Yearly Archives: 2022

Lunch and Briefing for ARCO Eastern Region Members

  ARCO members from the Eastern Region are cordially invited to lunch at the Officers Mess, Cathal Brugha Barracks at 1330 hours on Thursday, 25th August 2022.  The President, Brigadier-General Seamus Ó Giolláin (Retd), will give a short briefing on current issues.  Members who wish to attend should inform George Kerton at or Philip […]

United States Electronic System for Travel Authorization (ESTA) and Visas

ARCO has recently become aware of retired officers encountering problems in obtaining permission to enter the United States as a consequence of having served in countries currently on the US list of restricted countries, whilst in service with the Defence Forces. In some cases this has resulted in considerable personal expense in having to reschedule […]

Comdt Kevin Geraghty RIP


ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Commandant Kevin Geraghty, Castleview, Carrigtwohill, County Cork and formerly of Dowdallshill, Dundalk, County Louth. On July 23rd, 2022, peacefully, in the exceptional care of the GEMS Ward staff at Cork University Hospital. Beloved husband of Mary and dear father of Susan (Rohan), Denis, Roy, Darren, […]

ONE Needs Your Support

The 2022 operational budget for the Organisation of National Ex-Service Personnel (ONE) is €1,020,000. State funding, together with support from ONE’s primary Charity Partner, The Leopardstown Park Hospital Trust, along with contributions from the residents of its homes towards their food and lodgings equates to approximately €650,000. This leaves a funding gap of €370,000. ONE’s […]

Closure of Ulster Bank and KBC Accounts

ARCO members who hold Ulster Bank and KBC accounts have been notified by these two banks that they are withdrawing their banking activity and associated services. ARCO has received the communication shown below from the National Shared Services Office (NSSO) in relation to this. The NSSO provides HR and payroll administration services for government departments, […]

Lt Col Seán Hennessy RIP


ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Lieutenant-Colonel Seán Hennessy, Dún Aongus, Cork Road, Fermoy, County Cork. Seán passed away peacefully on June 28th 2022 in his 99th year in the loving care of his family. Beloved husband of the late Eileen (née Coughlan) and much-loved father of Margaret, Ann, Deirdre , […]

Lt Col Mick Nolan RIP


ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Lieutenant Colonel Michael (Mick – ‘Spike’) Nolan of Montenotte, Cork City and formerly of Newbridge, County Kildare. On June 26th, 2022, peacefully, in the tender loving care of the staff at the Mercy University Hospital, surrounded by his loving family. Dearly beloved husband of Ann […]

Military Transition Programme – Informational and Networking Event

ARCO continues to explore the concept of Military Transition Programmes, outreaching and engaging with interested parties. Arising from its interface with ARCO, J.P. Morgan Military Veterans Affairs hosted an informational and networking event on 21 June in their Dublin offices, titled “Career Transition – J.P. Morgan and Irish Defence Forces Discussion”. Representatives from J.P. Morgan […]

Veterans’ Day 2022

The Association of Retired Commissioned Officers proudly participated in Veterans’ Day ceremonies in McKee Barracks on Sunday, 19 June 2022. Veterans’ Day celebrates and commemorates the service of all former members of Óglaigh na hÉireann who have selflessly and loyally served the State. It also recognises the sacrifices of the families and dependents of service […]

Capt Johnny Martin RIP


ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Captain John (Johnny) Martin of Dalkey, County Dublin, on June 17th, 2022 (peacefully) in the compassionate care of the staff at Beechfield Manor Nursing Home, with his family by his side. Beloved husband of Joyce; loving Dad to Johnny, Graeme, Justin, and Ross. Sadly missed […]

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