Monthly Archives: February 2015

ATHLONE REGIONAL MEETING – Alliance of Retired Public Servants

ARCO Members will be aware that 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 organised countrywide by the ARPS Executive Committee to update retired Public Service Pensioners on these issues. The next Regional Meeting will take place on Monday, 2nd March at 7.30 pm, at the Sheraton Hotel, Athlone.

ARCO Members are encouraged to show their support by attending this meeting.

Added 1st March 2015: To read the Latest Alliance Newsletter please click HERE

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Cmdre. Liam Brett RIP

ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Commodore William John (Liam) Brett of Glounthaune, Co. Cork and formerly of Lucan, Co. Dublin and Cappauniac, Cahir, Co Tipperary. On February 20th, 2015, (peacefully), surrounded by his family, in the tender and compassionate care of the Sisters, nursing and care staff of Bon Secours Care Village, Mount Desert, Cork. Loving husband of the late Eileen (nee Twomey) and dear father of Bríd, Denise, Martin and Joseph. He will be sorely missed for his love, life and leadership by his children, son-in-law Seán, grandchildren Róisín, Deirdre and Gearóid Cottrell, Amy and Richard Brett, nieces, nephews, relatives and a wide circle of neighbours and friends.

Reception prayers this Saturday evening at 7.00pm in the Sacred Heart Church, Glounthaune. Requiem Mass on Monday at 11.00am followed by burial in St. Joseph's Cemetery, Little Island. Strictly no flowers at Liam's request. Donations in lieu to the R.N.L.I.

Solas geal na bhFlaitheas ar a anam dilis

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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.

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McKee Officers Club

Officer Clubs and Associations. Many clubs and associations exist to continue the camaraderie experienced and enjoyed during service in the Defence Forces. Some of these cater for serving and retired officers of the PDF and RDF and include the Cavalry Club, Artillery Club, and Supply & Transport Club, which have club rules and are run by committees. Other looser social arrangements exist whereby serving and retired officers are invited by GOCs or Corps Directors to attend annual social events and dinners. Despite the challenges brought about by the recent restructuring of the Defence Forces and the integration and downsizing of the RDF, these clubs continue to facilitate the sharing of service experiences between retired and serving comrades. Importantly, they serve a special need by encouraging social contact among retired officers and other former colleagues.

McKee Officers’ Club. Uniquely amongst these clubs is McKee Officers’ Club whose membership is drawn from retired officers from both the Permanent and Reserve Defence Force. It is in essence a social club with an active social programme. Originally it was established to enable retired officers, who during their service had served in McKee Barracks or had been members of McKee Officers’ Mess, to continue their associate membership of that mess. At its November 2012 AGM the club changed its rules so that membership of McKee Officers' Club is now available to all retired commissioned officers who served in the Eastern Command or Eastern Brigade areas. This consolidated the fallout from Defence Forces' reorganisations over recent years, which included the change from Commands to Brigade areas, DFHQ relocation to Newbridge and in Nov 2012 the introduction of the two brigade organisational structure.

The Council of McKee Officers’ Club has sought the assistance of ARCO to advise all retired officers of the changes to its membership rules and ARCO is pleased to post this information on its website.

Retired officers interested in joining the club should contact the Hon Sec McKee Officers' Club, Col. Dermot J. Conway (Retd), at

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