Monthly Archives: January 2016

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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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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Comdt. Danny Hynes RIP

ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Commandant Daniel (Danny) Hynes at his home in Loughrea, County Galway on Sunday, 5th November 2017. Devoted husband of Catherine, father of Calum, Siobhan and Kevin, and grandfather of Lillie and Evie. Sadly missed by his wife, children, grandchildren, sisters Ann and Kitty, sisters and brothers in law, nieces, nephews, cousins and extended family and friends.

Danny was a native of Athlone and a member of 49 Cadet Class.  He served in 2 Motor Squadron (later 2 Cavalry Squadron), the Office of the Directorate of Cavalry, 11 Cavalry Squadron and Headquarters Eastern Command; he was Squadron Commander of both 4 and 5 Cavalry Squadrons.  Danny served overseas with Recce Company of 45, 57 and 65 Infantry Battalions UNIFIL and as an observer with ECMM.

Reposing Thursday, 9th November, in Kilboy’s Funeral Home, Loughrea from 5pm to 7pm. Funeral Cortege will arrive to Mount Pleasant Cemetery, Loughrea for burial at 12.30pm Friday, 10th November.

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Col. Mick Shannon RIP

ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Colonel Michael (Mick) D. Shannon of Monaleen, County Limerick and formerly of Kilrush, County Clare. On 7 April, peacefully, at University Hospital Limerick. Beloved husband of Jean and dearest father of Caroline, Aoife, Oonagh, John & Michael. Deeply regretted by his sons-in-law Hugh, Kieran & Anthony, daughters-in-law Katherine & Nicolene, grandchildren, brothers, sisters, his nephew Colonel Tim Daly, relatives, Defence Forces colleagues and friends.

Rest in Peace

A member of the 28 Cadet Class, Mick was commissioned in 1955 and appointed to the Artillery Corps. He served with 1 Field Artillery Regiment, 3 Field Artillery Regiment, 4 Air Defence Battery and The Artillery School. He was Regimental Commander of both 1 and 3 Field Artillery Regiments.  He held appointments in HQ Southern Command, and was Executive Officer in Training Section, Defence Forces Headquarters. Mick served as Director of Artillery from December 1991 until his retirement in March 1994. In September 1961, as a Platoon Commander in B Company, 35 Infantry Battalion, ONUC, he was engaged in the fighting at Lufira Bridge with Force Kane, and later in Elizabethville. He served in Cyprus as Troop Commander, Heavy Mortar Troop, with 9 Infantry Group, 1967/68, and with 20 Infantry Group in 1971. His initial service with UNIFIL was in 1978/79, as Adjutant, 44 Infantry Battalion.  He later returned to Lebanon during the period 1884/85 where he served with HQ UNIFIL. From 1989 through 1990, he served in Honduras in Central America with ONUCA. 

Following retirement, under the auspices of the European Union and OSCE, Mick was actively involved in election monitoring and peace transition operations in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Russia, and South Africa where he met Nelson Mandela. He was Chairman of the Irish Peace Institute, University of Limerick from 1999 until 2006, was a long and active member of Limerick Lions Club and President of Limerick Rotary Club.

Reposing at Griffin’s Funeral Home, John’s Gate on Monday, 9 April from 1700hrs until 1900hrs. Funeral arriving at Mary Magdalene Church, Monaleen, Castletroy, on Tuesday, 10 April for 1100hrs Mass. Burial afterwards in Kilmurry Cemetery.

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Brig. Gen. Tom Quinlan DSM RIP

ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Brigadier General Thomas (Tom) Quinlan DSM of Terenure, Dublin City, and formerly of Colligan, Dungarvan, County Waterford, on Friday, 2 March 2018. Sadly missed by his sister-in-law Cait, nephews John and Tom Butler, John and Gerry Quinlan, nieces Joanne and Finola Butler, Orla and Aideen Quinlan, grand nephews, grand nieces, relations, friends and former colleagues.

