Category Archives: News

Independent Review Group – Defence Forces

The Minister for Defence has established the Independent Review Group, comprised of independent external experts, to examine behaviours in the Defence Forces, and to make recommendations on the measures required to underpin a workplace based on dignity and respect. The Independent Review Group is now accepting submissions from individuals and organisations on issues relevant to […]

Report of the Commission on the Defence Forces

The Minister for Defence and Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr. Simon Coveney T.D., has today, (9th February 2022), welcomed the publication of the report of the Commission on the Defence Forces. LINK TO THE REPORT The Minister said: “This report proposes significant changes for the Defence Forces and Defence provision in Ireland. The report poses […]

Christmas Greetings 2021

ARCOIreland’s Officers and Executive Committee extend Christmas Greetings to its members, to their extended families, and to all those who supported the Association in the advancement of its objectives during 2021.  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 […]

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 […]