ARCO 22nd AGM – 14th October 2016


22nd Annual General Meeting – McKee Barracks

1130hrs, Friday, 14th October 2016 


  • Opening Address by President, ARCO
  • Minutes of 21st AGM – 02 October 2015
  • 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



Coffee will be available in the Officers Mess from 1030hrs.

The Meeting will take place in the auditorium of the Defence Forces School of Catering at 1130hrs.

Lunch will be served (free of charge) at 1300hrs in the Officers Mess.

It is important that members notify their intention to attend in advance to the Hon Sec not later than Friday 25th September as failure to do so may cause security difficulties at the point of entry to McKee Barracks.

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Veterans’ Day 2016

The 2016 Veterans’ Day takes place on Saturday, 10th September in McKee Barracks, Dublin.

Veterans’ Day reaches out to honour retired members of the Defence Forces and all Veterans have been invited. The Minister for Defence, the Chief of Staff and the General Staff will be in attendance.

A shuttle bus service will be provided for Veterans from Busáras, and from Heuston and Connolly Railway Stations, to McKee Barracks (and return) beginning at 1030hrs.

Guests will have access to McKee Barracks from 1100hrs and parking will be available.

A Ceremonial Parade, presided over by the Minister for Defence, will take place at 1400hrs. ARCO, along with the other veterans’ organisations, has been invited to provide a Representative Body to participate in the ceremony. This will consist of a short multi denominational religious service along with the laying of wreaths to honour fallen comrades.

Refreshments will be served from 1430hrs and a wide range of Military Displays will be on view from 1530hrs.

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

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

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Dates For Your Diary

ARCO members will wish to note the following important upcoming events, full details of which will be posted on this website closer to their individual dates.

Saturday, 10 September – Veterans’ Day, McKee Barracks. The 2016 Defence Forces Veterans’ Day will take place on Saturday, 10 September in McKee Barracks, Dublin. Veterans’ Day reaches out and honours 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. This 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. A wide range of displays, including current Defence Forces’ equipment and systems, will be held in conjunction with the event. Light refreshments will be served and guests are invited to arrive by 1330hrs.

Friday, 7 October – Wreath Laying Ceremony, Garden of Remembrance. ARCO will conduct a formal and solemn Wreath Laying Ceremony in the Garden of Remembrance on Friday, 7 October, commencing at 1200hrs. The purpose of the ceremony is to remember, honour and commemorate the participants in the 1916 Easter Rising. The ceremony also recalls the involvement of our membership, highlighting that of the members of the 39 and 40 Cadet Classes, in the commemorations marking the 50th Anniversary of the Easter Rising in 1966.

The ceremony will incorporate appropriate prayers, reflections and music. After the solemn wreath laying, a minute of silent reflection will be observed. This will be followed by a Piper’s Lament, the rendering of the Last Post, the raising of the National Flag to full mast, the rendering of Reveille and the playing of the National Anthem.

ARCO will formally invite representatives of the Government, Oireachtas, Defence Forces, etc. to the ceremony. Members, along with their families, are encouraged to attend and will be invited by means of our newsletter, text service and this website. The expected duration of the ceremony is 30 minutes. A reception for guests, participants and attendees will take place immediately after the ceremony in the Gresham Hotel, O’Connell Street. Guests are invited to be in place at the Garden of Remembrance by 1140hrs.

Friday, 14 October – Annual General Meeting, McKee Barracks. The 22 Annual General Meeting of ARCO will be held in McKee Barracks, Dublin, on Friday, 14 October. Members will be asked in a later posting to notify our Honorary Secretary of their intention to attend. This is in order to facilitate entry to McKee Barracks and to provide the Officers Mess with our catering requirements. Coffee will be available in the Officers Mess from 1030hrs and lunch will be provided after the meeting. This is an important annual event in the ARCO calendar, which affords members the opportunity to engage directly in the formation and shaping of ARCO policy.

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ARCO Wreath Laying – National Memorial

Between 16th July and 20th August this year a Ceremonial Military Guard will parade every Saturday at midday (and at 9.30 am on 30th July only) at the National Memorial to Members of the Defence Forces who died in the Service of the State. Units from throughout the Defence Forces and across the Army, Air Corps and Naval Service will participate in the ceremony in solemn remembrance of their fallen comrades.

