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1 December 2005 (VOL 3 WEEK 48)

Hello and welcome to our weekly news section. It's cold and frosty so winter is definitely here. As it's approaching Christmas, there are a number of events that we have been asked to inform you of:

Cork Deaf Association have invited us to bring ten children to meet Santa in Fota House on the 8th of December. 'Children will travel to Fota House by Limousine, Royals Royce or Vintage Car where they will get refreshments and a very special goody bag. They will get to meet Santa and his helpers and they will also get a chance to meet the elves who make their toys. There will be lots of surprises during the afternoon including entertainment from some fairies and clowns.'

If you would like your child to come, please contact us immediately- this is open to children who are deaf, hard of hearing or who have cochlear implants. A big thanks to CAD for this wonderful invite. Kerry Deaf Resource Centre will provide staff to travel with the children.

The Social Work Department in Tralee has invited us to attend a coffee morning in aid of the "Ronald Mc Donald House". The coffee morning will be held on the 9th of December from 10am to 11.30am. If you would like to represent our service, please contact us or email:

The Irish Deaf Youth Association (IDYA) will hold its Christmas Party on the 17th of December at 8pm in the Gingerman Pub in Dublin. It costs €5 per person which includes a buffet and late bar. If you would like to attend, fax the IDYA at 01 860 1960 or email

Our own Christmas party will be held in Meadowlands Hotel on the 18th of December from 1pm to 5pm. We will have a four course meal, along with spot prizes and Santa. Our monthly Mass will be on the same day. It will start at 1 o'clock and the meal will be at 2pm. If you would like to attend, send us your name as soon as possible.

Lastly, we hope to have a professional massage therapist provide massage to our members sometime in January or February, again if you would like a treatment: contact us as places will be limited. There will be a charge for this service. More details will be available in the New Year.

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8 December 2005 (VOL 3 WEEK 49)

This week the members, staff and management of the Kerry Deaf Resource Centre (KDRC) would like to extend their sincere sympathies to Shane Hamilton and his family on the very recent death of this father. You are in our thoughts and prayers.

Don't forget, if you are attending our Christmas party, please let us know or email: as soon as possible so we know how many meals we need to order at the hotel. It promises to be a lot of fun.

The EEI Project is looking for the following assistance. If you can help or know someone who may be interested please, let Catherine White know in the first instance or email: The Department of Education and Science fund the EEI Project with support from Leargas. The Kerry Deaf Resource Centre and Kerry Education Service jointly manage the project.

Solicitor/Barrister needed to adapt the legal section of CACDP's Deaf Awareness Equality Training Handbook. This accredited qualification is the first of its kind in Ireland, so our legal information needs to be accurate. Solicitor/Barrister needs to have a theoretical and working knowledge of the different equality legislation in use in Ireland. If you know anyone willing to assist? Would the Solicitor/Barrister be willing to work pro bono?

EEI project is also looking for someone who can develop a catalogue listing all our Deaf related resources of books, cd, videos, DVDs so we can make the library facilities more accessible for our community.

We would like to thank Carmel Grehan for providing the EEI students with a lot of learning from her ISL Curriculum Planning training last Saturday. We hope to see you back in Kerry again. Thank you for your enthusiasm and wisdom during the day. Much appreciate it.

KDRC is delighted to announce the availability of accredited training in Irish Sign Language Level 1 and Level 2 and a one-day training on Communication Tactics with Deaf People. If you would like a copy of the Factsheet for these training qualifications, let us know or email:

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15 December 2005 (VOL 3 WEEK 50)

We'd like to express our thanks to all those who participated in our recent Church Collections: a huge thanks to all those who volunteered. If you have not submitted your collections yet: please contact us or or email:

We would also like to thank the Great Christian Fellowship in Killarney and the Cahill family who organised a fundraising event on Sunday. The amount raised was €202. A huge thanks to all those involved in the event.

A range of materials in Irish Sign Language (ISL) has been developed by Hands That Talk in North of Ireland:

  • ISL Picture Dictionary that includes over 1,000 up to date signs in Irish Sign Language €15 (£10.00).
  • Tutor Manual to teach basic course in Irish Sign Language €6 (£4.00).
  • Student Manual for students learning the basic course in Irish Sign Language €7 (£5.00).
  • ISL Level 1 Receptive Skills DVD that includes sample conversations for all CACDP ISL Level 1 topics €22 (£15.00).
  • Posters showing 80 picture ISL sign photos for "Signs for Everyday" €4 (£3.00).
  • Teaching Pack/ Tutor Manual and Powerpoint Presentation €15 (£10.00).
The National Deaf Chaplaincy Christmas Cards are on sale: a pack of five for €2. They also have blank cards with "Jesus" in sign language on the front for €1 each.

A number of our members will travel to Cork Deaf Association for their Deaf Elderly Christmas Party this week. A number of our kids went to see Santa in Fota House with CAD and the Bubblegum Club last week- a huge thanks to everyone involved for the invites.

Lastly, don't forget to give your names for our own Christmas Party on the 18th in Tralee: a four course meal, spot prizes, Santa and a mass will be arranged on the day.

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22 December 2005 (VOL 3 WEEK 51)

Hello and welcome to our Christmas week news. We had a great turn out at our annual Christmas party in the Meadowlands Hotel. A big thanks to the hotel for making this event so successful for us.

We'd like to thank all those who volunteered on the day; all those who sold raffle tickets, those who volunteered to collect and drive members to and from the party, to all the shops who donated spot prizes and of course to Santa for making the day special for our younger members.

We would also like to thank Fr. Placid Nolan for providing a mass to our members and to the sign language interpreters also.

Our Deaf and Hearing Supporter of the Year Awards were announced: all nominations came from our staff and members. All the successful recipients received a framed certificate, and a box of chocolates. Our Deaf Award recipients were Paul O' Dowd, Anthony White and Roy Maguire. Our Hearing Awards went to Joe Morrissey from the HSE and to Con Dennehy from Kerry's Eye newspaper.

Certificate of Appreciations will also be presented The Tralee Advertiser and The Kerryman Notes section for publicising our weekly updates.

This year we presented two extra awards. The first was an Honorary Award to Enda Curtayne for his on-going support and commitment to our service. Enda has organised many fundraising activities and without his support our service would find it difficult to cover our bills and overheads. A Lifetime Award was presented to the family of Laurence White Snr who was our Honorary Chairperson for many years. Laurence took a very active interest in the needs of the Deaf Community for over 30 years and will be sadly missed by us all. A special thanks to Rose in our office who wrote a poem which was presented to the family.

If you feel a person, organisation or service should receive a Certificate of Appreciation for their support during the past year, please send us your nominations.

To all those who have supported us in 2005- a huge thank you. We are very grateful for all your support.

Lastly, to all our staff and members and customers- we would like to wish you all a happy and safe Christmas. Happy New Year to you all too.

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