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2 June 2005 (VOL 3 WEEK 22)

Hello and welcome to our weekly newsletter. Last Saturday, the Kerry Network of People with Disabilities 1st AGM meeting was held in the Earl Of Desmond Hotel. We would like to thank the Network for making this meeting accessible for Deaf members by providing an interpreter.

Last Saturday evening, one of our EEI students went to the Labour Conference with an interpreter in the Brandon Hotel. The EEI student thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to get access in ISL to speakers Adi Roche, the five sisters of Robert McCartney, the ex-Prime Minister of Denmark and Pat Rabbitte, Leader of the Labour Party Presentation.

We would like to thank the Labour Office for ensuring access for Deaf members to access the political arena. A picture of the interpreter at the Conference was seen in the Irish Examiner last Monday and was seen on TV last Saturday evening. Let's hope we will see more access for Deaf members (via the use of interpreters) wishing to be part of their own political party.

EEI Training will resume again this Thursday afternoon 2nd June. This training will focus on how to run/chair a meeting. It will take place in Tralee Community College, Clash, Tralee while the KDRC is being refurbished. We would like to thank the EEI students and Management Committee for their patience over the past few weeks while we were trying to organise a temporary office for the project. From next Monday, the project will be based at Tralee Community College until further notice. Please keep in touch with Catherine White by mobile and email if you want to keep up to date with the EEI project.

We would like to wish some of our Deaf Action Group (DAG) members the best of luck in the Dublin's Women Mini Marathon on Bank Holiday Monday, 6th June 2005 and hope they enjoy the day in Dublin.

Volunteering Ireland are organising a meeting about 'The Relationship Between Volunteers and Paid Staff' on Friday 10th June 2005, from 10.00am to 4.00pm in Coleraine House, Dublin 7. This one-day course is suitable for organisations that involve both volunteers and paid staff. For more information, or to book a place, please contact M‡ire Rock on 01 872 2622 or email

Irish Sign Link Interpreting Agency have organised an Open Meeting in Dublin Deaf Club on Saturday, 11th June at 2pm. Contact Martin Jones for further information, Minicom/Voice: 01 6080437, Fax: 01 6685029 or email:

Irish Deaf Society (IDS) Deaforward are organising Health Seminar: 'Access for All: Ensuring Access to Health for the ISL Community' on Thursday 16th June in Crowne Plaza Hotel, Northwood Park, Santry Demesne, Dublin 9. Registration starts at 9.30am, the meeting starts 10am to 4pm. Places limited to 100 please reply by 10th June with the following information -your name, details and fee to the Deaforward Project
Administrator: Louise Sheerin by email: ASAP. If you require any further information, please contact Deaforward, phone: 8601987, fax: 8601986 or email:

Greenbow are organising an evening event in The Sugar Club, Lesson Street, Dublin 2 on 17th June 2005, starts at 8pm. Amnesty International LGBT Events Committee presents The Rocky Horror Picture Show. There will be sign language interpreters. It cost €15 (€10 concession), available from the Amnesty Office, 48 Fleet Street, Dublin 2.Tel: 01 6776361 or check out on:

National Chaplaincy for Deaf People have provides Mass card and Mass Bouquets card on Sale for €1 each. Contact Veronica White, NCDP Cork/Kerry, if you wish to purchase them.

Memorial Mass for nine deaf boys, who died in 1919 from diphtheria/flu will be held in St Joseph' Community Cemetery (Deaf School, Cabra) on Saturday 25th June 2005 at 3pm. If the weather is bad, Mass will move indoors to the Deaf Heritage Centre Exhibition open 1pm to 5pm.

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9 June 2005 (VOL 3 WEEK 23)

Hello everyone, welcome to our weekly news update. The Dublin Women's Mini Marathon took place on Bank Holiday Monday. We would like to say well done to Deaf Action Group (DAG) for taking part.

The EEI project moved to Tralee Community College on a temporary basis, starting last Monday, while renovations continue at our centre. For further details contact Catherine at the EEI project via email or SMS. EEI will continue their Committee Skills training this Thursday afternoon at Tralee Community College from 2.00 to 5.00pm.

On Wednesday, 8th June, the InterAgency Working Group on Child Protection and Welfare are organising a seminar on "the Rights of the Child". The seminar takes place from 2.30 to 5.00pm at ITT Education Centre, Dromtacker. If you are interested in attending, let us know by email An interpreter has been booked for this seminar. The entrance fee costs €2.

On Saturday 11th June 9.30am to 5.30pm, EEI Project are delighted to have Roberta Nolan presenting Theories of Education and the Rights of Deaf Adult learners. An Introduction on how to use a Digital Camera training will take place on Sunday, 12th June from 9.30am to 2.00pm. Childcare and venue for childcare has been organised. The venue for the weekend training will be confirmed to all Trainers-in-Training by SMS this week.

Cork University Hospital Children's Club will be organising a table quiz, including disco, on Saturday 11th June at St. Finbarr's Hurling and Football Club. The cost of the table quiz is €60 per table of 6 people. All proceeds in the aids of Sick Children's trip of a Lifetime. All are welcome. For further details contact Trudy Murphy, Cork Association for the Deaf at 086 850 0162.

Two members of the EEI project will be attending the Deaforward Deaf Health Conference in Dublin. If you are interested in attending, please contact Deaforward, phone: 01 8601987, fax: 01 8601986, or email: directly as places are limited.

World Deaf Federation (WFD) 2007 will be held in Madrid from 13th to 22nd July 2007. There will be updates about WFD on the website as soon as they inform us.

We apologise for any inconvenience to you while renovations to our office are taking place.

