Yearly Archives: 2014

Brig. Gen. Patrick A. Cranfield RIP

ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Brigadier General Patrick A. (Pat) Cranfield, late of Blackrock and recently of Vergemount, Clonskeagh, Co. Dublin. Died on December 27, 2014, peacefully, at St. Vincent’s University Hospital, surrounded by his loving family. Darling husband of Dara, loving Dad of Sharon, Fiona, Carol, Patrick and Stephen, father-in-law of David, Bernard, Eamon and Jenny, adored Grandad of Matthew, Jessica and Sara, Eoin, Conor, Niall and Shauna, Hannah, Emma, James and Megan, Sommer and Jamie Patrick, Lauren, Nicole and Finn and loving brother of Tom, Sally and John. He will be deeply missed.

Reposing at his home on Monday evening (Dec. 29) from 6-8pm. Removal on Tuesday morning to the Church of St. John the Baptist, Blackrock, arriving at 10.50am for Requiem Mass at 11.00am, followed by cremation at Mount Jerome. Family flowers only, please. Donations, if desired, to the Alzheimer Society of Ireland, can be made at the church.

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Col. Liam Young RIP

ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Colonel Liam Young, Hawkfield, Newbridge, Co. Kildare on Sunday, December 14, 2014. Peacefully, after an illness borne with great dignity. Deeply missed by his loving wife Mary and children Stephen, Oonagh, Eoin and Gavin, daughters-in-law Ann and Patricia, darling grandchild Ciara, brother Brendan, sister Sheila, sister-in-law, brother-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives and wide circle of very dear friends and colleagues.

Reposing at his home on Tuesday evening from 5pm until 8pm. Removal on Wednesday morning at 10.15am to arrive at St. Brigid's Church, The Curragh Camp for 11am Mass, with funeral afterwards to Newlands Cross Crematorium arriving at approx. 1.45pm. Family flowers only please. Donations, if desired, to Muscular Dystrophy Ireland. Donation box in the Church.

Carpe Diem

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Alliance of Retired Public Servants – DEVELOPMENTS

The Executive Officers of the Alliance of Retired Public Servants (ARPS) have held a number of meetings with senior officials of key Government Departments. Regional Meetings are being organised by the Executive Committee to update retired Public Service Pensioners countrywide. At a Regional meeting held in Limerick on 20th October 2014, the Alliance Chairman, Mr Brian Burke, stated that the main objectives of the Alliance were the restoration of pensions levels, the restoration of parity with salary increases and full negotiating rights for ARPS. There exists a fundamental discrimination between how the USC is applied to public service pensions and to private sector pensions and only marginal change to this was reflected in the recent budget.

While the Haddington Road Agreement contains specific provision for the restoration of salaries for serving public servants, no such formal commitment exists for the restoration of pensions.

Retired public service pensioners have no official negotiation rights and this situation needs to be addressed. The Industrial Relations Acts only deal with “Workers” and do not include or make provision for Public Service Pensioners. The Alliance is at present discussing these and other anomalies with Mr. Brendan Howlin, Minister for Public Expenditure and Reform, and his staff.

The Alliance is writing to all Party Leaders to urge early restoration of pensions and progress with the USC. It will also write to all Oireachtas and EU Parliament members. Individuals will be encouraged to contact their local TDs.

Further Regional Meetings will be held in the coming months and an information document, outlining the key issues, will be prepared and distributed. ARCO members will be informed of the dates and locations of future meetings and are encouraged to attend these. The next meeting is being provisionally planned for the Wexford/Kilkenny area.

GOAL – Ebola outbreak in West Africa

GOAL has contacted the Defence Forces in relation to the expansion of its international team in Sierra Leone and Liberia as it scales up its programmes in these countries.  GOAL has enquired if retired members of the Defence Forces would be interested in volunteering for this mission. The positions most suited are those relating to construction and logistics. The following is a job overview. Full job descriptions and the country operating context are available from GOAL.  

