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2 September 2004 (VOL 2 WEEK 35)

Hello all and welcome again to our weekly notes. Our office was closed for a week's holidays last week and we hope this was not too much of an inconvience for our members.

As we are now going into the Autumn, our night classes in sign language are starting up again in conjunction with the Kerry Education Service.

The timetable for classes are as follows:-

  1. Enrolment and Registration for Sign Language Classes in Tralee will be from the 13th Sept - 1st Oct. Times of enrolment will be from 10am - 12pm & 2.30pm - 4.30pm. Classes commence the week of 4th October. The classes will be held in the Tralee Community College and will be on Monday nights (25 Weeks). Level 1/2/3 will cost €140.
  2. Listowel Community College will have classes on Tuesdays for 18 Weeks. Cost will be €185. Enrolment/Registration 27th - 28th Sept. 7.30pm - 9.30pm. Classes commence the week of 4th October.
  3. Caherciveen classes will be on Tuesday and Thursday for 16 weeks and will cost €165. Enrolment will be on 20th of Sept in Colaiste Na Sceilge and classes will start on the 27th of September.
  4. Kenmare will also have classes on Thursdays for 5 weeks. Cost will be €55. Classes will begin on Sept 21st.
  5. For more information on classes or for contact details for the venues where the classes will be held, contact the Kerry Education Service. Their website is Their contact details are Maine Street, Tralee. Tel: 066 712 1488; Fax: 066 712 1531 or email us:
Cork Deaf Enterprises want to send their best wishes and best of luck to one of their staff members Peter O' Neill who will be at the Paralympics Games in Athens in September 2004. Best wishes also to the Irish Cerebral Palsy Football team.

Helena Saunders has asked us to inform Deaf and hearing students of her website. It is

Wayne Hargood, Managing Director of the Australian Deaf Tours will be in Ireland in September. On Mon 13th of Sept in the morning, he will be in Belfast. In the afternoon/evening, he will be in Dublin. On Tues 14th Sept, he will also be in Dublin. He will be available to chat with anyone and answer questions about Australian Deaf Tours, Australia and the 2005 Deaflympics. He will also have free Australian brochures and posters to give away. If you would like to meet with him, please email him anytime on or to arrange a meeting date, time and location.

Lastly, the Kerry County Council will have a launch of its Design for All Exhibition in the County Library in Tralee on the 6th of Sept at 5.30pm. An Interpreter will be present. If you would like to attend, please inform us or email us:

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9 September 2004 (VOL 2 WEEK 36)

Hello all and welcome again to our weekly section. The past few days have been nice and sunny here in Kerry.

Are you interested in training to become a sign language tutor? Are you interested in becoming trained as a Deaf Awareness trainer? You must be Deaf to participate in the training. We are also looking for qualified Deaf tutors to provide training on this programme. Please send us or email us: your name and we contact you with details as soon as it is available.

On Monday the 6th of September, there were an exhibition launched in the public library in Tralee entitled "Design for All". This exhibition will be opened until 25th September 2004. As part of the launch, a video was shown with Julianne Gillen signing about access for people with disabilities. We would like to say well done and congratulations to Aoife Mc Cormack and the team in the Kerry County Council for their hard work. This presentation is part of the Council's work in relation to the Barcelona Declaration 2003 - 2006.

We would like to welcome Bertha Cohen and Bevelery Green from Dublin. Both of them are training to be sign language interpreters. They are here with us for three days on an informal visit. We'd like to welcome them to Kerry and hope they will benefit from their time at Kerry Deaf Resource Centre (KDRC).

Bag packing will be held next week in Dunnes Stores, North Circular Road, Tralee. We need volunteers for this event. It will be on the following dates Thursday 16th and Friday 17th September from 5pm - 9pm. It will also be on Saturday, 18th September from 10am - 6pm. Please contact Niamh White by text at 087 4140369 if you can volunteer. This event will raise much needed funds for the KDRC.

KDRC is looking for videos with religious signing for our library. We are keen to develop a library of different types of religious signing. To date, we have been given videos in ASL and they are from the Jehovah Witnesses. We are interested in getting videos/DVD's in Irish sign language (ISL). If anyone has materials, we would appreciate a copy.

Our handbook on "Providing Information for Deaf and hard of hearing people" is on sale. Please contact us or email us: if you would like to order a copy, cost €5. This handbook was funded by Comhairle.

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16 September 2004 (VOL 2 WEEK 37)

Hello to our website readers. Due to a busy workload this week, we did not have time to circulate our news in the Kerryman newspaper or to those on our e-group. However, we have a small bit of news that we decided to put on our local news on the site.

There has been some changes to the night class timetable for sign language classes. Level 1, 2 and 3 will now be held on a Monday night. Venue is the Tralee Community College. Listowel Community College will have sign language classes on Tuesday nights. For more information, please contact the Kerry Education Service. Shane Hamilton will be the tutor on these courses.

In addition to the above classes, Shane will be teaching in the NAD in Killarney on Wednedays. For more information on those classes, please contact Maura O' Leary in the NAD office, Killarney. That's it for this week. We hope to have a full round up of news next week.

