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ARCO’s 25th Anniversary Reception – 16 Oct 2019

2019 marks ARCO’s 25 years of steadfast service to the Defence Community. On 24 June 1994, the Association was formally launched in the Constitution Room of the Shelbourne Hotel, followed by a reception in Dublin’s Mansion House. Among the Founding Fathers were: Col Kevin Hanley, Col Jim Fagan, Lt Col Frank Neill, Lt Col Jackie Deveraux, Lt Col Ned Cusack, Capt Ray Tumulty and Comdt Leo Quinlan.

Marking its Silver Jubilee, ARCO hosted a reception in The Stephen’s Green Club, on 16 October.

The list of invitees included the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Councillor Paul McAuliffe, Government Ministers, Representatives from Political Parties, the Defence Forces, the Department of Defence, RACO, PDFORRA, RDFRA, CAOGA, DFBF, Veterans’ Associations, Retired Public Servants Associations, and the Media.

The welcome address, delivered by Brigadier-General Paul Pakenham (Retd), can be downloaded HERE.

At the conclusion of the reception, Senator Michael McDowell SC, who was the Guest Speaker, was presented with his Certificate of Service with the 6 Field Military Police Company (FCA).

 

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ARCO’s 25th Anniversary

On 24 June 1994, ARCO was launched in the Constitution Room of the Shelbourne Hotel, followed by a reception in Dublin’s Mansion House.

As such, 2019 marks the Association’s 25 years of steadfast service to the Defence Community.

The Minister of State with Responsibility for Defence, Mr Paul Kehoe TD, marked the event by sending a formal letter to the President of ARCO.  To view the Minister’s letter, download here.

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25th Anniversary Reception – ARCO

On 24th June 1994, the Association of Retired Commissioned Officers (ARCO) was formally launched in the Constitution Room of the Shelbourne Hotel, followed by a reception in Dublin’s Mansion House.

To celebrate the 25th Anniversary of its foundation, the Association is hosting a reception in The Stephen’s Green Club, 9, St Stephen’s Green, Dublin 2, on Wednesday, 16th October at 1830 hrs. The Lord Mayor will be in attendance, and Senator Michael McDowell SC will be our Guest Speaker. See attached notification.

For registration purposes, those members of ARCO who wish to attend the reception are requested to respond by email to: rsvparco25@gmail.com

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McKee Officers Club Project

 

CYPRUS & UNFICYP RE-VISITED

Advance Notice – Seeking Expressions of Interest

To mark the 55th Anniversary of the first Irish military deployment to UNFICYP, McKee Officers Club is proposing to conduct an 11 day tour to Cyprus over the period 11 to 21 October 2019.  The broad planning concept for this proposed tour is for direct flights ex Dublin to and from Paphos Cyprus with a tour base in Larnaca from which day tours will be organised. These tours will include visits to and briefing at HQ UNFICYP Nicosia (c/w Green Line Tour) and other locations of interest to Irish personnel including, Skouriotisa, Xeros, Limnitis and Famagusta. The tour will also include one overnight stay in Kyrenia and conclude with 3 overnights in Paphos.

ARCO Members are invited to participate in this commemorative event and may be accompanied by spouse, partner or guest.

An advance notice, which provides additional information, is attached HERE.

Please note that in order to gauge the number of participants, ARCO members are requested to advise the Honorary Secretary, McKee Officer Club, of their interest by e-mail to secmckeeclub@gmail.com not later than 30 June 2019.

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Defence Forces Veterans Day, 11 May 2019

The Executive Committee of ARCO has accepted an invitation on behalf of its members from the Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces, Vice Admiral Mark Mellett, DSM to attend the 2019 Defence Forces Veterans Day.  This will be held in the National Museum of Ireland, Collins Barracks, Benburb Street, Dublin 7 on Saturday, 11th May at 1200 hours.

A representative group from each of the three national organisations (ARCO, ONET and IUNVA) will parade on Clarke Square to be reviewed by the Minister with Responsibility for Defence, Mr. Paul Kehoe, TD.

Veterans’ Day reaches out to honour retired members of the Defence Forces and all Veterans have been invited. A post-event reception will be hosted in Collins Barracks.

The Executive Committee encourages ARCO members to attend this event and to wear their medals.

Members are requested to participate in the ceremony and are asked to report to Clarke Square by 1100 hours.

Members who are not parading for the ceremony should be seated by 1145 hours.