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16 June 2005 (VOL 3 WEEK 24)

Hello and welcome to our weekly news update. A big hello to all our Deaf members and their families too. Last weekend, our EEI project had another round of training in the Tralee Community College. We would like to say a huge thank you to Roberta Nolan for her presentation and to Damien Cremin for his presentation on digital technology.

There will be no EEI training this Thursday afternoon as two of our members will be attending the Deaforward Health Seminar in Dublin.

Dublin Theatre of the Deaf will present "Mrs. Potty's House" (a comedy, mystery, murder play) on the 17th and 18th of June at 8pm in Dublin Deaf Association, 40 Lower Drumcondra Road, Dublin 9. Adults €10, Student/O.A.P/unemployed €7.50. Family rates are available also.

Ulster Deaf Sport Council are organising their 18th annual "Five A Side" football tournament on Sunday 19th June 2005 from 12.30am to 6.00pm. It will be held in the Eddie Irvine Sport Centre, Bangor, Co.Down. Cost £5 pounds per person. It will be an open competition to men and women over 16 years of age. Trophies will be presented to the winner, runner up, and top goal scorer and best player of the tournament. Contact Barry Campbell (Football Director)

A new sign language Bridge Interpreting service has been established. If you would like to contact them, here are their details: Bridge Interpreting. Text / phone: 087 904 6594, fax: 01 872 0327, email: office@bridgeinterpreting. Website:

Lastly, a Disability Discrimination Summer School will be held from the 4th to 15th of July in NUI Galway. This school will focus on Effective Test Case Strategies. For more information, email: or text 087 6660634. A representative from Kerry will attend. Sign language interpretation will be provided.

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23 June 2005 (VOL 3 WEEK 25)

Hello and welcome to our weekly news section. Kerry Deaf Resource Centre will close on 24th June as a mark of respect on the death of its Honorary Chairperson and long time supporter, Laurence White Snr. He will be greatly missed by all of the staff and members of KDRC.

Friday 6.30pm - leaving from Hogan's Funeral Home, Tralee to St. Mary's Church Kilflynn (approx 7miles from Tralee). Funeral Mass on Sat at 11am with burial in New Rath Cemetery in Tralee. Please pass this message on to others within the Deaf Community. Mobile (text) 087 633 4687.

We are organising our annual summer tour for our members on the 17th July. We will be visiting Dingle OceanWorld, Blasket Visitor Centre, Celtic Prehistoric Centre and the Dingle Leisure Centre for a round of bowling. The costs for the tour is €20 for adults and 10euro for children. Let us know by email as soon as possible if you would like to go on the tour.

We would like to send our congratulations to all the students who received their sign language exams results last Friday. Well done to their tutor Shane Hamilton. A formal presentation will happen later in the year. A big thanks to the Sign Language Association of Ireland also.

A number of our Deaf members have just returned from Medjugorje. This trip was organised by the National Chaplaincy for Deaf People (NCDP). It sounds like the group really enjoyed the trip and have come home with great memories. The next trip that the Chaplaincy is organising is to Lourdes in September. For more information, contact Veronica White (NCDP) via our office.

Well done to Deaforward who had a very successful conference during the week. A number of our members attended the event and were very impressed with the presentations. Deaforward launched a poster entitled "Communicating with Deaf People". If you would like a copy, please contact Deaforward by email or we have copies in our service.

A new DVD was also launched to raise awareness of Breast Cancer entitled "Breast Awareness - Your Health in Your Hands", funded by Combat Poverty Agency, its a project of The Irish Cancer Society with the IDS and Deaforward. Well done to all those involved in the DVD project. The DVD can be viewed with subtitles or with sign language. It's great to see increased access for the Deaf community. Mary Anne White who passed away in December 2004 was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation for increasing awareness of cervical cancer before her death - a great honour for her and her family.

Lastly, Deaf Adults Learning English Project (DALEP) have sent us their updated DVD in sign language to help adults learn English. If you would like a copy, please contact us by email or fax: 01 2310 555 for an updated DVD in sign language.

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30 June 2005 (VOL 3 WEEK 26)

Hello to all our readers and our members. On behalf of our service and the White Family, we would like to thank all those who offered support on the death of our Honorary Chairperson, Mr. Laurence White Snr. Laurence was a great supporter of our service and worked hard to ensure Deaf people gained equality in our society.

On a happier note, don't forget to show your support on the 1st and 2nd of July at the national selection for the Rose of Tralee. Noeleen Cunningham will represent Monaghan. As you know by now, Noeleen is Deaf. We would like to offer her our best wishes. LetÕs hope she will be one of the ones selected to go forward to the Rose festival in August.

Don't forget to give us your names for our summer tour will be on the 17th of July. We need to make reservations with the hotel and the attractions we will be visiting. This will be your last chance to get your names into us.

Cork Association for the Deaf (CAD) provides a range of services for Deaf and Hard of Hearing People through Cork City and county. As part of the continuing development of its services, CAD now has the following vacancy. Secretary/Information Worker.

For this position knowledge of Deaf issues & Irish Sign Language would be an advantage; however a willingness to learn is essential, as full training will be given. Salary will be commensurate with experience & qualifications.

Apply with CV before 5pm on Thursday 7th July 2005 to: Ms. Trudy Murphy, General Manager, Cork Association for the Deaf, 5 Mac Curtain Street, Cork City. Tel: 021 4505944, Fax: 021 4506190, Mobile: 086 8500162, email

The World Federation of the Deaf invites all its member organisations, regional secretariats, international organisations of persons with disabilities, and other co-operation partners and all others interested in human rights to participate in the International Conference of the WFD with a theme "Our Rights Š Our Future". The Conference will be held on 30 September Š 1 October 2005 in Helsinki, Finland.

If you have news or events coming up and would like us to place them in our weekly update, we would be happy to do so.

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