Yearly Archives: 2020

Brig-Gen Tom McDunphy RIP

ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Brigadier-General T.M. (Tom) McDunphy, peacefully on Saturday, 04 April, at Rosehill Nursing Home Surrey, England, while visiting his daughter.  Husband of the late Josephine (Jo). Deeply regretted by his son Padraic, daughter Maeve, brother Terry, daughter-in-law Trina, son-in-law Chris, and grandchildren Ellen, Andrew and Alex, […]

Comdt’s John Lyons & Sean Conlon RIP


ARCO regrets to inform its members of the deaths of two classmates from 2 Potential Officers Course, Commandant John Lyons, Ballyhaunis, County Mayo and Commandant Sean Conlon, Blanchardstown, Dublin. Those who would have liked to attend the funerals, but due to current restrictions cannot, may leave personal messages on The death has occurred, peacefully, […]


Background COVID-19, also known as coronavirus, is a new viral respiratory illness that can affect your lungs and airways.  Ireland’s first case of coronavirus was confirmed on 29 February 2020. The Government remains proactive in implementing measures to protect citizens by delaying the spread of COVID-19. ARCO’s members are encouraged to follow the Government’s advice, […]

Brig. Gen. Pearse Redmond RIP

ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Brigadier General Pearse Redmond of Raheny, Dublin on March 14, 2020. Beloved husband of Phil and much loved father of Lorna, Karen and Jocelyn. Pre-deceased by his sister Maureen and his brother Aidan; lovingly remembered and sadly missed by his family, sons-in-law Paul, Michael and […]

Application of MSA Increase to Military Pensions in Payment

Arising from a letter from the Minister’s Private Secretary on 18 February, ARCO responded to the Minister of State with Responsibility for Defence on 05 March. At the outset, ARCO reiterated its strongly held conviction that the Military Service Allowance (MSA) increase must retrospectively apply to all military pensions in payment on 03 July 2019, […]

Slándáil 2020 – National Security Summit Ireland

  Slándáil 2020 is Ireland’s inaugural National Security Summit connecting government, industry, academia and civil society. The Summit will be held in ‘The Helix’ Dublin on 25 and 26 February.  The speakers include the newly appointed Director of the National Security Analysis Centre, Mr. Dermot Woods, and the Chief of Staff, Vice-Admiral Mark Mellett DSM.  […]

Retirement – Brigadier General Peter O’Halloran

Brigadier General Peter O’Halloran, Assistant Chief of Staff, retires from the Defence Forces on the 6th of February 2020. During his long and distinguished career, Brigadier General O’Halloran served in a wide range of appointments, both at home and overseas. A retirement function to mark Brigadier General O’Halloran’s retirement will be held in the Officers’ […]

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