Yearly Archives: 2021

Lt Col John Gahan RIP


ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Lieutenant Colonel John Gahan of Kildare Town and formerly of Clonmel, County Tipperary. On Thursday, 20th May 2021, at his residence surrounded by his loving family. Sadly missed by his beloved wife Ber, daughters Grace and Paula, son Edward, son-in-law Michael, grandson Emmet, Paula’s partner […]

Major-General Maureen O’Brien UNHQ – May 2021

Major-General Maureen O’Brien has been appointed as Deputy Military Advisor to the UN Secretary-General, based in UN Headquarters, New York. Her appointment follows a tour of overseas duty on the Golan Heights as UNDOF’s Deputy Force Commander, in the rank of Brigadier-General. She was the first female officer of the Defence Forces to attain the […]

Comdt Peter Riordan RIP


ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Commandant Peter Riordan late of Kill, Naas and Clane, County Kildare. Peacefully, on Saturday, 8th May 2021, at the age of 90, after a short illness at Naas General Hospital. Beloved husband to Terry Healy Riordan. Sadly missed by his loving sister Peg, children and […]

Lt Gen Emmanuel Erskine RIP


Lieutenant-General Emmanuel Alexander Erskine from Ghana passed away on 7 May 2021 aged 86 years. He was the first Force Commander of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) from March 1978 to February 1981.  General Erskine joined the Ghana Armed Forces as a Cadet in March 1958, the year Ghana gained its independence […]

Brig-Gen Pat Grennan RIP


ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Brigadier-General Patrick (Pat) Grennan. Late of College Park, Newbridge, County Kildare on 4th May 2021, peacefully at home. Lovingly remembered by Nancy, his dear wife of 64 years, his children Declan, Barry, Róisin, Patrick, Orla, Siobhán, Sinéad, David and Naomi, and now reunited with his […]

Commodore Joe Deasy RIP


ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Commodore Joseph Anselm (Joe) Deasy of Monkstown, County Cork and formerly of Dungarvan, County Waterford. On 3rd May 2021, peacefully, surrounded by his loving family and in the wonderful and kind care of the staff at Cramer’s Court Nursing Home. Dearly beloved husband of Carmel […]

Meeting with Commission on the Defence Forces

At the invitation of the Commission, an ARCO Delegation met the Chair and members of the Commission by virtual means on 16 April 2021. ARCO’s Delegation consisted of its President Brig Gen Paul Pakenham (Retd), its Vice President Brig Gen Séamus Ó Giolláin (Retd), and EXCOM Members Brig Gen Paul Fry (Retd) and Capt Dave […]

It’s Your Club! The Management of Sports Clubs by Comdt J. J. Killian

Many sports clubs have become large and complex entities with strong membership numbers and significant budgets, yet they are still operated by people who are essentially volunteers. IT’S YOUR CLUB!, based on many years of practical experience of club committees, boards of directors and national councils, addresses many of the situations that cause problems for […]

Brig-Gen Jimmy Flynn DSM RIP


ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Brigadier-General James J. (Jimmy) Flynn DSM of Foxrock, Dublin 18. On April 15, 2021, peacefully at Beaumont Hospital, surrounded by his loving family. Dearly loved husband for 57 years of Jennifer (nee Simcox) and adored father of Peter, Trevor, Nicola and Keith. Very sadly missed […]

ARCO’s Submission – Disability Pension Process – March 2021

Members of the Defence Forces work in sometimes dangerous and potentially hostile environments both at home and overseas.  They are aware that serious injuries, attributable to military service, have occurred since the Army Pensions Act of 1923 was enacted and are likely to occur in the future. Defence Forces personnel have legitimate expectations that if […]

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