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Annual Lt. Gen. Dermot Earley Memorial Lecture

ARCO has received the following invite on behalf of its members.  

Members who will attend should RSVP, as indicated below.


The Edward M Kennedy Institute for Mediation and Conflict Intervention, Maynooth University In association with the Irish Defence Forces

Cordially invites the members of ARCO to the

 Annual Lieutenant General Dermot Earley Memorial Lecture

‘Leadership Within Society’

Delivered by

John Ging

(Director of Operational Division at the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA)  

Followed by a response from Vice Admiral Mark Mellett DSM, Chief of Staff of the Irish Defence Forces.                  

John's address will focus on the prospects for refocusing global efforts on humanitarian impact.  John Ging is responsible for UN OCHA field operations worldwide and the focal point for UN Emergency Relief Coordination.  John is also the lead adviser to the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs on operational decision-making.  Lieutenant General Dermot Earley was a close associate of the Edward M Kennedy Institute and a member of the Kennedy Institute inaugural International Council of Expert Advisers.                                                        

This event will be held in the Aula Maxima, Maynooth University at 2 30pm on Friday 27 November 2015  


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Annual Commemoration Service

The Annual Commemoration Service for deceased members of the Defence Forces will take place for the first time at the National Memorial, Merrion Square at 12 noon on Sunday, 1st November 2015. ARCO Members and their families are invited to attend.

The usual garrison ceremonies will be held on Friday, 6th November.

Veterans’ Day 2015


The 2015 Defence Forces Veterans’ Day will take place on Saturday, 12th September in Collins Barracks, Cork.

All Defence Forces’ Veterans have been invited. The Minister for Defence, Mr. Simon Coveney T.D., the Chief of Staff and the General Staff will be in attendance. A shuttle bus service will be provided for Veterans, from Cork Bus station and Kent Railway station, to Collins Barracks (and return) beginning at 1045hrs and continuing every 15 minutes until 1900hrs.

The programme for the day is as follows:

  • Reception of guests in Collins Barracks at 1100hrs
  • Commemorative Mass in the Garrison Church at 1200hrs
  • Commemorative ceremony presided over by the Minister for Defence at 1300hrs
  • Display of military equipment, Military Archives and insignia from 1400hrs
  • Refreshments will be served from 1500hrs


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

We look forward to seeing you in Cork on the day.

A launch of Veterans' Day will held on Friday, 28th August at 1030 hrs in the NCO's Mess, Collins Barracks, Cork. Collins Officers' Mess invites all its members to attend this event prior to the usual Friday Club.


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General Collins’ Commemoration – Cathal Brugha Barracks

The General Officer Commanding 2 Brigade, Brigadier General Michael Beary, has extended an invitation to ARCO members to the Defence Forces’ annual commemoration of our first Commander-in-Chief, General Michael Collins.

The commemoration takes place in Cathal Brugha Barracks at twelve noon on Saturday the 22nd of August, the 93rd anniversary of the death of General Collins. The event will be attended by the Chief of Staff, along with members of the Collins family.

The event will comprise of a remembrance ceremony at the General Collins Memorial in Cathal Brugha Barracks followed by a lecture entitled “Glorious Madness – military aspects of the 1916 Rising”, which will be delivered by Captain Lar Joye (RDF), Curator of Military History at the National Museum of Ireland.

Click HERE for an outline of the day’s programme.

ARCO members should indicate their intention to attend, not later than the 17th of August 2015, to Sgt Ruarí Byrne at and should also indicate if they will avail of lunch in the Barrack Dining Centre.

A few additional administrative points received on 17th August:

  • Guests are asked to arrive not later than 1115hrs.
  • Tea and coffee will be made available at the rear end of the dining hall from 1030hrs.
  • The Main Barrack Gate will be locked at 1145hrs to ensure there is no interference with the ceremony.
  • The Canal Gate will be open from 1000hrs to facilitate entry to and exit from the Barracks.
  • Meal tickets will be available for purchase at the Tea/ Coffee area and in the NCO dining hall at the Archives' display.

Dublin Ex-Forces Insight Day

The attached has been received by ARCO and may be of interest to some of our members. 

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Farewell Gathering – Monsignor Eoin Thynne HCF

Monsignor Eoin Thynne was appointed Chaplain to Cathal Brugha Barracks, Dublin in July 1991 where he succeeded the late Fr. Paddy Breslin. He was appointed Head Chaplain to the Forces on 1st September 2005 and has served with numerous missions in Lebanon and Kosovo.

