Monthly Archives: October 2014

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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