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24.11.14 Laura Sadlier Freshman Prize & Sophister Award. The closing date for nominations is Friday 12th December 2014. Awards will be announced in mid-February. Nominations should be submitted to the Director of the Centre for Deaf Studies by post, to Centre for Deaf Studies, School of Linguistic Speech and Communication Sciences, Trinity College, First Floor, 7-9 South Leinster Street, Dublin 2 or by email to For more information »

17.11.14 Tallaght Deaf Club - 2015 trip to Berlin Tuesday 7th April to Saturday 11th April 2015. The trip is open to all. The package which costs €290 covers hotel, guide, coach driver and sites. Provision will be made for an ISL Interpreter on the trip. For more information »

10.11.14 AHEAD - college fair for students with disabilities This event is for students looking to find out about courses and support services provided by 3rd level colleges as well as acquire key information on the access routes for those with disabilities. It will run from 10 am to 1 pm on the 24th of November. For more information »

3.11.14 Kerry Deaf Women's Group Xmas Dinner & Social Evening Saturday 15th November in Kirby's Brogue Inn, Rock Street, Tralee. For more information »

3.11.14 Christmas Market Deaf Village Ireland Saturday 30th November from 10am - 5pm at Deaf Village Ireland, Cabra Road, Ratoath Road, Dublin 7. For more information »

27.10.14 RDS Autumn Roadshow 2014. Geraldine Broderick and Patrick Doody will be giving the Roadshow presentation here in the Kerry Deaf Resource Centre at 2 pm on Saturday 8th November. For more information »

20.10.14 ITV signpost freelance on-screen presenters. If you are interested and want to work with a professional bi-lingual team please send your CV to Joseph Sheridan, Deaf Team Manager and Eileen Young, Controller of Operations. For more information »

13.10.14 Shared reading programme extended to 4-8 year olds. The Deaf Education Centre is delighted to announce that they have received a generous grant from The Ireland Funds to extend their Shared Reading Programme to 8 year olds. There will be ten new books for the 4-8 years olds filmed and added to their library over the coming months. For more information »

6.10.14 Flashing light app for smart phones. A new smart phone app from Convo, allows users to create personalised ring tones of light to identify incoming callers, and adjust the brightness in a room to make sign language easier to see onscreen. For more information »

29.9.14 Open day at specialist education schools - Cabra, Dublin. All prospective students and their families, and professionals working with Deaf and hard of hearing children are invited to attend an Open Day at the Specialist Education Schools for Deaf Boys and Girls in Cabra, Dublin 7 on Friday the 17th October 2014 from 11am to 1pm. For more information »

15.9.14 Irish sign language (ISL) awareness week. ISL Awareness Week will run in Ireland from the 20th - 28th of September. A range of activities are being planned for the week. For more information »

15.9.14 Subtitles now on RTÉ Player. We are very happy to let you know that they are now available to watch on ALL formats: Apple iOS, android, PC, tablets or your laptop. For more information »

8.9.14 Bogus street collectors. The last known sighting of these collectors was in Cork and Galway. The IDS has issued a statement confirming they have no street collections anywhere in Ireland. If you are not sure if a collection is legitimate or not, contact the organisation concerned. If it is a bogus collection, they in turn can contact the Gardaí. For more information »

1.9.14 Petition to save Hands On. Hands On, the TV programme for the Deaf community in Ireland was cut and will not be re-commissioned this year. The Irish Deaf Society (IDS) is calling on members of the Deaf and hearing community to sign a petition calling on RTÉ to reinstate HANDS ON - the only TV programme for the Deaf and hard of hearing in Ireland. For more information »

1.8.14 Irish Deaf Film Festival. Our service will closed for annual leave for the month of August. We will close on Thursday the 31st of July at 5pm and will re-open on Friday the1st of September at 10am. If you require a sign language interpreter for medical or legal emergencies during August, you can contact the Sign Language Interpreting Service emergency number at 087 672 5179. For more information »

21.7.14 Irish Deaf Film Festival. Lighthouse Cinema, Smithfield, Dublin from 10th - 12th of October. Available in Irish Sign Language (ISL), British Sign Language (BSL) and International Sign at: For more information »

