NEWS 2016:

14.12.16 Supporter of The Year Awards. We would like to thank everyone who sent us their nominations for Supporter of the Year Awards. Every year we like to honour those who have made a positive contribution to the Deaf community. For more information »

14.11.16 Report from the Dáil debate on Irish Sign Language Recognition. Last week, Dáil Éireann debated a motion on the ISL Recognition Report by the Joint Oireachtas committee. To see this information in Irish Sign Language (ISL), go to and Full transcript can be seen at this link: For more information »

14.11.16 Deaf Community Centre Limerick (DCC) 10 Year Anniversary on 28th January 2017 The celebrations will take place in The Strand Hotel in Limerick at 6pm. Tickets are €50. Everyone is welcome. For more information »

7.11.16 Irish Sign Language (ISL) Official Recognition There will be a debate on the Justice and Equality Committee Report on the Formal Recognition of Irish Sign Language in Dáil Éireann this Thursday the 10th of November at 6.48pm for 2 hours. For more information »

24.10.16 Historic Week For Irish Sign Language (ISL) This week was a very historic week for the Deaf Community in Ireland. The 'Recognition of Irish Sign Language for the Deaf Community Bill 2016' was debated in the Seanad (Senate). We are delighted to say the Bill was passed with no objections from the Government. For more information »

17.10.16 Equipment applications now on order. We are expecting the equipment to be delivered before the end of the month. We will be in touch with all those who have applied once the equipment arrives. For more information »

10.10.16 Irish Sign Language (ISL) Bill - Debate by Senate. Recognition of ISL Bill will be debated in the Seanad on the 19th of October 2016. The Irish Deaf Society (IDS) are concerned that the Government do not plan to support this Bill. The IDS are calling on the Deaf and hearing community to contact their Senators, TDs and County Councillors to inform them of your views on the ISL Bill and urge them to support the Bill. For more information »

26.09.16 Update On Equipment Grant. The funding allocated for this year is approx. €7,000 per organisations. We are in the process of reviewing applications and hope to order equipment within the week. For more information »

19.09.16 International Week of the Deaf. Deaf Awareness Event in Tralee at Tralee Library. Thursday 22nd of September 2016. 7 - 8pm. Learn a little about the Deaf Community and Irish Sign Language. All are welcome For more information »

05.09.16 Re-Opened After Annual Leave. If you would like to meet with any of our staff members, please feel free to contact us for an appointment. Our opening hours to the public are Monday-Thursday 10am-1pm & 2- 5pm and on Friday from 10am-1pm. For more information »

25.07.16 Our office closes for annual leave on 29 July at 1pm. We will re-open again on the 1st of September. Our Manager will also be in Ethiopia from the 8th to 28th of August as part of his work with the Deaf communities in Ambo, Bahir Dar and Addis Ababa. Freelance sign language interpreters will still be available here via a number of sign language interpreting services. We look forward to working with you all again in September. For more information »

11.07.16 Decision to cancel future street collections in Killarney. While we are grateful for the support with Street Collections in Killarney over the years, we have decided that this will be our last Street Collection in Killarney for the foreseeable future. For more information »

04.07.16 Reminder of Annual Leave. Just to remind everyone that our Centre closes for the month of August for annual leave. We will close on Friday, the 29th of July at 1pm and re-open Thursday, the 1st of September at 10am. For more information »

27.06.16 Killarney Street Collection. KDRC is looking for volunteers to support us with our upcoming street collection on Friday, the 8th of July in Killarney town. If you are in the position to volunteer and would like to help, please contact Noreen Cronin or Therese Gallant in our office, by text to 087 633 4687. For more information »

27.06.16 RTE Looking For Irish Sign Language Presenters. A daily bulletin News for the Deaf and wishes to create a panel of Irish Sign Language Presenters to provide this service. The selection will be by audition, likely to be held in July/August. For more information »

13.06.16 Summerfest. The IDS would like to invite everyone to their SummerFest events that will take place on Sunday, the 17th of July. It will be held in Deaf Village Ireland (DVI), Ratoath Road, Cabra, Dublin 7 from 12 - 6pm. For more information »

06.06.16 Bank Holiday. Our office will close on Monday the 6th of june for Bank Holidays. We will open again on the 7rd of June at 10am. For more information »

