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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 […]

Have you changed your email address?

If you are a member of ARCOIreland and have recently changed your email address from the Eircom provider, or for any other reason, please contact our Membership Secretary via this LINK to advise him of your new email address. Include your service number when doing so for verification purposes. Almost 750 of our members now receive texts […]

Expression of Interest – Defence Forces Mentoring Programme

During its AGM, held on 02 October 2020, ARCO formally launched its support for the Defence Forces Monitoring Programme. Reinforcing ARCO’s motto Camaraderie Through Service, and the Association’s outreach programme with serving officers, this mentoring initiative reciprocates the investment and experiences accruing from service in the Defence Forces. ARCO members are now invited and encouraged […]

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 […]

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, […]

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 […]

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