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Retirement – Brigadier General Howard Berney

Brigadier General Howard Berney, the General Officer Commanding 2 Brigade, retires from the Defence Forces on the 19th of August 2019. During his long and distinguished career, Brigadier General Berney served in a wide range of appointments, both at home and overseas.

A presentation and buffet to mark Brigadier General Berney’s retirement will be held in the Officers’ Mess, Cathal Brugha Barracks, on Wednesday, 31th July 2019 at 1600hrs. His many friends and colleagues in ARCO will wish to be associated with this occasion.

Those attending are requested to notify the Mess Secretary, at shane.heffernan@defenceforces.ie or 01 8046460 NLT 1630 hours on Wednesday, 24th July 2019.

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Brig. Gen. Dave Taylor RIP

ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Brigadier General David (Dave) Taylor of Galway. On 28th April 2016, peacefully, surrounded by his family and the staff of Maryfield Nursing Home. Brother of the late Michael. Sadly missed by his wife Margaret, daughter Orla, sons Conal and Neil, sisters Helen, Rhona, Jennifer and Marna, brothers-in-law, son-in-law Matthias, daughters-in-law Georgina and Fiona, grandchildren, relatives and friends.

Reposing at the O’ Flaherty Funeral Parlour, Munster Avenue, Galway on Friday, 29th April from 5 pm to 8 pm. Requiem Mass at 12 noon on Saturday, 30th April in St. Ignatius Church, Sea Road, Galway. Funeral after Mass to Rahoon Cemetery. Family flowers only. Donations if desired to Western Alzheimers.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a h-anam dílis

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Brig. Gen. Jerry O’Connor RIP

ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Brigadier General Jeremiah Brendan (Jerry) O’Connor, former GOC Air Corps, of Templeogue, Dublin and late of Drumlusk, Sneem, Co. Kerry. On 13 April 2016, peacefully in Tallaght Hospital. Beloved husband of the late Bridget (Dotie), much loved father of Helen, Pat and Diarmuid and adored grandfather of Brendan, Alexandra and Aidan. Very sadly missed by his loving family, daughter-in-law Nancy, Peter and Michael, brother Michael and his wife Maureen (California), nieces, nephews, grandnieces, grandnephews, Air Corps colleagues, neighbours, relatives and friends. Predeceased by his sisters Joan, Maria and Eileen and brothers Aodh, Denis and David.

Rest in Peace

Reposing at Fanagans Funeral Home, Lower Kimmage Road on Friday (15 April) and Saturday (16 April) and in his residence on Sunday evening (17 April) from 4pm to 7pm. Private removal from his home on Monday morning (18 April) to the Church of St Pius X, Templeogue for Funeral Mass at 11am and afterwards to Bohernabreena Cemetery.

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Brig. Gen. Pat Dixon RIP

ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Brigadier General Patrick (Pat) Mel Dixon of Slí an Aifrinn, Athlone, County Westmeath and formerly of Kilkee, County Clare, peacefully, on Wednesday 7th February 2018 at Stella Maris Nursing Home, Athlone.

Beloved husband of Máire and dearly loved father of Tim, Paul, Mary, Kieran, Helen, Una and Padraig. Predeceased by his brother Seán and sister Mary. Sadly missed by his adored grandchildren Miriam, Conor, Brian and Rory, his brother-in-law, sisters-in-law, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, extended family and wide circle of friends.

Slán abhaile Pat

Reposing at Flynn’s Funeral Home, The Strand on Friday evening from 4.30pm with removal at 7.00pm to Our Lady Queen of Peace Church, Coosan arriving at 7.30pm. Requiem Mass on Saturday at 12.00 noon followed by burial afterwards in Coosan Cemetery.

Pat Dixon was a member of 22nd Cadet Class (1949 – 1951) and was one of the Defence Forces’ first peacekeepers when he served with UNOGIL in Lebanon in 1958.  He was appointed General Officer Commanding Western Command in August 1989.

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Brig. Gen. Paddy Keogh RIP

ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Brigadier General Patrick (Paddy) Keogh of 50, Rockbarton Park, Salthill, Galway. On Wednesday, 27th March 2019, peacefully, beloved husband of Carmel and much loved father of Orla, Cathal, Caimin and Shane. Sadly missed by his wife, daughter and sons, sisters Siobhan, Marguerite, Carmel and Colette, brother Eamon, son-in-law, daughters-in-law, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, grandchildren, extended family and friends.

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Brigadier General Paddy Keogh was born in Athenry, County Galway and as a member of the 29th Cadet Class he was commissioned in November 1956. He was a former Director of Operations and General Officer Commanding Western Command. Two of his sons are serving officers, Lieutenant Colonel Caimin Keogh is Officer Commanding 113th Infantry Battalion with the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) and Commandant Shane Keogh is President of the Representative Association of Commissioned Officers (RACO).

