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7 October 2004 (VOL 2 WEEK 40)

Lots and lots activities happening around the country again this week. We are definitely interested in getting more local information, so all you members out there, let us know what is happening.

On Tuesday, 5th October 2004, we had an Information Meeting for those interested in becoming an ISL Tutor and Deaf Awareness Trainers, which held in Kerry Deaf Resource Centre. The best of luck and best wishes to our 14 Deaf students who will be involved in the project for the next 2.5 years. A huge "Thank You" to the Kerry Education Services especially to Michelle Anne Houlihan, William White from the Kerry Deaf Resource Centre and Catherine White for their support and getting the funding for local people to become ISL tutors. Today was an exciting day to see a local training programme being developed. We look forward to the development our potential Deaf students will achieve.

Greenbow Deaf LGBT Society of Ireland will have Greenbow AGM in Outhouse, 105 Capel Street, Dublin (Upstairs) on Saturday 9th October from 1.30pm to 6pm and after the meeting we'll go for Go for a Thai or Italian meal at 8pm. Please contact Greenbow Board for more information by email:

If you have the time and energy we really do need volunteers for our bag packing next weekend in Tesco Shopping Centre, Manor West from 14th - 16th October 2004. Please contact us as soon as possible. Monies raised will go towards the running of the Kerry Deaf Resource Centre.

We also need volunteers for our Church Gate Collections in Kerry except Tralee and Killarney on 20th and 21st November 2004 in your local areas. Please contact us as soon as possible, so we can inform the Gardai Station to get permission to let us to do the church gate collection in seven weeks times.

Irish Deaf Society will hold Extra-ordinary General Meeting on Friday, 15th October 2004 in Cassidy Hotel, Dublin 1 near NAD, which starts at 7.00 p.m. Then they will have an Information Meeting, then their EGM. There'll be refreshments served. IDS members will be notified by post. If the members didn't receive it, please contact IDS by email: or Fax: +353 1 8601960 or Minicom: +353 1 8601910 or SMS: +353 86 3807033.

Dublin Deaf Scouts will have "10th Annual General Meeting" of the 191st Dublin Deaf Scout Group Scouting Ireland, which will be held in Dublin Deaf Association, Game Room, 40 Lower Drumcondra Road, Dublin 9 on Saturday 16th October 2004 at 8pm. If you want to find out more information, please contact: Kevin G Mulqueen, Deaf Jamboree Co-Coordinator, Scouting Ireland, 191st Dublin Deaf Scout Group, Fax: +353 (0)1 8827535, Scout Mobile: +353 (0)86 1671754, email:

Model School for Deaf Project (MSDP) will have their 2nd open day on Friday, 22nd October from 10am - 2pm in Model School for the Deaf, St. Joseph's Campus, Navan Road, Cabra, Dublin 7. This Preschool Specialist for Hearing Impaired/Hard of Hearing children - MSDP is a free preschool, an opportunity to meet parents of Hearing Impaired/Hard of Hearing children, an opportunity to meet very successful teachers of Hearing Impaired/Hard of Hearing children, an opportunity to observe how we work and, seek help and advice to enhance your understanding. If you are interested, contact Brian Crean, Model School for the Deaf Project Co-Ordinator, MSDP Wing in St Joseph's Campus, Navan Road, Dublin 7, 01-490-5697 or email:

Deaforward will have another update information meeting to listen to Deaf people's views on local services. The next meeting will be held at the Kerry Deaf Resource Centre on Friday 22nd October from 7.00pm to 10.00pm. The meeting will be conducted in Irish Sign Language. If you would like to attend but require the services of an interpreter to translate the information into English, please do let us know or email us: as soon as possible.

