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3 June 2004 (VOL 2 WEEK 22)

On behalf of our service, we'd like to apologise to our members for not having our weekly notes in The Kerryman, this was due to a computer problem in our office.

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10 June 2004 (VOL 2 WEEK 23)

On behalf of our service, we'd like to apologise to our members for not having our weekly notes in The Kerryman last week, this was due to a computer problem in our office.

The Irish Deaf Youth Association (IDYA) will hold their activity weekend in Killarney on the 2nd to 4th of July. For more information, contact the IDYA by email: or our service.

The Irish Deaf Society (IDS) and the MSDP will hold a summerfest in Dublin in June - a number of our members will attend. For more information, do not hesitate to contact the IDS/MSDP by email: or our service. Best wishes to all for this exciting event.

We'd like to thank the Kerry Motor Club for presenting a cheque to Deaf Action Group (DAG) last week. This donation is greatly appreciated and we'd like to thank all those who fundraised on behalf of the Motor Club.

Pauline Walker from the National Deaf Children's Society will come to our Centre on July the 2nd - if you would like to attend, please let us know as soon as possible.

We'd like to thank Elaine Scannell for representing our service at the recent Rose Ball selection, we all had a great night and Elaine did us proud.

Our sympathies to Larry White and his family on the recent death of his hearing brother.

We'd also like to extend our sympathies to the family of Kathleen Kelly who died recently in Cork. Helen's parents and many of her extended family are Deaf. Our thoughts are with all those families at this time.

We have sent a Deaf and hearing manifesto to all TD's and Councillors who are part-taking in the upcoming elections. Hopefully, some of our suggestions will be taken on board and we will see improvements for Deaf and hard of hearing voters.

Lastly, out annual summer tour will be on the 11th of July, information will be sent in the post within the next week.

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17 June 2004 (VOL 2 WEEK 24)

Hello and welcome again to our weekly news. The sun has been constantly shining here and we are beginning to receive visitors from all over. It is a pleasure to receive such visitors coming to our service. If you are planning to come to Tralee, do let us know in advance or email us:, so we can inform you of any events that are happening in our part of the world and suggest places to see too.

This week we have quite a few requests to make to our members and supporters of the Centre. Due to the numbers of mainstream organisations we have contact with, the numbers of meetings we attend, but more importantly the number of meetings we cannot attend, we are looking for Deaf and hard of hearing members and non-members who would be interested in representing our Centre at various meetings and conferences. If you support the work and ethos of our Centre and interested in a particular subject, do let us know or email us:

The Kerry Deaf Centre is delighted to announce that we are finally having meetings with the Southern Health Board with a view of providing an effective service for our Deaf and hard of hearing members in Kerry. If there are any issues you would like us to raise on your behalf at these meetings, please do let us know or email us:

We would also like to ask our members to keep a look out for articles that are written about Deaf and hard of hearing issues in our local and national newspapers. If you see any article, do let us know or email us:, so we can keep it in our publicity folder. Our publicity folder is growing and if you would like to see it, drop into our Centre any time during office hours.

We are looking for a copy of an article written about Michelle Ward in Kerry's Eye a few weeks ago. If you still have a copy, we would be delighted to have it for our publicity folder.

Our printers have informed us that the Comhairle Information Handbook on providing information to Deaf and hard of hearing people will be available very shortly. If you are interested in receiving a copy once it has been published, do let us know or email us: and we will keep your name and details on our waiting list.

Don't forget Pauline Walker from the National Deaf Children Society will be presenting on Friday 2nd July. If you would like to attend or recommend this meeting to parents of Deaf children and/or service providers who have contact with parents of Deaf children, let us know or email us:

We have received up to date information regarding the Residential Institutional Redress Board that was set up to compensate people who were considered to have been abused while boarding in a residential school. In this case, we are appealing to people who went to residential Deaf Schools. Please come to our Centre so we can give you information that might be relevant to you.

The Kerry Deaf Resource Centre, via William White, has received a group invitation to attend Aras An Uachtarain garden party for community and voluntary groups. If you would like your name added to the hat with a chance of attending the garden party, let us know or email us: We would like to open up this invitation to our members and our supporters too. So, if you are not in, you can't win.

The Centre is still developing its child protection policy. If you would like to assist us with the writing of this very important policy document, do let us know or email us:

Due to the severe lack of interpreters in the County, if you require the services of an interpreter, could you please give us advance notice of this so we can source appropriately trained interpreters on your behalf.

Finally, We would like to welcome Niamh White who will be working with us at the Centre for the next 18 weeks. Bernadette O'Connor will return to the Centre after 18 weeks. Our thanks to Ildiko Horvath for her efforts in conducting the arts and crafts sessions at the Centre. Have a wonderful holiday Ildiko, you deserve it! Final thanks to Catherine White for her efforts in compiling the Comhairle Information Handbook and her work with us for the past year.

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24 June 2004 (VOL 2 WEEK 25)

Hello and welcome again to our weekly news. Firstly, on behalf of our ten members who went on the Deaf Scouts Celebrations in Larch Hill last weekend, we like to thank the organisers for a great time. The event was open to deaf scouts along with their deaf and hearing siblings and their families and supporters. Our members were thrilled to be a part of the celebrations. We'd like to wish the Deaf Scouts continued success with their events work.

Notes for you diary:

  1. Our summer tour to Kinsale and Cork will be on the 11th of July. Our coach will leave Listowel Square at 8.30am. We will collect members in Tralee at the Grand Hotel at 9am. From there, we will collect members at the ESB car park in Killarney at 9.30. We will travel to Kinsale for the day and visit local places of interest. At 4pm, we will arrive in Cork city. Adults will have a meal in the Metropole Hotel and children will have bowling, snooker and food at the Mardyke Centre. Costs for adults are €15 and children will be €10. Please let us know or email us: if you are coming as soon as possible as we have to confirm numbers with the Coach Company and hotel.
  2. The Northern Ireland Senior Citizens group will be in Killarney from the 25th to the 28th of June. The group is very keen to meet with local Deaf on the Saturday and Sunday night. They will be staying in the Gleneagle Hotel. If you would like to meet with the group, please let us know or email us:
  3. While it is some time away, we'd like to let you know of a Dinner and Dance that we will be organising in October to celebrate 5 years of Kerry Deaf Resource Centre (KDRC). It will take place in the Brandon Hotel on the 23rd of October at 8pm. Tickets will be approx €45 this will include a five course meal, music and raffles. Posters will be sent out as soon as they are ready.
On a local level, we'd like to congratulate Terry O'Brien and Jackie Barrett who were elected in the recent elections. Both Terry and Jackie have disabilities and have supported our service in many ways over the years. We'd like to wish them all the best in their work.

Lastly, due to our office being so busy lately, can we ask our members to make appointments in advance if you would like to meet with our staff members in Kerry Deaf Resource Centre. This will help us greatly. Due to request from different parts of Kerry, some of our staff members are travelling a lot more and are not in the office.

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