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5 May 2005 (VOL 3 WEEK 18)

Hello and welcome to our weekly newsletter. Hello to all our members and families too.

Our EEI project will have a new session this Thursday afternoon from 2 to 5pm, it will be a presentation about the CACDP NVQ System Level 4 in Irish Sign Language.

Our very grateful thanks go to John McGrath who spent the past 10 weeks with our EEI Trainers-in-Training. The workshops included Study Skills, Group Work, Problem Solving, Anger Management, Assertive Communication. We look forward to seeing John McGrath in September when he will provide the FETAC Communication Module.

Simon Coveney MEP has agreed to present our EEI Trainers-in-Training with their CACDP ISL 1 and ISL 2 Certificates. This will take place on Friday 13th May 7 to 9pm. Venue to be confirmed. Well done to our Trainers-in-Training. They are on their way to obtaining their CACDP Foundation Certificate in Deaf Studies.

The EEI Project is funded by the Department of Education and Science with support from Leargas. The Kerry Deaf Resource Centre and the Kerry Education Service jointly manage the project.

The Kerry Deaf Resource Centre (KDRC) and the EEI Project attended the Community Representation Day at Aras An Uachtarain last Wednesday. A wonderful and memorable day was had by all of us who attended. Our thanks to the President of Ireland Mary McAleese for the invitation. We will put together a photo album of this day and will be available for viewing soon.

The Irish Deaf Society will hold their AGM in Limerick this Saturday. For more information contact them directly by email:

The KDRC and EEI Project would like to extend our very sincere sympathies to the O'Leary family of Gas Terrace on the recent death of their mother Bridie. Bridie was an amazing woman who was a huge advocate of the work of the KDRC. She will be sorely missed by staff and Committee of the KDRC.

We would also like to pass on our sympathies to Tim O'Brien on the recent death of his brother.

Finally, we would like to wish Maria Moynihan the very best of luck at the Rose Ball this Saturday evening at the Mount Brandon Hotel. Maria is the KDRC's representative to go forward for the Kerry Rose this year. Some of our members will be there to support Maria. If you would like to attend, let us know or email us: as soon as possible.

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12 May 2005 (VOL 3 WEEK 19)

Hello and welcome to our weekly newsletter. Its been a wonderful few days with the sunshine and the days becoming longer too.

Last Saturday night, a number of our members attended the Kerry Regional Rose Ball in the Brandon Hotel to support Maria Moynihan. Two of our former Deaf Roses got the chance to meet the 2004 Rose of Tralee winner.

We would like to congratulate Noeleen Moynihan who won the Monaghan Rose title. She's the first Deaf Rose to be in the Irish Rose Regional Selection in July (1st to 3rd). There will be an interpreter for two nights at the event in Tralee. Details will be sent out as soon as we hear from the Rose of Tralee festival office. Our thanks to Ted Keane, Head of Communications for his commitment to providing support for Noeleen.

Our EEI project will not have training this Thursday afternoon as CACDP Curriculum training will be on this weekend. This will be held in CDP, Upr Rock Street. We will have 4 CACDP trainers (2 from Nth Ireland and 2 from England). Training will be from 9 to 5.45pm on Friday and Saturday. Half day Sunday 9 to 1pm. CACDP ISL 1 and ISL 2 re-sits will take place Sundayafternoon.

This Friday evening, 16 of our EEI students will receive their CACDP ISL Level 1 and Level 2 Certificates at a formal presentation to be held in the Kerry Education Service, Riverside House, Dan Spring Road, Tralee. Simon Coveney MEP will present the certificates to our 16 students. Councillors Miriam McGillycuddy and Terry O'Brien will also be in attendance.

One of our members attended the Irish Deaf Society National Council Meeting and AGM in Limerick last weekend. If you would like to find out what happened at the weekend, let us know, we can ask or email: our representative to provide you with the information.

The Irish Tinnitus Association will have their annual spring meeting this Saturday, 14th May in the Royal Dublin Hotel, Dublin 1. Registration for the meeting starts at 10am and the meeting begins at 10.45am. Guest speaker will be Dr. Ewart Davies, the chairman of the British Tinnitus Association. Admission is free.

IDYA are looking for 4 boys and 4 girls with 2 leaders (one male and one female) to attend the 2nd Irish-UK (IUK) Deaf Youth Camp 2005. It will be held in Scotland from 4th to 11th August. If you want to go to the camp, please contact IDYA for application form or further information by email:

Mid-West Deaf Association will be organising a Kart competition at Kilcornan Karting, Co Limerick on Saturday 25th June 2005 at 7pm. It will be the limited to 24 drivers. If you are interested, put your name forward in advance with €40 each to Ger Boyce, 27 College Park, Corbally, Limerick. The closing date is Wednesday, 22nd June. After the Karting event, a buffet and social night will be held nearby.

