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Col. Pat Begley RIP

ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Colonel Patrick (Pat) Begley, 2 Retreat Park, Athlone, Westmeath. Peacefully, on Thursday the 12th December 2019. Predeceased by his beloved wife Kathleen and son Padraig. Sadly missed by his loving son Denis, daughters Deirdre, Maeve, Mary, Nuala and Patricia, sister Phil Henderson (Dublin), in-laws, grandchildren Karen, Mark, Emma, Barry, Lauren, Rachael, Michael, Ellen, Jillian and Patrick, nephews, nieces, relatives and many friends.

Rest In Peace

Reposing at his residence (2 Retreat Park, N37 VP64) on Friday evening from 4 pm until 8 pm. Requiem Mass on Saturday at 10.30 am in Saint Mary’s Church with burial afterwards in Coosan Cemetery. House private on Saturday morning, please.

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Col. Hugh O’Connor RIP

ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Colonel Hugh O’Connor, Friary View, Kildare Town, County Kildare and formerly of Kanturk, County Cork. On 11th March 2019 after a short illness borne with great dignity, courage and humour, surrounded by his loving family and in the exceptional care of the staff of St. Brigid’s Hospice, The Curragh. Beloved husband of Eileen for fifty-eight years, dearly loved father of Hugo, Ann, David and Conor. Deeply missed by his daughters-in-law Fiona, Linda and Audrey and affectionately “Popeye” to his precious grandchildren Andrew (and wife Clíona), Alyson, India, Portia, Katie, Holly, Alex, Coco and Johnny, his extended family and many friends.

Carpe Diem

Hugh O’Connor was born in Kanturk, County Cork in July 1934.  He was a member of 28 Cadet Class and was commissioned in November 1955. He served in the Cavalry Corps in 4 Motor Squadron, Depot Cavalry, 1 Motor Squadron and in staff appointments in Headquarters Curragh Command and in Defence Forces Headquarters in Training Section and in Planning and Research Section. He commanded 1 Armoured Car Squadron and was Officer Commanding Depot Cavalry. He was Director of Reserve Forces in 1992 and Director of Cavalry from December 1992 until his retirement in July 1994. 

Hugh served overseas in Cyprus in 1964 with the Armoured Car Group of 40 Infantry Battalion and later with 10 Infantry Group in 1968; he seved in Lebanon as the Reconnaissance Group Commander 45 Infantry Battalion in 1979 and as the commander of the Force Mobile Reserve in 1988/89.  He was an observer in the Middle East with the United Nations Truce Supervision Organisation in 1973/74.

Reposing at home from 5pm to 7pm on Tuesday, 12th March 2019. Removal from home on Wednesday, 13th at 1.30pm for 2pm Funeral Mass in the Carmelite Church, Kildare Town. Cremation Service at 3pm on Thursday, 14th in Mount Jerome, Harold’s Cross, all welcome. Family flowers only please. Donations, if desired, to Friends of St. Brigid’s Hospice, The Curragh.

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Col. Mick Shannon RIP

ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Colonel Michael (Mick) D. Shannon of Monaleen, County Limerick and formerly of Kilrush, County Clare. On 7 April, peacefully, at University Hospital Limerick. Beloved husband of Jean and dearest father of Caroline, Aoife, Oonagh, John & Michael. Deeply regretted by his sons-in-law Hugh, Kieran & Anthony, daughters-in-law Katherine & Nicolene, grandchildren, brothers, sisters, his nephew Colonel Tim Daly, relatives, Defence Forces colleagues and friends.

Rest in Peace

A member of the 28 Cadet Class, Mick was commissioned in 1955 and appointed to the Artillery Corps. He served with 1 Field Artillery Regiment, 3 Field Artillery Regiment, 4 Air Defence Battery and The Artillery School. He was Regimental Commander of both 1 and 3 Field Artillery Regiments.  He held appointments in HQ Southern Command, and was Executive Officer in Training Section, Defence Forces Headquarters. Mick served as Director of Artillery from December 1991 until his retirement in March 1994. In September 1961, as a Platoon Commander in B Company, 35 Infantry Battalion, ONUC, he was engaged in the fighting at Lufira Bridge with Force Kane, and later in Elizabethville. He served in Cyprus as Troop Commander, Heavy Mortar Troop, with 9 Infantry Group, 1967/68, and with 20 Infantry Group in 1971. His initial service with UNIFIL was in 1978/79, as Adjutant, 44 Infantry Battalion.  He later returned to Lebanon during the period 1884/85 where he served with HQ UNIFIL. From 1989 through 1990, he served in Honduras in Central America with ONUCA. 

Following retirement, under the auspices of the European Union and OSCE, Mick was actively involved in election monitoring and peace transition operations in Bosnia and Herzegovina, Russia, and South Africa where he met Nelson Mandela. He was Chairman of the Irish Peace Institute, University of Limerick from 1999 until 2006, was a long and active member of Limerick Lions Club and President of Limerick Rotary Club.

