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2 December 2004 (VOL 2 WEEK 48)

We would like to begin with thanking those who volunteered for our Church Collections last weekend. It was a cold and wet weekend so we really appreciate all those who helped on the day.

Thanks also to the Churches for allowing us to collect at their masses. For those who have collected, please bring your collections to the office or send us the amount by cheque.

If you are willing to volunteer for other events, please send us your details as we are putting a database of collectors together. Due to various reasons, the number of Churches that we collected at this year was lower than normal. This will have a big effect on the amount of money raised. We estimate that we will be short by a few thousand euro.

We will have to organise more events to make up for this deflect so your support would be greatly appreciated.

On to more general news, Our EEI training project is busy preparing for upcoming training. As soon as an accredited ISL tutor is available to come to Kerry for pre-exam training, a letter/e-mail will be sent to the successful candidates informing them of dates for ISL 1 + 2 training. We hope to be able to start some training after Christmas.

Hands On is busily preparing for its final show of 2004. Their show on the 19th December show will be Christmas-themed and they are looking for news of parties, get-togethers or any Christmas activities. Do you know any events that Hands On could announce on its show? If yes, you can let Susan Whelan know as soon as possible, Hands On, 22a Fortescue Lane, Rathmines, Dublin 6. Website: www.rte.ietv//handson,

For those of you from Kerry, who expressed an interest in going to Peru for the Irish Deaf Society. The dates for registration has been extended to the 30th November. Their travel operator partner "Across the Divide" has informed the IDS of the changes to the flights arrangement. The new dates is 23rd April to 3rd May 2005. The flights will be from Dublin to Amsterdam to Lima (Peru). Contact Kevin Stanley, Programme Development Manager, Irish Deaf Society, 30 Blessington Street, Dublin 7. Email:, Website:

A seminar on Suicide Awareness will be held in All Hallows College in Dublin on the 27th of November starting at 10.15am. The seminar should be of interest to the members of the Deaf Community, their families and those working within sector. For more information, contact Cathy Barry in the NAD or email us:

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9 December 2004 (VOL 2 WEEK 49)

Our apologies to our readers last week for not having our notes in the paper. We had a computer error and were unable to send them.

We'd like to start off by sending our condolences to the White family on the death of their mother Mary Anne. She was an active member of the Deaf Centre and fundraised on many occasions for us.

Mary Anne's son Willie and her two daughters Catherine and Veronica work full time for the Deaf in Kerry. Our sympathies to all her family and friends.

They have asked us to thank all those who have supported them over the past few days with phone calls, text messages, along with personal visits from members of the Deaf and hearing communities.

As a result of this, our office will be closed for this week.

Our EEI meeting was cancelled also and our apologies to all involved in this. A new date will be arranged as soon as possible and we will notify you of this as soon as we can.

A reminder to all our members that our Christmas party will be on the 19th of December in Meadowlands Hotel. We will need vounteers for this event. We will also need assistance in getting spot prizes and activities arranged. Please contact us if you are available.

'New Year Eve' Extravaganda at the Earl of Desmond Hotel, Tralee, Co. Kerry. Be collected from train/bus Station, arrive to a mulled wine canapé reception, enjoy a 5 course meal with wine, midnight surprise, DJ and late bar extension, spot prizes and raffle. Tickets for New Years Eve? Email:, text IDYA: 085 7374734, fax: 01 8601960 or write to us: IDYA, 30 Blessington St. Dublin 7. For accommodation arrangements, you can contact the hotel directly, inform them your bookings for IDYA party and get a discount for only €50pp, rooms is running out fast, so book now! Email:, Tel: 066 7121299 or Fax: 066 7121976.

That's it for this week, we hope to have more fuller news for you next week.

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16 December 2004 (VOL 2 WEEK 50)

Hello and welcome to our news. It's nearly approaching Christmas so things are starting to quieten down a small bit.

Our main focus is on arranging our Christmas party on the 19th in Meadowlands Hotel in Tralee, Co.Kerry. A huge thanks to Niamh and Rose for all the work they have done on getting spot prizes and informing members of the party.

Our monthly Mass will also be held on the 19th in the Meadowlands Hotel.

Make sure to arrive at 1 o'clock, as it will be a busy day with Santa, spot prizes, our monthly mass and a four-course meal.

If you have any nominations for Supporter of the Year awards, please send us or or email us: your nominations as soon as possible. People who were nominated or won last year can have their names put forward again this year. The winners will be announced during our Christmas party. We hope to have three Deaf and three hearing supporter of the year announced on the day.

Our Certificate of Appreciation event will be deferred until January. We have had 19 nominations to date. As soon as a date has been arranged, we will notify those who have been nominated. A wine and cheese event will be arranged and the successful nominees will be presented with certificates - this is our way of saying thank you to people or organisations that have supported us during the past year.

The next meeting for our Deaf Learning Project will be held on the 20th of December. For more information, please contact Catherine by text on 087 906 4230. This will be our last meeting for this year. Further meetings will be arranged in the New Year as well as a timetable for training.

That's it for this week. We will have one more week of notes before Christmas and then we will take a break for two weeks.

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23 December 2004 (VOL 2 WEEK 51)

Hello and welcome to our last news section until the New Year. We'd like to start off by wishing all our readers and members a very happy Christmas and a happy and peaceful new year.

Our Christmas party last Sunday was a huge success with a big turnout. A special word of thanks to the Meadowlands Hotel for all their hard work. A special word of thanks to all those who volunteered leading up to, and during the party.

Our Supporter of the Year Awards was announced at the party. The following were presented with a box of chocolates, a bottle of wine and a framed certificate

Enda Curtayne received his award for organising a Golf Classic for the Centre in 2004.

Rose Egan and Niamh White were recognised for their hard work in the past year in running the office in Tralee.

Tracey Daly and Imelda Mc Grory were given their awards for relocating to Tralee and working as Sign Language Interpreters when there was a shortage of Interpreters locally.

Catherine White, Michelle Ann Houlihan, KES and the EEI management committee were recognised for their work in obtaining funding which has lead to the establishment of a training course for Deaf adults in Kerry.

Michelle Ward was awarded for all the work she has done on a personal level to show that Deaf students can succeed in education. Michelle is profoundly Deaf and has learnt many things such as reading and writing in Spanish and French and has won numerous awards for her studies and diligence.

Lastly, Mary Anne White who passed away recently was given an honorary award for her support to the Deaf Centre by fundraising on numerous occasions even when she was ill. Her family also had the honour of receiving a hand written note and card from President Mc Aleese expressing her sympathy to the family on their loss.

Our Certificate of Appreciation event will be held in the New Year. The lucky recipients will be notified sometime in January.

Our last meeting of 2004 for our Deaf Adult Learning Project was held on Monday. A training timetable has been developed and will be circulated to students. Training will start in February. We would like to wish the Co-ordinator a pleasant trip to Australia in January and look forward to the training starting up on her return.

That's it for now. Hope you all have a wonderful Christmas. We look forward to catching up with you all on our return to work on January 4th, 2005.

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