Monthly Archives: March 2019

Col. Hugh O’Connor RIP

ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Colonel Hugh O’Connor, Friary View, Kildare Town, County Kildare and formerly of Kanturk, County Cork. On 11th March 2019 after a short illness borne with great dignity, courage and humour, surrounded by his loving family and in the exceptional care of the staff of St. Brigid’s Hospice, The Curragh. Beloved husband of Eileen for fifty-eight years, dearly loved father of Hugo, Ann, David and Conor. Deeply missed by his daughters-in-law Fiona, Linda and Audrey and affectionately “Popeye” to his precious grandchildren Andrew (and wife Clíona), Alyson, India, Portia, Katie, Holly, Alex, Coco and Johnny, his extended family and many friends.

Carpe Diem

Hugh O’Connor was born in Kanturk, County Cork in July 1934.  He was a member of 28 Cadet Class and was commissioned in November 1955. He served in the Cavalry Corps in 4 Motor Squadron, Depot Cavalry, 1 Motor Squadron and in staff appointments in Headquarters Curragh Command and in Defence Forces Headquarters in Training Section and in Planning and Research Section. He commanded 1 Armoured Car Squadron and was Officer Commanding Depot Cavalry. He was Director of Reserve Forces in 1992 and Director of Cavalry from December 1992 until his retirement in July 1994. 

Hugh served overseas in Cyprus in 1964 with the Armoured Car Group of 40 Infantry Battalion and later with 10 Infantry Group in 1968; he seved in Lebanon as the Reconnaissance Group Commander 45 Infantry Battalion in 1979 and as the commander of the Force Mobile Reserve in 1988/89.  He was an observer in the Middle East with the United Nations Truce Supervision Organisation in 1973/74.

Reposing at home from 5pm to 7pm on Tuesday, 12th March 2019. Removal from home on Wednesday, 13th at 1.30pm for 2pm Funeral Mass in the Carmelite Church, Kildare Town. Cremation Service at 3pm on Thursday, 14th in Mount Jerome, Harold’s Cross, all welcome. Family flowers only please. Donations, if desired, to Friends of St. Brigid’s Hospice, The Curragh.

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Maj. Gen. Liam Prendergast RIP

ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Major General Liam Prendergast of Walshestown, Newbridge, County Kildare on 10th March, 2019. Peacefully, in his 97th year, in the loving care of the staff at Lourdesville Nursing Home, County Kildare. Loving husband of the late Kay. Sadly missed by his loving children Barbara (Teehan), Patrick, Mary and Denis, sisters Louie, Eileen and Nuala, brother Kevin, daughters-in-law Mary and Geraldine, grandchildren John, Richard, Liam, Christine, Kathryn and Ross, sisters-in-law Tess, Mary and Mary, brother-in-law Michael, nieces, nephews, extended family, relatives and friends.

Rest In Peace

Liam Prendergast was a native of Clonmel, County Tipperary. A member of 17 Cadet Class he was commissioned in June 1945. He served in the Supply and Transport Corps initially in the Southern Command and later in the Eastern Command and the Curragh Training Camp. He served overseas as Intelligence Officer 38 Infantry Battalion in the Congo in 1962/63 and in Cyprus at the Force Headquarters UNFICYP in 1968/69. Liam was the Chief Instructor Infantry School in 1977 and, on promotion to Colonel, was Director Supply and Transport Corps. On promotion to Brigadier General he was appointed Assistant Chief of Staff from March 1980 to February 1981 and Adjutant General from February 1981 to July 1984 in the rank of Major General.

Liam will repose at his home in Walshestown, Newbridge from 5.00 pm to 7.00 pm this Tuesday evening, 12th March, with removal Wednesday morning to Saint Conleth’s Parish Church, Newbridge arriving for 11.00 am Funeral Mass followed by interment in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Enniscorthy, County Wexford, arriving for 2.30 pm approximately. Family flowers only please. Donations, if desired, to the Alzheimer’s Association. House private Wednesday morning. Enquiries to McCrea Funeral Directors 087 – 2888981.

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Retirement – Major General Kevin Cotter

Major General Kevin Cotter, the Deputy Chief of Staff (Support), retires from the Defence Forces on the 1st of April, 2019. During his long and distinguished career, Major General Cotter served in a wide range of appointments, both at home and overseas.

A presentation to mark Major General Cotter’s retirement will be held in the Officers’ Mess, McKee Barracks, on Thursday, 28th March 2019 at 1600hrs. His many friends and colleagues in ARCO will wish to be associated with this occasion.

Those attending are requested to notify the Mess Secretary, at messsec1@eircom.net or 01 8046194 NLT Thursday, 21st March 2019.

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