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Lt. Gen. Gerry McMahon DSM RIP

ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Lieutenant General Gerard (Gerry) McMahon DSM, of Moorefield Drive, Newbridge, County Kildare. On 19th January 2018, peacefully, in the excellent care of the staff at Blackrock Clinic. Sadly missed by his wife Ann, sons Garret, Aengus and Félim, daughters-in-law Linda and Clodagh, sister Mona, grandchildren Áine and Ruarí, nieces and nephews, extended family, former Defence Forces colleagues and friends.

May he Rest in Peace

A native of Limerick, Gerry McMahon entered the Cadet School in 1953 as a member of the 28th Cadet Class. He was commissioned into the Infantry Corps in November 1955 and was posted to 6 Infantry Battalion, Athlone. Between commissioning and 1969 he spent most of his service in the Western Command. Having completed a Staff Course in Camberley he was posted to the Military College in January 1970 where he served in the Cadet School, the Infantry School, and the Command and Staff School. In 1975 he was awarded a Batchelor of Arts degree by University College Dublin in Economics and History. He served as Executive Officer of the General Training Depot before moving to Operations Section in Defence Forces Headquarters. He was Officer Commanding 5 Infantry Battalion in Dublin in the mid-80s and on promotion to Colonel was appointed Director of Planning and Research. He returned to the Military College as its Commandant on promotion to Brigadier General in 1992 and then served as Quartermaster General on promotion to Major General in 1993. He was appointed Chief of Staff with the rank of Lieutenant General on 8 February 1995, an appointment in which he oversaw a period of major reorganisation in the Defence Forces. He served overseas with 37 Infantry Battalion in the Congo, 21 Infantry Group in Cyprus, 44 Infantry Battalion in the Lebanon, as an Observer with the United Nations Truce Supervision Organisation in the Middle East and in UN Headquarters, New York. He retired on 22 August 1998 having served in the Defence Forces for forty-five years.

Removal on Tuesday morning at 9.15 o’clock to arrive at Cill Mhuire, Ballymany for Mass at 10 o’clock. Funeral afterwards to Newlands Cross Crematorium. Family flowers only please. Donations, if desired, to the Organisation of National Ex-Servicemen and Women.

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Comdt. Bill Dillon RIP

ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Commandant William (Bill) Dillon, formerly of Peck’s Lane, Castleknock and Collins Barracks, Dublin. On January 19th 2018, peacefully, in the care of his family and the staff at Tara Winthrop Nursing Home; beloved husband of the late Nora and loving father of Liam, Gretta and Kieran. Predeceased by his daughter-in-law Ger, grandsons Ciaran and William and sister Mai. Very sadly missed by his family, daughter-in-law Niamh, son-in-law Brian, grandchildren Ciara, Oisin and Aisling, sister Rita, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends. Bill had a long association with the Eastern Command and in particular with Collins Barracks, Dublin.

May He Rest In Peace

Removal on Tuesday, 23rd January to Our Lady Mother of the Church, Castleknock arriving at 9.50 am for funeral Mass at 10 am, followed by burial in Glasnevin Cemetery. Family flowers only please. Donations, if desired, to “CanTeen” Ireland, Carmichael Centre, Dublin 7.

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CAOGA Update

Good news for members of CAOGA.

Irish Life has agreed to maintain the Benefits and Premiums of the CAOGA Group Life Assurance Plan, put in place in January 2015, for the review period beginning January 2018. This will apply across all membership and age categories.

Additionally, a new age category for those aged between 75 to 84 will be introduced for the Plan soon and this will provide members with a benefit of €9,200 for premium of €30 per month and spouse/partners a benefit of €5,500 for premium of €15 per month. This will apply to members entering this age category in the future but will not be applied retrospectively. 

Further details to follow.

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RELATE – December 2017 Edition

Relate, the journal on developments in social services, policy and legislation in Ireland, is published by the Citizens Information Board. The December 2017 issue of Relate covers some of the problems that may affect people who live in urban areas. These include boundary disputes, doing work on party structures, trees, noise and control of animals.

If you would like to receive Relate by email you can subscribe by sending an email with the subject line SUBSCRIBE to including your name.


LO_CALL: 1890 777 121 Open Mon to Fri, 9am to 9pm. 

