Monthly Archives: January 2016

Lt. Gen. Gerry McMahon DSM RIP

ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Lieutenant General Gerard (Gerry) McMahon DSM, of Moorefield Drive, Newbridge, County Kildare. On 19th January 2018, peacefully, in the excellent care of the staff at Blackrock Clinic. Sadly missed by his wife Ann, sons Garret, Aengus and Félim, daughters-in-law Linda and Clodagh, sister Mona, grandchildren Áine and Ruarí, nieces and nephews, extended family, former Defence Forces colleagues and friends.

May he Rest in Peace

A native of Limerick, Gerry McMahon entered the Cadet School in 1953 as a member of the 28th Cadet Class. He was commissioned into the Infantry Corps in November 1955 and was posted to 6 Infantry Battalion, Athlone. Between commissioning and 1969 he spent most of his service in the Western Command. Having completed a Staff Course in Camberley he was posted to the Military College in January 1970 where he served in the Cadet School, the Infantry School, and the Command and Staff School. In 1975 he was awarded a Batchelor of Arts degree by University College Dublin in Economics and History. He served as Executive Officer of the General Training Depot before moving to Operations Section in Defence Forces Headquarters. He was Officer Commanding 5 Infantry Battalion in Dublin in the mid-80s and on promotion to Colonel was appointed Director of Planning and Research. He returned to the Military College as its Commandant on promotion to Brigadier General in 1992 and then served as Quartermaster General on promotion to Major General in 1993. He was appointed Chief of Staff with the rank of Lieutenant General on 8 February 1995, an appointment in which he oversaw a period of major reorganisation in the Defence Forces. He served overseas with 37 Infantry Battalion in the Congo, 21 Infantry Group in Cyprus, 44 Infantry Battalion in the Lebanon, as an Observer with the United Nations Truce Supervision Organisation in the Middle East and in UN Headquarters, New York. He retired on 22 August 1998 having served in the Defence Forces for forty-five years.

Removal on Tuesday morning at 9.15 o’clock to arrive at Cill Mhuire, Ballymany for Mass at 10 o’clock. Funeral afterwards to Newlands Cross Crematorium. Family flowers only please. Donations, if desired, to the Organisation of National Ex-Servicemen and Women.

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Comdt. Bill Dillon RIP

ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Commandant William (Bill) Dillon, formerly of Peck’s Lane, Castleknock and Collins Barracks, Dublin. On January 19th 2018, peacefully, in the care of his family and the staff at Tara Winthrop Nursing Home; beloved husband of the late Nora and loving father of Liam, Gretta and Kieran. Predeceased by his daughter-in-law Ger, grandsons Ciaran and William and sister Mai. Very sadly missed by his family, daughter-in-law Niamh, son-in-law Brian, grandchildren Ciara, Oisin and Aisling, sister Rita, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Bill had a long association with the Eastern Command and in particular with Collins Barracks, Dublin.

May He Rest In Peace

Removal on Tuesday, 23rd January to Our Lady Mother of the Church, Castleknock arriving at 9.50 am for funeral Mass at 10 am, followed by burial in Glasnevin Cemetery. Family flowers only please. Donations, if desired, to “CanTeen” Ireland, Carmichael Centre, Dublin 7.

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Comdt. Gerry and Máire Ryan RIP

ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Commandant J.G. (Gerry) Ryan of Newbridge, County Kildare and late of Clonmel, County Tipperary. Gerry and his wife Máire (née Drohn) passed away peacefully on 19th February 2018 in the loving care of the staff and nurses of Curragh Lawn Nursing Home. Sadly missed by their loving daughter Geraldine (Parker), grandchildren Alan and Sarah, Máire’s sisters Eithne (Symmes) and Una (Power), their brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews, extended family, relatives and friends.