30.05.16 WFD Expert Groups. We would like to extend our best wishes to Nora Duggan and John Bosco Conama who have been selected by the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) to join Expert Groups. For more information »

23.05.16 Ethiopia Deaf Project. In this week's update, we will give you details of some fundraising events that are being organised for the Ethiopia Deaf Project and an update from the EDP on where last year's fundraising money was spent. For more information »

16.05.16 Masters research on Emoji use between Deaf and Hearing. Aedín Collins is currently studying for a Master of Arts in Technical Communication and E-Learning at the University of Limerick. Part of her course requires Aedín to complete a research project which involves surveys and interviews. For more information »

9.05.16 Theft from car of 3 Deaf individuals and Sign Language Interpreter. Last week, in Banna Beach, thieves got into a Deaf individual's car in Banna Beach in Co. Kerry. Cormac Leonard who is a sign language interpreter, and Connor Nourse, who is Catherine's son, have setup a GoFundMe page to help those whose items have been stolen. To donate here. For more information »

25.04.16 Mother Father Deaf Day. The last Sunday in April is designated Mother Father Deaf Day to acknowledge and celebrate their Deaf parents. For more information »

18.04.16 President Higgins visit to Kerry for 1916 event. An Irish Sign Language (ISL) interpreter will be available at two events on hursday 21st April. For more information »

11.04.16 Census 2016 - Irish Sign Language (ISL). The 2016 Census will take place on Sunday 24 April. If you know Irish Sign Language (ISL), please remember to mention this in the Census form at Question 15. For more information »

4.04.16 Hearing aid batteries work better if exposed to air. Hearing aid batteries can last up to 85 percent longer when left exposed to oxygen (air) before being inserted into the hearing aid itself. For more information »

21.03.16 Volunteers For Listowel Church Collection. Our service is looking for volunteers to support us with a Church collection on the 16th of April in Listowel. For more information »

7.03.16  World Hearing Day 2016. The day aimed to raise awareness about public health strategies to reduce the prevalence and impact of hearing loss. For more information »

29.02.16 Ethiopia in August. Our KDRC Manager Willie White will be travelling to Ethiopia on a volunteer basis for 3 weeks in August 2016. The aim of the trip is to provide workshops and training to Deaf adults and children who communicate through Ethiopian Sign Language. These workshops will also be open to their hearing relatives, friends and supporters. For more information »

22.02.16 Church collections volunteers on the 5th and 6th of March. Our service is looking for volunteers to support us with a number of Church collections on the 5th and 6th of March. The income generated from these collections contributes to overhead costs of running our Centre in Tralee and towards our outreach service for elderly clients with mobility and travel difficulties. For more information »

15.02.16 Irish Deaf Society 2016 General Election Manifesto. There is clear and unambiguous evidence that Deaf Irish Sign Language users do not enjoy substantive equality with hearing people within Irish society. Deaf ISL users are more likely to be unemployed, to experience frustration in accessing vital services, to be denied full access to healthcare services and to drop out of college and training courses. For more information »

8.02.16 Collection in Manor West Shopping Centre Tralee. On Friday, the 12th of February, we will have a fundraising collection in Manor West Shopping Centre in Tralee. If you are willing to volunteer for this day, please contact our Centre. We have a number of timeslots available and would really appreciate your support. Income raised from this day will go directly towards running costs of the Centre. For more information »

1.02.16 How an interpreter can be booked in other counties in Ireland? For the first appointment, the Medical Practice sends a letter/email to the HSE General Manager, giving the details of the Deaf client (Name, Address, Medical/GP Card no) and request for an interpreter. The HSE approves the funding of the interpreter. The Medical Practice books the interpreter directly or through an interpreting agency. The HSE are the billing address for the interpreter/agency. For more information »

25.01.16 Irish Sign Language (ISL) Recognition Campaign To get Irish Sign Language (ISL) officially recognised as a language by the Irish Government. This campaign has been ongoing for a number of years and has been supported nationally by the Irish Deaf Society. For more information »

18.01.16 New Donation Page. We are delighted to announce that we now have a new online donation page at We hope this page will enable us to meet the shortfall in funding & enable us to continue meeting the running costs of our Drop In Centre in Tralee and our outreach service throughout Kerry. For more information »

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