Irish Deaf Youth Association (IDYA) will have Halloween Party in The Bleeding Horse Pub, 24 Upper Camden Street, Dublin 2 on Sat 30th October! The price for wearing Fancy Dress costs €8 and wear no fancy Dress costs €10. There'll be foods on the night of the Halloween party. Please come if you dare, contact us at email:

Get-Ahead - National Forum of Graduates with Disabilities - are hosting their next forum in Cork on 11th November 2004. The theme is 'Achieving Success in Employment' and is centred on people with disabilities who are in management positions or are self-employed. If you want to attend, please RSVP as soon as possible outlining any access needs you require, e.g. an ISL interpreter or Speed-Text operator. There is no charge for admission or lunch. R.S.V.P. before Monday 1st November, 2004 to: Barbara MacCarthy email:

There'll be National Conference for Widening access to higher education: setting an agenda for action in Ireland, which was organised by National Office for Equity of Access to Higher Education and HEA, NDP, Dept Education & Science on 6th - 7th December 2004 in Kilkenny Ormonde Hotel, Kilkenny City. Its an open invitation to all interested parties as Interpreters will be present at the National Conference. If you are interested in attending, let the Irish Deaf Society know or email:

IDYA will have their National Council Meeting in January 2005, if you are interested in setting up your own youth club in your local area. Please contact IDYA by email: Please let us know if you are interested in going to the meeting as we can pass it onto Irish Deaf Youth Association.

We would like to say Congratulations to President Mary McAleese. She will serve her 2nd term as a President of Ireland for the next 7 years. President Mary McAleese has a Deaf Brother and has been a great supporter of our Deaf Community.

We have a new supply of 675, 13, 10 & 312 batteries for sale at €3 for a pack of 6. A range of equipment is on display in our Centre, these include amplified telephones, flashing light doorbells, vibrating alarm clocks.

Our Information Handbook on providing information to Deaf and hard of hearing people is now available. If you are interested in obtaining a copy let us know. It cost €5 for the handbook. We'd like to thank Comhairle for sponsor this project and hope the handbook will be of benefit to all.

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? 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. Also if you need help with the service or calling into our office looking for helping, please contact us by making an appointment.

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14 October 2004 (VOL 2 WEEK 41)

Last Sunday, we had our 1st Monthly mass in Kerry Deaf Resource Centre. Our monthly masses will be held every 2nd Sunday of every month. The dates of the monthly mass are 14th November 2004, December 19th and the 9th of January 2005.

If you have the time and energy we really do need volunteers for our Church Gate Collections in Kerry on 20th and 21st November 2004. Collectors are needed through-out Kerry except Tralee and Killarney. Please contact us as soon as possible or email:, so we can inform the Gardai Station. We need to get Garda permits to let us to do the church gate collection in six weeks time.

There will be mass for Fr. Clarke's 1 Year Anniversary in The Cork Deaf Centre, 5 MacCurtain Street, Cork on Tuesday 19th October at 7.30pm. All are welcome.

Irish Deaf Youth Association (IDYA) is organising its FIRST teenage disco in conjunction with the Northern Irish Deaf Youth Association in Dublin Deaf Club, Drama Hall on Sunday 31st October (Halloween night) from 5pm - 10pm. There will be Halloween Fancy Dress Party. This party suits 11-17 years only. It cost €2.00. Soft drinks will be available for sale. IDYA in accordance with its child protection policy will supervise all teenagers. For boarders at the schools for the Deaf in Dublin, information is being sent out to your schools with permission slips - if you get these slips signed, transport will be organised back to your boarding houses. Contact IDYA, 30 Blessington St, Dublin 7 Fax 01 8601960 or email:,,

IDYA are also making plans for a Ladies Football Night on Saturday nights! They are also planning SNOWBALL II - A return to their successful New Years Eve party. It will be held in Tralee, Co. Kerry - watch out for details for both of these events!

Hands On was back on last Sunday on RTE 1 at 10.20am. It'll be on every 2nd Sunday of the month. You can look up details on their website

A Halloween Children's Party will be held on Friday, 29th October 2004 from 10am - 1pm in Deaf Club, 40 Lower Drumcondra Road, Dublin 9. There will be drama, games, table quiz and much more. This party will be for both Deaf and Hard of Hearing children. It is suitable from the age of 4 years old and over. Contact: NAD, 35 North Frederick Street, Dublin 1, phone/minicom: 01 8723800, fax: 01 8783629, text: 01 8783629, email:

The final announcement of the 20th International Congress on the Education of the Deaf in Maastricht, was made recently. It will be held on July 17-20, 2005. The organisers would be very happy to welcome you to Holland next year and they would appreciate contributions. New information, programme details and changes will be published on the congress-website: Contact: Prof. Frans Coninx, Chairman of ICED2005 at for application forms.

