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1 April 2004 (VOL 2 WEEK 13)

It continues to be a very busy week at our Centre. We are looking forward to having some quiet time to recuperate as we head towards Easter.

Hot off the press, we have been informed by one of our colleagues in Northern Ireland that Paul Murphy, Secretary of State officially recognised British Sign Language and Irish Sign Language in Northern Ireland last night at Hillsborough Castle. We look forward to Irish Sign Language being officially recognised by our Government here in Southern Ireland shortly and follow the example already set by Britain and Northern Ireland.

We say a sad farewell to Elaine Scannell, our student from ITT after three months. It has been an absolute joy and pleasure having her here with us. We genuinely wish her the best in her future studies and exams. We will see Elaine again as she is representing Kerry Deaf Resource Centre at the Rose of Tralee Kerry Selection in June.

Our Comhairle one-year information project has come to an end this week. The highlights of the project have been the development of our weekly club notes, website and handbook which will be made available shortly for Comhairle/CIC information providers. Although it is the end of the project, Kerry Deaf Resource Centre will continue to maintain many of the learning outcomes through its day-to-day work. Our very sincere thanks to Comhairle for funding this one-year project and look forward to continuing our working relationship even further for the betterment of the Deaf and hard of hearing community.

The Kerry Deaf Resource Centre was happy to assist the Munster Sports Council bag packing fundraising event last week. They raised approximately €1,700. Thanks to the Deaf Action Group for giving up their time for this event.

At one point last week, we had seven students on various kinds of work placement with us. It is wonderful to see so many being introduced into the field of Deafness and Interpreting. We are impressed by the level of observation they have and the challenging questions they asked of each of us who have been working in this field for some time. The students included Ger Boyce, Kevin Mulqueen, Hilda Early, Tracey Daly, Elaine Scannell, Imelda Gibbons and Andrea Smith. We would also like to say hi to Ronan Dunne who came for a visit. Hope you all enjoyed your time with us.

Members were able to participate in a half day Anti Racism Training. Many members felt they learned a lot through the process and are keen to have more in-depth training on the issue of racism and how easy it is to discriminate without realising it.

Irish Deaf Society are happy to announce that their series of information leaflets are available free online on the IDS website. The leaflets are in Adobe PDF format and cover a wide range of topics related to Deafness and Sign Language. Check them out at:

The socialist workers party is currently running a number of candidates in the local elections. They would like to meet with people with disabilities, their representatives, carers, parents and advocates. They will meet people at a place that they find most accessible. If there are any Deaf people who would be interested in meeting with a local elections they will try to arrange to have a Irish Sign Language interpreter present. They realise you probably have been contacted by other political parties, requesting the same information. For more information contact them at

Due to circumstances beyond their control, the Irish Deaf Youth Association (IDYA) activity weekend has been postponed until July. Those of you who have paid deposits are being contacted. When a date has been arranged, they will let you know. We would like more people to join us for July so if you are interested, please contact IDYA by email: or SMS 085 7374734. They apologise for the inconvenience from Stephen Gilligan.

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8 April 2004 (VOL 2 WEEK 14)

Hello and welcome to our Easter week notes. Hope you all have a lovely Easter and get lots of chocolate eggs. We will be closed on Good Friday and the Bank Holiday Monday, apart from that, business as normal.

Now on to our news:
We would like to thank Mike Callahan for fundraising on behalf of the Deaf Action Group for the Easter Car Rally. It is very much appreciated. Thank you Mike.

We have a Community Employment Scheme (CE) vacancy available for 18 weeks starting on 28th May 2004. If you are eligible for CE and in receipt of Disability Allowance, please do let us know. In the meantime, we wish Bernadette O'Connor all the best, as she will be on leave, we look forward to seeing her again on her return.

The Deaf Action Group Easter Raffle took place last Saturday. The winners are as follows: -

  • 1st prize Easter Hamper goes to Timothy Cronin from Killarney;
  • 2nd prize Large Easter egg and Champagne goes to Dunne Gang from Dublin;
  • 3rd prize of €15.00 goes to Saran Ferris from Killorglin
  • 4th prize of the Easter Rabbit goes to Bernadette White from Tralee.
Congratulations to the winners and many thanks to all those who sold tickets on behalf of the Deaf Action Group. Almost €1,400 was raised.