May Gerry and Máire Rest in Peace

Gerry served with 5 Motor Squadron before commissioning during the Emergency. He completed a Motor Management Course at Bolton Street College and served with the Transport Corps in Clarke Barracks, The Curragh, and in the Army Apprentice School.  Retiring from the Defence Forces in 1969 he became a senior staff member with AnCO and later FÁS. He completed a B Comm and M Econ Sci at UCD. Following his retirement from FÁS in 1989 he completed a PhD on the history of apprenticeship in Ireland, at NUI Maynooth.

Gerry and Máire will repose at Anderson & Leahy’s Funeral Home, Newbridge on Wednesday from 4pm with prayers at 7pm. Removal on Thursday morning at 10.30 am to arrive at Saint Conleth’s Parish Church, Newbridge for Mass at 11am. Funeral afterwards to St. Patrick’s Cemetery, Waterford Road, Clonmel, County Tipperary, arriving at approximately 2.15pm. Family flowers only please. Donations, if desired, to the Alzheimer Society of Ireland, Kildare Branch.

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Lt. Col. Jimmy Macken RIP

ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Lieutenant Colonel James (Jimmy) Macken of Rathfarnham, Dublin and late of Granard, County Longford on Wednesday, February 14th, 2018. Jimmy passed away peacefully, after a brief illness, surrounded by his loving family, under the tender care of the staff of the cardiac unit in the Beacon Hospital. He will be sadly missed by his loving wife Marie (née Shivnan), his sons David, Barry, Conor and daughter Ciara McNaughten, his daughters-in-law Joan, Niamh, Kay and son-in-law Sean, together with his brothers Johnie, Benny, Eddie, sister Doris and all his extended family and friends. His eight lovely grandchildren Darragh, Maeve, Leah, Amy, Ben, Holly, Sam and Lucy are very saddened at his passing.

May he Rest in Peace

Jimmy was a member of 30th Cadet Class (1955 – 1957) and served mainly in the Eastern Command. Reposing in the Larry Massey Funeral Home, Eden Centre, Grange Road, Rathfarnham, on Friday, 16th, from 5pm to 7pm, returning to spend the night at home, Family only. Removal on Saturday morning to the Church of the Annunciation, Rathfarnham, arriving for 11am Mass. Funeral afterwards to Mount Jerome Crematorium, Harold’s Cross. No flowers please.

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Lt. Alfie Johnston DSM RIP

ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Lieutenant Alfred (Alfie) Johnston DSM, of Elmwood, Naas, County Kildare. On Friday 12th January 2018, in the tender care of the staff at Naas Hospital. Beloved husband of the late Mary and father of James, Robert, Mary, Claire and Tony. Sadly missed by his loving family, brothers, sisters, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, grandchildren, sisters-in-law, brothers-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and friends.

Alfie was a member of the 2nd Potential Officers Course and on commissioning served in the Eastern Command with 2 Infantry Battalion and 2 Cavalry Squadron in Cathal Brugha Barracks and in Griffith Barracks. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Medal for courageous action while serving with the United Nations Force in the Republic of Congo on 29th of September 1960.

May he rest in peace

Reposing at The George Mullins Funeral Home, Kilcullen Road, Naas on Sunday from 6.30 pm with prayers at 8 pm. Removal on Monday morning at 10.30 am to arrive at The Church of The Irish Martyrs, Balycane, Naas for Funeral Mass at 11 am followed by burial in St. Corban’s Cemetery, Naas.

Col. Leo Dawson RIP

ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Colonel Leo Dawson of Newbridge, County Kildare and late of Kilrush, County Clare, on 11th November 2017, peacefully, at Naas Hospital. Beloved husband of Frances. Sadly missed by his loving wife, children Áine, Jim and Michael, brother Seamus (Jim), sisters Assumpta, Patricia, Enda, Sr. Clare C.P., grandchildren Maebh, Ciara, Jim, Leo, Ben and Amy, daughters-in-law Mary and Avril, son-in-law Finn, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

