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7 July 2005 (VOL 3 WEEK 27)

Hello to our weekly news section. Our service would like to send thanks to The Kerryman and The Kerry's Eye newspapers for their wonderful tributes to our late Chairperson, Mr. Laurence White Snr. If you would like a copy of these, please contact us by email:

A number of colleges have contacted us regarding CAO applications for the new academic terms in Sept. They have asked us to inform all students who are Deaf or hard of hearing to inform their chosen colleges of their access requirements. Plans need to be made to ensure these students will have their access needs met before colleges start up again in the autumn.

We came across an article recently on baby sign language recently on the internet. We also came across an article on politically correct language usage for Deaf and hard of hearing. If you would like a copy of this please email us:

We'd like to say well done to Noeleen Cunningham on performance at the national Rose selection competition in Tralee last weekend. While Noeleen did not get through to the final six, she did a wonderful job and impressed alot of people locally. It's great to see Deaf people enter competitions, hopefully she will win her next competition.

Building work in our office will re-commence this week. As health and safety is a priority, please make an appointment to meet with us by email: Alternatively, please ring the doorbell so a staff member can meet with you prior to entering the building.

We have a new stock of hearing aid batteries. Cost €3 or a pack of six. All sizes available.

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14 July 2005 (VOL 3 WEEK 28)

Hello and welcome to our weekly section. It's been a hot few days here in Kerry. As a result, we have very little news for you this week. I think alot of our members taken advantage of the sun and heading to the beaches.

We'd like to wish our members a happy and safe trip this week on their annual tour. We are staying in Kerry for the first time and will be heading towards Dingle. A fun day is planned.

We'd also like to wish one of our interpreters, Tracey Daly a safe trip to The Gambia. Tracey will be heading off for three weeks and will be visiting an Irish Deaf person, Alvean Jones who is working out there with Volunteer project.

We have a new batch of hearing batteries in stock cost €3 for a pack of six. We have also got some new types of equipment for listening to the tv and conversations, as well as hearing the doorbell and the phone. If you would like to see these, please contact us for an appointment..

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21 July 2005 (VOL 3 WEEK 29)

Hello and welcome again to our weekly news section. Deaf Action Group (DAG) are looking for volunteers for bag packing in Dunnes Stores in Killarney 21st, 22nd and 23rd July. Thurs/Fri 5pm to 9pm / Sat 10am to 9pm. All proceeds are for DAG's trip to the World Federation of the Deaf conference in Madrid in 2007.

Our EEI project will have a management meeting this Thursday from 10 to 12noon. The meeting will be held in the D block of the south campus of the ITT.

All our sign language classes have finished for the summer. However, if you are keen to join classes in the autumn, please send us your contact details and we will inform our tutors.

Deaf Women's Health Organisation will celebrate its fifth anniversary from the 18th to 20th of November in Belfast. Events will include an AGM, workshops and a relaxation spa, along with a meal and dancing. These events are for Deaf women only. A group of women from Kerry to attend. For more information, email:

The first ever "All Deaf Cruise" is being planned for October 28th, 2007. The cruise will be on the biggest ship in the world and will sail from Miami to Cozumel, Mexico, Georgetown, Cayman Islands, Montego Bay, Jamica, Labadee, Hispaniola. A number of our members are interested in going !! If you would like more information, please email us:

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28 July 2005 (VOL 3 WEEK 30)

Hello and welcome again to our weekly section. A new website has been developed by Comhairle. Its a new online resource which will provide information on assistive technology. It will have a directory of products available from Irish suppliers. The website address is You can also contact them by Text: 086 3837 644 or email: is looking for a new administrator. The current administrator is going abroad. If you want more information, contact them by email at or text Stephen at 085 726 3511.

The Irish Association of Social Care Educators are holding their annual conference on the 20th and 21st of October in the Inst. of Technology in Tralee. If you are interested in attending, please let us know and we will arrange access. Calls are now being made for abstract papers, closing date is the end of July. For more information, email:

Kerry Citizen Information Service and Sliabh Luachra will hold a seminar on the 4th of October in Tralee. The seminar will mark "Positive Ageing Week". We will have an Information stand at the event. Again if you would like to attend, please contact us and we will arrange access for you.

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