14.7.14 RTÉ test subtitles for RTÉ player. RTÉ player is a free online catch-up service on RTÉ One and RTÉ Two that allows you to watch a variety of programmes for up to 21 days after they have been broadcast. For more information »

21.7.14 Notice of centre holidays. We will close for annual leave at 5pm on 31st July and reopen on Friday 1st September at 10am. For more information »

14.7.14 Contact Local TD's to support Deaforward. We are asking you to please contact your local Fine Gael (FG) and Labour TD's this week to stress to Minister Phil Hogan the important service that Deaforward provided to the Deaf community and to reinstate the service's funding. For more information »

7.7.14 Irish Deaf Society National advocacy service scrapped by the government. The IDS's Advocacy Service worked to provide access for Deaf people to public services, education, healthcare and the means to employment. The service's closure puts the Deaf community at further risk of social and economic isolation and a decline in living standards. For more information »

30.6.14 Summer activities. Established by parents of d/Deaf and hard of hearing children who aim to provide information and support to other parents of d/Deaf and hard of hearing children. Activities for children from under 6 to over 12 years of age. 30 June to 18 July 2014. All teachers, workshop presenters, play and youth leaders are Garda vetted and have completed Child Protection and Deaf awareness training. For more information »

23.6.14 Volunteers for street collection Friday 27th June. Just a reminder to everyone that we are organising a Street Collections this Friday 27th June in Listowel. We are looking for volunteers to support us with the fundraising event. If you are available you can text us on 087-633 4687. Your support would be greatly appreciated. For more information »

16.6.14 DeafTV is a website which shows TV programmes of interest to the Deaf community worldwide. You can choose by genre or country. A number of Irish programmes are listed on the website too. For more information, go to For more information »

9.6.14 Volunteers required for street collections Our service is looking for volunteers to support us with Street Collections on the following dates & locations. Your support would be greatly appreciated. 13th of June Tralee. 27th of June Listowel. 11th of July Killarney. 12th of September Castleisland. For more information »

2.6.14 EFSLI summer school 2014 trainer announced European Forum of Sign Language Interpreters' (EFSLI) Summer school. It is to be held from 11th 13th July in Dublin. For more details and to register by 7th June. For more information »

26.5.14 Irish Deaf Society (IDS) job club Do you need help with writing your CV, cover letters, applying for a new job, are you looking for work, help with interview skills, or want to know your rights in a job interview? For more information »

19.5.14 Irish Deaf Society (IDS) Summerfest. The IDS has just announced this year's Summerfest will be held on Sunday 20th July. They are seeking volunteers to make the day successful. If you want to help out please email: For more information »

12.5.14 Deaf trip to Lourdes 2014. From 7th to 12th September 2014 and will be staying at the Hotel Solitude for five nights all-inclusive at a cost of €707. For more information »

5.5.14 Cork Deaf elderly visit to Kerry. Stokers Lodge in Tralee on Tuesday the 13th of May at 11 am. The group would like to meet with the Deaf community in Co. Kerry and in particular with elderly Kerry Deaf. If you would like to attend, you can let us know or you can turn up on the day. For more information »

5.5.14 CDA youth trip to Belfast. Is hoping to plan a trip to Belfast in August. The trip is also open to Deaf & hard of hearing youth from Co. Kerry. As part of the trip, the group hope to meet with other Deaf & hard of hearing youth from the North. The trip is in the early stages of planning at the moment. As soon as more details are finalised, we will let you know. For more information »

28.4.14 Irish Deaf Society (IDS) - move to Deaf Village Ireland. Thursday 24 April. Due to the move, their communication service: e-mail, Internet, text message and telephone will be out of service until further notice. For more information »

21.4.14 Deafhear weekend "children newly diagnosed with hearing loss". The weekend, led by experienced DeafHear staff, gives families the opportunity to gain information about supports available locally and nationally from professionals and peers. On 5th to 7th September at The Heritage Hotel, Portlaoise, Co. Laois. For more information »

