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3 March 2005 (VOL 3 WEEK 9)

Four StarWe'd like to start off this week with some good news. Our website was selected as Site of the Day by Eircom. Our website which was designed by a Deaf person was given 4 star rating. This is the second award for our site which we are delighted to receive. Link:

Another new venture we are developing is video conferencing. We have just installed a new D-LINK Videophone in our Centre. This is a new and innovative phone which can be used with a TV set. The frame rate is high enough for sign language usage. The other great thing about this phone is that it operated over your broadband so calls are free. We will inform you of our IP address as soon as we finish our technical testing.

Our Adult Deaf Learning Project have their CACDP training this weekend. This will be followed by CACDP ISL 1 + 2 exams next week. Best wishes to all the students. Study Training will also be held this Thursday for the group and it will be on how to work as part of a Group.

Do you live in the Castleisland / Tralee area and require batteries. As part of our on-going working relationship with Citizen Information Centre's (CIC), Castleisland and Tralee CIC's are now selling hearing aid batteries on our behalf. If there are other places where you would like to see batteries on sale, let us know or email us:

Are you looking for employment? Workway have launched a directory of Kerry Support Services. If you would like a copy of the directory, email us:

The Health Research Board have released a prelimary analysis of the Sensory Disability Database. If you would like a copy of this, please contact us.

You may have seen reports about food products that have been linked with cancer scares? If you would like a list of the foods affected in Ireland, we have the list in our office or email us:

Lastly, the National Association for the Deaf (NAD) in Killarney will hold an Easter Camp on the 24th of March in Killarney. Application forms are available from the NAD or email us:

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10 March 2005 (VOL 3 WEEK 10)

Hello to all our readers and members. We'd like to start by saying thank you to the Tralee Women's Resource Centre for providing Interpreting access which enabled a group of our members enjoy the International Women's Day event in Siamsa Tire.

Thanks also to Deaforward who held their meeting in our this week. Deaforward was set up to allow Deaf people express their concerns, to represent their views and to have their say in matters of importance. Deaforward were very instrumental in getting Mary Anne White to share her story of cancer with the Deaf/hearing community. If there is an issue you want Deafoward to deal with, mobile (text): 086 384 7023.

We'd also like to thank John Carberry from Northern Ireland and CACDP for providing pre-exam training to our EEI students. The training at the weekend was interesting and students learnt alot. Their first set of exams is on this Sat and Sun and we send our best wishes to them.

Our monthly mass is also on this Sunday. Veronica (NCDP) will interpret the mass. It will start at 3pm. Tea and coffee will be provided afterwards.

The World Association of Sign Language Interpreters will hold their conference in Africa at the end of October. Our service will be sending a representative. If you would like to attend, please contact or email us: for more information.

As you know Cork is the Captial of Culture this year. Cork Deaf Association will be having a guided tour of UCC and the new art gallery on the 22nd of March. On the 5th of April, they will be going to Triskel Art Gallery. Lastly on the 19th of April, they hope to go to Blarney Castle and Blarney Woolen factory. Elderly Deaf from Kerry are welcome to attend.

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17 March 2005 (VOL 3 WEEK 11)

We'd like to start off this week with good news again.

Our service has secured €20,000 to refurbish the ground floor of our building. We hope to commence work during the summer months. We hope to adapt the ground floor so that we will have a waiting room, a reception area and a small training room. While this grant does not cover our overall costs, it will help us significantly with the renovations.

For all the students on our EEI project, the results of your exams will be sent out within 6-8 weeks. Hopefully everyone will do well and all your hard work will be worth it.

A huge thanks to Leargas for organising a get together of all EEI projects in Galway during the week. Our service sent five delegates to the 2 day event. It was very informative and will guide us more in our work on our Deaf Adult Learning Project.

The National Chaplaincy for Deaf People has asked us to inform you of upcoming pilgrimages. The first is to Medjugorie from the 12th - 19th of June. The second trip is to Lourdres from the 7th - 12th of September. If you are interested in going, you can text: 087 220 7868, fax: 01 8600 284 or email us:

Comhairle is the statutory agency responsible for supporting the provision of information, advice and advocacy to the public on a broad range of issues. They are calling for an 'Expression of Interest' for Developing Advocacy Services for People with Disabilities. If you would like our service to respond to this, please let us know or email us: your views/comments.

We have just got a new supply of hearing aid batteries in to our office. As usual, its €3 for a pack of six. We have also got in new listening devices for tv and radio. If you would like to sample these products, contact or email us: for an appointment.

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25 March 2005 (VOL 3 WEEK 12)

Hello and welcome again to our weekly section. We'd like to inform you of a number of events that are coming up that will have sign language interpreter access.

This Thursday, there will be a Chrism Mass held in Cork. Veronica White (NCDP) will be interpreting at the event. If you are interested in attending, please contact or email us: for travel arrangements.

There will be a walk in Tralee on Friday in aid of the hospice. This is being arranged by Ted Moynihan. It will leave from the Brandon Hotel at 10am on the 25th of March. Veronica White will be available to interpret.

On the 31st of March, there will be a public meeting "Extend Free Breast Check Screening Service to Kerry Now" It will be held in the Brandon Hotel on the 31st of March at 8pm. An Interpreter has been booked for this event. The meeting is being organised by the Labour Party in Kerry.

Our EEI Adult Deaf Learning Project will have Study Skills training this Thursday. Then on the 9th and 10th of April, they will have Curriculum Training for ISL 1 and 2.

The Irish Deaf Youth Association (IDYA) proudly congratulates the following who will represent the IDYA at the 3rd Junior Youth Camp in Sweden from the 8th 17th July 2005: Jason Maguire (Kerry), Carmel Duggan (Dublin), Tara Madigan Long (Limerick), Robert Young (Dublin).

The Irish Deaf Society's (IDS) trek to Peru is now going to be from Thursday 8th Sept to Sunday 18th Sept 2005. If you intend to travel, please contact the IDS by email:

The Irish Deaf Women's Group will hold an Easter Bingo night in the Dublin Deaf Association on Wed 23rd of March at 8pm. If you would like to attend, please contact Maria McInerney (Usher Chairperson).

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31 March 2005 (VOL 3 WEEK 13)

Hello to all our readers. Hope you all had a lovely and relaxing Easter. There are a number of upcoming events we want to inform you of this week.

On the 27th of April, some of our members will go to Aras An Uachtarain to meet President Mc Aleese for an event marking those that work in the community sector. Willie White was lucky to get the invitation and is able to bring a number of our members with him.

On the 5th of April there will be a table quiz in Castlegregory at 9pm. It will be held in The Green Room in the Maherees. It will cost €20 for a table of four. All the proceeds will go to the Deaf Centre. A huge thanks to those organising the event.

Training will be held again this Thursday 31st March for our EEI group. This week training will focus on "Group Dynamics". Training as always will be from 2 to 5pm.

We want to send our best wishes to all those who participated in the Bank Holiday events in Belfast. A number of our female members joined the Munster ladies football team and came third. In the basketball competition, the Munster ladies team came second.

We will have three students from the Centre for Deaf Studies on placement with us this week. We'd like to welcome them to Kerry and hopefully they will have an interesting and informative visit here.

Finally, best wishes to Shane and Deirdre on the christening of their lovely daughter Emma Rose over the weekend.

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