Author Archives: William Campbell

COVID-19 Update for ARCO Members

COVID-19 Vaccination Programme The vaccination programme for COVID-19 has begun. However, as members will have seen in the media, it is not possible for everyone to get the vaccine at the same time. The vaccine will be made available to different groups of people at different times, depending on priority. The estimated time frame when […]

Col. Tony Murphy DSM RIP


ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Colonel Anthony T. S. (Tony) Murphy of Knocklyon, Dublin, and formerly of Dundalk, County Louth. On 7th January 2021, peacefully, in the wonderful care of the staff of the Beacon Hospital. Beloved husband of the late Mary, much loved father of Declan, Karen, Aidan, Dara, […]

60th Anniversary – Lt Gen Seán McKeown DSM – Force Commander ONUC

On 07 January 1961, the Defence Forces Chief of Staff, Lt Gen Seán McKeown was appointed Force Commander of the United Nations Operation in the Republic of the Congo: Opération des Nations Unies au Congo (ONUC). Commanding a UN force of 19,828 personnel, Lt Gen McKeown established the Katanga Command, and served during Operation Rumpunch, […]

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 […]

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