Monthly Archives: February 2016

The Defence Forces Review 2016 – Call for Papers

The Defence Forces Review 2016

Call for Papers

“The Emergence of Modern Ireland, 1912-2016”

Conference to be held at Dublin Castle on 15 October 2016

In order to commemorate the centenary of the 1916 Easter Rising, and to contribute to the process of national reflection that is currently in progress, the Defence Forces, in conjunction with the Centre for Military History and Strategic Studies at Maynooth University and the Trinity College Dublin Centre for Contemporary Irish History, will host a one-day conference in Dublin Castle on 15 October 2016 with the aim of exploring the ‘Emergence of Modern Ireland, 1912-2016’. The conference will explore political, social, economic and cultural developments in Irish history from the Home Rule crisis to the present day with a particular focus on military matters, including the history of the Defence Forces, and on the evolution of Irish foreign policy. Proposals are welcomed for papers that address any of these topics and contributions are encouraged from academia and also from within the Defence Forces and from Veterans' groups.

Selected papers (c.3000 words) will be published in an expanded edition of the annual Defence Forces Review, copies of which will be available in traditional format and also online via the Defence Forces' website. Those wishing to contribute to this publication must submit their completed paper (c.3000 words) to the conference organisers by 30 June 2016.

Organisers: Prof. Eunan O’Halpin (Trinity College Dublin), Dr. Ian Speller (Maynooth University) & Colonel David Dignam (Military College).

Abstracts (250 words) for 20 minute papers should be accompanied by a brief CV and sent to Col Dave Dignam at by 31 March 2016. Please indicate whether you also intend submitting a full paper (c.3000 words) for publication in the Defence Forces Review.

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Relate – February 2016 Issue

Relate, the journal on developments in social services, policy and legislation in Ireland, is published by the Citizens Information Board. The February issue of Relate provides an overview of things people may need to know if they are planning to get married, including: notification requirements, types of legal ceremony and registration of the marriage. 

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DUBLIN REGIONAL MEETING – Alliance of Retired Public Servants

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 held countrywide by the ARPS Executive Committee to update retired Public Service Pensioners on these issues.

The Dublin Regional Meeting will take place on Monday, 22nd February, at 2 pm in Wynn’s Hotel, Abbey Street, Dublin 2.

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

Brig. Gen. Pat Dixon RIP

ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Brigadier General Patrick (Pat) Mel Dixon of Slí an Aifrinn, Athlone, County Westmeath and formerly of Kilkee, County Clare, peacefully, on Wednesday 7th February 2018 at Stella Maris Nursing Home, Athlone.

Beloved husband of Máire and dearly loved father of Tim, Paul, Mary, Kieran, Helen, Una and Padraig. Predeceased by his brother Seán and sister Mary. Sadly missed by his adored grandchildren Miriam, Conor, Brian and Rory, his brother-in-law, sisters-in-law, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, extended family and wide circle of friends.

Slán abhaile Pat

Reposing at Flynn’s Funeral Home, The Strand on Friday evening from 4.30pm with removal at 7.00pm to Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, Coosan arriving at 7.30pm. Requiem Mass on Saturday at 12.00 noon followed by burial afterwards in Coosan Cemetery.

Pat Dixon was a member of 22nd Cadet Class (1949 – 1951) and was one of the Defence Forces’ first peacekeepers when he served with UNOGIL in Lebanon in 1958.  He was appointed General Officer Commanding Western Command in August 1989.

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Capt. John McGlinchey RIP

ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Captain John McGlinchey, late of Letterkenny, County Donegal. On January 12, 2018 peacefully, at his home in Harare, Zimbabwe with his loving daughter Afric by his side. Survived by his brother Fr. P.J. McGlinchey in Jeju Island, Korea. Beloved father of Afric, Ian and Paula, adored grandfather of Kalai, Joe, Micaela, Tadhg, Cian, Ciara, and Nathan, proud great-grandfather of Benjamin, loving brother-in-law of Ursula, Basil, Liz, Sheelagh, Marine. Sadly missed by his nieces, nephews, cousins and dear friends.

John was a member of the 27th Cadet Class and served in the Western Command, before retiring from the Permanent Defence Force and moving to Zambia in the 1960s.

A funeral Mass will be held at the University Church, 87A St. Stephens Green, Dublin 2, on Friday, February 9, at 12.00pm.

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