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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 direct flights ex Dublin to and from Paphos Cyprus with a tour base in Larnaca from which day tours will be organised. These tours will include visits to and briefing at HQ UNFICYP Nicosia (c/w Green Line Tour) and other locations of interest to Irish personnel including, Skouriotisa, Xeros, Limnitis and Famagusta. The tour will also include one overnight stay in Kyrenia and conclude with 3 overnights in Paphos.

ARCO Members are invited to participate in this commemorative event and may be accompanied by spouse, partner or guest.

An advance notice, which provides additional information, is attached HERE.

Please note that in order to gauge the number of participants, ARCO members are requested to advise the Honorary Secretary, McKee Officer Club, of their interest by e-mail to secmckeeclub@gmail.com not later than 30 June 2019.

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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 May at 1200 hours.

A representative group from each of the three national organisations (ARCO, ONET and IUNVA) will parade on Clarke Square to be reviewed by the Minister with Responsibility for Defence, Mr. Paul Kehoe, TD.

Veterans’ Day reaches out to honour retired members of the Defence Forces and all Veterans have been invited. A post-event reception will be hosted in Collins Barracks.

The Executive Committee encourages ARCO members to attend this event and to wear their medals.

Members are requested to participate in the ceremony and are asked to report to Clarke Square by 1100 hours.

Members who are not parading for the ceremony should be seated by 1145 hours.

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

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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 inordinate delay in addressing the adverse effects of inadequate remuneration accruing to our serving colleagues in Óglaigh na hÉireann. 

In addition, ARCO remains deeply concerned with the manner in which the retention challenges, across all ranks, within the Army, Air Corps and Naval Service, are being addressed.  

Likewise, ARCO is fully aware of the deteriorating living and welfare standards endured by families of serving personnel, dependent spouses and children, and, in some cases, retired single personnel.

Following the dignified September Respect and Loyalty Parade, a similar parade is taking place in Cork, on Saturday, 4th May, 2019. 

According to the organisers, the key objective of the parade is to publicly highlight the unsatisfactory pay, and service conditions, pertaining to personnel of the Defence Forces.  

In the context of the above key objective, as retired commissioned officers, in solidarity with serving commissioned officers, enlisted personnel, and their respective families, and acknowledging the endeavours of the General Staff along with the Representative Associations RACO and PDFORRA, the Executive Committee now encourages ARCO’s membership to actively support the Respect and Loyalty Parade in Cork.

Assembling in the Grand Parade at 1130hrs, the components of the parade are a Colour Party, IUNVA Pipe Band, IUNVA Body, Family Body and Veterans’ Body.  The main elements of the parade include a wreath laying ceremony, a parade through the City, followed by a key note address delivered by Lieutenant-Colonel Dan Harvey (Retd).   

ARCO will revisit its Statement of Concern following the publication of the recommendations of the Public Service Pay Commission on Defence Forces remuneration.

Executive Committee

29 April 2019

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Defence Forces Bridge Competition

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ONE’s Fuchsia Appeal

The Fuchsia Appeal runs annually to raise funds for ONE’s charitable endeavours, namely the provision of accommodation and other assistance to ex-service personnel in need.

The following is a LINK to an article on ONE Homes in the digital edition of the Irish Times.

Although the main drive of the appeal takes place during the month of July, which is the month of the National Day of Commemoration, donations are welcome at any time and may be made at www.oneconnect.ie

The Fuchsia was chosen as a symbol as it is widely grown throughout Ireland and is commonly known as Deora Dé or God’s Tears in the West of Ireland. It is also a fundraising emblem, a badge of remembrance and a symbol of honour to those currently serving in the Defence Forces.

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2018 Defence Forces Veterans Day

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 2018 Defence Forces Veterans Day.  This will be held in Collins Barracks, Benburb Street, Dublin 7 on Sunday, 13th May at 1200 hours.

A representative group from each of the three national organisations (ARCO, ONET and IUNVA) will parade on Clarke Square to be reviewed by the Minister with Responsibility for Defence, Mr. Paul Kehoe, TD.

Light refreshments will be available in Collins Barracks before the ceremony, which is open to all veterans and to their families. A post-event reception will be hosted in McKee Barracks Dining Centre.

The Executive Committee encourages ARCO members to attend this event and to wear their medals.

Members are requested to participate in the ceremony and are asked to report to Clarke Square by 1100 hours.

Members who are not parading for the ceremony should be seated by 1140 hours.

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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

CAVALRY CLUB ANNUAL DINNER 2017

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’herlihy@defenceforces.ie or damienoherlihy@gmail.com or via mobile 087-6486901.

 

CORPS OF ENGINEERS ANNUAL DINNER 2017

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 kevin.oreilly@defenceforces.ie. Please pass this information to any retired officer of the Corps of Engineers you may have contact with.

 

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Retirement Lunches

The following are details of upcoming lunches to mark the retirement of three officers of Óglaigh na hÉireann. Members of ARCO may wish to attend the lunches or forward best wishes. Please note that subscriptions will not be sought as part of these functions. The lunches, however, must be booked in advance with the respective Offices’ Mess and members should arrange to discharge the cost of their lunch with the Mess concerned.

Colonel Brian Dowling. A lunch will be held on Wednesday, 15 March, 2017 to mark the retirement, after 47 years’ service, of Colonel Brian Dowling, the former Director of Ordnance. The lunch will take place at 1330hrs for 1400hrs in the Officers’ Mess, Ceannt Barracks, Defence Forces Training Centre, Curragh.  Those wishing to attend the lunch should notify Captain Eddie Mac Sweeney, the Mess Secretary at eddie.macsweeney@defenceforces.ie, 045 445006 or 045 445061, NLT 1630hrs on Thursday, 9 March, 2017.

Lieutenant Colonel Jimmy O’Neill. A lunch will be held on Thursday, 16 March, 2017 to mark the retirement, after 47 years’ service, of Lieutenant Colonel Jimmy O’Neill of the Ordnance Corps. The lunch will take place at 1300hrs for 1330hrs in the Officers’ Mess Cathal Brugha Barracks, Dublin. Those wishing to attend the lunch should notify the Mess Secretary at patrickt.ryan@defenceforces.ie or the Mess Sgt at maitiu.oaimhirnghin@defenceforces.ie 01 8046460 or 01 8046355, NLT 1630hrs on Monday, 13 March, 2017.  

Colonel Conor Fitzsimons. A lunch will be held on Thursday, 30 March, 2017 to mark the retirement, after 42 years’ service, of Colonel Conor Fitzsimons of the Artillery Corps. The lunch will take place at 1330hrs for 1400hrs in the Officers’ Mess, McKee Barracks, Dublin. Those wishing to attend the lunch should notify the Mess Secretary at angela.lyons@defenceforces.ie, 01 8046194 or Captain Barry Jones, Liaison Officer at barry.jones@defenceforces.ie, 01 8046885, NLT 1630hrs on Friday, 24 March 2017.

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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: http://www.thehistorypress.ie/The-College__p-708.aspx

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