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23 September 2004 (VOL 2 WEEK 38)

Now that we are back in the Autumn season, local and national activities are plentiful. We only have room for some of the events taking place. If there are any events you wish to attend, or a course you would like to join and require an interpreter, please do let us know as soon as possible or email us: Like other parts of the country, there is a serious lack of trained and accredited interpreters available.

Are you Deaf? Do you use Irish Sign Language to communicate? Would you like to be involved in a new and exciting course just for Deaf people for two years? All our training will be provided in ISL. Would you like to become a trained and accredited Irish Sign Language tutor and Deaf Awareness Trainer? If yes, please contact Catherine White, Project Co-ordinator, Kerry Deaf Adult Learning Programme, Kerry Deaf Resource Centre, 4 Gas Terrace, Tralee, Co. Kerry SMS/Mob: 087 6290078, Fax: 066 7120386, Email:; Tel: 066 7120399. Closing date for your application of interest is: Tuesday 5th October 2004. Interviews will be held from Wednesday 6th October 2004. You will meet the Project Co-ordinator to fill out a questionnaire to find out what you would like to learn and what times suit you best. Your course begins in November 2004. The Kerry Deaf Adult Learning programme is funded and supported by the Department of Education of Science with Leargas. The Kerry Deaf Resource Centre and the Kerry Education Service jointly manage the programme.

Thank You to Dunnes Stores in North Circular Road for letting us to do bag packing as part of our fund raising last weekend. We would like to say "Thank You" for those who volunteered for Bag Packing last week especially to Niamh White for organising it.

Irish Deaf Society are organising a trip to Peru and the Land of the Incas from 26th May - 5th June 2005 as part of their fund raising trip. If you are interested in joining the IDS, contact Kevin Stanley at 01 8601960 or email us:

Greenbow Buffet Halloween Party will be held in Doyle's Pub, College Street, Dublin 1 on Saturday 30th October 2004 at 8pm. Contact Greenbow Organiser for tickets at 085 7157787. All the monies raised will go toward Greenbow's 10th Anniversary.

Model School for the Deaf Project will have an open day on Friday, 24th September 2004 in Model School for the Deaf Project, MSDP Wing, in St. Joseph's Campus, Navan Road, Dublin 7 from 10am - 2pm. Contact Brian Crean at 01 1995697 or email:

Omagh Deaf Club will have 25th Anniversary Dinner Dance on Saturday, 27th November 2004 in Kellys Inn, 232 Omagh Road, Ballygawley, Co. Tyrone 7.30pm until late. The tickets costs £20 / €30, deposit cost £10 / €15. Please book a ticket by the end of September. Contact: Jim Mullan, 61 Mullaslin Road, Carrickmore, Co. Tyrone - Fax: 028 8076 0800 or mobile @ +44 7789 468058 for tickets.

Our handbook on "Providing Information for Deaf and hard of hearing people" is on sale. Please contact us if you would like to order a copy, cost €5. This handbook was funded by Comhairle.

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30 September 2004 (VOL 2 WEEK 39)

On Monday 27th September our Deaf members had the opportunity of welcoming home the Sam Maguire cup and the Kerry team. It was an amazing event with the town of Tralee packed with supporters. Well done to the Kerry team from the KDRC and its members.

The Kerry Deaf Adult Learning programme under the Education Equality Initiative will have an open information day on Tuesday 5th October 2004 at 10.00am in Kerry Deaf Resource Centre. We will let you know about: background to the project, what you can expect from the project, what you will get out of the project if you join and an opportunity for you to ask questions you want to know about the project. If you are Deaf and an Irish Sign Language user and would like to join the project, we will then do interviews after the information morning. If you want time to think about it, we can organise an appointment for you to meet us on another day. Let the KDRC know or email: if you would like to attend. The Kerry Deaf Adult Learning programme is funded and supported by the Department of Education and Science with Leargas. The Kerry Deaf Resource Centre and the Kerry Education Service jointly manage the programme.

Kerry Deaf Resource Centre will be having another bag packing session from 14th - 16th October 2004 in Tesco Shopping Centre, Manor West. The times for the bag packing is from 5-9pm on Thursday, 14th and Friday, 15th October and from 10am-6pm on Saturday, 16th October 2204. We really need volunteers for the bag packing to help with us much needed funds for the running of our Centre. Please contact us or email: if you are able and willing to help us with the bag packing.

Theres an Irish sign languages class, beginning in Dingle, every Wednesday night from 7pm - 8.30pm in CBS Secondary School, Upper John Street, Dingle. It costs €30 for the 12 week course. Please contact Aine Ui Flathartha at 066 915 0971, if you are interested in learning Irish Sign Language.

There's a Woman's conference held in Dublin on Tuesday, 19th October from 9.30am - 4pm in Croke Park Conference Centre, Jones Road, Dublin 3. There's no charge for the conference. If you are interested in going to the conference, please contact us or email: as we have the application forms for the conference. Registration deadline is Tuesday, 5th October 2004.

Our handbook on "Providing Information for Deaf and hard of hearing people" is on sale. Please contact us or email: if you would like to order a copy, cost €5. This handbook was funded by Comhairle.

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