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Gá Gasced an 35ú Rang: What deeds, the 35th?

On 31st January 1961 a group of young men from all corners of Ireland gathered together for the first time on a square in the Curragh Camp, and the 35th Cadet Class was born. They would spend eighteen gruelling months working to become officers in the Irish Defence Forces and, after that, would be scattered […]

Credit Union Volunteering Opportunities

As an ARCO member your analytical skills, decision-making and leadership experience are key volunteer attributes.  Credit Unions provide access to affordable financial services in their communities, operate on a not-for-profit basis, and are volunteer led.  If you want to gain experience in a new industry or would like to contribute to the value of social […]

Green Cap and Blue Beret – An Irish Soldier’s Service at Home and Overseas

Comdt Joe Fallon DSM (Retd) has recently published a book titled ‘Green Cap and Blue Beret’. His book provides an account of his family background and his service in the Defence Forces, covering both military and non-military events at home and overseas. Joe’s wide range of appointments gave him direct contact with senior military and […]

Lieutenant-General William Callaghan DSM

Commissioned by ARCO, Colonel George Kerton (Retd) has written this article marking the centenary of the birth of one of Ireland’s outstanding peacekeepers, Lieutenant-General William Callaghan DSM who was born in County Cork on 03 July 1921. Forty years ago, Major-General William Callaghan assumed command of the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) from […]

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 […]

Survey: Impact of Overseas Service on Early Retirement

Comdt Jamie Troy is a student on the 03 Joint Command and Staff Course and is undergoing an MA in Leadership with Maynooth University. The subject of his MA thesis is to: Review the impact of overseas service on the retention of officers in the Irish Defence Forces. Previous theses on this subject focussed on […]

Air, Sea and Land Memories: a pilot revisits by Comdt Frank Russell (Retd)

Motivated by what to do in the latest Covid19 lockdown, one of our members, Comdt Frank Russell (Retd) has self-published a book of memories and pictures titled: Air, Sea and Land Memories: a pilot revisits. According to Frank, some of the stories relate to his involvement in the Air Corps Air Ambulance, and Search and […]

ONE at 70 Years

On the occasion of the 70th Anniversary of the establishment of Óglaigh Náisiúnta na hÉireann, ARCO salutes the initiative, foresight, and determination of all those Defence Forces Veterans involved in the establishment of ONE on 10 March, 1951. ONE’s services have made a significant contribution to the well-being, needs and interests of retired personnel of […]

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