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23.11.15 Interpreting access for Doctor Appointments and at Kerry General Hospital. We have a GP Access Policy with the HSE (Health Service Executive) in Co. Kerry? This policy explains how an interpreter can be provided and paid by the HSE. The Kerry General Hospital will pay for the interpreter In-patient/Out-patient appointments in the Kerry General Hospital. For more information »

16.11.15 Volunteers required to gather spot prizes. We are looking for volunteers to assist us in obtaining spot prizes and donation for our Christmas Party. Our Centre will provide you with a letter that you can hand into local shops & businesses. Alternatively, if you would like to donate a spot prize, we are happy to accept them here in our Centre in Tralee. For more information »

9.11.15 Sign language access at Cork city Christmas lights. Cork City Christmas Lights will be switched on Thursday the 19th November at 6.30pm outside Brown Thomas, Patrick Street, Cork. A Sign Language Interpreter will be present on stage. For more information »

2.11.15 Irish Deaf Society Santa fun run. 5km Santa Fun Run on Sunday, the 29th of November at 12noon in the Phoenix Park in Dublin for the Deaf community. Participants will get a free Santa t-shirt, hat, a prize and refreshment. The deadline for registration is the 22nd of November. For more information »

19.10.15 Interpreting access at meningitis meeting in Limerick. An Irish Sign Language (ISL) interpreter will be available at a talk on Meningitis in Limerick on the 21st of October at 8pm in the Monaleen GAA club, Old Schoolhouse Road, Monaleen, Limerick. . For more information »

12.10.15 RTE documentary on St. Joseph's School for Deaf Boys. The programme looked at some of the positive aspects of being in a Deaf school where sign language and Deaf culture flourished for many years. The programme is suggested for a mature audience and is available for viewing online by going to the RTE Player. For more information »

5.10.15 Community Employment vacancy with our service. We will have a Community Employment (CE) vacancy in our Centre at the end of October. Interviews will be held in the coming weeks. Applicants must be eligible to participate on a CE scheme. Contact your local Intreo Employment Office to find out if you are eligible. For more information »

28.9.15 Successful Sign Language Awareness Week. We would like to congratulate all those involved in a successful Sign Language Awareness Week which was led The Irish Deaf Society (IDS). Events were held throughout Ireland. For more information »

21.9.15 Deaf Ladies Cuppa - Beneficiary information. Caroline O'Leary and a solicitor to give a talk on Beneficiary Information on Wednesday 7th October from 10am - 1pm. It will be held in the Hub lounge, Deaf Village Ireland, Ratoath Road, Cabra, Dublin 7. For more information »

27.7.15 Reminder of Our Centre Closing For Holidays. We will close for annual leave at 5pm on Friday 31st July and reopen on Tuesday 1st September at 10am. For more information »

27.7.15 C3 family day outing. Fun filled family day organised at Fort Lucan Outdoor Adventureland, Westmanstown, Lucan, Co. Dublin on Saturday 22nd August 2015. Meet 11.30am at the front gate, entry for adults is €4 and includes complimentary tea or coffee. For more information »

20.7.15 JUSTISIGNS Workshop. Police interpreting within the Deaf Community. Free of charge. Monday 27th July at the Centre for Deaf Studies (CDS) 1st Floor, Phoenix House, 6-9 South Leinster Street, Trinity College, Dublin 2, from 10am to 4.30pm. Wednesday 29th July at the Deaf Community Centre (DCC) in 96 O'Connell Street, Limerick, from 10 am to 4.30 pm. For more information »

13.7.15 Irish Sign Language Classes. Freelance tutors generally provide ISL tuition on a one-to-one basis or group classes. Tuition is generally provided by Signature or FETAC approved teachers. For more information »

6.7.15 Cake sale and barbeque fun day. A barbeque and cake sale with games for all ages on Saturday 11th July at Deaf Village Ireland. This event is open to all ages. Entry is €5 per person and under 16's going free. The barbeque and games will start at 3pm and the cake sale at 8pm. For more information »

29.6.15 Sign language interpreting services. Our service can book interpreters for Kerry based GP appointments and Kerry General Hospital appointments. For all other bookings, we recommend you contact one of the following sign language interpreting services. For more information »

22.6.15 Deaf Community Centre Limerick fun day. The event will be held at the Hunt Museum on Saturday 18th July from 11 am to 4 pm. For more information »

15.6.15 Services for parents of Deaf/hard of hearing children. This week our update focuses on the supports we provide to families of a deaf child. For more information »

8.6.15 Deaforward funding update. Elaine Grehan, from the Irish Deaf Society, has updated a video on Facebook concerning an update on Deaforward's funding. Last year they, and 23 other organisations, had their funding withdrawn. However, after much lobbying the government, they received a once off "bridging fund" which was due to expire on 30th June 2015. For more information »

25.5.15 Water conservation grant. They are asking all primary residences to register with them by 30th June 2015 so that householders can qualify for the Government's water conservation grant of €100 per year. The Department of Social Protection will be contacting those householders, in late August or September, who have registered with Irish Water by 30th June setting out the grant application and payment process for 2015. For more information »

18.5.15 Our Services. Every week we bring you a wide range of news and interesting information on d/Deaf related items. This week, we wanted to recap on the services we provide to Deaf, hard of hearing, deafened and Deafblind adults and children and to their families. For more information »