14.4.14 Are you Deaf? have you been a victim of crime? Gill Harold is carrying out research at UCC on this important topic. If you were a victim of crime- what did you think about access to the Garda, courts and victim support for Deaf people? The aim of the research is to find out how to improve access to these services for Deaf people. For more information »

7.4.14 Irish Deaf Women's Group extra ordinary meeting. IDWG will be holding an Extra Ordinary Meeting (EGM) at 7 pm on Saturday the 12th of April to vote For/Against the IDWG Hotdesk (office) in Deaf Village Ireland. For more information »

31.3.14 Irish Deaf Society (IDS) roadshows. The IDS's trained Peer Advocates will be visiting areas throughout the country and will present information on a wide range of topics in sign language. For more information »

24.3.14 'War Horse' captioned performance. A captioned performance of 'War Horse' will be held at the Bord Gis Energy Theatre on Thursday 10th April at 7.30 pm for Deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people. There are a limited number of stalls tickets available at €30 and €30 for one companion. For more information »

17.3.14 Expression of interest for interpreters for the 6th World Congress on Mental Health and Deafness. The organisers are hoping to have a team of 6 Irish Sign Language Interpreters. Interpreters will be required from 9am - 5.30pm on the 17th & 18th of Sept and from 9am - 4pm on the 19th of September 2014. For more information »

10.3.14 Garth Brooks ticket raffle for Ethiopia Deaf project. Two tickets to see Garth Brooks in concert in Croke Park on Saturday the 26th of July at 6pm. The draw is scheduled to take place on the 30th April 2014 and they can purchase raffle tickets at €5 each or three for €10 online. For more information »

3.3.14 How Deaf people can teach us effective communication? The Irish Independent featured a fascinating article recently on 'How Deaf People Can Teach Us Effective Communication'? The article looked at research carried out by Dr. Bruno Kahne and was written by John Cradden. For more information »

24.2.14 Deaf women swimmers fundraiser for Ethiopia Deaf project. Monday 17 March at 12 pm to Forty Foot, Sandycove, Dn Laoghaire for €10 per person and all proceeds will be donated to the Ethiopia Deaf Project's school in Ambo. For more information »

17.2.14 Signs of a DIVA reminder. Signs of a Diva, on tour around Ireland this month. For more information »

10.2.14 Television access subtitles contact. With the recent stormy weather conditions, a number of our clients have informed us of issues accessing subtitles on Irish television channels. The TV companies would be happy to hear from you if you are experiencing any difficulties with subtitles. For more information »

3.2.14 The Mid-Term Camp 2014 An exciting camp for deaf and hard of hearing children that will take place from the 20 - 22 February 2014. The camp is for boys and girls, aged between 10 and 15 years in Deaf Village Ireland (DVI) and in the residence of St. Mary's school for Deaf girls, Dublin. For more information »

27.1.14 Emergency interpreting cover during holidays. If you require a sign language interpreter during the holiday period for a legal or medical emergency, you can contact the Sign Language Interpreting Service (SLIS). SLIS may not be able to guarantee an interpreter immediately due to the limited number of interpreters on call. The contact number for their 24hr Emergency Helpline is: 087 6725179. For more information »

20.1.14 Craft classes and social get together. Christina O'Donoghue will run the classes every Thursday from 2pm - 4.30pm. This will be your opportunity to learn new arts and craft skills & participate in game sessions such as jenga and cards. There will be plenty of time too for chat and tea and coffee. For more information »

13.1.14 Sign language interpreted programmes on RTÉ. Since October 2013, RTÉ have been providing three hours of Irish made programmes through Irish Sign Language every Wednesday night. Catherine White & April Drew both from Co. Kerry have been two of the on-screen interpreters for a number of the aired shows. Here is a link to one of the most recent shows. See: For more information »

6.1.14 Emergency interpreting cover during holidays. If you require a sign language interpreter during the holiday period for a legal or medical emergency, you can contact the Sign Language Interpreting Service (SLIS). SLIS may not be able to guarantee an interpreter immediately due to the limited number of interpreters on call. The contact number for their 24hr Emergency Helpline is: 087 6725179. For more information » News Digest Archive

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Our Mission:

To ensure Deaf adults, children, and their families have full access to services and information which are available in the Kerry region so they are able to be self determining, independent and able to participate at all levels in the Kerry Community.

