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Col. Mick Walsh RIP

ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Colonel Michael (Mick) Walsh, former Director Medical Corps, of The Grove, Celbridge, County Kildare and formerly of Bohola, County Mayo, on 2nd March 2017. Predeceased by his wife Maureen and son Luke. Beloved father of Maire, Stephen, Paul, Deirdre and Emer and daughter-in-law Karen. Sadly missed by his sons and daughters, brothers Frank, Sean and Kevin, brothers-in-law Tom & Patrick, his adored grandchildren Ronan, Jack, Brian, Luke & Tom, extended family and many friends.

Reposing at Coen’s Funeral Home, Tubbercurry, Co. Sligo on Friday, 3rd March, from 4pm until 7pm, with removal to the Church of the Holy Rosary, Kilmactigue, Aclare, Co. Sligo arriving at 8pm. Mass of the Resurrection on Saturday, 4th March, at 12pm with the funeral proceeding to Kilmactigue Cemetery.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a hanam dílis

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Col. Martin Coughlan RIP

ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Colonel Martin Coughlan of Beechgrove, Oranmore, Galway and Geashill, Offaly on Saturday, 25th February, 2017. Predeceased by his brother Commandant Larry Coughlan and sister Anne. Beloved husband of Beatrice and much loved father of Kieran, Gráinne, Clodagh and Nicola. Sadly missed by his wife, son and daughters, brothers Eddie and Brendan, sisters Mary and Margaret, son-in-law Brian, daughter-in-law Donna, his adored grandchildren James, Christian, Clara and Adam-Martin, extended family and many friends.

Reposing at Tearmann Mhuire within the grounds of the Church of The Immaculate Conception, Oranmore, Co Galway on Tuesday 28th February from 5.00 p.m. to 7.30 p.m. Requiem mass at 12.30 p.m. on Wednesday 1st March followed by burial in Renville Cemetery.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis

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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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Col. Tommy Dunne RIP

ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Colonel Thomas (Tommy) Dunne of Clogheen, County Cork. On April 25 2018, unexpectedly at Cork University Hospital, after a short illness. Dearly loved husband of Rose (nee Prior) and much-loved father of Aibhlin, Liam, Seán and Tomás.

Sadly missed by his loving wife and family, brothers Liam and Seán, sister Marie, son-in-law Pádraig, daughters-in-law Suzanne and Róisín, cherished grandchildren Sadhbh, Ríon, Thomas, Jamie and Caoimhe, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, relatives and friends.

Tommy was a member of 26 Cadet Class, 1951-1953, and served mainly in Collins Barracks Cork and in the Southern Command area. His son, Lieutenant Colonel Seán Dunne, is currently Adjutant 1 Southern Brigade.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam

Lying in repose at the Wilton Funeral Home, Sarsfield Road, of Jerh O’Connor Ltd., on this Sunday evening from 2 pm to 4 pm. Reception prayers on Monday at 11.15 am at the Church of the Most Precious Blood, Clogheen, followed by Requiem Mass at 12 noon. Funeral afterwards to the Island Crematorium, Ringaskiddy. Family flowers only.

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Col. Harry Crowley RIP

ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Colonel Henry (Harry) Crowley, a former Vice President of the Association, of Little Connell, Newbridge, County Kildare and formerly of Killeigh, County Offaly. On 23 October 2017 (in his 96th year) peacefully, with his loving family by his side. Predeceased by his wife Carmel (Charmie), brother Lieutenant Colonel Seamus and sisters Ann and Mary (Fahey). Devoted and loving father to Henry, Paul and Ruth. Harry will be sadly missed by his sons and daughter, sister Kathleen (Foley), daughters-in-law Anne and Helen and son-in-law Declan, his adored grandchildren Shane, Harry, Leanna, Emer, Doireann, Oscar, Adam and Laura, his nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, neighbours, former colleagues and many friends.

May Harry Rest in Peace

Reposing at his residence on Wednesday from 2 pm with Removal at 6 pm to arrive at St. Conleth’s Parish Church, Newbridge at 6.30 pm. Funeral Mass on Thursday morning at 11 am. Burial afterwards in St. Conleth’s Cemetery, Newbridge. Family flowers only please. Donations, if desired, to the Friends of St. Brigid’s Hospice, The Curragh.


