Monthly Archives: September 2016

Lt. Col. John Costelloe RIP

ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Lieutenant Colonel John (Johnny) Costelloe of Castleknock, Dublin and formerly of Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny. On September 25th, 2016, peacefully, in the loving care of the staff at Mount Hybla Nursing Home. Beloved husband of Jill and dear father of Enda, Dermot, Eimear, Cormac and Niamh and a devoted grandfather of Emma, Lucy, Tom, Meg, Joe, Cliona, Aoibhín, Derry, Laoise, Charlie, India and Chloe. Deeply regretted by his loving wife, sons, daughters, grandchildren, son-in-law, daughters-in-law, brother Jim, sister Anne (Thurn), nieces, nephews, relatives, former colleagues from the Defence Forces and a wide circle of friends.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.

Reposing at his home on Tuesday evening between 6 and 8 pm with removal to The Church of Our Lady Mother of the Church, Castleknock on Wednesday morning arriving for Requiem Mass at 11 am followed by burial in Balgriffin Cemetery. Family flowers only, please. Donations if desired to The Morning Star Hostel for homeless men, North Brunswick Street.

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The Irish Military College, 1930 – 2000


On 15 September, Mr Paul Kehoe TD, Minister responsible for Defence, launched The College: The Irish Military College, 1930 – 2000, by Colonel Tom Hodson, in Collins Barracks Dublin.

Since its establishment in 1930, the Irish Military College has had a vital influence, not only on the Defence Forces, but on the nation itself.  In his book Colonel Hodson, a former instructor in the Military College and a graduate of École de Guerre, Paris, recounts how from its early predecessor, the Army School of Instruction, the Military College has repeatedly re-invented itself, culminating in the requirement for this modern institution to embrace and impart instruction based on the needs of today’s Irish Defence Forces.

The College is published by the History Press Ireland and is available from bookshops and online at:

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Lt. Col. Coleman Goggin RIP

ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Lieutenant Colonel Coleman Goggin, on Thursday, 15 September 2016. The Dingle native followed the footsteps of his brother Paddy, who died recently, into the Cadet School in 1954 and was a member of the 29th Cadet Class. Coleman was the first officer to be appointed as Defence Forces Psychologist, an appointment he held with great distinction for over thirty years.

DFHQ Officers Mess in McKee Barracks was his home for over three decades and his strong link to the Mess continued in retirement with his active membership of McKee Officers Club. He will be sadly missed and will be remembered with great affection by his former comrades, Club Members and many friends.

It is understood that in keeping with his wishes Coleman’s body has been donated to medical science and a Remembrance Service will be held, in McKee Barracks, on a date to be advised.

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ARCO Wreath Laying Ceremony – 7 October, 2016




The Association of Retired Commissioned Officers (ARCO) will conduct a formal and solemn Wreath Laying Ceremony in the Garden of Remembrance on Friday, 7 October 2016, commencing at 1200hrs.

The ceremony will remember, honour and commemorate the participants in the 1916 Easter Rising and will also recall the involvement of ARCO members who participated in the commemorations marking the 50th Anniversary of the Rising in 1966. The 39th and 40th Cadet Classes marched in the Easter Parade on 10 April 1966 and the 39th Cadet Class provided the Guard of Honour at the dedication of the Garden of Remembrance on Easter Monday, 11 April 1966.

Ceremony and Reception

The Ceremony will incorporate appropriate prayers, reflections and music. After the solemn laying of a wreath by ARCO’s President, Commander Gerard O’Flynn (Retd), a minute of silent reflection will be observed, which will be followed by a Piper’s Lament, the rendering of the Last Post, the raising of the Irish Flag to full mast, the rendering of Reveille and the playing of the National Anthem. 

The expected duration of the Ceremony is 30 minutes.

A reception for all guests, participants and attendees will take place immediately afterwards in the Gresham Hotel, O’Connell Street.

Invitations and Attendance

The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Representatives of the Government, Oireachtas, Defence Spokespersons and Defence Forces, along with representatives of kindred organisations, will be formally invited to the ceremony.  

The main cohort of attendees, however, will be drawn from the ARCO membership – including members of the 39th and 40th Cadet Classes & Class Officers who paraded in April 1966.