Our Vision:

To be the leading Resource Centre providing support and services for Deaf adults, children, and their families and other related organisations in Kerry.

Our Values:

  • Deaf people CAN !!!!!!!
  • Deaf people and Deaf culture should be treated with dignity and respect
  • Deaf people have the right and responsibility to be involved in the planning, delivery and monitoring of all services intended for their use
  • Irish sign language is the natural language of Deaf people and together with Deaf culture is recognised and accepted by the Centre
  • Other modes of communication modes used by Deaf people are also recognised and accepted.

Kerry Deaf Resource Centre Profile:

» To promote human and citizenship rights for Deaf people in Kerry and Ireland

» To foster the legal and official recognition of Irish Sign Language and to establish the rights to use Irish Sign Language (hereinafter referred to as "I.S.L.") as a primary means of communication in all aspects of life

» To develop, manage and promote any activity in furtherance to the objects of the Kerry Deaf Resource Centre Company Limited

» To keep in touch with new developments, new methods and approaches in the Deaf Community and to disseminate information on I.S.L, Deaf Culture and the Deaf Community to its' members and wider Society

» To promote the research of any aids and equipment - designed specifically or otherwise to benefit the Deaf and distribution of aids approved by the Kerry Deaf Resource Centre Company Limited for use by the Deaf To provide opportunity for constructive discussion of societal and ethical issues of Deaf people, I.S.L. and Deaf Culture

» To advise and assist, at the discretion of the Kerry Deaf Resource Centre Company Limited, other bodies or individuals in Deaf related matters

» To affiliate, at the discretion of the Kerry Deaf Resource Centre Company Limited to any body, local, national and international, for the purpose of furthering objects of the Kerry Deaf Resource Centre

» To promote public awareness of I.S.L, Deaf Culture and the Deaf Community

» To lobby and negotiate, where appropriate, with government departments or other agencies or bodies on behalf of its members, affiliated groups or other parties

» To negotiate, where appropriate, with national bodies for funding and/or support for the Kerry Deaf Resource Centre Company Limited or its projects, either independently or in partnership with other organisations

» To foster the cultural and educational advancement of Deaf people; To inform individual Deaf people of grants available to them

» To publicise generally the aims and objectives of the Kerry Deaf Resource Centre Company Limited through comprehensive media briefing with a view to raising public awareness of all aspects of Deaf-related matters

» To provide expert advice, consultancy services, classes of instruction, tuition, lectures, meetings, discussion groups, exhibitions, printed matter and literature in relation to or furtherance of the objects of the Kerry Deaf Resource Centre Company Limited

» To employ interpreters, consultants or other persons to the Kerry Deaf Resource Centre Company Limited or its members

» To ensure Deaf adults, children, and their families have full access to services and information which are available in the Kerry region so they are able to be self determining, independent and able to participate at all levels in the Kerry Community.

» Kerry Deaf Resource Centre Co. Ltd.

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Social calendar and gallery sections is stalled at the moment, hopefully something will be up and running shortly.

Overuse of mailing lists

There was a time when it was difficult to access information. However with the introduction of e-mail, e-groups etc information is more readily available.

The only problem is, alot of organisations like Kerry Deaf Resource Centre & individuals are receiving information from numerous sources about the same events.

Kerry Deaf Resource Centre receives information in duplicate, triplicate and sometime more often but doesn't mind as the delete button on our computer is easy to find.

However, we do not want to be guilty ourselves of over-informing people. The problem is??, its difficult to know who is or who is not receiving information, what type of information they are getting, and lastly if they are getting the same information from different sources.

If you are receiving information from Kerry Deaf Resource Centre and are already getting it from other sources, please email us as we'd like to remove your name from our lists. That way, Kerry Deaf Resource Centre is contributing to information being available to those who want it, and to those who wish to have it, but not to those who are getting information elsewhere or who do not want to have it.

» Kerry Deaf Resource Centre Co. Ltd.

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