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Retirement – Major General Kieran Brennan

Major General Kieran Brennan, the Deputy Chief of Staff (Operations), retires from the Defence Forces on the 19th of June 2019. During his long and distinguished career, Major General Brennan served in a wide range of appointments, both at home and overseas.

A presentation to mark Major General Brennan’s retirement will be held in the Officers’ Mess, McKee Barracks, on Thursday, 13th June 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 chloe.brehony@defenceforces.ie or 01 8046194 NLT Friday, 7th June 2019.

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Retirement – Major General Kevin Cotter

Major General Kevin Cotter, the Deputy Chief of Staff (Support), retires from the Defence Forces on the 1st of April, 2019. During his long and distinguished career, Major General Cotter served in a wide range of appointments, both at home and overseas.

A presentation to mark Major General Cotter’s retirement will be held in the Officers’ Mess, McKee Barracks, on Thursday, 28th March 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 messsec1@eircom.net or 01 8046194 NLT Thursday, 21st March 2019.

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Retirement – Maj Gen Mick Beary

Major General Mick Beary retired recently from the Defence Forces after almost 45 years service. During his career he served in a wide variety of units and appointments.

At home these included: School Commandant of the Command and Staff School, Director of Training, Commandant of the Military College and General Officer Commanding 2 Brigade.

His overseas service included: Company Commander A Company 76 Infantry Battalion UNIFIL, Office of the Chief of Staff UNPROFOR, Intelligence Branch UNIKOM, Operations Section ISAF, Intelligence Branch EUMS, Mission Commander EU Training Mission Somalia, and Head of Mission and Force Commander UNIFIL.

As a mark of appreciation to Major General Beary, and in recognition of his long and distinguished service, it is proposed to hold a retirement function at 1600hrs on Thursday 15 November 2018 in Cathal Brugha Barracks Officers’ Mess, Rathmines, Dublin.

Mick’s many friends in ARCO who wish to attend the function, or to send messages, should notify the Mess Secretary or Mess Sergeant, Cathal Brugha Barracks Officers Mess via email at: shane.heffernan@defenceforces.ie or phone via: 01 8046460 or 01 8046355, not later than 1630hrs on Friday 09 November 2018.

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Maj. Gen. Charles McGuinn RIP

ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Major General Charles J. McGuinn, Old Leighlin Road, Leighlinbridge, Carlow. Suddenly and peacefully on Friday, 12th August 2016. Predeceased by his beloved daughter Hilary, loving husband of Ella and much loved father to Berna & Elaine. Deeply regretted by his loving sons-in-law Len, David & Simon, precious grand-children Mary-Kate, Patrick, Hannah & Caroline Roche, Charles & Isobel Lorigan, Conor, Eleanor & Aidan Akester, sisters-in-law, cousins, relatives, neighbours and friends.

Reposing in his home from 2pm to 5pm on Saturday with removal to St. Lazerian’s Church, Leighlinbridge for 7.30pm Mass. Requiem Mass on Sunday at 11am and burial in Leighlinbridge Cemetery.

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Maj. Gen. Carl Dodd RIP

ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Major General Carl Dodd of Newbridge, County Kildare on 18th September 2018. Sadly missed by Frances, Lucy, Fionn, Tom, Anne, Sam, Alan and Muriel, Defence Forces colleagues, extended family, neighbours and friends.

Ar dheis Dé go raibh a anam uasal

A native of Mallow, County Cork, Carl Dodd joined the Defence Forces in 1961 as a member of 35 Cadet Class (1961-1962) and served for most of his career in the Curragh, Defence Forces Headquarters and the Military College where he held the appointments of Cadet Master and College Commandant. He was Office Commanding 3 Infantry Battalion, Director of Operations and Deputy Chief of Staff (Operations). Overseas, he served with the United Nations in Cyprus, Lebanon and in Central America and was Chief of Staff of the United Nations Truce Supervision Organisation in the Middle East. He attended the Advanced Infantry Course at Fort Benning, Georgia.