Congratulations to Jason Maguire on his recent confirmation which was in Dublin and celebrated with a large family meal in Tralee last weekend.

The Board of Irish Signlink has set up a complaints procedure sub-committee a few months ago. For now, we would like to let you know the email address you can send complaints about Signlink, or even ideas and suggestions for the sub-committee All emails will be kept strictly confidential, unless otherwise requested. Who is on the sub-committee? Alvean Jones (Independent, Chairperson of Signlink); Patricia Breen (IDS); Tony Dolan (NAD); Margaret Woulfe (IASLI); Bernadette Ferguson (IASLI); Mary Phelan (ITAI, Spoken Language Interpreters group); Catherine White (via email). We would like everyone to be involved. Looking forward to working together from Alvean Jones.

The Munster Sports Council will have another Bag-packing event in Tralee. It will be held on 21st and 22nd May in Dunnes Stores. They would appreciate your help again.

Don't forget the Irish Deaf Society will hold their AGM on 15th May. You can contact them directly for more information or email:

The Irish Deaf Society is also hosting the European Union of the Deaf Congress on Employment on the 7th May. Again, contact them directly for more information or email:

A group from Kerry will be attending the Deaf Karting weekend. Two of our Kerry Deaf members are in the finals of the karting. We wish them the best of luck in the finals. This event will be held on the bank holiday weekend in May in Kilkenny.

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15 April 2004 (VOL 2 WEEK 15)

In Tralee, we had a wonderful Easter break, thanks to Samhlaoicht for organising a whole range of different events suitable for all ages. Hope all our readers also had an enjoyable Easter break.

It is not too late to make enquiries regarding our Community Employment Scheme we have in conjunction with Partnership Trá Lí. If you are Deaf and would like 18 weeks experience of working with us at the Kerry Deaf Resource Centre, do let us know. Email:

We are delighted to announce we may have another Interpreter moving to Kerry sometime in June for a period of one year. Her name is Tracey Daly. Tracey will have completed two years of study to become an interpreter and has already visited Tralee on two occasions this year.

We have received several requests for a copy of our handbook "Providing Information for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People". Once we have received funding and it is published, we will advertise its availability. In the meantime, we thank you for your interest and patience. This handbook was produced as a result of our one-year information and communication project, which was funded by Comhairle. Our sincere thanks to Comhairle for funding the project and handbook.

The Tralee Volunteer Bureau is a section within Partnership Trá Lí their aim is to link individuals who are interested in volunteering with local volunteering opportunities. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer, you can contact them directly Annette O'Regan, Development Officer, Tralee Volunteer Bureau, Partnership Trá Lí, 37 Ashe Street, Tralee, Co. Kerry. Tel. 066-7129544. Email:

If you have received a questionnaire from the Irish Deaf Society regarding Deafness and Poverty, can you please return the questionnaire as soon as possible directly to Susan Whelan at the Irish Deaf Society?

Following on from Northern Ireland's recognition of British and Irish Signed Languages, New Zealand have forwarded their Press Release regarding the process of having New Zealand Sign Language recognised. Well done to New Zealand. We look forward to the day when we can announce the recognition of Irish Sign Language by our own Government.

Don't forget the European Union of the Deaf and Irish Deaf Society one-day seminar on non-discrimination in Employment on Friday 7th May 2004. Well worth attending if you can make it. Further details can be obtained from the Irish Deaf Society. Website:

Our monthly Mass will be held this Sunday 18th April at 3.00pm.

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22 April 2004 (VOL 2 WEEK 16)

Welcome to our weekly notes. We are constantly amazed at the positive feedback we receive regarding our Club Notes. Thank you for taking the time and effort to let us know your comments. Our thanks to The Kerryman Newspaper for providing this facility of keeping you informed.

It's that time of the year again when we would like to ask our members for suggestions for our one day Summer Tour. If you have any ideas, let us know as soon as possible as it does take time to organise.

Applications are invited for the positions of trainee upholsterers at Cork Deaf Enterprises. A vacancy also exists for a general operative/delivery assistant. To apply, send your CV to Cork Deaf Enterprises, Ballinlough Road, Cork. Fax: 021 4294113 or email:

The Kerry Deaf Resource Centre is looking for volunteers for two bag-packing events to be held at Dunnes Stores, North Circular Road, Tralee on 15-17th July and 18th-20th August 2004. The organisers for the bag packing are Niamh White and Bernadette O'Connor. Both can be contacted through Kerry Deaf Resource Centre or by text only 0876645418. We would be delighted if you are able to help.