On 23rd July ARCO will participate in the ceremony and our President, Commander Gerard O’Flynn (Retired), will lay a wreath on behalf of the Association. ARCO members, along with their families, are invited to attend to honour old friends and comrades. On that Saturday 1 Artillery Regiment, Collins Barracks, Cork and Naval Service, Haulbowline, Cork will provide the Ceremonial Military Guard.

The National Memorial was unveiled by President Mary McAleese in November 2008. It is a place of contemplation and remembrance where families, relatives and members of the public can reflect on the sacrifice these soldiers, sailors, airmen and airwomen have made for this State.

Further information can be found at this LINK.

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Curragh Race Day – 17th July 2016

ARCO members are invited to join friends and colleagues on Sunday, 17th July, for the Defence Forces' Race Day at the Curragh Racecourse with 7 exciting races along with displays of Defence Forces’ vehicles and equipment, including the most iconic vehicle in Irish history, Sliabh na mBan.

A dedicated turnstile will operate at the main entrance for Defence Forces’ personnel, serving and retired.  ARCO members should have their ID Card with them to gain free admission for themselves and a guest.

Package 7 race programme starting at 2pm featuring the Kilboy Estate Stakes (Group 2) and Friarstown Stud Minstrel Stakes (Group 2) and Corinthian Challenge Charity Race in aid of the Injured Jockeys Fund.

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Cathal Brugha Barracks

The Mess President, Officers' Mess, Cathal Brugha Barracks, has extended an invitation to ARCO members and their guests to a BBQ to mark the departure of the GOC 2 Brigade, Brigadier General Michael Beary, as Force Commander UNIFIL. 

The BBQ takes place on Thursday, 30th June and tickets are €15. Cocktail Bar opens at 1830 with food served at 1930 followed by a DJ and Music.

Interested members should contact the Mess before next Tuesday, the 28th at 01 804 6460 or e-mail

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ARCO Members’ Briefing – Dublin

An information meeting for ARCO members will take place in the Officers’ Mess, Cathal Brugha Barracks, at 1130 hrs on Friday, 17 June.

Coffee will be available from 1100 hrs. The Executive Committee will update members on matters of broad interest in relation to Association matters.

Please indicate your intention to attend, by return, to or by text only to the ARCO Texting Service at 087 9097860. A light lunch will be provided by ARCO.

Please ensure you bring your ID Card with you to gain entry to Cathal Brugha Barracks.



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Information Needs

Members of ARCO will have information needs, from time to time, in relation to a wide range of areas that come under the responsibility of state and other bodies. These include social welfare benefits, education grants, the administration of a deceased person’s estate, tax and investment issues, marriage and other relationships, consumer rights, pensions, domestic charges etc.

The most effective way of getting information on these issues is through the Citizens Information Board.  This organisation provides information on public services and entitlements in Ireland through its website,, which contains comprehensive information on these matters, and more. 

You can also phone the Citizens Information Phone Service at 0761 07 4000, Monday to Friday, 9am to 8pm, or visit your local Citizens Information Centre.

Relate, the journal on developments in social services, policy and legislation in Ireland, is published by the Citizens Information Board. If you would like to receive Relate by email you can subscribe by sending an email with the subject line SUBSCRIBE to, including your name.

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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

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Congratulations to Commandant Victor Laing, formerly officer in charge of Military Archives, who was conferred with the Degree, Honoris Causa, of Doctor of Laws by University College Dublin on Monday, 25 April 2016. The ceremony was part of UCD’s celebration of the Decade of Centenaries. Those who were also conferred with honorary degrees on this special occasion were: Ms Catriona Crowe, Professor Roy Foster, Mr Justice Gerard Hogan, Professor Joe Lee and Professor Michael Mann.

On the following day Uachtarán na hÉireann, Dr Michael D. Higgins, opened the newly refurbished Military Archives facility at Cathal Brugha Barracks. This represents one of the seven Government flagship capital projects being developed for the 1916 centenary. The project is a tribute to the dedication of Victor Laing, the late Commandant Peter Young and the staff and volunteers who have worked in Military Archives over the years.













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