Category Archives: Retirements

Retirement – Brigadier General Howard Berney

Brigadier General Howard Berney, the General Officer Commanding 2 Brigade, retires from the Defence Forces on the 19th of August 2019. During his long and distinguished career, Brigadier General Berney served in a wide range of appointments, both at home and overseas.

A presentation and buffet to mark Brigadier General Berney’s retirement will be held in the Officers’ Mess, Cathal Brugha Barracks, on Wednesday, 31th July 2019 at 1600hrs. His many friends and colleagues in ARCO will wish to be associated with this occasion.

Those attending are requested to notify the Mess Secretary, at shane.heffernan@defenceforces.ie or 01 8046460 NLT 1630 hours on Wednesday, 24th July 2019.

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Retirement – Major General Kieran Brennan

Major General Kieran Brennan, the Deputy Chief of Staff (Operations), retires from the Defence Forces on the 19th of June 2019. During his long and distinguished career, Major General Brennan served in a wide range of appointments, both at home and overseas.

A presentation to mark Major General Brennan’s retirement will be held in the Officers’ Mess, McKee Barracks, on Thursday, 13th June 2019 at 1600hrs. His many friends and colleagues in ARCO will wish to be associated with this occasion.

Those attending are requested to notify the Mess Secretary, at chloe.brehony@defenceforces.ie or 01 8046194 NLT Friday, 7th June 2019.

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Retirement – Major General Kevin Cotter

Major General Kevin Cotter, the Deputy Chief of Staff (Support), retires from the Defence Forces on the 1st of April, 2019. During his long and distinguished career, Major General Cotter served in a wide range of appointments, both at home and overseas.

A presentation to mark Major General Cotter’s retirement will be held in the Officers’ Mess, McKee Barracks, on Thursday, 28th March 2019 at 1600hrs. His many friends and colleagues in ARCO will wish to be associated with this occasion.

Those attending are requested to notify the Mess Secretary, at messsec1@eircom.net or 01 8046194 NLT Thursday, 21st March 2019.

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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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