Monthly Archives: August 2016

Dates For Your Diary

ARCO members will wish to note the following important upcoming events, full details of which will be posted on this website closer to their individual dates.

Saturday, 10 September – Veterans’ Day, McKee Barracks. The 2016 Defence Forces Veterans’ Day will take place on Saturday, 10 September in McKee Barracks, Dublin. Veterans’ Day reaches out and honours 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. This 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. A wide range of displays, including current Defence Forces’ equipment and systems, will be held in conjunction with the event. Light refreshments will be served and guests are invited to arrive by 1330hrs.

Friday, 7 October – Wreath Laying Ceremony, Garden of Remembrance. ARCO will conduct a formal and solemn Wreath Laying Ceremony in the Garden of Remembrance on Friday, 7 October, commencing at 1200hrs. The purpose of the ceremony is to remember, honour and commemorate the participants in the 1916 Easter Rising. The ceremony also recalls the involvement of our membership, highlighting that of the members of the 39 and 40 Cadet Classes, in the commemorations marking the 50th Anniversary of the Easter Rising in 1966.

The ceremony will incorporate appropriate prayers, reflections and music. After the solemn wreath laying, a minute of silent reflection will be observed. This will be followed by a Piper’s Lament, the rendering of the Last Post, the raising of the National Flag to full mast, the rendering of Reveille and the playing of the National Anthem.

ARCO will formally invite representatives of the Government, Oireachtas, Defence Forces, etc. to the ceremony. Members, along with their families, are encouraged to attend and will be invited by means of our newsletter, text service and this website. The expected duration of the ceremony is 30 minutes. A reception for guests, participants and attendees will take place immediately after the ceremony in the Gresham Hotel, O’Connell Street. Guests are invited to be in place at the Garden of Remembrance by 1140hrs.

Friday, 14 October – Annual General Meeting, McKee Barracks. The 22 Annual General Meeting of ARCO will be held in McKee Barracks, Dublin, on Friday, 14 October. Members will be asked in a later posting to notify our Honorary Secretary of their intention to attend. This is in order to facilitate entry to McKee Barracks and to provide the Officers Mess with our catering requirements. Coffee will be available in the Officers Mess from 1030hrs and lunch will be provided after the meeting. This is an important annual event in the ARCO calendar, which affords members the opportunity to engage directly in the formation and shaping of ARCO policy.

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Lt. Col. Danny Flood RIP

ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Lieutenant Colonel Donald A. (Danny) Flood, Derdimus, Tennypark, Kilkenny. On 18th August 2016, surrounded by his loving family and in the loving care of the management and staff of Tinnypark Nursing Home. Beloved husband of the late Noeline and loving father of Gearóid, Deirdre, Seán, Frank, Danny and the late Ciarán. Sadly missed by his family, brother Tom, daughters-in-law, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, grandchildren, great granddaughter, extended family and friends. A member of the 27th Cadet Class and a formidable inter county footballer, he was part of the Kildare full back line over a ten-year period. He served in the southern sector of the old Eastern Command area during his career and was Officer Commanding 61 Infantry Battalion UNIFIL. Danny was a former Vice President of the Association of Retired Commissioned Officers.

Reposing at his home on Saturday from 1 pm to 5 pm with house private thereafter. Removal on Sunday to St. Patrick’s Church, Kilkenny, arriving for Funeral Mass at 12.30 pm. Interment afterwards in Foulkstown Cemetery.

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Maj. Gen. Charles McGuinn RIP

ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Major General Charles J. McGuinn, Old Leighlin Road, Leighlinbridge, Carlow. Suddenly and peacefully on Friday, 12th August 2016. Predeceased by his beloved daughter Hilary, loving husband of Ella and much loved father to Berna & Elaine. Deeply regretted by his loving sons-in-law Len, David & Simon, precious grand-children Mary-Kate, Patrick, Hannah & Caroline Roche, Charles & Isobel Lorigan, Conor, Eleanor & Aidan Akester, sisters-in-law, cousins, relatives, neighbours and friends.

Reposing in his home from 2pm to 5pm on Saturday with removal to St. Lazerian’s Church, Leighlinbridge for 7.30pm Mass. Requiem Mass on Sunday at 11am and burial in Leighlinbridge Cemetery.

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Comdt. Mick O’Byrne RIP

ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Commandant Michael (Mick) O’Byrne, of Whitehall Road, Terenure, Dublin and late of Greenane, Co. Wicklow on Tuesday, 9th August 2016. Peacefully, after a long debilitating illness in the wonderful care of Lisheen Nursing Home, Rathcoole. Beloved husband of Gerardine and adored father of Patrick, Tara, Michael and Deirdre. Very sadly missed by his loving family, daughter-in-law Elfrida, sons-in-law John and Mark, grandchildren Miko, Matthew and Aoife, sisters Joan Cassidy and Bernadette Cornish, brothers Sylvester, Fr Paddy, Sean, Kevin, Eugene and Gerard, sisters-in-law, brother-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Predeceased by his brother Peter.

Rest in Peace

Prayers at 4.30 pm at Lisheen Nursing Home, Rathcoole on Friday afternoon (12 August) prior to his removal to the Church of the Holy Spirit, Kimmage Manor arriving at 6 pm. Funeral on Saturday morning (13 August) after 11.30 am Mass to Greenane Cemetery, Co. Wicklow arriving at approximately 2.30 pm.


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