Category Archives: Retirements

Retirement – Maj Gen Mick Beary

Major General Mick Beary retired recently from the Defence Forces after almost 45 years service. During his career he served in a wide variety of units and appointments.

At home these included: School Commandant of the Command and Staff School, Director of Training, Commandant of the Military College and General Officer Commanding 2 Brigade.

His overseas service included: Company Commander A Company 76 Infantry Battalion UNIFIL, Office of the Chief of Staff UNPROFOR, Intelligence Branch UNIKOM, Operations Section ISAF, Intelligence Branch EUMS, Mission Commander EU Training Mission Somalia, and Head of Mission and Force Commander UNIFIL.

As a mark of appreciation to Major General Beary, and in recognition of his long and distinguished service, it is proposed to hold a retirement function at 1600hrs on Thursday 15 November 2018 in Cathal Brugha Barracks Officers’ Mess, Rathmines, Dublin.

Mick’s many friends in ARCO who wish to attend the function, or to send messages, should notify the Mess Secretary or Mess Sergeant, Cathal Brugha Barracks Officers Mess via email at: shane.heffernan@defenceforces.ie or phone via: 01 8046460 or 01 8046355, not later than 1630hrs on Friday 09 November 2018.

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Lt. Col. Ray Lane – Retirement Function

Lieutenant Colonel Ray Lane would like to invite ARCO colleagues to his Retirement Function and Presentation. This is planned for 1400 hrs on Tuesday, 01 May 2018 in the Ordnance School, Ceannt Barracks, Defence Forces Training Centre and afterwards in Ceannt NCO’s Mess Complex for presentations and refreshments.

There will be no associated costs for attendees but anyone planning to attend is kindly requested to notify the following Points-of-Contact in the Ordnance School not later than close of business on Friday 20 April 2018.

CS Liam Dowling: email liam.dowling@defenceforces.ie Tel 0035345445364

Cpl Joe Molloy: email joe.molloy@defenceforces.ie

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Four Colonels and a Retirement Celebration

Colonel Tom Ahern, Colonel Peter Marron, Colonel Brian Monahan and Colonel Eugene Smyth, all members of the 52 Cadet Class, joined the Defence Forces in November 1975. They retire during the months of February and March 2018 having each completed over 42 years’ service.

As a mark of appreciation, and in recognition of their long and distinguished service, a retirement celebration buffet lunch will be held at 1500hrs for 1600hrs on Friday 06 April 2018 in the Officers’ Mess, Cathal Brugha Barracks, Rathmines, Dublin.

Members of ARCO who wish to attend, or send messages, should notify the Mess Secretary or Mess Sergeant, Officers’ Mess, Cathal Brugha Barracks via email at: cbbofficersmess@gmail.com or phone via Extn 6460/6355, not later than 1630hrs on Wednesday 28 March 2018.

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Retirement Lunches

The following are details of upcoming lunches to mark the retirement of two 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 Brendan McAndrew. A lunch will be held on Thursday, 14 September 2017 to mark the retirement, after 41 years’ service, of Colonel Brendan McAndrew of the Infantry Corps. The lunch will take place at 1330hrs for 1400hrs 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 Friday, 08 September 2017.

Lieutenant Colonel Ollie Barbour. A lunch will be held on Friday, 29 September 2017 to mark the retirement, after 44 years’ service, of Lieutenant Colonel Ollie Barbour of the Cavalry 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 or the Mess Sgt at pat.golding@defenceforces.ie officersmessmckee@defenceforces.ie 01 8046194 NLT 1630hrs on Friday, 22 September 2017.

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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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Retirement – Col Mick Meehan

Col Mick Meehan's retirement lunch takes place in Ceannt Officers’ Mess, Defence Forces Training Centre, (1330 for 1400 hrs) on Thursday, 2nd June. Members of ARCO who wish to attend or send messages should contact the Mess Manager, Captain Marie Carrigy, at 045/445061 or e-mail marie.carrigy@defenceforces.ie

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Retirement – Brig Gen Colm Campbell

Brigadier General Colm Campbell, the Assistant Chief of Staff (Support), retires from the Defence Forces on the 18th of January, 2016. During his long and distinguished career, Brigadier General Campbell served in a wide range of appointments, both at home and overseas.

A presentation to mark Brigadier General Campbell’s retirement will be held in the Officers’ Mess, McKee Barracks, on Thursday, 14th January 2016 at 4 pm. His many friends and colleagues in ARCO will wish to be associated with this occasion.

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Retirement Presentation – Colonel Adrian Ryan

Colonel Adrian Ryan, Deputy General Secretary of the Representative Association of Commissioned Officers, retires from the Defence Forces on 30 August. Colonel Ryan's retirement presentation will take place in the Officers' Mess, McKee Barracks, Dublin, on Wednesday 03 September 2014 at 1630 hours. 

Adrian’s many colleagues and friends in ARCO, who will be familiar with his valuable contribution to representation, will wish to be associated with the occasion.

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Retirement Presentation – Col Brian O’Keeffe

Colonel Brian O’Keeffe will retire from the Defence Forces on 24 March 2014 after 42 years of dedicated service. Brian is the founding General Secretary of the Representative Association of Commissioned Officers and those who have met him during the course of his career will be more than aware of the considerable contribution he has made to RACO.

A presentation to mark Brian's retirement will be made in the Officers Mess, McKee Bks, Dublin at 16.00 hrs on Thursday 27 March 2014.

Retirement Presentation – Brigadier General Dennis Murphy

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Brigadier General Dennis Murphy, General Officer Commanding 2 Eastern Brigade, retires from the Defence Forces on 18 January 2012.  Brigadier General Murphy’s retirement presentation will take place in the Officers’ Mess, Cathal Brugha Barracks, on Thursday 12 January 2012 at 1600 hours.  ARCO members who wish to be associated with the presentation are requested to forward their subscriptions (12 euro suggested) to the Secretary, Officers’ Mess, Cathal Brugha Barracks, Rathmines, Dublin 6, by 5 January 2012.

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