11.5.15 Book and gift club. If you would like to view items before ordering, feel free to drop in to our Centre. Staff members here will order the products for you and will send you a text message, email or fax when they are ready for collection. For more information »

27.4.15 careers event. An opportunity on 22nd May 2015, for you to meet and chat with employers about jobs they have on offer, WAM placements, their graduate programmes and general advice. Workshops on the day and a Walk-in CV Clinic where you can have your CV "examined". For more information »

27.4.15 careers event. an opportunity for you to meet and chat with employers about jobs they have on offer, WAM placements, their graduate programmes and general advice. There will also be a number of workshops on the day and a Walk-in CV Clinic where you can have your CV "examined" - just make an appointment on the day for the CV clinic. 22nd May 2015. Time: 10am - 3pm. Citi, 1 North Wall Quay, Dublin 1. For more information »

20.4.15 Ireland UK (IUK) youth summer camp. The IUK Summer Camp is back and will be held this July!! If you are between 13 - 17 years old and free this summer - information and application forms are now available. For more information »

13.4.15 National Deafblind Awareness Day. Saturday the 18th April between 2pm and 4pm at Tallaght Stadium. There will be Exhibition Stands on the day from a range of other organisations and service providers. For more information »

6.4.15 Easter Newsletter. No newsletter this week due to Easter. For more information »

30.3.15 Centre closing for Easter break. We would like to advise everyone that the Centre will close at 5 pm on Holy Thursday 2nd April and will re-open at 10 am on Tuesday 7th April. On behalf of our staff and Board of Directors, we would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone who celebrates Easter, a very Happy Easter. For more information »

23.3.15 Cyber bullying lecture. The Deaf Ladies Cuppa are hosting an event with John Willis who will be giving a lecture about cyber bullying on Wednesday 13th May 2015 from 10am - 1pm in Cabragh Hall, Deaf Village Ireland, Ratoath Road, Cabra, Dublin 7. For more information »

16.3.15 Subtitled films in Tralee Omniplex. Subtitled films EVERY Wednesday night. To check which movie is subtitled each week, go to For more information »

9.3.15 Easter camp / Easter Junior and Leaving cert revision course. Deaf Village Ireland and The Deaf Schools, Cabra are presenting an Easter Camp for Deaf and hard of hearing students, at St Mary's Residence, St Joseph's School, and Deaf Village Ireland, Navan Road, Cabra, Dublin 7, from Tuesday 7th to Thursday 9th April 2015. For more information »

2.3.15 Breast screening and cervical cancer screening in ISL. Videos in Irish Sign Language as part of their Cervical Cancer screening and Breast Screening programmes to show what happens when women attend their appointment for a cervical / smear test or a mammogram. For information on breast screening in Ireland »

23.2.15 Reminder of 112 text emergency service. Deaf and hard of hearing individuals can access Emergency services by text message. Instead of 999, you send a text to 112 if you need to contact Fire Brigade, Ambulance, Garda and/or Coast Guards. For more information »

16.2.15 Just Vlogging - ISL Vlogs On Facebook. It is a fantastic Facebook group where people can submit clips in sign language for other people to view and comment on. Vlogging is becoming very popular in the Deaf community. For more information »

9.2.15 For Deaf students who may be interested in studying in the Institute of Technology Tralee. Due to demand, IT, Tralee is once again offering its Information Seminar for Senior Cycle Students with Disabilities and their parents/guardians on 27th February 2015, 10am to 1pm in the Institute of Technology, Tralee North Campus. If you require a sign language interpreter to access this event then please return the form immediately or notify the Access Officer at or 066 7191682. For more information »

9.2.15 Kerry Deaf Women's Group social lunch. The first social lunch for 2015 will be held in The Daily Grind, 33 The Mall, Tralee, Co. Kerry on 25th February at 12.30 pm. All are welcome. Please confirm by 18th February via Facebook page: For more information »

2.2.15 Change of address for Kerry audiology - hearing aid service. The HSE's Audiology and Hearing Aid Service has moved from Edward Street, Tralee and can now be found in Aras an Phobail, Deans Lane, Tralee. Their Open Repair Service will still be held on Thursday's from 11 am - 1.30 pm. No appointment is necessary. New phone number: 076 1083154. For more information »

26.1.15 Shared reading programme - update. The programme provides resources and support to hearing parents and caregivers so they can learn to read with their deaf or hard of hearing children through Irish Sign Language (ISL). For more information »

19.1.15 New Sign Langauge Courses - Killarney & Tralee. Killarney: Tuesday 27th January from 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm. They will run for seven weeks and cost is €90. Tralee: September 2015 and usually run for 16 weeks. This is an accredited course with an exam at the end. For more information »

12.1.15 Craft classes and social get together. Christina O'Donoghue will run the classes every Thursday from 2pm to 4pm from Thursday 15th January. For more information »

5.1.15 Opening hours for 2015. Monday to Thursday (10am - 1pm and 2pm to 5pm) and Friday 10am to 1pm. To make sure we provide you with the best service, we would recommend that you make an appointment in advance if you would like to meet with a particular staff member. To make an appointment, you can text 087 633 4687 or email For more information »

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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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