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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ARCO 23rd Annual General Meeting

NOTICE TO MEMBERS

ASSOCIATION OF RETIRED COMMISSIONED OFFICERS
23rd Annual General Meeting – McKee Barracks
1130hrs, Friday, 06 October 2017

AGENDA:

  • Opening Address by President, ARCO
  • Minutes of 22nd AGM – 14 October 2016
  • President’s Report
  • Report of the Hon. Secretary
  • Report of the Hon. Treasurer to include audited A/Cs
  • Report of the Hon. Membership Secretary
  • Appointment of Auditor
  • Elections to Executive Committee
  • Any Other Business

 

Lt Col Joe Ahern (Retd)
Honorary Secretary
ARCO

It is important that members notify their intention to attend in advance to the Honorary Secretary not later than Sunday 01 October 2017 as failure to do so may cause security difficulties at the point of entry to McKee Barracks. Don’t forget to bring your I.D. card to facilitate your entry into Bks.

Coffee will be available in the Officers Mess from 1030hrs and the Meeting will take place in the auditorium of the Defence Forces School of Catering at 1130hrs.

A light lunch with wine (gratis) will be served after the meeting. Those wishing to partake of lunch must also notify this to the Honorary Secretary by Sunday 01 October 2017.

Apologies from those unable to attend may be conveyed to the Honorary Secretary and will be read out on the day.

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ARCO presents cheque to DFBF

On Tuesday, 29th August 2017 the President of ARCO, Cmdr Gerard O’Flynn (Retd) presented the Chief of Staff, Vice Admiral Mark Mellett, with a contribution of €2,000 towards the Defence Forces Benevolent Fund on behalf of the members of ARCO at the Officers Mess, McKee Barracks. Cmdr O’Flynn was accompanied by Col George Kerton (Retd), Vice President, and Lt Col Richard Cummins (Retd),Treasurer. Vice Admiral Mellett was accompanied by the Assistant Chief of Staff (Support), Brig Gen Peter O’Halloran.

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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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Lt. Col. Jim Roche RIP

ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Lieutenant Colonel James (Jim) Roche, Silliot Hill, Kildare Town, Kildare.

Beloved husband, father and grandfather passed away suddenly on Saturday, 10th June 2017, doing what he loved – gardening! Father of the late John. Survived by his loving wife Ita, sons Shane, Gavin and Niall, grandchildren Ben, Tara, Sophia and Clodagh, his brothers, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, Aunt Alice, relatives and friends.

May his gentle soul rest in peace

Reposing at his residence on Wednesday, 14th June, from 4 pm until 8 pm. Removal on Thursday morning at 10.15 am to arrive at St. Brigid’s Parish Church, Kildare Town, for Mass at 11 am, followed by burial in St. Conleth’s Cemetery, Kildare Town. Family flowers only, please.

 

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Understanding the Pension Schemes

ARCO’s Strategy on Pension Related Issues includes relative information on the pension schemes for retired commissioned officers of the Permanent Defence Force.

The Representative Association of Commissioned Officers has kindly provided permission to post its information booklets which provide general information on the four pension schemes that have evolved.

The booklets, prepared by Colonel Brian O’Keeffe (Retd) former General-Secretary of RACO and commissioned by the Irish Pensions and Finance, may be accessed through the following links:

 

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Col. Paddy McNally RIP

ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Colonel Patrick (Paddy) McNally of Skerries, Dublin, on 17th May, 2017 peacefully at St Francis Hospice, Raheny. Husband of the late Maeve; sadly missed by his loving family, children Conor, Ross, Maeve and Aoibheann, grandchildren Darragh, Aislinn, Brigid, Róisin, Patrick, Sorcha, Alex, Bláithin, Ross and Alannah, great-grandson Leo, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives and large circle of friends.

Reposing at home Friday and Saturday from 5pm to 8pm. House strictly private on Sunday. Removal Monday to St Patrick’s Church, Skerries, arriving 10.50am for 11am funeral Mass. Burial afterwards in Ardla Cemetery.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis

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Submissions by ARCO to Government Ministers on Pension Issues

Having already made a comprehensive submission to the Public Service Pay Commission on 03 April, and having published its Strategy on Pension Related Issues on this website, the EXCOM of ARCO made submissions to the:

Minister of State with Responsibility for Defence and the

Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform,

on 04 May 2017, in which it took the opportunity to advance its position on the following pension related matters:

  • the valuation of public servants’ pensions,
  • the process of pension restoration under FEMPI,
  • the mechanisms associated with pension abatement,
  • the determination of pension increases, and
  • access to an independent third party mechanism for pension related issues.

These additional submissions may be accessed by clicking on the respective Minister’s titles above. Again, the EXCOM welcomes feedback on these documents.

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Lt. Col. Jack O’Donoghue RIP

ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Lieutenant Colonel John P. (Jack) O’Donoghue of Stillorgan, Co. Dublin, and formerly of Athlone and Cahirsiveen. Peacefully, on May 4th, 2017 in the wonderful care of The Blackrock Hospice. Beloved husband of Margaret, who died recently on April 18th, and loving father of Maria, Clíodhna, Donncha, Dairíne, Áine, John and Mairéad. Sadly missed by his grieving family, sons-in-law, daughter-in-law, his thirteen treasured grandchildren, sisters Treasa, Eileen and Bernadette, brothers Fr Jim and Martin, extended family, relatives and friends.

Reposing on Saturday evening, May 6th, from 3pm to 5.30pm in Carnegies Funeral Home, The Crescent, Monkstown. Funeral Mass on Monday morning, May 8th, at 10am in St. Patrick’s Church, Monkstown followed by Cremation in the Garden Chapel at Mount Jerome Crematorium. Family flowers only please.

I measc na naomh go raibh sé

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