Yearly Archives: 2011

Minister for Defence’s Budget Statement

Statement by the Minister for Defence, Mr. Alan Shatter, T.D., on Defence Budget 2012 Re-organisation of the Defence Forces A major re-organisation of the Defence Forces will be initiated arising from the reduction in strength of the Permanent Defence Force to 9,500 personnel. This will include a reduction in the number of Army Brigades from […]

Capt. Thomas Finbarr Drohan RIP

RIP

ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Captain Thomas Finbarr Drohan, Rathfarnham, Dublin. On Friday, 3 December 2011, peacefully and surrounded by his family. Deeply missed by his wife Eleanor, his sons Paddy, Shay and Finbar, his daughter Bríd, daughter-in-law Jacqueline, son-in-law Colin, nieces, nephews, sisters-in-law and brother-in-law and a wide circle […]

2011 AGM Summary

The 17th ARCO Annual General Meeting took place in the Defence Forces School of Catering on Saturday 1st October 2011.  The Executive Committee elected for the coming year is as follows: President:  Col Brian O’Connor Vice President:  Brig Gen Liam Mac Namee Hon Secretary:  Lt Col Joe Ahern Hon Treasurer:  Lt Col Richard Cummins Hon […]

Choosing Health Insurance

Over the coming months many of our members’ health insurance will fall due for renewal. The recent dramatic increases in the cost of this insurance, combined with the reduction in pensions and increased taxation, will have prompted many to shop around for a cheaper quote. ARCO has been examining the situation and has found that, […]

Chiefs of Staff, The Portrait Collection

Looking for that ideal present for the military person in your life? Chiefs of Staff: The Portrait Collection of The Irish Defence Forces, edited by Colonel Tom Hodson, could be the answer to that ongoing problem. The Book has a foreword by the President of Ireland, Mary McAleese, together with fascinating articles on the collection […]

Curragh Military Museum

The Curragh Military Museum is well worth a visit by the history buffs among us or as part of a great family day out. The following information will help with the planning. Opening Times Monday – Wednesday 1000hrs – 1300hrs, 1500hrs – 1700hrs Thursday 1400hrs— 2000hrs Sunday 1400 hrs to 1700 hrs Closed Friday, Saturday […]

Lt. Col. Raymond F. Swan R.I.P.

RIP

ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Lieutenant Colonel Raymond F. Swan, of “Ashdene”, Standhouse Road, Newbridge, Kildare. On Friday, 30 September 2011, peacefully at Naas Hospital. Beloved husband of Elsie and brother of the late Desmond. Deeply regretted by his loving wife, daughters Deirdre, Louise and Catherine, son Raymond, sons-in-law, brother […]

Col. Noel O’Dwyer R.I.P.

RIP

ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Colonel Noel O’DWYER of Rathcoole, Co. Dublin and Waterford.   On Saturday, September 17, 2011. Peacefully after a long illness bravely borne, surrounded by his loving family, at home. Sadly missed by his loving wife Jean, daughter Siobhán, son Ciarán, daughter-in-law Kate, son-in-law Fergus, grandchildren […]

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