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Organisation of National Ex-Servicemen and Women (ONE)

The main objective of ONE is to ensure the welfare of ex-servicemen and women by way of providing accommodation to homeless, elderly or disabled members in need of such domestic accommodation and shelter and other assistance that may be required.

We also develop a spirit of comradeship between serving and retired members of the services, as well as provision of information in the area of pensions, social welfare benefits and other entitlements.

The Organisation of National Ex-Servicemen and Women (Irish: Óglaigh Náisiúnta Na hÉireann) or ONE is a support organisation for ex-service personnel of the Irish Defence Services.

The ONE is dedicated to looking after the welfare of ex-service personnel of the Irish Defence Services.

The O.N.E. is recognised as the official representatives of ex-service personnel by the Department of Defence and the Military Authorities.

The official name of the organisation is Óglaigh Náisiúnta na hÉireann Teoranta and the Patron is Michael D. Higgins, PRESIDENT OF IRELAND.

The Organisation of National Ex-Servicemen was formed in 1950from an amalgam of a number of Veterans Organisations coming out of the War of Independence and the Second World War.  The intention was to form a single organisation to represent ex-service personnel, hence the acronym O.N.E.  To suit the acronym the organisation was named Óglaigh Náisiúnta na hÉireann in Irish. Membership was open to those who served in various state uniformed organisations including the Defence Forces, the Red Cross and the Civil Defence.  In the 1980’s the name in English was changed to the Organisation of National Ex-Servicemen and Women to recognise the advent of women in the Defence Forces.

 

Between 1950 and the late 1980s the organisation was mainly acomrades association which in addition to being a network where ex-service personnel met also held ceremonies of remembrance and raised funds for local charities.

 

In the Winter of 1988/89 a number of ex-servicemen were found deadon the streets of Dublin.  As a result of these deaths ten members of the O.N.E. raised a mortgage of £1 million and built a twenty bedroom home for ex-service personnel in Queen Street, Dublin.  This home was opened by President Robinson in 1994.The ethos of the organisation now changed from a comrades organisation to a support organisation for ex-service personnel in need.

 

In 2000 the O.N.E.was registered as a company limited by Guarantee.  This is usual for most charities operating in Ireland. The official name of the company is Óglaigh Náisiúnta na hÉireann Teoranta (Reg. No. 32824). The company is recognised as a charitable organisation by the Revenue Commissioners (CHY 13868).

A second home was opened in Letterkenny in 2004.  Beechwood House is located at 3 Beechwood Avenue, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal. It is a 7 bedroom facility and was officially opened in March 2004 by then Mayor of Letterkenny Cllr Dessie Larkin.

In 2012 a drop in centre was opened in Limerick.  The Patrick Sarsfield Branch Drop-in Centre is base in Lord Edward Street, Limerick. This is the first centre of its kind in the country for ex-service personnel of the Defence Forces.

 

It will be used primarily as a place where veterans can meet but it will also act as an advice centre for ex-service personnel. Internet facilities are provided. In addition the centre has a large collection of military photographs and
memorabilia.

 The Centre was opened in September 2012 by Life-long branch member, John Collopy, a UN Congo veteran.

This development further enhances the services provided by Óglaigh Náisiúnta na hÉireann Teoranta to ex-service personnel.

The Michael McNeela Branch Dún Dealgan, named after a young Army private from Dundalk who was killed in action in the Lebanon, opened its Veterans Office based in Aiken Bks, Dundalk in January 2012.

The official opening of the branch office was attended by the late Michael’s parents John and Kathleen, and was performed by Lt Col Michael Dawson, OC 27th Inf Bn, who has been fully behind the aims of the organisation and has supported the opening of the office within the Barracks.

The office is manned by branch volunteers on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays from 10am to 2pm for any ex-service personnel who would like to join the branch, or just come in for a chat.

 

 

There are currently 5 residents in the Letterkenny Home and the House Manager is Aidan Redican.

The home was purchased in 2003 and refurbished during 2004 using funding gained under the Irish Government’s housing and anti poverty strategy. National and local fundraising by the ONE also contributed towards the refurbishment. Beechwood House was the second such purchase by the ONE and represented a major leap forward for the charity. The home was fully refurbished to the highest standards and delivers first class safe, affordable and comfortable accommodation to its residents.

The home in Queen Street was replaced in 2003 by a superior residence in North King Street.  Brú Na bhFiann is our largest home. It is a five storey custum built building which was opened by President Mary McAleese in 2003. There are currently 30 residents living in the facility.  The home is managed by Richard Dillon.

 

Brú Na bhFiann also contains nine guest rooms for single, twin or double occupancy. Members of the ONE and members of the Defence Forces who subscribe to the organisation receive a 15% discount on normal room rates. Accommodation is available on a overnight basis seven days a week.

A third home was opened in Athlone in 2006.  Custume House is located at Bonavalley, Athlone, Co. Westmeath. It is a 7 bedroom facility and was officially opened on the 2nd November 2006 by then Minister for Defence Mr. Willie O’Dea TD.

There are currently 6 residents in the Athlone Home and the House Manager is Aidan Byrne.

Custume House was formally the residence of the General Officer Commanding the Western Command. The initiative to open a home in Athlone began in 1996 and it took another 10 years before this was fulfilled. The home was completely refurbished over a three year period. In order to complete the work the ONE received help and assistance from the Defence Forces, the Department of Defence and the local authorities in Athlone and Westmeath.

All monies raised goes towards supporting our primary objectiveof ensuring the welfare of ex-servicemen and women by way of providing accommodation to homeless, elderly or disabled members in need of such domestic accommodation and shelter and other assistance that may be required.

Contact Details

Bra na bhFiann Smithfield Market, North King Street, Dublin 7, Dublin, IRELAND - 1

http://www.oneconnect.ie

Cause Registration

Revenue (Charities Unit) (CHY): 13868

Charities Regulatory Authority (CRA) : 20044268

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