Category Archives: Events

62nd Annual Niemba Ceremonies 2022

The President, Chairperson, and Board of Directors of the Organisation of National Ex-Service Personnel have invited ARCO members to attend the 62nd Annual Mass and Wreath Laying Ceremony to honour our comrades who lost their lives in the service of peace at Niemba, Congo on the 8th November 1960. The ceremony will take place on […]

Lt (NS) Gordon Thompson RIP


ARCO regrets to inform its members of the death of Lieutenant (Naval Service) Gordon Thompson of Cork and Roches Point. On 13th October 2022, peacefully, in the excellent care of Saint Luke’s Home and with his family present. Dearly loved husband of Brenda, loving father of Ailsa and Brian, brother of the late Robbie, loving […]

Ireland’s Defence and Defence Forces – Emerging Challenges and Opportunities

As part of its outreach programme, ARCO will host a panel discussion on emerging security challenges facing the nation and the Defence Forces, on Thursday 22 September 2022, in the Keadeen Hotel, Newbridge, commencing at 1900hrs. Registration is by Eventbrite, attendance is not confined to ARCO membership. In light of the Commission on the […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

Networking Event – 21 June – J.P. Morgan Military Veterans Affairs

As part of its outreach programme, ARCO continues to explore the concept of Military Transition Programmes, engaging with interested parties including J.P. Morgan Military Veterans Affairs.  Arising from its interface with ARCO, J.P. Morgan Military Veterans Affairs has now invited interested individuals to join them for an informational and networking event: Career Transition – J.P. […]

Veterans’ Day 2022

The Chief of Staff, Lieutenant-General Seán Clancy, has issued invitations to this year’s Defence Forces Veterans’ Day, taking place on Sunday, 19 June in McKee Barracks, Dublin, commencing at 1400 hours. A representative group from each of the three Veterans’ Associations (ARCO, ONET and IUNVA) will parade, and will be reviewed by the Minister for […]

Holistic Approach to Addressing Instability and Insecurity

Holistic Approach to Addressing Instability and Insecurity by Paul Amoroso in Counter-IED Report Winter 2021/22 Paul Amoroso’s paper, in the latest edition of the Counter-IED Report, will be of interest to our members and indeed to a wider audience. The link to Paul’s paper is HERE. While many will acknowledge the rationale in approaching security […]

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