Yearly Archives: 2016

Comdt. Brendan Cassidy RIP

ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Commandant Brendan Oran Cassidy of Churchtown, Dublin and formerly of Granard, County Longford, on 9th December 2016. Brendan died peacefully in the care of his family and carers at home. Loving husband of the late Rosanna and beloved father of Anne, Corona, Conal and Brendan. Devoted grandfather to Gavin, Conor, Andrew, Karen, Rosanna, Keelin, Eoghan, Rían, Eavan, Dáire and Líadain. He will be greatly missed by his family, sons-in-law Stephen and David, daughters-in-law Pamela and Wendy, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, nieces, nephews, extended family, and friends. Many thanks to the Harold’s Cross, Community Palliative Care Team.

Reposing at home on Sunday from 4 pm to 7 pm. Removal on Monday morning to the Church of the Good Shepherd, Nutgrove Avenue, Churchtown, Dublin 14, arriving for 11.30 am Funeral Mass, followed by burial in Bohernabreena Cemetery.

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Service of Remembrance – Lt Col Colman Goggin

A Service of Remembrance to honour and celebrate the life of Lieutenant Colonel Colman Goggin, who died recently, will take place on Wednesday, 9th November 2016, at 1400 hrs in the Garrison Church McKee Barracks and thereafter in Defence Forces Headquarters Officers Mess for refreshments. No doubt many of Colman’s wide circle of friends and colleagues will wish to attend.

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Lt. Col. Pat McMahon RIP

ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Lieutenant Colonel Patrick (Pat) McMahon of Malahide, County Dublin and formerly of Dowdallshill, Dundalk, Co. Louth. On 8th November 2016, peacefully, surrounded by his loving family and in the wonderful care of the staff of Talbot Lodge Nursing Home. Loving husband of the late Anne. Pat will be very sadly missed by his loving children Joan, Orla, Dara, Jim and Aisling, daughter-in-law Catraoine, son-in-law Alun, grandchildren Sarah, Cara, Katie and Grace, sisters Maureen and Freda, brothers and sisters-in-law, nieces and nephews, extended family and wide circle of friends. Pat was a member of the 29th Cadet Class and served in the Eastern Command area and in Defence Forces Headquarters. He commanded 29 Infantry Battalion at home and also commanded 64 Infantry Battalion, UNIFIL. A noted footballer, he was a member of the Cadet School Team that won the Kildare Senior Football Championship in 1956.

May he Rest in Peace.

Reposing on Thursday afternoon in Stafford’s Funeral Home, Strand Road, Portmarnock from 5pm until 7pm. Removal on Friday morning to St. Sylvester’s Church, Malahide arriving for 11am. Funeral Mass followed by cremation in Dardistown Crematorium. Family flowers only please. Donations, if desired, to the Fr. Peter McVerry Trust.


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Lt. Cmdr. Donal O’Callaghan RIP

ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Lieutenant Commander Donal O’Callaghan of Carrigaline and formerly of Mallow, County Cork. On October 14th 2016, suddenly, at the Mater Hospital, Dublin. Donal became ill on his way to Heuston Station, having just attended the ARCO AGM in McKee Barracks. He was appointed Director of Seafood Safety at the Sea-Fisheries Protection Authority when he retired from the Navel Service. Donal was the beloved husband of Mary and loving father of Maria and Michael, adoring grandfather of Daniel, dear brother of Pat, Niall, Anna and the late Tony. Sadly missed by his loving family, Maria’s partner David, relatives, neighbours, colleagues and friends.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.

Reposing at home on Thursday, 20th October, from 12.00noon until 4.00pm followed by reception into the Church of Our Lady, Star of the Sea, Haulbowline at 6.30pm and lying in repose until 8.30pm. Requiem Mass on Friday, 21st October, at 1.30pm followed by Cremation at The Island Crematorium, Ringaskiddy.

No flowers please, donations if desired to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution or to the Defence Forces Benevolent Fund.