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19 May 2005 (VOL 3 WEEK 20)

Hello and welcome to our weekly newsletter. Its been a wonderful few days with the sunshine, nice to see the days becoming longer too.

Last Friday evening, 16 of our students have received their CACDP ISL Level 1 and Level 2 Certificates at a formal presentation, which was held in Tralee Town Hall, Prince Street. A huge thanks to Simon Coveney MEP for presenting the certificates and for his support to our service. A big thanks to Councillors Miriam McGillycuddy and Terry O'Brien. Terry acted as MC for the event and did a very entertaining job. Eleven of our students also received their "Trainers in Training" certificates. This training was provided by John McGrath, big thanks to him too.

All the EEI students attended a two and a half day training workshop with 4 CACDP trainers in Tralee Development Community Centre over the weekend. A big thanks to CDP for the room facilities and to the trainers John Carberry, James McKeron, Ian Robinson and Jacqueline Swinbourne. All the CACDP trainers were Deaf and we're sure this will have a positive impact on our Deaf students.

The next date for EEI training will be the 19th of May from 2 to 4.30pm. The training will focus on "Committee Skills Training".

Yesterday, two of our members attended the NDA consultation meeting in Cork. Thanks to the NDA for providing interpreting access for the workshops. If you would like information on the workshops, our two members would be delighted to give you information.

Job Application

Applications are invited for the temporary post of Acting Director of the Centre for Deaf Studies. This post is offered on a full-time fixed-term basis from 1 August 2005 to 30 June 2006. The appointment will be made within the salary range €40,000 - €48,000 at a point commensurate with the successful candidate's qualifications and experience to date.
Founded in 2001, the Centre for Deaf Studies delivers three full-time undergraduate diploma courses, in Irish Sign Language Teaching, Irish Sign Language/English Interpreting, and Deaf Studies, in a bilingual Irish Sign Language/English environment. The Centre has a capacity for 90 undergraduate students across these courses, which are taught by three full-time and 15 part-time and occasional staff.
The post:
The Acting Director will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the Centre's teaching, examining and research activities. He/she will also teach some courses in Deaf Studies/ISL Teaching/ISL Interpreting and represent the Centre on College committees and in other contexts as appropriate. The Acting Director will report to the Director of the Centre for Language and Communication Studies (CLCS) and will be ex officio secretary of the Centre's Management Committee. He/she will be expected to foster relations with other academic and non-academic units in the College (e.g. Disability Support Services), international institutions (e.g. those with which the Centre has a Socrates exchange agreement), and the Deaf community.
Applicants should hold a postgraduate qualification and research experience in Sign Linguistics and/or Deaf Studies. Management experience is a pre-requisite for this post. The Acting Director will be bilingual (ISL/English), with fluency in Irish Sign Language an absolute requirement.

Applications, together with a full curriculum vitae and the names of three referees to, should reach Recruitment Executive, Staff Office, Trinity College, Dublin 2 not later than 12 noon on Monday, 30th May, 2005.
Tel: +353 1 608 1962 Fax: +353 1 677 2694
Ruth Rafferty
Recruitment Executive
Staff Office
House No. 4
Trinity College
Dublin 2
Tel. (01) 608 1962 Fax. (01) 677 2694
Our revamped website has lots of advice and information.

Lastly, we have received photos of our visit to Aras on the 27th of April back from Maxwell Photographers. For those who attended the event, it will cost €15 for a 10 by 8 print. Otherwise, check out the photo in this weeks "Kingdom" newspaper page 2.

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26 May 2005 (VOL 3 WEEK 21)

Hello and welcome to our weekly newsletter. We'd like to start by thanking "See Hear", the BBC's programme for the Deaf community. See Hear showed an abbreviated version of Mary Anne White's story about cervical cancer on Saturday. The piece was followed by an informative studio discussion which highlighted the need for Deaf women to have smear tests. If you would like information on this topic, check out on:

Deaf Action Group (DAG) would like to thank for those who volunteered with bag packing last weekend in Garvey's Supervalu in Tralee.

DAG is looking for people to take part in the Dublin Women's Mini Marathon on the 6th of June. The event will be held on a bank holiday. If you would like to run/walk on behalf of DAG or would be willing to raise sponsorship for them, please contact them by text on 087 6645418 or email:

We would like to inform our members that we will begin our renovations in our downstairs office on the 1st of June. Our upstairs office will be open. To ensure safety, please make an appointment by email: if you would like to meet with us and ring the doorbell prior to entry. We hope to have all work completed by the end of July. A big thanks to the Dept. of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs and to Councillor Tom Mc Ellistrim for enabling us secure funding for the renovations.

For our EEI students, please keep in contact with the EEI Co-ordinator as the project may be moving to another building while the building work is being carried out.

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