As a mark of the esteem Eoin is held in, and in recognition of his valuable service to the Defence Forces, a farewell gathering to mark the end of his term as Head Chaplain will be held in DFHQ Officers’ Mess, McKee Barracks on Thursday, 23rd July 2015 at 1600 hrs.  His many friends in ARCO will wish to be associated with this occasion.

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Final Ceremonial Military Guard at the National Memorial – 2014

This coming Saturday, 23rd August, will see the final Ceremonial Military Guard for this year parade at the site of the National Memorial to Members of the Defence Forces who died in the Service of the State. The Memorial is located in Merrion Square, Dublin 2.

3 Infantry Battalion and 1 Armoured Cavalry Squadron will provide the guards for this very moving and dignified ceremony. It will begin at midday and will last for approximately one hour. This is the last opportunity, in this very historic year, your family and friends will have of being part of this most impressive occasion. So, bring them along!

Further details are available at:

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REMINDER – Ceremonial Military Guard at the National Memorial

A timely reminder to ARCO members, their families and indeed to all followers of this website. The Ceremonial Military Guard will parade on this coming Saturday at the site of the 'National Memorial to Members of the Defence Forces who died in the Service of the State’, Merrion Square, Dublin. The ceremony will begin at midday and will last for approximately one hour.


Saturday 19 July: Air Corps & 7 Infantry Battalion.


Saturday 26 July: 1 Artillery Regiment & Naval Service.


Saturday 02 August: 2 Artillery Regiment & 27 Infantry Battalion.


Saturday 09 August: 12 Infantry Battalion & 1 Infantry Battalion.


Saturday 16 August: 6 Infantry Battalion & 28 Infantry Battalion.


Saturday 23 August: 3 Infantry Battalion & 1 Armoured Cavalry Squadron.


Further details are available at:


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Veterans’ Day

ARCO members and their families will be interested to hear about the inaugural Defence Forces Veterans’ Day, which will take place in the Defence Forces' Training Centre (DFTC), Curragh, on Tuesday 2nd September 2014 commencing at 1400 hrs. The date is particularly significant as it marks the 75th anniversary of the declaration of the Emergency in 1939.

The Veterans’ Day will reach out and honour retired members and their families. ARCO, along with the other veterans’ organisations, has been invited to provide a Representative Body to participate in the ceremony.

The ceremony will consist of a short multi denominational religious service along with the laying of wreaths to honour fallen comrades. The event will provide an opportunity to meet old friends and comrades and a display of current Defence Forces’ equipment and systems will be held in conjunction with the event. Visitors will also have an opportunity to visit the Defence Forces Training Centre Museum. Refreshments will he served throughout the afternoon with DFTC Mess facilities available lo visitors that evening.

We ask that as many ARCO members as possible attend this event and participate in the ceremony. Please contact our Hon Secretary, Lt. Co. Joe Ahern (Retd), through this link specifying the number of invitations you need for yourself and family members and provide us with an up-to-date mailing address.

We look forward to seeing you there on the day.

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Defence Forces’ Race Day at the Curragh Racecourse – 20 July 2014

The Curragh Racecourse will give their race day on Sunday 20th July a strong military theme to promote the close association between the Defence Forces and the racecourse. Defence Forces' Race Day will feature seven races including the Defence Forces' Cup, with the Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General Conor O'Boyle, presenting the Cup to the winning owner.

The race day will help raise funds for the Defence Forces' Benevolent Fund and Organisation of Ex Servicemen and Women.

Lieutenant General Conor O'Boyle commented: “For generations, the Curragh has been synonymous with both the military and equine communities. I am delighted that the Curragh Racecourse is celebrating this time honoured connection by hosting a race meeting in aid of the Defence Forces' Benevolent Fund and the Organisation of National Ex Servicemen and women”.

There will be great spectacle and pageantry throughout the afternoon with displays of current and vintage equipment along with memorabilia. Music will be provided by St. Conleth's Branch ONE Pipe Band, while the Leinster Football Final will be shown on screens throughout the racecourse.

A special admission price of €10 per person is available for Defence Forces' personnel both past and present  and entertainment will be provided on the night in Ceannt NCOs' Mess.

For tickets or enquiries contact Philip Coy at 087-3741421 or Paul Cooley at 01-4850666 / 086 1734695.

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