Monthly Archives: July 2014

BOI – Delays in payments to customers’ accounts

The Department of Finance has issued an update in relation to the problem within Bank of Ireland (BOI) which has led to a delay in payments to customers’ accounts. This has affected parts of the wider public service, including some payments of military pay and pensions.

BOI has informed the Department of Finance that this issue has been resolved. However, because of the Single Euro Payments Area processing timeframes, the affected bank accounts will not be credited until Friday, 1st August 2014.

BOI has informed the Department of Finance that it is working to have payments credited to payee accounts by early Friday morning. This applies to BOI, AIB and Ulster Bank accounts. Other banking institutions, e.g. Permanent TSB and Credit Union accounts will have to go through an additional process and payments will be credited to these accounts later on Friday.

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Capt. John Buckley RIP

ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Captain John E. Buckley, peacefully on the 25th July 2014, in the loving care of Bloomfield Care Centre, Dublin. Recently retired from the Corps of Engineers; son of the late John L. and Bridget Buckley, brother to Michael (Clonmel). Sadly missed by his family, cousins, friends and army colleagues. He deeply appreciated the loving care and support given to him by his friends and colleagues during his long illness.


Reposing at the Church of the Sacred Heart, Arbour Hill, Dublin 7, on Monday 28th July from 5pm with prayer service at 6pm. Funeral Mass on Tuesday 29th at 11am at Arbour Hill with burial afterwards in Whitechurch Cemetery, Co. Cork.

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Retirement Presentation – Colonel Adrian Ryan

Colonel Adrian Ryan, Deputy General Secretary of the Representative Association of Commissioned Officers, retires from the Defence Forces on 30 August. Colonel Ryan's retirement presentation will take place in the Officers' Mess, McKee Barracks, Dublin, on Wednesday 03 September 2014 at 1630 hours. 

Adrian’s many colleagues and friends in ARCO, who will be familiar with his valuable contribution to representation, will wish to be associated with the occasion.

Category: Retirements

REMINDER – Ceremonial Military Guard at the National Memorial

A timely reminder to ARCO members, their families and indeed to all followers of this website. The Ceremonial Military Guard will parade on this coming Saturday at the site of the 'National Memorial to Members of the Defence Forces who died in the Service of the State’, Merrion Square, Dublin. The ceremony will begin at midday and will last for approximately one hour.


Saturday 19 July: Air Corps & 7 Infantry Battalion.


Saturday 26 July: 1 Artillery Regiment & Naval Service.


Saturday 02 August: 2 Artillery Regiment & 27 Infantry Battalion.


Saturday 09 August: 12 Infantry Battalion & 1 Infantry Battalion.


Saturday 16 August: 6 Infantry Battalion & 28 Infantry Battalion.


Saturday 23 August: 3 Infantry Battalion & 1 Armoured Cavalry Squadron.


Further details are available at:


Category: Events

Veterans’ Day

ARCO members and their families will be interested to hear about the inaugural Defence Forces Veterans’ Day, which will take place in the Defence Forces' Training Centre (DFTC), Curragh, on Tuesday 2nd September 2014 commencing at 1400 hrs. The date is particularly significant as it marks the 75th anniversary of the declaration of the Emergency in 1939.

The Veterans’ Day will reach out and honour retired members and their families. ARCO, along with the other veterans’ organisations, has been invited to provide a Representative Body to participate in the ceremony.

The ceremony will consist of a short multi denominational religious service along with the laying of wreaths to honour fallen comrades. The event will provide an opportunity to meet old friends and comrades and a display of current Defence Forces’ equipment and systems will be held in conjunction with the event. Visitors will also have an opportunity to visit the Defence Forces Training Centre Museum. Refreshments will he served throughout the afternoon with DFTC Mess facilities available lo visitors that evening.

We ask that as many ARCO members as possible attend this event and participate in the ceremony. Please contact our Hon Secretary, Lt. Co. Joe Ahern (Retd), through this link specifying the number of invitations you need for yourself and family members and provide us with an up-to-date mailing address.

We look forward to seeing you there on the day.

Category: Events

CAOGA Benevolent Fund

The CAOGA Management Committee has decided to extend the services of the CAOGA Benevolent Fund to Retained Members in recognition of their contribution to CAOGA over the period of their service.

Retained Members who wish to be part of the scheme will be levied €2.00 per month from their pensions with effect from 1st January 2015, similar to the deduction made from the salaries of serving officers.

Should a Retained Member NOT WISH to be included in this initiative, he or she should e-mail, or contact the Secretary CAOGA at 01 804 2785/2786, to opt out.

Category: CAOGA