DROP IN: For your local centre see Golden Pages listing.

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Arty Club’s AGM & Annual Lunch

The Artillery Club’s 2017 Annual General Meeting will take place, by kind permission of the GOC 2 Brigade, in the Auditorium, School of Catering, McKee Barracks Dublin at 1130hrs, on Friday, 01 December.  Coffee will be available in the Officers’ Mess from 1030hrs.

Following the AGM, the Annual Saint Barbara’s Day Lunch will take place in the Officers’ Mess Dining Room at 1330hrs.  

Attendees are requested to notify the Club’s Secretary, Commandant Lar Joye ( (086 8605678), of their intention to attend both the AGM and Lunch. 

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Christmas Package for Overseas Personnel

The opportunity has arisen for families and friends to send a Christmas package, via the internal Defence Forces’ system, to personnel currently serving overseas. If members of ARCO would like to avail of this opportunity, please contact Commandant Niall O’Donoghue at 086 8753003 who will provide full details on how to obtain the designated container and customs declaration form from the nearest military barracks.

Return of packages is requested by Wednesday, 29 November. We understand the container is relatively small – suggesting quality over quantity!

ARCO is pleased to support this initiative and wishes to extend a Peaceful and Happy Christmas to all Defence Forces personnel serving overseas and to their families and friends.

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Pension Restoration – Responses from DPER

On 08 August, the Department of Public Affairs and Reform responded to ARCO’s submission dated 04 May to the Minister for Public Affairs and Reform.  Link to letter.

Following a meeting on 12 July between the Alliance of Retired Public Servants and the Minister of Public Expenditure and Reform, the Alliance received a letter from the Department on 18 August.  Link to letter.

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Defence Forces Veterans’ Day

The Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces, Vice Admiral Mark Mellett DSM, has issued an invitation to members of the Association of Retired Commissioned Officers to attend the Defence Forces Veterans’ Day, which will be held at McDermott Square, Defence Forces Training Centre, Curragh Camp on Sunday, 8th October 2017 at 1200 hours. A representative group from each of the three national organisations (ARCO, ONET and IUNVA) will march onto the square to be reviewed by the Minister with Responsibility for Defence, Mr. Paul Kehoe, TD. The parade will be followed by a Defence Forces’ equipment and capability display. Light refreshments will be available in the Dining Centre. The event is open to all veterans and to their families. The Executive Committee encourages members to attend this event and to wear their medals. Volunteers to participate in the ceremony will be sought on the day from among those members attending.  

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Corps Annual Dinners


The Cavalry Club Annual Dinner will be held in the Officers Mess, Cathal Brugha Barracks on Saturday, 04 November 2017 at 1900 hrs.

The Club President and Committee hope that all retired officers of the Cavalry Corps can make a special effort to attend. To make a booking please contact the Honorary Secretary, Lt Damien O’Herlihy via email on damien.o’ or or via mobile 087-6486901.



This year the Corps of Engineers Annual Dinner will take place on Thursday, 26 October 2017 at 1900 hrs. It will be hosted with the kind permission of GOC 2 Bde in the Officers Mess, McKee Barracks.

Retired officers of the Corps are invited to attend and should make contact with Captain Kevin O’Reilly at 01-8046722 or at Please pass this information to any retired officer of the Corps of Engineers you may have contact with.


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ARCO 23rd Annual General Meeting


23rd Annual General Meeting – McKee Barracks
1130hrs, Friday, 06 October 2017


  • Opening Address by President, ARCO
  • Minutes of 22nd AGM – 14 October 2016
  • 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


Lt Col Joe Ahern (Retd)
Honorary Secretary

It is important that members notify their intention to attend in advance to the Honorary Secretary not later than Sunday 01 October 2017 as failure to do so may cause security difficulties at the point of entry to McKee Barracks. Don’t forget to bring your I.D. card to facilitate your entry into Bks.

Coffee will be available in the Officers Mess from 1030hrs and the Meeting will take place in the auditorium of the Defence Forces School of Catering at 1130hrs.

A light lunch with wine (gratis) will be served after the meeting. Those wishing to partake of lunch must also notify this to the Honorary Secretary by Sunday 01 October 2017.

Apologies from those unable to attend may be conveyed to the Honorary Secretary and will be read out on the day.

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