Monthly Archives: October 2020

Ireland in the Service of the Future – A Film on The Congo

McKee Officers’ Club has produced a remarkable film celebrating the 60th Anniversary of the deployment of the first Defence Forces unit on UN Peacekeeping Operations with ONUC in the Congo. “Ireland in the Service of the Future”, featuring the 32 Inf Bn and 33 Inf Bn, was edited and produced by Gerry McColgan, supported by […]

ARCO’s 26th AGM – 02 October 2020

Annual General Meeting The Association’s 26th AGM took place in virtual format, by means of electronic communications technology (Zoom), on 02 October 2020. For an overview of the AGM, please download here. Officers’ Reports Reports were presented by the President: Brig Gen Paul Pakenham (Retd), the Secretary: Lt Col Joe Ahern (Retd), the Treasurer: Lt […]

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Recent Department of Health Press Release

A Press Release from the Department of Health on 06 October announced that the Minister for Health, Mr Stephen Donnelly TD, has secured funding for a range of measures that will make healthcare more affordable for more than a million people across the country. This funding, which was agreed at Cabinet on 06 October, will […]

60th Anniversary – Company Sergeant Felix Grant DSM

On the 60th anniversary of his death, the extended Defence Community remembers with pride Company Sergeant Felix Grant, B Company, 33 Infantry Battalion, Opération des Nations Unies au Congo (ONUC), who was the first member of the Defence Forces to die on United Nations service.  Company Sergeant Grant died at the King Albert Hospital, Albertville […]

Comdt. Con O’Neill RIP


ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Commandant Con O’Neill, Howth Road and formerly Lennox Street, Dublin. On September 29, 2020, peacefully at home. Cherished soul mate of the much-missed Leolyn and beloved father of Katy, Desmond and Cara. Con leaves behind much loved grandchildren, a lifetime’s worth of dear friends, including […]

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