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.
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
ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Captain Patrick D. Goggin of Glenageary, County Dublin and late of Dingle, County Kerry. Peacefully on June 20th, 2016 in St Michael’s Hospital, with his family at his side. Beloved husband of Muriel and loving father of Jennifer, Erika and Ursula. Sadly missed by his wife, daughters, sons-in-law, Martin, Ian and Assie, grandchildren Rebekah, Stephanie, Jordie, Ally, Megan and Zach, his brothers Lieutenant Colonel Colman and Bernard, extended family, colleagues and friends, especially Mohammed.
Removal Thursday from Quinn’s of Glasthule to St. Brigid’s Church, Cabinteely, arriving for 11.30am Funeral Mass, followed by cremation in Mount Jerome Crematorium. Family flowers only please. Donations, if desired, to the Defence Forces Benevolent Fund.
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.
Relate, the journal on developments in social services, policy and legislation in Ireland, is published by the Citizens Information Board. The February issue of Relate provides an overview of things people may need to know if they are planning to get married, including: notification requirements, types of legal ceremony and registration of the marriage.
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The Alliance of Retired Public Servants (ARPS), of which ARCO is a member, has held a number of meetings with senior officials of key Government Departments on pension issues. Regional Meetings are being held countrywide by the ARPS Executive Committee to update retired Public Service Pensioners on these issues.
The Dublin Regional Meeting will take place on Monday, 22nd February, at 2 pm in Wynn’s Hotel, Abbey Street, Dublin 2.
ARCO Members are encouraged to show their support by attending this meeting.
Sunday April 24th 2016 is census night in Ireland and the Central Statistics Office needs census enumerators to help make sure it runs smoothly and successfully. The CSO will open a competition for ENUMERATORS for Census 2016 through electronic application to www.cso.ie at 0900 on Tuesday 5th January 2016.
There are 4,660 jobs available, 1,200 of them in Dublin City and the Greater Dublin Area. Applications will close after 15,000 applications are received.
If ARCO members would like to become part of the Census 2016 team, http://census.ie/the-job-at-a-glance/ will link them directly to the recruitment site where they can view the job details.
Enumerators will distribute the census forms in advance of April 24th and will then return to collect them once the census has taken place. They will also be required to answer any questions people might have. Successful candidates should be available to work at different times of the day and at weekends to ensure all forms are distributed and collected in person.