May he Rest in Peace

Leo was a member of 21 Cadet Class (1948–1950); he was commissioned in May 1950 and appointed to 1 Armoured Car Squadron. He was Director of Cavalry from 1983 to 1984 and retired as Deputy Adjutant General in 1988.  Leo served overseas with the Armoured Car Groups of 36 and 37 Infantry Battalions in the Congo, in Cyprus with 41 Infantry Battalion and 11 Infantry Group, and was Military Assistant to the Force Commander, UNIFIL, in 1984–1985.  Leo’s brother, Lieutenant Colonel Jim Dawson, served with the Artillery Corps and his two sons followed his footsteps into the Defence Forces; Lieutenant Colonel James Dawson (Retd) (52 Cadet Class) served in the Transport Corps and Colonel Michael Dawson (57 Cadet Class) is Commandant of the Military College.

Reposing at Anderson & Leahy’s Funeral Home, Newbridge on Monday from 1500 hours with Removal at 1800 hours to arrive at St Conleth’s Parish Church, Newbridge for 1830.  Funeral Mass on Tuesday morning at 1100 with burial afterwards in St Conleth’s Cemetery, Newbridge. House Private Please. Family flowers only please. Donations, if desired, to St. Vincent de Paul, Newbridge.

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Comdt. Geoff O’Byrne White RIP

ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Commandant Geoffrey (Geoff) O’Byrne White of Kinsale and Malta, who died unexpectedly on June 11th, 2018, at Cork University Hospital. Geoff was an Air Corps member of 50 Cadet Class. Beloved husband, father, brother and friend. He will be sadly missed by his heartbroken family; his wife Nicole, daughters Elise and Lexie, brothers Derek and Peter, his extended family, business colleagues and friends.

A life lived and loved

Lying in repose at Gabriel and O’Donovan’s Funeral Home, The Glen, Kinsale on Thursday evening from 7.30pm to 9pm. Requiem Mass on Friday at 11am in St. John the Baptist Church, Kinsale. Cremation will take place at a later time. Donations in lieu of flowers to RNLI and Sandycove Swimmers.

 

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Comdt. Jim McPeake RIP

ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Commandant James (Jim) McPeake, Malahide, County Dublin and formerly of the Supply and Transport Corps. On Thursday, 10 May 2018, peacefully, surrounded by his loving family at Beaumont Hospital. Beloved husband of Lucille; very sadly missed by his sons Joe, Jim and David, daughter-in-law Maire, grand-children Anna, Niamh and Hugo, sisters Colette and Ailish, nieces, nephews, extended family, neighbours and friends.

Reposing at Staffords Funeral Home, Strand Road, Portmarnock, Friday, 11 May, from 5pm to 7pm. Removal this Saturday morning to Saint Nicholas of Myra Church, Kinsealy arriving for 10am Funeral Mass followed by burial in Glasnevin Cemetery (Saint Patrick’s Section).

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Lt. Cdr. Fionán O’Shea

ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Lieutenant Commander Fionán (Flor) O’Shea of Cobh and Killeenlea, Waterville, County Kerry. On October 8, 2017, peacefully, at Brídehaven Care Centre, Mallow. Dear father of Mary, Donal and Christine. Sadly missed by his loving family, sons-in-law Tom and Paul, daughter-in-law Gerardine, grandchildren Brendan, Aoife, Kevin, David, Katherine, Cian and Aoibh, great-grandchildren Fionán, Lucia, Donnacha and Donal, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and friends.

May he rest in peace

Reposing at Cobh Community Hospital Mortuary on Tuesday evening from 5pm with removal at 7pm to St. Colman’s Cathedral. Funeral on Wednesday after 12 noon Requiem Mass to St. Colman’s Cemetery.

 

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Lt. Cdr. Gerry O’Donoghue RIP

ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Lieutenant Commander Gerry O’Donoghue, a member of the 51st Cadet Class and the 14th Naval Service Cadet Class. Gerry died peacefully in Miami, Florida, after a long illness which he fought bravely and with great dignity. He will be sadly missed by everyone whose life he touched.

A memorial service will be held in the Naval Base, Haulbowline, on a date to be advised.

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