NEWS 2019:

23.12.19 Reminder of Christmas holidays / annual leave. we will close up at 1pm on Friday, the 20th of December. We will re-open again at 10am on Monday, the 6th of January 2020. For more information »

9.12.19 Looking to progress to further education, training or employment? Employability Service Kerry and The Department of Employment and Social Affairs present Progressive Pathways Fair 2020 at the Rose Hotel, Tralee on Friday, 31st of January, 2020 from 11am to 4pm. For more information »

4.11.19 National Deaf Women of Ireland Special Event An Evening On Mental Health will take place on Grainne Meehan will give a presentation on her research on Deaf Women and Access to Sexual Health Information and Services. For more information »

21.10.19 Sign Language Interpreting Access With the passing of the Irish Sign Language (ISL) Act 2017, we are seeing an increase in queries from Government Depts / Public Bodies and deaf individuals relating to access for sign language users e.g. GP/Doctor Access Policy, Kerry University Hospital, Social Welfare and Citizens Information Centres. For more information »

7.10.19 Mental Health Discussion - With ISL Access. An Evening On Mental Health will take place on Friday, the 11th of October from 7.30pm to 9pm in The Grand Hotel in Tralee. For more information »

30.9.19 Text service for Irish Water. For customers registered with the text service, a text will be sent in advance to notify you. To register your mobile, you can email: or go online to For more information »

5.8.19 Closed for annual leave holidays. We will be closed for the month of August. We will re-open again on Monday 2nd of September at 10am. For customers that require interpreting access for legal or medical emergencies during our annual leave, please contact: or For more information »

8.7.19 Sign language plans for Cork City Council minutes. Motions are to be brought before the Council for approval, if passed, mean interpretations will be made publicly available following meetings. For more information »

24.6.19 World Federation of the Deaf Congress - Paris. This year's theme is 'sign language rights for all' covered six main topics: Sign language and deaf studies, Deaf education, International cooperation, Technology and accessibility and Health, and employment. For more information »

20.5.19 #DeafAccess Research Project (With UCC, CDA and KDRC). We are looking for members of the deaf community to let us know what access means to you? If you need to access information from a Government Department or Public Body, what access do you require? For more information »

13.5.19 Sailing Opportunity for Young Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Sail Training Ireland will be hosting a deaf and hard of hearing student voyage from the 7th to 13th of August 2019. This 'Tall Ship Adventure of a Lifetime' which encourages participants to Sail, Train, Learn, Live is open to young people from the age of 15-18 years of age. For more information »

29.4.19 UCC Open Day For Deaf/Hard of Hearing Students. The Disability Support Service in UCC is hosting two summer schools in May for both primary and 2nd level students who are deaf/hard of hearing. For more information »

15.4.19 Support the Irish Deaf Society (IDS) women's mini marathon. IDS are looking for runners to participate in the upcoming Women's Mini-Marathon in Dublin on the 2nd of June. For sponsorship forms etc, please contact the IDS at 01 860 1878, text 086 380 7033 or email: For more information »

8.4.19 Text Service to Report Crime in Tralee. An anonymous text alert service that allows people to instantly report crimes has been introduced in Tralee. members of the public who 'See Something' that might need Garda intervention to 'Say Something' by texting TRALEE and the incident details to 50555. The free text messages are received by the sergeant on duty. For more information »

25.3.19 Yoga classes (organised by Chime Killarney) Classes will take place from 2pm - 3pm and will cost €2 per class. The dates for the classes are as follows: March 25th. April 1st and 29th. May 13th, 20th and 27th. June 10th and 17th. For more information, contact Aileen at Chime on 086 607 2908. For more information »

11.3.19 Mother Father Deaf - TV Documentary. RTÉ will be showing a documentary "Mother Father Deaf" on Thursday, the 14th of March at 10.15pm on RTÉ One. The producers promise that this programme will be a touching and informative one-off special looking at the lives of people who were born into deaf families. For more information »

4.3.19 International Women's Day - ISL Access. International Women's Day will be celebrated on Friday, the 8th of March. As part of these celebrations, the Kerry Women's Resource Centre (KWRC) will be holding an event in the Rose Hotel in Tralee from 10am - 12.30pm. For more information »

25.2.19 Upcoming Activites in 2019 for Ethiopia Deaf Project (EDP). For more information on EDP, you can check out their website at and also their Facebook page at For more information »

18.2.19 Changes to Garda Vetting procedures. The Garda Vetting Act stipulates that a relevant organisation shall not permit any person to undertake relevant work or activities on behalf of the organisation with vulnerable adults/children, unless the organisation receives a vetting disclosure from the National Vetting Bureau in respect of that person. For more information »

11.2.19 CODA UK and Ireland - Wellbeing Day In Limerick. The event will run from 10.30am - 5.30pm in the Deaf Community Centre (DCC) in Limerick. The event itself is free. For more information »

4.2.19 KDRC is now 20 years in business. On this 1st of February, our service reached an important milestone, we are now up and running for 20 years. We first opened on the 1st of February all the way back in 1999. While we have been lucky to be part funded by the HSE, we have struggled to secure funding to meet the actual costs of running a full-time service. For more information »

28.1.19 Teaching Degree for Irish Sign Language (ISL) users. Dublin City University (DCU) has launched a new primary school teaching programme specifically for Irish Sign Language (ISL) users. The Department of Education now officially recognises Irish Sign Language as a replacement subject to spoken/written Irish. As a result, deaf and hard of hearing students who are fluent users of ISL can now apply via the CAO system for primary school teacher training. For more information »

28.1.19 Update on save the IDS Campaign. The Minister of State for Disability Issues has released a statement on Twitter saying he is committed to funding the IDS in 2019 and that work is taking place around this matter in the coming days. However, the IDS is keen to get this commitment in writing and indeed a commitment to fund their service for the long term and not just 2019. For more information »

21.1.19 #SAVEIDS campaign. The IDS is now calling on everyone to support their campaign to keep this vital service open. They are looking for letters of support as well as media coverage to get the message out there. They would also like people to use the following hashtag on any social media posts #SaveIDS For more information »

14.1.19 Irish Deaf Society **Important Open Meeting In Dublin**. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the financial crisis that threatens to close the IDS. The meeting will be held on Saturday January 19th at 2pm in the Deaf Heritage Centre in the Deaf Village Ireland (DVI) in Dublin. The meeting is open to members of the Irish Deaf Society and friends from the wider community. The IDS would be grateful if you could make the time to attend this meeting. The organisation is facing its most serious challenge and they need help and support from the wider community. For more information »

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