NEWS 2018:

17.12.18 Sign Language interpreting for legal and medical emergencies. Bridge Interpreting out of hours Emergency Booking can be contacted on 087 904 6594. For more information: Bridge Interpreting. SLIS Emergency Out of Hours Service can be contacted on 087 672 5179. This service is intended for medical/legal emergencies only (e.g. hospital, garda etc.) and funerals. The service is available 24 hours. For more info, go to: For more information »

3.12.18 Reminder of office holidays. Just a quick reminder of our upcoming holidays. We will close at 5pm on the 21st of December and will re-open again on the 7th of January at 10am. For more information »

26.11.18 One year anniversary of the Irish Sign Language Act. The Irish Deaf Society (IDS) is holding an event on the 14th December in Deaf Village Ireland (DVI) in Dublin. To see this information in Irish Sign Language, go to For more information »

19.11.18 Are you Deaf and interested in being a primary school teacher? Over the years many Deaf Irish Sign Language (ISL) users have dreamed of studying to become primary school teachers. If you are one of those people, Elizabeth Matthews would love to hear from you. For more information »

12.11.18 Church collections - volunteers required. Our Centre will be holding Church Collections in Killarney this Saturday night and Sunday morning (17th and 18th of November). We are looking for volunteers to cover Churches in Killarney town. Centre and in Muckross. If you are interested, please contact Noreen, Therese, Sandra or Jacqualyn in our office. They will also have information on the Church locations and Mass times. For more information »

5.11.18 Fake scammer arrested by Gardai (police). As a result of all the media coverage, many people rang our local Garda (Police) station and the man pretending to be deaf was arrested. Our sincere thanks to the media, Katie and everyone who shared our posts and reported it to An Garda. We could not have done this without your support. For more information »

22.10.18 Sign language access on RTE TV programmes. The RTE Access Services Web Page list has been updated to include programmes up until the 21st of November. To check out which shows have been added to the current schedule, have a look at For more information »

15.10.18 ESB Networks text service for Deaf and Hard of Hearing. The ESB (Electricity Supply Board) has introduced a new text service for deaf and hard of hearing customers. This service will enable customers to report emergencies including: Electric poles on fire / fallen electricity wires / life or property in danger (due to electrical issues). The text number is: 087 715 2403. For more information »

8.10.18 Full Time Vacancies With DEAFHEAR. The vacancies are full time/permanent are as follows: Operations Director. Director of Specialist Services. Children and Family Services Manager. Assistive Technology Manager. Social Work & Care Services Manager. Closing date for applications is Wednesday, 17th October (by 5pm). For more information »

1.10.18 Upcoming church collections - volunteers required. It's that time of year again when we are organising a number of Church Collections which require volunteers. For more information »

24.9.18 International Week of the Deaf and International Day of Sign Languages. This year's theme is "With Sign Language, Everyone is Included" from the 23rd - 30th of September. For more information »

10.9.18 National Survey of Services for Children with Permanent Hearing Loss. The HSE is looking for parents to give feedback on the health and educational services available to children who have permanent hearing loss. For more information »

3.9.18 Opening hours until Christmas Our opening hours from now until Christmas will be: Mon/Tue/Wed/Thurs: 10am - 1pm and 2 - 5pm. Fri: 10am - 1pm. For more information »

30.7.18 Upcoming international events in 2019. Clin D'oeil Festival - Reims France (4th - 7th Of July 2019); Codalove - Fontainebleau France (11th - 14th July 2019); WASLI Conference - Paris France (15th - 19th July 2019) and WFD Congress - Paris France (23rd - 27th July 2019). For more information »

23.7.18 Deaf Sports Ireland - 50th Anniversary Celebrations. A host of sporting events are being planned from the 5th - 7th of Oct in DVI. The celebrations will end with a Dinner Party and DJ in Crowne Plaza Hotel, Santry. For more information »

25.6.18 Advance notice of annual leave in August. This year we will close on Tuesday, the 31st of July at 5pm. We will re-open again on Monday the 3rd of September at 10am. For more information »

14.6.18 Enquiries on paid/non-paid work with our service. Over the past few months, we have seen an increase in people looking for paid/non-paid work with our service. KDRC is introducing a number of new measures to ensure we are compliant with relevant employment/voluntary work policies and procedures. All on-duty staff (paid and non-paid) must have up-to-date Garda Vetting with our service. For more information »

14.5.18 Data protection - emails, text messages and newsletter update. Over the past few weeks, we have been updating all our client files to ensure we are following new Data Protection guidelines. As a result, we have been deleting and shredding files that are not in line with these new policies. For more information »

23.4.18 Thank you to Patti Canne in Social Work training. We would like to extend our sincere thanks to Patti Canne for providing training to our staff, Board members and invited guests. Patti is pursuing her Masters in Social Work in Gallaudet University and had a wealth of information and theories. For more information »

16.4.18 KDRC Data Protection Policy. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into force on the 25th May 2018. Our service is committed to ensuring we follow appropriate data protection guidelines, policies and legislation. To ensure we comply with the new GDPR policy, we are implementing changes in how we store data. For more information »

26.3.18 Expression of interest for interpreting/ISL access for 1st year student. A secondary school in Abbeyfeale is looking for an 'expression of interest' from Irish Sign Language (ISL) interpreters to work with a 1st year Deaf student in September. For more information »

26.2.18 'ISL Act Formal Gala'. To celebrate the passing of the Irish Sign Language (ISL) Act. It will be held in the Crown Plaza Northwood in Dublin on Saturday the 19th of May at 7pm. Early bird tickets before the 26th of April. Deadline to get tickets is the 11th of May at 5pm. For more information »

19.2.18 WFD Congress in Paris. The next World Federation of the Deaf Congress will be held in Paris in 2019 from the 23rd-27th of July. For more information »

5.2.18 Classes in our centre from now until May. The list of classes that will run in KDRC until the end of May: Introduction to Sign Linguistics, Personal Development (QQI Level 3), Computers (QQI Level 3) and Arts and crafts / social get-together. For more information »

22.1.18 Our newsletter is back again after taking a break for Christmas and the New Year. Although our office re-opened on the 8th of January, we decided to take an extended break with our newsletter while our Manager was abroad in Asia and Australia. We would like to welcome Willie back to Ireland. We would also like to wish our Board, staff, customers and supporters a very Happy 2018. For more information »

8.1.18 Irish Sign Language Act signed into law by the President 24th of December 2017. On, the 24th of December 2017 is a truly historic day for the Deaf community. President Michael D. Higgins signed the Irish Sign Language Act 2017 into Law. For more information »

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