General Invitation to ARCO Membership

ARCO members, along with their families and friends, are invited and encouraged to attend. Members should indicate their intention to attend, by Friday, 23 September 2016 please, through the following means:


General Matters

All attendees are requested to be seated by 1140hrs to facilitate the arrival of dignitaries between 1145hrs and 1150hrs.

Dress is Informal with Medals. Should adverse weather require the wearing of overcoats, medals should not be worn on the outer garment. As this is an outdoor event you are advised to come well prepared for all weather conditions.  

Dedicated car-parking is not available at the Garden of Remembrance for private vehicles. A set-down facility will be available at Parnell Square North, which will also be the location of the ambulance station. Entrance to the ceremony is through the Parnell Square North gate (opposite the Hugh Lane Gallery) which leads directly to the upper level plinth. This is where seating will be provided for attendees in the designated area left and right of the Children of Lir Sculpture.

As this is a national event, organised by ARCO for its members, it is important that we have an appropriate turnout on the day. We therefore look forward to seeing many old friends and comrades in the Garden of Remembrance on Friday, 7 October 2016.

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ARCO 22nd AGM – 14th October 2016


22nd Annual General Meeting – McKee Barracks

1130hrs, Friday, 14th October 2016 


  • Opening Address by President, ARCO
  • Minutes of 21st AGM – 02 October 2015
  • President’s Report
  • Report of the Hon. Secretary
  • Report of the Hon. Treasurer to include audited A/Cs
  • Report of the Hon. Membership Secretary
  • Appointment of Auditor
  • Elections to Executive Committee
  • Any Other Business



Coffee will be available in the Officers Mess from 1030hrs.

The Meeting will take place in the auditorium of the Defence Forces School of Catering at 1130hrs.

Lunch will be served (free of charge) at 1300hrs in the Officers Mess.

It is important that members notify their intention to attend in advance to the Hon Sec not later than Friday 25th September as failure to do so may cause security difficulties at the point of entry to McKee Barracks.

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Recently Deceased Comrades

ARCO regrets to inform its members of the deaths of two of our comrades:

Lieutenant Colonel Paul Brownen, Clontarf and Palm Harbour, Florida, on 4th September 2016 after an illness borne with courage and good humour. Cherished husband of Pauline, adored and loving father of John and Sarah. Paul will be sadly missed by his loving wife, son, daughter, brothers, sisters, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, extended family, Army Comrades, neighbours and his many friends, especially those in Clontarf GAA Club.

Removal on Wednesday morning to St. Gabriel’s Church, Dollymount arriving at 11.50 o’clock for 12 noon Requiem Mass. Funeral thereafter to Fingal Cemetery. House Private. Family flowers only please. Donations if desired to St. Francis Hospice, Raheny.

Major General Kevin Duffy, Dysart Grove, Youghal, Cork and Monkstown, Dublin, on 4th September 2016, peacefully, surrounded by his loving family at the Bons Secours hospital Cork. Beloved husband of the late Alice (nee O Neill) and loving dad of Kieran, Brian, Aine and Catherine. Sadly missed by his loving family, his sister Hilda (Conroy), grandchildren Alan, Maureen, Juliette, and Oran, daughters in law, sons in law, brothers in law, sisters in law, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and friends.

Reposing at Egan’s funeral home Greencloyne Youghal from 5.30pm Tuesday with Removal at 7pm to Our Lady of Lourdes Church, The Strand Youghal. Requiem Mass on Wednesday at 11am. Funeral afterwards to North Abbey Cemetery Youghal. House private. Family flowers only please. Donations if desired to the Irish Heart Foundation.


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Veterans’ Day 2016

The 2016 Veterans’ Day takes place on Saturday, 10th September in McKee Barracks, Dublin.

Veterans’ Day reaches out to honour retired members of the Defence Forces and all Veterans have been invited. The Minister for Defence, the Chief of Staff and the General Staff will be in attendance.

A shuttle bus service will be provided for Veterans from Busáras, and from Heuston and Connolly Railway Stations, to McKee Barracks (and return) beginning at 1030hrs.

Guests will have access to McKee Barracks from 1100hrs and parking will be available.

A Ceremonial Parade, presided over by the Minister for Defence, will take place at 1400hrs. 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.

Refreshments will be served from 1430hrs and a wide range of Military Displays will be on view from 1530hrs.

We ask that as many ARCO members as possible attend this event and in particular participate in the parade.

We look forward to seeing you in McKee Barracks on the day.

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