Category Archives: Events

Defence Forces Review 2020 – Call for Papers

This year’s Defence Forces Review 2020 on the theme of ‘The global island: Strategic implications for Irish defence planning in the evolving geopolitical landscape,’ will be published in collaboration with DCU School of Law and Government, and launched in conjunction with an academic seminar held at DCU in December 2020. Papers are invited for submission […]

Slándáil 2020 – National Security Summit Ireland

  Slándáil 2020 is Ireland’s inaugural National Security Summit connecting government, industry, academia and civil society. The Summit will be held in ‘The Helix’ Dublin on 25 and 26 February.  The speakers include the newly appointed Director of the National Security Analysis Centre, Mr. Dermot Woods, and the Chief of Staff, Vice-Admiral Mark Mellett DSM.  […]

ARCO’s 25th Anniversary Reception – 16 Oct 2019

2019 marks ARCO’s 25 years of steadfast service to the Defence Community. On 24 June 1994, the Association was formally launched in the Constitution Room of the Shelbourne Hotel, followed by a reception in Dublin’s Mansion House. Among the Founding Fathers were: Col Kevin Hanley, Col Jim Fagan, Lt Col Frank Neill, Lt Col Jackie […]

ARCO’s 25th Anniversary

On 24 June 1994, ARCO was launched in the Constitution Room of the Shelbourne Hotel, followed by a reception in Dublin’s Mansion House. As such, 2019 marks the Association’s 25 years of steadfast service to the Defence Community. The Minister of State with Responsibility for Defence, Mr Paul Kehoe TD, marked the event by sending […]

25th Anniversary Reception – ARCO

On 24th June 1994, the Association of Retired Commissioned Officers (ARCO) was formally launched in the Constitution Room of the Shelbourne Hotel, followed by a reception in Dublin’s Mansion House. To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of its foundation, the Association is hosting a reception in The Stephen’s Green Club, 9, St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2, […]

McKee Officers Club Project

CYPRUS & UNFICYP RE-VISITED Advance Notice – Seeking Expressions of Interest To mark the 55th Anniversary of the first Irish military deployment to UNFICYP, McKee Officers Club is proposing to conduct an 11 day tour to Cyprus over the period 11 to 21 October 2019.  The broad planning concept for this proposed tour is for […]

Defence Forces Veterans Day, 11 May 2019

The Executive Committee of ARCO has accepted an invitation on behalf of its members from the Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces, Vice Admiral Mark Mellett, DSM to attend the 2019 Defence Forces Veterans Day.  This will be held in the National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks, Benburb Street, Dublin 7 on Saturday, 11th […]

Respect and Loyalty Parade Cork, 4 May 2019

In September 2018, the Association of Retired Commissioned Officers (ARCO) released a Statement of Concern on the serious deterioration of the service conditions, and the depletion of strategic defence capabilities in the Defence Forces.  Link to Statement of Concern. ARCO’s stated position on these significant issues remains relevant.  Of particular concern to ARCO, is the […]

Presentation of DSM – Maj. Gen. Michael Beary

Members of ARCO will be aware that Major General Michael Beary has handed over command of the United Nations Interim Force In Lebanon (UNIFIL) and will retire shortly from the Defence Forces. On Tuesday 4th September 2018, at 1600 hours, Major General Beary will be presented with the Distinguished Service Medal by the Minister with Responsibility […]

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