Our 5th Anniversary Dinner and Dance will definitely take place on Saturday 23rd October at the Mount Brandon Hotel in Tralee; so keep the date in your diary if you want to have fun. Tickets will be €45.00, which will include dinner, dance, disco, and late bar. This is an approximate fee and will be confirmed at a later date.

Kerry Deaf Resource Centre is looking for a Deaf presenter for the Encouraging Signs Conference organised by the Centre for Deaf Studies in Dublin from 9th-11th September. Let us know or email us: if you are interested in presenting on behalf of the Kerry Deaf Community for this exciting and very important conference.

There will be seven members of the Kerry Deaf Resource Centre and Deaf Action group attending the Irish Deaf Society AGM on the 15th May. If you have any comments for the Irish Deaf Society, let us know or email us: and they can make representation on your behalf. Better still, come along with us, it will be well worth it.

We also have two members attending the Irish Deaf Society one-day employer seminar organised in conjunction with the European Union of the Deaf in Dublin on the 7th May. It's not too late if you want to attend too.

The Passion of Christ movie has been a constant source of discussion for the past while. The best news, however, was a three generation Deaf family were able to attend together as the movie was subtitled here in Tralee. This was the first time ever in three generations they were able to attend any movie together. Although attempts have been made with our local cinema to pursue having subtitled movies as a regular feature, we are disappointed to say we have received no feedback to date from our local cinema. This is a disappointment to our Deaf and Hard of hearing wannabe moviegoers in Kerry, of which there are plenty.

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29 April 2004 (VOL 2 WEEK 17)

Our office has been a hive of activity with staff and members of the community planning their holidays, going on holidays, returning from holidays. The summer season is definitely in the air. As for our work, work continues as normal dealing with the diverse needs of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing community, which is always a wonderful challenge for staff and board members of the Kerry Deaf Resource Centre.

FÁS in Castle Street Tralee have installed a loop system for anyone who wears a hearing aid making their service more accessible. Well done to FÁS for showing the initiative to cater for its Deaf and hard of hearing members.

The Education Equality Initiative Management Committee meeting are continuing to meet to set up the three year Irish Sign Language Tutor training programme. As soon as there is anything to report, you will be informed through these weekly notes.

We would like to welcome back one of Deaf members of staff who has returned from an exciting six-week holiday in Thailand. If you are interested in knowing more about his holidays, he can be contacted through the Kerry Deaf Resource Centre.

Our Arts and Crafts classes are still continuing every Thursday afternoon from 2.00pm to 5.00pm for the next three weeks. Come along and get your hands dirty!

Well done to Niamh White who had the opportunity of meeting Ryan Tubridy again during the Cork Institute of Technology Society Award evening held last week. Niamh first met Ryan during the Rose of Tralee Kerry selection last year when Geraldine Broderick was representing the Kerry Deaf Resource Centre.

Don't forget our hearing aid batteries are €3.00 for a pack of six. As far as we know, we are the cheapest. If this is not the case, do let us know.

Next week we will be able to give you an update of the meeting held here at the Kerry Deaf Resource Centre regarding the new National Deaf Advocacy Project and research into issues facing Deaf people in education and employment.

Talking about education, look at for a summary of meetings held around the country by the Department of Education. Deaf education issues have been raised at most of the meetings nationally.

The Irish Deaf Youth Activity has now re-organised their activity weekend in Killarney for the 2nd to 4th July. Text 085 7374734 or email: for further information.

One of the most exciting pieces we have seen lately has been the development of The International Deaf Childrens Society website which is now live! is a major new online, global forum dedicated to childhood deafness, providing a valuable resource to professionals, deaf children and deaf young people, parents, carers and volunteers. The Directory is an online database of deaf organisations worldwide. You can check your listing at

Australia now has a brand new tour guide service for the 70 million worldwide deaf and hard of hearing community wanting to visit the sunburnt country, including the 2005 Deaflympics in Melbourne. To find out more about them, click on

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