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Lt. Col. Paddy Brophy RIP

ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Lieutenant Colonel Padraig (Paddy) Brophy, The Elms, Cutbush, Curragh, County Kildare. On Sunday 26th October 2014, peacefully, at the Blackrock Clinic. Deeply regretted by his loving wife Loreto, daughters Seosaimhín and Sorcha, son Padraig, daughter-in-law Caroline, son-in-law Michael, grandchildren Siofra, Senan, Laura and Jack, brothers, sisters, relatives, neighbours and friends.

Arriving at St. Brigid's Church, Curragh Camp, on Tuesday 28th at 7 pm. Funeral Mass on Wednesday at 11 am, followed by burial in St. Conleth's Cemetery, Newbridge. Family flowers only, please. Donations, if desired, to The Irish Heart Foundation and Alzheimers Ireland.

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Capt. Joe Finucane RIP

The family and friends of Captain Joseph Patrick (Joe) Finucane, a former Engineer Officer in the Defence Forces who died on 27 September 2014 in Sydney, Australia, have organised a memorial Mass in the Church of The Holy Spirit, Ballyroan, Dublin 16, at 1000hrs on Tuesday 28 October. 

Joe was a loving husband to Dorothy and a dearly beloved brother of Bríd, Declan and Nuala. Much-loved father of Deirdre, Sinead, Emma, Jillian and Niall. Missed by his twelve grandchildren.

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CAOGA Benefits

We frequently receive enquiries from ARCO Members about their CAOGA benefits. CAOGA has a very comprehensive website which provides all of this information at

The following however is a very brief summary of the main benefits:

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Comdt. Steve Lyons RIP

ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Commandant Stephen (Steve) Lyons, Carton Court, Maynooth, Co. Kildare & late of Rocklands, Ferrybank, Waterford. On October 2nd 2014, surrounded by his loving family & friends, at Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown. Predeceased by his partner Una, deeply regretted by Claire, his loving sons Ruán & Cormac, daughters-in-law Clare & Olivia, brothers Jim & Billy, sisters Annette & Catherine, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, grandchildren Oscar & Tilly, nephews, nieces, relatives & friends.


Reposing at Reilly’s Funeral Home, Leinster St., Maynooth on Sunday from 4pm, with prayers at 7pm. Removal on Monday at 10.30am to arrive at St. Mary’s Church, Maynooth for 11am Funeral Mass, followed by cremation in Newlands Cross Crematorium. No flowers please. Donations, if desired, to Irish Cancer Society.

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Lt. Col. Niall Callanan RIP

ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Lieutenant Colonel Niall Callanan of Rathfarnham, Dublin 14. On September 24, 2014 at St. Vincent's Hospital. Beloved husband of Mary Bernadette (Dolly) and wonderful Dad to Mairead (Lane), Edel, Patricia, Niall and Colm. Deeply regretted by his loving wife, sons, daughters, sister Mona (Stanton), brothers Fionnbar and Richard, daughters-in-law, sons-in-law, granddaughter Mary, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Reposing at his home on Friday from 4pm to 7pm. Removal on Saturday morning to the Church of the Holy Spirit, Ballyroan, arriving at 9.45am for 10am Mass. Funeral to Mount Venus Cemetery, Rockbrook.

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Agenda – 20th ARCO Annual General Meeting

20th Annual General Meeting in Mckee Barracks

on Friday 03 October 2014 at 1130 hrs



1.         Opening Address by President, ARCO

2.         Minutes of 19th AGM – 05 October 2013

3.         President’s Report

4.         Report of the Hon. Secretary

5.         Report of the Hon. Treasurer to include audited A/Cs

6.         Report of the Hon. Membership Secretary

7.         Appointment of Auditor

8.         Appoinment of Trustees

9.         Elections to Executive Committee

10.       Any Other Business

It is important that members notify their intention to attend in advance to the Hon Sec  not later than Friday 26th September as failure to do so may cause security problems at the point of entry to McKee Barracks.  Coffee will be available in the Officers' Mess at 1045 hrs and lunch will be provided after the meeting.


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