There has been alot of discussions in relation to the Disability Bill in Ireland. However, what's happening in other countries. What's happening on the other side of the world? New Zealand Disability Strategy has been published on a website The recently released New Zealand Human Rights Commission National Plan of Action We have a new supply of 675, 13, 10 & 312 batteries for sale at €3 for a pack of 6. A range of equipment is also on display in our Centre. These include flashing light doorbells, vibrating alarm clocks and amplified telephones.

Our Information Handbook on providing information to Deaf and hard of hearing people is now available. If you are interested in obtaining a copy let us know. It cost €5 for the handbook. We'd like to thank Comhairle for sponsor this project and hope the handbook will be of benefit to all.

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21 October 2004 (VOL 2 WEEK 42)

Hello and welcome to a very cold Tralee, there is some frost on the mountains nearby so winter is definitely approaching.

You can always tell that winter is near as our Street and Church collections commence too.

Our street collections will be in the first week of November in Tralee. Our Church Collections will be through-out Kerry on 20th and 21st November 2004 (except Tralee and Killarney). If you have the time and energy we really do need volunteers. Please contact us as soon as possible. We need to inform the Gardai Station so we can get permits. The money raised from these events pay for our overheads such as heat, phone bills and electricity through-out the year.

We'd like to welcome Imelda Mc Grory back to Kerry from Canada. Imelda will be working as an interpreter locally for the forthcoming year. Tracey Daly has also started working locally. We'd like to thank both Imelda and Tracey for moving to Kerry. Having two full-time Interpreters locally will enable us to meet more of the Interpreting needs in Kerry.

A local hearing Psychologist/Counsellor is available to work with Deaf and hard of hearing people and their families. Patrice Friars has experience of working with different language communities. She will work in conjunction with a sign language Interpreter. For more information, you can contact Patrice direct on 087 273 9186.

Deaforward were due to hold a meeting in our Centre on Friday, 22nd of October, Deaforward have asked that this be postponed to another date. We will inform you of the new date as soon as it is arranged.

Deaforward will have a new regular slot on 'Hands On'. Hands On will shown every two weeks, starting Sunday 10th October at 10:20am on RTÉ 1. The next programme on 24th October explains what the 'Disability Bill' involves and what the disability campaigners think of it. Watch it and tell them what you think! If you think Deaforward should cover an important issue on 'Hands On' or at the Information meetings, let them know! The next 'Deaf Access Health' workshop will be in Dublin on 13th November (max 50 people). If you want to attend workshop in Dublin Deaf Club, Drumcondra on Saturday 13th November, book NOW to avoid disappointment!

DALEP (Deaf Adults to Learning English Project) is up and running since last August. Their office and software is now sorted and they are now down to business in making a pilot DVD programme. DALEP was set up to develop bilingual software to enable Deaf Adults to teach themselves English in the comforts of their own home. At the moment they are in the process of making demo DVD's, the 1st edition should be out around March/April. If you would like to receive a copy of this DVD in the near future or keep in touch regarding this project feel free to email them with your questions at:

Greenbow will hold a Buffet Halloween Party. Doyle's Pub, College Street, Dublin 1 (Downstairs) Friday 29th October. Time: 8pm. Contact Greenbow Organiser. SMS: 085 7157787.

Irish-US Fulbright Commission Scholarship in Deaf Studies invites applications for the Deaf Studies Scholarship at Gallaudet University in Washington. Gallaudet is the only liberal arts college in the world to cater exclusively for deaf undergraduate students. Applications are invited for both undergraduate and postgraduate studies. Applicants are not required to have a third level qualification. The Fulbright Commission will provide a travel and maintenance grant of €15,000. Deaf students are eligible to apply for all Fulbright awards to any US college provided they satisfy the normal eligibility requirements. The closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 12th November 2004. Further information, including the Terms and Conditions for awards, is available on the Commission's website or from or tel 01 6607670.

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28 October 2004 (VOL 2 WEEK 43)

To all our members, we've no news this week due to the Bank Holiday- some of our staff are also on holidays

However, we just want to wish Catherine a happy 40th birthday We also want to wish Rose in the office a very happy birthday. Lastly, happy 35th birthday to Willie. Full notes will be available again next week. Happy Halloween !!!!

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