Paddy served with the United Nations in the Congo, he completed two tours of duty in the Lebanon when he was Chief Operations Officer at Force Headquarters in 1989 and as a military observer with the United Nations Truce Supervision Organisation in the Middle East.  He was Deputy Head of Mission (Operations) of the European Community Monitor Mission in the former Yugoslavia in 1995/1996.

Reposing at his home on Friday 29th March from 4.00 p.m. to 7.00 p.m. Removal on Saturday 30th March to Christ the King Church, Salthill to arrive for Requiem Mass at 11.00 a.m. Funeral afterwards to Rahoon cemetery. Family flowers only. Donations, if desired, to Galway Parkinsons Association. House private on Saturday morning.

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Brig. Gen. Tom Quinlan DSM RIP

ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Brigadier General Thomas (Tom) Quinlan DSM of Terenure, Dublin City, and formerly of Colligan, Dungarvan, County Waterford, on Friday, 2 March 2018. Sadly missed by his sister-in-law Cait, nephews John and Tom Butler, John and Gerry Quinlan, nieces Joanne and Finola Butler, Orla and Aideen Quinlan, grand nephews, grand nieces, relations, friends and former colleagues.

Tom was a member of 27 Cadet Class (1953 to 1954). He was a Platoon Commander with A Company, 35 Infantry Battalion, ONUC at the siege of Jadotville which took place between 13 and 17 September 1961, during the United Nations intervention in Katanga. Tom later commanded his platoon for the successful action at the Old Airstrip, Elizabethville on 5 December 1961 during Operation Unokat. Both 35 and 36 Battalions were involved in Operation Unokat, which culminated with the attack by 36 Battalion on The Tunnel on 16 December 1961. While serving as a Captain with 10 Infantry Group, UNFICYP, Tom was presented with the DSM, With Distinction, on 4 June 1968 for his qualities of leadership and courage while serving with ONUC during the period September to December 1961. Five NCOs were presented with the DSM at the same parade. He commanded 45 Infantry Battalion UNIFIL, Lebanon in 1979. As Chief, Observer Group Egypt, while serving with UNTSO, Tom was on the reviewing stand in Cairo with James Tully TD, Minister for Defence, and Lieutenant General Louis Hogan, Chief of Staff, on 6 October 1981 when President Anwar Sadat was assassinated. At home Tom Quinlan served in a wide variety of appointments, including Cadet Master, and GOC Southern Command, and retired with the rank of Brigadier General.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam dílis

Reposing at Drohan’s funeral home, Emmett Street, Dungarvan, County Waterford on Thursday, 8 March from 5pm to 7pm with removal afterwards to St. Anne’s Church, Colligan. Funeral mass at 12 noon on Friday, 9 March followed by burial in the adjoining cemetery.

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Retirement – Brig Gen Colm Campbell

Brigadier General Colm Campbell, the Assistant Chief of Staff (Support), retires from the Defence Forces on the 18th of January, 2016. During his long and distinguished career, Brigadier General Campbell served in a wide range of appointments, both at home and overseas.

A presentation to mark Brigadier General Campbell’s retirement will be held in the Officers’ Mess, McKee Barracks, on Thursday, 14th January 2016 at 4 pm. His many friends and colleagues in ARCO will wish to be associated with this occasion.

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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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Brig. Gen. John Egan RIP

ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Brigadier General John Egan, St. Brigid's Road, Clondalkin, Dublin 22. On December 16th 2013, peacefully in the loving care of the staff of T.L.C. Nursing Home, Maynooth, Co. Kildare. Beloved husband of the late Phyllis, deeply regretted by his loving daughters Gillian & Orlagh, sons-in-law, grandchildren, nephews, nieces, Gary, relatives and friends, Rest In Peace.

Reposing at T.L.C. Nursing Home. Removal on Wednesday at 9 o' clock to arrive in the Church of the Immaculate Conception, Clondalkin for 10 o' clock mass, followed by cremation in Newlands Cross Crematorium. Family flowers only please. Donations if desired to Alzheimer's Association of Ireland.

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Brig Gen James Kelly R.I.P.

ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Brigadier General James (Jimmy) Kelly, of Broadway Park, Blanchardstown and formerly of Templemore, Co. Tipperary.  On 17 November 2013, peacefully, at James Connolly Hospital, Blanchardstown. Beloved husband of the late Aileen and dear father of Aidan, Nuala, Gráinne, Kevin and the late Diarmuid. Sadly missed by his loving family: brothers, sister, grandchildren Conor, Leo and Milo, son-in-law David, daughter-in-law Heather, brother-in-law, sisters-in-law, cousin, nephews, nieces, relatives, neighbours and friends.

Removal to St. Brigid’s Church, Church Avenue, Blanchardstown on Wednesday, 20 November, arriving for Requiem Mass at 10.00 a.m. followed by cremation at Glasnevin Crematorium. Family flowers only please. Donations, if desired, to Our Lady’s Children’s Hospital, Crumlin.

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