireland, 1912-2016’. The conference will explore political, social, economic and cultural developments in Irish history from the Home Rule crisis to the present day with a particular focus on military matters, including the history of the Defence Forces, and on the evolution of Irish foreign policy. Proposals are welcomed for papers that address any of these topics and contributions are encouraged from academia and also from within the Defence Forces and from Veterans' groups.
Selected papers (c.3000 words) will be published in an expanded edition of the annual Defence Forces Review, copies of which will be available in traditional format and also online via the Defence Forces' website. Those wishing to contribute to this publication must submit their completed paper (c.3000 words) to the conference organisers by 30 June 2016.
Organisers: Prof. Eunan O’Halpin (Trinity College Dublin), Dr. Ian Speller (Maynooth University) & Colonel David Dignam (Military College).
Abstracts (250 words) for 20 minute papers should be accompanied by a brief CV and sent to Col Dave Dignam at firstname.lastname@example.org by 31 March 2016. Please indicate whether you also intend submitting a full paper (c.3000 words) for publication in the Defence Forces Review.
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