Yearly Archives: 2020

Remembering Col Justin MacCarthy DSM

On Monday 14 December 2020, in keeping with COVID-19 restrictions, ARCO held a short commemoration ceremony at the Defence Forces Plot in Glasnevin Cemetery to mark the 60th anniversary of the burial there of Col Justin MacCarthy, DSM, the most senior officer of Óglaigh na hÉireann to die on overseas service.  The Last Post and […]

Christmas Greetings 2020

ARCOIreland’s Officers and Executive Committee extend Christmas Greetings to each member, to their extended families, and to all those who supported the Association in the advancement of its objectives during 2020.  Keep Protected, Keep Safe and Keep in Contact. Le gach dea-ghuí don Nollaig agus don Athbhliain With best wishes for Christmas and the New […]

Col. Jim Fives RIP


ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Colonel James (Jim) Fives of Salthill, County Galway and formerly of Tourin, County Waterford. Peacefully, on Thursday 17 December 2020 at University Hospital, Galway. Beloved husband of Julie and much loved father of Karen, Kieran, Anne Marie, Allyn and Aonghus. Sadly missed by his wife […]

Commission on the Defence Forces

On 15 December 2020, the Minister for Defence and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Simon Coveney T.D., announced Government approval for the establishment of an independent Commission on the Defence Forces. The Government also approved the Terms of Reference and the membership of the Commission. Speaking following the Government meeting, Minister Coveney stated: The establishment of […]

Medical Clinic for Homeless Veterans

A monthly medical clinic, conducted by Dr Cathal Berry TD, has been established in Brú na bhFiann, the largest Organisation of National Ex-Service Personnel (ONE) Hostel for Homeless Veterans.  Cathal is a member of ARCO and a veteran of the Defence Forces having served in the Army Ranger Wing before qualifying as a medical doctor […]

Defence Forces Review 2020

The theme of the Defence Forces Review 2020 is: The global island: Strategic implications for Irish defence planning in the evolving geopolitical landscape. Edited by Lieutenant-Commander Paul Hegarty and Doctor Caitriona Dowd, this year’s edition is published in academic collaboration with the Dublin City University School of Law and Government. The 2020 Review reflects on […]

Comdt. Senan McGrath RIP


ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Commandant Senan McGrath of Crofton Street and Burton Street, Kilrush, County Clare. Senan died on Sunday 29th November 2020 in his native Kilrush. He is deeply regretted by his mother Maura, brothers Michael and Gerard, sister Mary (Healy), sisters-in-law, brother-in-law, nephews, nieces, cousins, relatives, Defence […]

Brig-Gen Amby Brophy RIP


ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Brigadier-General Ambrose (Amby) Brophy of Kilcullen, County Kildare & formerly of Tinryland, County Carlow. On 29th November 2020, peacefully, in the gentle care of the Curragh Lawns Nursing Home. Loving husband of the late Brigid (Bea). Deeply regretted by his brothers Cormac and Anto, sisters-in-law, […]

Brig-Gen Maurice Downing RIP


ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Brigadier-General Maurice Downing of Terenure, Dublin and formerly of Glengarriff, County Cork on 22nd November 2020, peacefully, at the Mater Private Hospital. Beloved husband of the late Maeve. He will be sadly missed by his children Margaret, Maeve, John, Maurice, Paul and Finbarr, grandchildren John, […]

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