We look forward to seeing you in Collins Barracks on the day.

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Respect and Loyalty Parade Cork, 4 May 2019

In September 2018, the Association of Retired Commissioned Officers (ARCO) released a Statement of Concern on the serious deterioration of the service conditions, and the depletion of strategic defence capabilities in the Defence Forces.  Link to Statement of Concern.

ARCO’s stated position on these significant issues remains relevant.  Of particular concern to ARCO, is the inordinate delay in addressing the adverse effects of inadequate remuneration accruing to our serving colleagues in Óglaigh na hÉireann. 

In addition, ARCO remains deeply concerned with the manner in which the retention challenges, across all ranks, within the Army, Air Corps and Naval Service, are being addressed.  

Likewise, ARCO is fully aware of the deteriorating living and welfare standards endured by families of serving personnel, dependent spouses and children, and, in some cases, retired single personnel.

Following the dignified September Respect and Loyalty Parade, a similar parade is taking place in Cork, on Saturday, 4th May, 2019. 

According to the organisers, the key objective of the parade is to publicly highlight the unsatisfactory pay, and service conditions, pertaining to personnel of the Defence Forces.  

In the context of the above key objective, as retired commissioned officers, in solidarity with serving commissioned officers, enlisted personnel, and their respective families, and acknowledging the endeavours of the General Staff along with the Representative Associations RACO and PDFORRA, the Executive Committee now encourages ARCO’s membership to actively support the Respect and Loyalty Parade in Cork.

Assembling in the Grand Parade at 1130hrs, the components of the parade are a Colour Party, IUNVA Pipe Band, IUNVA Body, Family Body and Veterans’ Body.  The main elements of the parade include a wreath laying ceremony, a parade through the City, followed by a key note address delivered by Lieutenant-Colonel Dan Harvey (Retd).   

ARCO will revisit its Statement of Concern following the publication of the recommendations of the Public Service Pay Commission on Defence Forces remuneration.

Executive Committee

29 April 2019

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Defence Forces Bridge Competition

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Presentation of DSM – Maj. Gen. Michael Beary

Members of ARCO will be aware that Major General Michael Beary has handed over command of the United Nations Interim Force In Lebanon (UNIFIL) and will retire shortly from the Defence Forces.

On Tuesday 4th September 2018, at 1600 hours, Major General Beary will be presented with the Distinguished Service Medal by the Minister with Responsibility for Defence, Mr. Paul Kehoe TD, at a ceremony in Cathal Brugha Barracks, Dublin. A reception for guests will be held after the ceremony.

Many of Major General Beary’s colleagues and friends in ARCO will wish to accept the Minister’s invitation to attend the ceremony.  If you are attending, please reply to ceremonial@defenceforces.ie

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ONE’s Fuchsia Appeal

The Fuchsia Appeal runs annually to raise funds for ONE’s charitable endeavours, namely the provision of accommodation and other assistance to ex-service personnel in need.

The following is a LINK to an article on ONE Homes in the digital edition of the Irish Times.

Although the main drive of the appeal takes place during the month of July, which is the month of the National Day of Commemoration, donations are welcome at any time and may be made at www.oneconnect.ie

The Fuchsia was chosen as a symbol as it is widely grown throughout Ireland and is commonly known as Deora Dé or God’s Tears in the West of Ireland. It is also a fundraising emblem, a badge of remembrance and a symbol of honour to those currently serving in the Defence Forces.

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2018 Defence Forces Veterans Day

The Executive Committee of ARCO has accepted an invitation on behalf of its members from the Chief of Staff of the Defence Forces, Vice Admiral Mark Mellett DSM, to attend the 2018 Defence Forces Veterans Day.  This will be held in Collins Barracks, Benburb Street, Dublin 7 on Sunday, 13th May at 1200 hours.

A representative group from each of the three national organisations (ARCO, ONET and IUNVA) will parade on Clarke Square to be reviewed by the Minister with Responsibility for Defence, Mr. Paul Kehoe, TD.

Light refreshments will be available in Collins Barracks before the ceremony, which is open to all veterans and to their families. A post-event reception will be hosted in McKee Barracks Dining Centre.

The Executive Committee encourages ARCO members to attend this event and to wear their medals.

Members are requested to participate in the ceremony and are asked to report to Clarke Square by 1100 hours.

Members who are not parading for the ceremony should be seated by 1140 hours.

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