Monthly Archives: March 2013

Fr. Ronnie Neville R.I.P.

ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of the Very Rev. Fr. Ronald (Ronnie) Neville P.P. of Harold's Cross, Dublin and former Chaplain to the Defence Forces. Formerly of Kilfinny and Rathkeale, Co. Limerick, March 17th 2013, peacefully, in the loving care of the doctors, nurses and staff at St. Vincent’s Private Hospital. Deeply regretted by his brother Canon James, sister Eithne, sister-in-law Margaret, niece Charlotte, nephew Aidan, grandniece Michelle, grandnephew Dylan, Archbishop Diarmuid Martin, the Priests of the Diocese and the Opus Dei Prelature, relatives, a large circle of friends including the Parishioners of Harold’s Cross Parish.

Reposing at Fanagan's Funeral Home, Lwr. Kimmage Road, Tuesday from 3pm. Removal Tuesday evening to Church of Our Lady of The Rosary, Harold’s Cross arriving at 5pm. Requiem Mass on Wednesday at 12 noon, followed by removal to St. Mary’s Church, Rathkeale, Co. Limerick, arriving at 7pm. Funeral Mass on Thursday at 12 noon, followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery.

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Lt. Col. John Rigney R.I.P.

ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Lieutenant Colonel John Rigney of Tagoat, Co. Wexford and formerly of Clondalkin, Co. Dublin on March 18, 2013. Beloved husband of Helen and loving father of Mary, Michele, Elaine and Stephen; deeply regretted by his loving family, sisters, sons-in-law, daughter-in-law, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, grandchildren, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.

Funeral Mass on Friday at 1 pm in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Eadestown, Naas, Co. Kildare followed by Cremation in Mount Jerome Crematorium.

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Comdt. Jerh Brennan R.I.P.

ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Commandant Jeremiah (Jerh) Brennan of Hernonstown, Lobinstown, Navan, Co. Meath and formerly The Curragh, Co. Kildare and Fermoy, Co. Cork on March 13, 2013. Beloved husband of the late Mary and father of Theresa, Edward (Ned, Comdt. Retd. 50 Cadet Class and CIS Corps.), Esther, Monica and Diarmuid. Deeply regretted by his family, relatives and friends.

Reposing at his residence on Sunday 17 March from 2 pm to 9 pm. Removal on Monday at 10.30 am. to arrive at the Church of the Holy Cross Lobinstown for Funeral Mass at 11 am. Burial afterwards in adjoining cemetery.

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Lt. Col. John Patrick Duggan R.I.P.

ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Lieutenant Colonel John Patrick (JP) Duggan of Mount Merrion, Dublin and late of Kilmallock, Co. Limerick. On Friday, 8 March 2013 (peacefully) in his 95th year in the exceptional care of all the staff at Marlay Nursing Home, Rathfarnham; husband of the late Eleanor. Deeply regretted by his daughter Kathrine, sons John, Paul, Peter and Richard, his grandchildren and greatgrandchildren, brothers Vincent, Cyril and Raymond, relatives, in-laws, former colleagues in the Defence Forces and in The Dublin Institute for Advanced Studies and many friends.

Reposing in Fanagans Funeral Home, Dundrum from Tuesday. Removal on Thursday evening to the Church of St. Thérèse, Mount Merrion arriving at 5pm. Requiem Mass on Friday at 11am followed by interment in Shanganagh Cemetery, Shankhill.

ARCO meeting with Department of Defence Officials

ARCO met recently with officials of the Dept of Defence.  The following issues were discussed.  

Ceremonies – Óglaigh na hÉireann. On 24 November a ceremony, attended by the President and an Taoiseach, will be held at the Garden of Remembrance to celebrate the one hundredth anniversary of the founding of the Irish Volunteers.  In conjunction with the ceremony, Military Archives will mount an exhibition in the Rotunda over the weekend of 24/25 November.

Defence Forces Memorial Merrion Square. A Military Guard will be ceremonially deployed at the Defence Forces Memorial on each Saturday during June, July and August.  Further details will be posted when available.

Local Property Tax. The Department advised that pensioners will be able to pay their Local Property Tax by means of a pension deduction. For further information please see:

  "Your guide to Local Property Tax & how to pay and file".

Payment Arrangements of Pensions. The Department of Defence has advised ARCO that the payment of the monthly pension will change from the current 20th of the month to the end of the month over the next year.  The Department is anxious that pensioners who have financial and other commitments tied into the current payment date are given sufficient time to make adjustments to these personal arrangements. The Department’s intention is to phase in the change over a number of months and would like to hear from pensioners who may have particular difficulties with this proposal. The payment of the December cheque will continue to be made prior to Christmas. The Department will update the Pensions Information Section of its website at ARCO’s request. (

A further meeting will take place in March to discuss the implications for pensioners arising from the draft agreement on public service pay.


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