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Col. Seán Mac Niocaill RIP

ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Colonel Seán Mac Niocaill, (See Nicholson on www.rip.ie) of Stillorgan, County Dublin and formerly of Athgarvan, County Kildare, on August 17th, 2018. Peacefully, surrounded by his loving family at Blackrock Hospital. Dearly beloved husband of Kathleen and much loved father of Séamus and Bríd. He will be very sadly missed by his loving wife, son, daughter, son-in-law Mark, granddaughter Emma, family and friends.

May he Rest In Peace

Seán was a member of 25 Cadet Class (1950-1952) and was commissioned in November 1952. He served in the Congo as a Captain Support Platoon Commander with 2 Infantry Group from October 1963 to May 1964. This was the last Permanent Defence Force unit to serve with ONUC. He also served with UNFICYP in Cyprus and with UNTSO (including UNDOF) in the Middle East. He commanded 49 Infantry Battalion (May to October 1981) in the Lebanon and was later Irish Contingent Commander with UNIFIL. At home he served in the Southern Command and was Officer Commanding 12 Infantry Battalion and Sarsfield Barracks, Limerick. He also served in Defence Forces Headquarters and Eastern Command where he was Officer Commanding 2 Infantry Battalion and Cathal Brugha Barracks, Dublin.

Reposing at Patrick O’Donovan and Son Funeral Home, Sallynoggin (Opposite Sallynoggin Church) this Sunday from 1pm until 4pm. Removal on Monday morning to the Church of Saint Laurence O’Toole, Kilmacud, arriving at 9.50am. Funeral immediately after 10am Requiem Mass to Mount Jerome Crematorium. Family flowers only please. Donations to www.irishinjuredjockeys.com in lieu of flowers. Cremation private please.

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Col. Jim Mortell RIP

ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Colonel James (Jim) Mortell of Stamullen, County Meath and late of Charleville, County Cork. On 13 November 2018, peacefully, in the care of St Gladys’ Nursing Home, Harold’s Cross. Beloved father of the late Erika. Very sadly missed by his loving family, sons David and Alan and their mother Jennifer, daughters-in-law Yukie and Eimear, adored grandchildren Amélie and Will, brothers Michael, Philip and Brendan, relatives and a wide circle of Defence Forces colleagues and friends.

Jim was a member of 33 Cadet Class 1959-60 and was posted to Collins Barracks, Dublin on commissioning. There he began a lifelong association with Eastern Command and Defence Forces Headquarters. He was the lieutenant in charge of the flag ceremony in that barracks for the specially filmed version of the National Anthem broadcast on the opening night of Telefís Éireann on 31 December 1961. This was subsequently broadcast at the closedown of each day’s transmission until 1966.

He served overseas with the United Nations in the Congo as Platoon Commander A Company 39 Infantry Battalion in 1963, as the Assistant Operations Officer 9 Infantry Group UNFICYP in Cyprus in 1967-1968, with UNTSO in 1973 during the Yom Kippur War, with OSCE in Vienna and with UNIKOM in Kuwait. He was a member of the eight officer Defence Forces reconnaissance party that visited Lebanon in preparation for Ireland’s deployment to UNIFIL in May 1978 and subsequently served there with 64 Infantry Battalion.

At home he was Officer Commanding 27 Infantry Battalion, 8 Infantry Battalion FCA and served as a Staff Officer with Eastern Command Infantry Force, thus maintaining strong links with the North-Eastern area of the Eastern Command. He was the first School Commandant of the United Nations Training School Ireland when it was established 25 years ago. An accomplished and pragmatic administrator, his was the advice that was sought by all when he served in ‘A’ Administration Section of the Adjutant General’s Branch.  It was given willingly, was always relevant, and placed the welfare of the soldier at its centre

May he Rest in Peace

Reposing at Fanagan’s Funeral Home, Lower Kimmage Road on Friday afternoon (16 November) from 3.30 pm to 5.30 pm (with prayers at 5.15 pm). Removal on Saturday morning (17 November) to St Mary’s Church, Julianstown, County Meath arriving for Funeral Mass at 11 am and afterwards to Moorechurch Cemetery.