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Report – ARCO Wreath Laying Ceremony

A great turnout of members on Friday, 7th October, 2016 for the Wreath laying Ceremony in the Garden of Remembrance. The following is a link to the Irish Times report of the event:

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Col. Frank Lawless RIP

ARCO extends sympathy to its serving colleagues and to the family of Colonel Frank Lawless, Baroda Court, Newbridge, the Director of Defence Forces Training, who died peacefully at St. James’s Hospital on 7th October 2016. He was the son of the late Sheila and Colonel Frank Senior. He is sadly missed by his loving wife Noreen, children Ciara, Daniel and Anna, his sisters Eithne, Grainne, Finola and Niamh, brothers-in-law, mother-in-law Moll, father-in-law Pat (Scanlon), nephews and nieces, extended family, relatives and friends.

May He Rest in Peace

Reposing at his residence from 3 pm until 7 pm on Sunday. Removal on Monday afternoon at 3.15 pm to arrive at St. Conleth’s Parish Church for Mass at 4 pm. Funeral afterwards to St. Conleth’s Cemetery, Newbridge. House private please. Family flowers only. Donations, if desired, to Friends of St. James’s Hospital.

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Comdt. John Barry RIP

ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Commandant John Barry of Blackrock, Dublin and late of Limerick. On October 1st 2016, peacefully, after an illness borne bravely in the tender care of the staff of St Vincent’s Hospital. Beloved husband of Nicola, loving father of Eoghan, Sarah and Hugh. Sadly missed by his wife, children, mother Mary, brothers Gerard, Niall, Colm and Cathal, sister Mairéad, mother-in-law Rita, extended family, colleagues and wide circle of friends.

Reposing tomorrow, Monday, in Quinn’s of Glasthule from 5pm to 7pm. Removal on Tuesday to The Church of the Assumption, Booterstown, arriving at 11.20am for 11.30am Funeral Mass, followed by cremation in Mount Jerome Crematorium. Family flowers only please.

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Lt. Col. John Costelloe RIP

ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Lieutenant Colonel John (Johnny) Costelloe of Castleknock, Dublin and formerly of Thomastown, Co. Kilkenny. On September 25th, 2016, peacefully, in the loving care of the staff at Mount Hybla Nursing Home. Beloved husband of Jill and dear father of Enda, Dermot, Eimear, Cormac and Niamh and a devoted grandfather of Emma, Lucy, Tom, Meg, Joe, Cliona, Aoibhín, Derry, Laoise, Charlie, India and Chloe. Deeply regretted by his loving wife, sons, daughters, grandchildren, son-in-law, daughters-in-law, brother Jim, sister Anne (Thurn), nieces, nephews, relatives, former colleagues from the Defence Forces and a wide circle of friends.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis.

Reposing at his home on Tuesday evening between 6 and 8 pm with removal to The Church of Our Lady Mother of the Church, Castleknock on Wednesday morning arriving for Requiem Mass at 11 am followed by burial in Balgriffin Cemetery. Family flowers only, please. Donations if desired to The Morning Star Hostel for homeless men, North Brunswick Street.

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The Irish Military College, 1930 – 2000


On 15 September, Mr Paul Kehoe TD, Minister responsible for Defence, launched The College: The Irish Military College, 1930 – 2000, by Colonel Tom Hodson, in Collins Barracks Dublin.

Since its establishment in 1930, the Irish Military College has had a vital influence, not only on the Defence Forces, but on the nation itself.  In his book Colonel Hodson, a former instructor in the Military College and a graduate of École de Guerre, Paris, recounts how from its early predecessor, the Army School of Instruction, the Military College has repeatedly re-invented itself, culminating in the requirement for this modern institution to embrace and impart instruction based on the needs of today’s Irish Defence Forces.

The College is published by the History Press Ireland and is available from bookshops and online at:

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Lt. Col. Coleman Goggin RIP

ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Lieutenant Colonel Coleman Goggin, on Thursday, 15 September 2016. The Dingle native followed the footsteps of his brother Paddy, who died recently, into the Cadet School in 1954 and was a member of the 29th Cadet Class. Coleman was the first officer to be appointed as Defence Forces Psychologist, an appointment he held with great distinction for over thirty years.

DFHQ Officers Mess in McKee Barracks was his home for over three decades and his strong link to the Mess continued in retirement with his active membership of McKee Officers Club. He will be sadly missed and will be remembered with great affection by his former comrades, Club Members and many friends.

It is understood that in keeping with his wishes Coleman’s body has been donated to medical science and a Remembrance Service will be held, in McKee Barracks, on a date to be advised.

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