Reposing at Griffin’s Funeral Home, John’s Gate on Monday, 9 April from 1700hrs until 1900hrs. Funeral arriving at Mary Magdalene Church, Monaleen, Castletroy, on Tuesday, 10 April for 1100hrs Mass. Burial afterwards in Kilmurry Cemetery.

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Col. George Murphy RIP

ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Colonel George C. Murphy (Director of Artillery 1989-1991) of Jigginstown, Naas, County Kildare on May 28th, 2015 at Moore Abbey, Monasterevin. Beloved husband of Cecily and loving father of Maeve, Nicholas, Etienne, Brian, Ross and Geordan; greatly missed by his wife, children, sisters-in-law, daughters-in-law and son-in-law, grandchildren, nieces, nephews, relatives and friends.

Reposing on Sunday at 3 pm at George Mullins’ Funeral Home, Naas, with removal at 6.30 pm to Our Lady and St David's Church, Naas arriving 7 pm. Requiem Mass on Monday at 10 am followed by internment in St. Corbans Cemetery, Naas. Family flowers only please, donations to Moore Abbey.

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Col. Liam Young RIP

ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Colonel Liam Young, Hawkfield, Newbridge, Co. Kildare on Sunday, December 14, 2014. Peacefully, after an illness borne with great dignity. Deeply missed by his loving wife Mary and children Stephen, Oonagh, Eoin and Gavin, daughters-in-law Ann and Patricia, darling grandchild Ciara, brother Brendan, sister Sheila, sister-in-law, brother-in-law, nieces, nephews, relatives and wide circle of very dear friends and colleagues.

Reposing at his home on Tuesday evening from 5pm until 8pm. Removal on Wednesday morning at 10.15am to arrive at St. Brigid's Church, The Curragh Camp for 11am Mass, with funeral afterwards to Newlands Cross Crematorium arriving at approx. 1.45pm. Family flowers only please. Donations, if desired, to Muscular Dystrophy Ireland. Donation box in the Church.

Carpe Diem

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Retirement Presentation – Col Brian O’Keeffe

Colonel Brian O’Keeffe will retire from the Defence Forces on 24 March 2014 after 42 years of dedicated service. Brian is the founding General Secretary of the Representative Association of Commissioned Officers and those who have met him during the course of his career will be more than aware of the considerable contribution he has made to RACO.

A presentation to mark Brian's retirement will be made in the Officers Mess, McKee Bks, Dublin at 16.00 hrs on Thursday 27 March 2014.

Col. Terence O’Brien R.I.P.

ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Colonel Terence (Terry) O'Brien who died on 9th January 2013 in Swansea where he had been living for a number of years. Terry was a member of the 11th Cadet Class 1937/1939. He initially served in Artillery and later transferred to Signals where he retired as its Director in 1978.

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Col. Denis Byrne R.I.P.

ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Colonel Denis (Dinny) Byrne of Salthill, Galway and formerly of The Curragh, Athlone and Castlebar. On December 31, 2012, peacefully at home; dearly beloved husband of Anna and much loved father of Denise, Tommy, Fiona, Annamarie and Linda. Sadly missed by his wife, son and daughters, brother Tommy, sisters Dorrie and Kitty, sons-in-law Con, Charles and Mike, adored grandchildren, brother-in-law, sisters-in-law, nephews, nieces, the extended Byrne and O'Connor families and friends.

Reposing at the O'Flaherty Funeral Parlour, Munster Avenue on Friday from 4.30pm with Removal at 6pm to the Church of Christ the King, Salthill. Funeral after 11am Mass on Saturday to the new cemetery, Bohermore. House Private.

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Col. Michael Wright R.I.P.

ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Colonel Michael Wright of Dublin and Tipperary. On Thursday, 25 October 2012, at the Mater Hospital. Beloved husband of Patricia, father of Michele and grandfather of Jeff and Rachel (Murphy). Deeply regretted by his brothers, sister and family. Reposing at his daughter's residence (Carrig-on-Bannow, Co. Wexford) on Friday from 3 pm. Funeral Mass on Saturday, at 11 am in the Church of Mary Immaculate and St Joseph, Carrig-on-Bannow. Burial afterwards in the adjoining cemetery.

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Col. Dermod John Coffey R.I.P.

ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Colonel Dermod John (Clar) Coffey of Clontarf, Dublin.  On Saturday, 11 August, in the excellent care of the Mater Hospital.  He will be sadly missed by his nieces Ann and Catherine, nephews Shay and Carl, sister-in-law Therese, grandnieces and grandnephews, extended family, neighbours and friends.

Reposing at Stafford’s Funeral Home, Maypark, Malahide Road, with removal on Wednesday, 15 August, to the Church of St. Vincent de Paul, Marino arriving for 10am Funeral Mass, followed by burial immediately afterwards in Glasnevin Cemetery.  Family flowers only please.  Donations, if desired, to the Defence Forces’ Benevolent Fund.

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