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Col. Leo Dawson RIP

ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Colonel Leo Dawson of Newbridge, County Kildare and late of Kilrush, County Clare, on 11th November 2017, peacefully, at Naas Hospital. Beloved husband of Frances. Sadly missed by his loving wife, children Áine, Jim and Michael, brother Seamus (Jim), sisters Assumpta, Patricia, Enda, Sr. Clare C.P., grandchildren Maebh, Ciara, Jim, Leo, Ben and Amy, daughters-in-law Mary and Avril, son-in-law Finn, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

May he Rest in Peace

Leo was a member of 21 Cadet Class (1948–1950); he was commissioned in May 1950 and appointed to 1 Armoured Car Squadron. He was Director of Cavalry from 1983 to 1984 and retired as Deputy Adjutant General in 1988.  Leo served overseas with the Armoured Car Groups of 36 and 37 Infantry Battalions in the Congo, in Cyprus with 41 Infantry Battalion and 11 Infantry Group, and was Military Assistant to the Force Commander, UNIFIL, in 1984–1985.  Leo’s brother, Lieutenant Colonel Jim Dawson, served with the Artillery Corps and his two sons followed his footsteps into the Defence Forces; Lieutenant Colonel James Dawson (Retd) (52 Cadet Class) served in the Transport Corps and Colonel Michael Dawson (57 Cadet Class) is Commandant of the Military College.

Reposing at Anderson & Leahy’s Funeral Home, Newbridge on Monday from 1500 hours with Removal at 1800 hours to arrive at St Conleth’s Parish Church, Newbridge for 1830.  Funeral Mass on Tuesday morning at 1100 with burial afterwards in St Conleth’s Cemetery, Newbridge. House Private Please. Family flowers only please. Donations, if desired, to St. Vincent de Paul, Newbridge.

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Col. Mick Shannon RIP

ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Colonel Michael (Mick) D. Shannon of Monaleen, County Limerick and formerly of Kilrush, County Clare. On 7 April, peacefully, at University Hospital Limerick. Beloved husband of Jean and dearest father of Caroline, Aoife, Oonagh, John & Michael. Deeply regretted by his sons-in-law Hugh, Kieran & Anthony, daughters-in-law Katherine & Nicolene, grandchildren, brothers, sisters, his nephew Colonel Tim Daly, relatives, Defence Forces colleagues and friends.

Rest in Peace

A member of the 28 Cadet Class, Mick was commissioned in 1955 and appointed to the Artillery Corps. He served with 1 Field Artillery Regiment, 3 Field Artillery Regiment, 4 Air Defence Battery and The Artillery School. He was Regimental Commander of both 1 and 3 Field Artillery Regiments.  He held appointments in HQ Southern Command, and was Executive Officer in Training Section, Defence Forces Headquarters. Mick served as Director of Artillery from December 1991 until his retirement in March 1994. In September 1961, as a Platoon Commander in B Company, 35 Infantry Battalion, ONUC, he was engaged in the fighting at Lufira Bridge with Force Kane, and later in Elizabethville. He served in Cyprus as Troop Commander, Heavy Mortar Troop, with 9 Infantry Group, 1967/68, and with 20 Infantry Group in 1971. His initial service with UNIFIL was in 1978/79, as Adjutant, 44 Infantry Battalion.  He later returned to Lebanon during the period 1884/85 where he served with HQ UNIFIL. From 1989 through 1990, he served in Honduras in Central America with ONUCA. 

Following retirement, under the auspices of the European Union and OSCE, Mick was actively involved in election monitoring and peace transition operations in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Russia, and South Africa where he met Nelson Mandela. He was Chairman of the Irish Peace Institute, University of Limerick from 1999 until 2006, was a long and active member of Limerick Lions Club and President of Limerick Rotary Club.

Reposing at Griffin’s Funeral Home, John’s Gate on Monday, 9 April from 1700hrs until 1900hrs. Funeral arriving at Mary Magdalene Church, Monaleen, Castletroy, on Tuesday, 10 April for 1100hrs Mass. Burial afterwards in Kilmurry Cemetery.

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Col. George Murphy RIP

ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Colonel George C. Murphy (Director of Artillery 1989-1991) of Jigginstown, Naas, County Kildare on May 28th, 2015 at Moore Abbey, Monasterevin. Beloved husband of Cecily and loving father of Maeve, Nicholas, Etienne, Brian, Ross and Geordan; greatly missed by his wife, children, sisters-in-law, daughters-in-law and son-in-law, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Reposing on Sunday at 3 pm at George Mullins’ Funeral Home, Naas, with removal at 6.30 pm to Our Lady and St David's Church, Naas arriving 7 pm. Requiem Mass on Monday at 10 am followed by internment in St. Corbans Cemetery, Naas. Family flowers only please, donations to Moore Abbey.

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