Yearly Archives: 2012

Lt. Col. Bryan Hardwick R.I.P.

ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Lieutenant Colonel Bryan Hardwick of Dublin and formerly of Cork. On Friday, December 21, 2012. Beloved husband and best friend of Clare and loving father of Mary, Judy, Thanet and Vicky. Sadly missed by his wife and daughters, sisters Clodagh and Sally, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, sons-in-law Frederick, Greg, Ted and Frank, his fourteen beloved grandchildren, nieces, nephews and a wide circle of family and friends.

Removal on Sunday to the Church of Sts. Columbanus and Gall, Milltown arriving at 7 pm. Funeral on Monday after 10 am Mass to Redford Cemetery, Greystones. Family flowers only please. Donations in lieu to the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.

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Retirement Presentation – Brigadier General Dennis Murphy

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Brigadier General Dennis Murphy, General Officer Commanding 2 Eastern Brigade, retires from the Defence Forces on 18 January 2012.  Brigadier General Murphy’s retirement presentation will take place in the Officers’ Mess, Cathal Brugha Barracks, on Thursday 12 January 2012 at 1600 hours.  ARCO members who wish to be associated with the presentation are requested to forward their subscriptions (12 euro suggested) to the Secretary, Officers’ Mess, Cathal Brugha Barracks, Rathmines, Dublin 6, by 5 January 2012.

Christmas Greetings 2012


The President and members of the Executive Committee of the Association of Retired Commissioned Officers wish all members of the association and of the Defence Forces, serving both at home and overseas, a very happy Christmas and a contented and peaceful New Year.

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Payment of Military Pensions

The vast majority of military pensions are paid by what is known as ‘ Electronic Funds Transfer’ (EFT) into personal bank accounts.  Under the Government’s Public Service Reform Plan, it has been decided the payment of state pensions by cheque will be phased out by mid-2013.

The Department of Defence has informed us that they will write to all the military pensioners who will be affected by this decision.

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Curragh Museum Event (CANCELLED)

This event has been cancelled and it is hoped to hold it early in the New Year

Friends of the Curragh Museum

Table Quiz Night

Friday 7th December 2012

@ 2100 hrs


Lumville House Hotel


Table of 4 for €20.00

Please come and bring 3 friends

1st prize: Hamper for Christmas

Several runner up prizes

For further details contact: Michael Rowley, Hon Sec @ 0877534986

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Col. Michael Wright R.I.P.

ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Colonel Michael Wright of Dublin and Tipperary. On Thursday, 25 October 2012, at the Mater Hospital. Beloved husband of Patricia, father of Michele and grandfather of Jeff and Rachel (Murphy). Deeply regretted by his brothers, sister and family. Reposing at his daughter's residence (Carrig-on-Bannow, Co. Wexford) on Friday from 3 pm. Funeral Mass on Saturday, at 11 am in the Church of Mary Immaculate and St Joseph, Carrig-on-Bannow. Burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.

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DFTC Gala Evening

The Defence Forces Training Centre

presents a

Gala Evening of Music and Song


On Sunday, 4th November at 8 pm in St. Brigid's Church, Curragh Camp. The Baldonnel Singers, the Army No. 1 Band and special guests Paul Linehan and Lorraine Nolan will combine for an evening of military and popular favourites. The evening is in aid of the Curragh Military Museum.

Tickets are €15 each and are available from:

  • Farrell & Nephew Gifts and Books, Main Street, Newbridge – 045 431708
  • Curragh Military Museum – 045 445342 e-mail
  • Curragh Golf Club – 045 442694
  • Centra, Curragh Camp
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Changing your Health Insurance Provider

ARCO members should be aware of a possible pitfall in changing their Health Insurance Provider. If you are contemplating a switch to a new provider you should ensure, before you finalise any such move, that your new cover will not be affected by a lack of recognition by the new provider of your past cover; whether that be with your old provider or through your military service.

Capt. Mary Jo O’Sullivan-Macklin R.I.P.

ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Captain Mary Jo O'Sullivan-Macklin (58 Cadet Class).  On 12 September 2012, peacefully, after a short illness, borne with dignity and courage, in the loving care of the staff of Cork University Hospital.  Beloved wife of Pádraig and devoted mother of Christian, predeceased by her father Teddy; deeply regretted by her mother Margaret, mother-in-law Patricia, Ross and Steven, brother-in-law, sister-in-law, aunts, uncle, relatives and a large circle of friends.

Reposing at her home, 42 Norwood Court, Rochestown, Cork on Thursday, 13 September, from 5pm to 9pm.  Removal to St. Patrick's Church, Rochestown, on Friday for funeral mass at 11am followed by burial in Droum Cemetery, Castletownbere.

Defence Forces Annual Gala Concert

Defence Forces Annual Gala Concert

Saturday 20 October 8 pm

National Concert Hall

Defence Forces Bands and special guest soprano Orla Boylan will combine for an evening of military favourites and popular arias. The highlight of the year for all military band enthusiasts. The proceeds of the concert are donated to the Defence Forces Benevolent Fund and Soldiers Aid Fund.

National Concert Hall Box Office: 01 417 0000 •

Eastern Brigade Booking Office: 01 804 6296

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