Reposing at Anderson & Leahy’s Funeral Home, Newbridge on Wednesday from 5 pm with prayers at 7 pm. Removal on Thursday morning at 9.30 am to arrive at Cill Mhuire, Ballymany for Mass at 10 am. Funeral afterwards to Newlands Cross Crematorium.

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Maj. Gen. Liam Prendergast RIP

ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Major General Liam Prendergast of Walshestown, Newbridge, County Kildare on 10th March, 2019. Peacefully, in his 97th year, in the loving care of the staff at Lourdesville Nursing Home, County Kildare. Loving husband of the late Kay. Sadly missed by his loving children Barbara (Teehan), Patrick, Mary and Denis, sisters Louie, Eileen and Nuala, brother Kevin, daughters-in-law Mary and Geraldine, grandchildren John, Richard, Liam, Christine, Kathryn and Ross, sisters-in-law Tess, Mary and Mary, brother-in-law Michael, nieces, nephews, extended family, relatives and friends.

Rest In Peace

Liam Prendergast was a native of Clonmel, County Tipperary. A member of 17 Cadet Class he was commissioned in June 1945. He served in the Supply and Transport Corps initially in the Southern Command and later in the Eastern Command and the Curragh Training Camp. He served overseas as Intelligence Officer 38 Infantry Battalion in the Congo in 1962/63 and in Cyprus at the Force Headquarters UNFICYP in 1968/69. Liam was the Chief Instructor Infantry School in 1977 and, on promotion to Colonel, was Director Supply and Transport Corps. On promotion to Brigadier General he was appointed Assistant Chief of Staff from March 1980 to February 1981 and Adjutant General from February 1981 to July 1984 in the rank of Major General.

Liam will repose at his home in Walshestown, Newbridge from 5.00 pm to 7.00 pm this Tuesday evening, 12th March, with removal Wednesday morning to Saint Conleth’s Parish Church, Newbridge arriving for 11.00 am Funeral Mass followed by interment in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Enniscorthy, County Wexford, arriving for 2.30 pm approximately. Family flowers only please. Donations, if desired, to the Alzheimer’s Association. House private Wednesday morning. Enquiries to McCrea Funeral Directors 087 – 2888981.

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Maj. Gen. Michael F. Minehane RIP

ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Major General Michael F. (Mick) Minehane of Leopardstown, Dublin and late of Bantry. On Sunday 11 August, peacefully at the Beacon Hospital. Beloved husband of Maura and father of Michéal, Ann, Cathal and Niamh. Sadly missed by his family, daughters-in-law, sons-in-law, grandchildren, brothers, sister, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law, relatives and friends.

Removal on Tuesday, August 13, to the Church of the Ascension of the Lord, Balally arriving at 6pm. Funeral Mass at 10am on Wednesday followed by burial in Shanganagh Cemetery. Family flowers only please. Donations, if desired, to The Irish Hospice Foundation. 

Maj. Gen. Patrick J. Carroll R.I.P.

ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Major General Patrick J. (Pat) Carroll.  On Monday, 13 August, in his 94th year; dearly beloved husband of the late Imelda and exceptional father to Bryan (Scotland), Liam (Limerick), Pat (London), Mary Kingston, Maeve Carroll and Anne Ó Máille; sadly missed by his loving daughters and sons, sons-in-law, daughters-in-law, nineteen grandchildren, eleven great-grandchildren, brothers Aidan and Eamonn, sisters Margaret Tupman and Vera Shanley, extended family, neighbours and friends.

Reposing at the Garrison Church, Renmore on Wednesday 15th August from 5 pm to 7 pm.  Requiem Mass at 12 noon on Thursday, 16th August, at the Church of St. Oliver Plunkett, Renmore.  Funeral after Mass to the new cemetery, Bohermore.

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