Tom was a member of 27 Cadet Class (1953 to 1954). He was a Platoon Commander with A Company, 35 Infantry Battalion, ONUC at the siege of Jadotville which took place between 13 and 17 September 1961, during the United Nations intervention in Katanga. Tom later commanded his platoon for the successful action at the Old Airstrip, Elizabethville on 5 December 1961 during Operation Unokat. Both 35 and 36 Battalions were involved in Operation Unokat, which culminated with the attack by 36 Battalion on The Tunnel on 16 December 1961. While serving as a Captain with 10 Infantry Group, UNFICYP, Tom was presented with the DSM, With Distinction, on 4 June 1968 for his qualities of leadership and courage while serving with ONUC during the period September to December 1961. Five NCOs were presented with the DSM at the same parade. He commanded 45 Infantry Battalion UNIFIL, Lebanon in 1979. As Chief, Observer Group Egypt, while serving with UNTSO, Tom was on the reviewing stand in Cairo with James Tully TD, Minister for Defence, and Lieutenant General Louis Hogan, Chief of Staff, on 6 October 1981 when President Anwar Sadat was assassinated. At home Tom Quinlan served in a wide variety of appointments, including Cadet Master, and GOC Southern Command, and retired with the rank of Brigadier General.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis

Reposing at Drohan’s funeral home, Emmett Street, Dungarvan, County Waterford on Thursday, 8 March from 5pm to 7pm with removal afterwards to St. Anne’s Church, Colligan. Funeral mass at 12 noon on Friday, 9 March followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery.

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Lt. Col. Jack Fahy RIP

ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Lieutenant Colonel Jack Fahy of Ballingeary, County Cork and Abbeyknockmoy, County Galway. On December 2nd, 2017, unexpectedly at home, beloved husband of Sheila (née Kelleher) loving father of Máirtín, Brian, Deirdre and Shane, brother of Sr. Patricia, Sr. Evelyn and the late Annie and Tommy. Very deeply regretted by his loving family, daughters-in-law Jianhua and Deirdre, son-in-law Paul, grandchildren Jack, Mischa, Oscar, Leo and Conn, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and friends.

Ó’Fathaigh, (Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh) Ar an 2ú lá Mí na Nollaig, 2017, go suaimhneach Seán, Béal Átha’n Ghaorthaidh agus Mainistir Chnoc Muaidhe, Co. na Gaillimhe, céile ionúin Síle agus athair grámhar Máirtín, Brian, Deirdre agus Shane. Meala mór a bhás dá chlann, dá ghaolta, dá chomharsain agus dá chairde uilig

Rest in Peace

Reposing in Saints Finbarr and Ronan’s Church, Ballingeary, on Tuesday evening from 6.00pm with prayers at 8.00pm. Requiem Mass on Wednesday at 1.00pm. Funeral afterwards to Inchigeela Cemetery.

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Memorial Service – Lt. Cdr. Gerry O’Donoghue RIP

A memorial service to celebrate the life of the late Lieutenant Commander Gerry O’Donoghue, a member of the 51st Cadet Class and the 14th Naval Service Cadet Class, who died recently in Miami, Florida, will be held at the Naval Base, Haulbowline, on Saturday 28th October 2017.

Mass will be celebrated at the Naval Base Church at 11:00am, followed by a reception in the Officer’s Mess. Afterwards, and in keeping with his final wishes, Gerry will slip and proceed on his final patrol to the area of Ringabella Bay for a private service.


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Comdt. Jim O’Brien RIP

ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Commandant James (Jim) O’Brien of Tower View Park, Kildare Town, Kildare on Tuesday, 13th June 2017. Deeply regretted by his loving wife, Philomena, son Gerard, daughters Caroline, Siobhán and Ann, brother Pat, sisters Maureen and Reenie, daughter-in-law, sons-in-law, grandchildren, great grandchildren, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Rest in peace

Reposing at Mc Wey’s Funeral Home, Abbey View, Kildare Town on Thursday, 15th June from 3 pm with Rosary there at 8 pm. Removal on Friday morning at 10.15 to St. Brigid’s Church, Curragh Camp arriving for Mass at 11 am. Cremation thereafter in Newlands Cross Crematorium. Family flowers only. Donations if desired to St. James’s Hospital Foundation. House private please.


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