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1 September 2005 (VOL 3 WEEK 35)

Hello everyone and welcome to our Club Notes. It's that time of year again, back to school. Good luck to all students in the year ahead.

We would like to congratulate this years Rose of Tralee, Aoibhionn Ni Shulleabhain from Mayo.

We hope you have a great year. We would also like to congratulate Elena Mc Givney representing Dublin who came to Tralee with her Deaf parents. Our local Deaf group enjoyed meeting you and were very proud you represented the Deaf Community so well. Thanks to the Rose of Tralee Office partically Ted Keane for ensuring there was interpreter access at all main events so that Deaf people could actively participate.

The Killarney Access Group would like to inform people that there is now a loop system in place, in the Cathedral in Killarney, to assist hard of hearing people. The loop system is situated to the right of the main altar.

The Irish Cancer Foundation, gave a talk on Breast Cancer awareness at our Centre on Tuesday. We would like to thank everyone involved in organising this informative meeting. Also, later this month on 22nd September from 11am to 1pm, the Marie Keating Foundation mobile unit will be at our centre. They provide information and awareness on Breast Cancer. Interpreters are provided for both information sessions.

The Irish Association of Sign Language Interpreters will have their weekend training and meeting session in KDRC on 3rd and 4th September. If you have any queries about the Interpreters, please contact the Centre for further information or email us:

Deaf Action Group are organising a bag packing fund raiser at Tesco in Mahon Point Shopping Centre in Cork on 8th, 9th and 10th September. Anyone interested in helping please contact Noelle Reidy by text message only.

Training dates for EEI Students are as follows: 23rd and 24th September for open discussion with all students to agree the training timestable for the year ahead: 7 and 8 October topic is “How do I become an ISL Tutor”.

Our signed mass will be held at the Kerry Deaf Resource Centre (KDRC) on Sunday 11th September at 3 o'clock. Actitives for the children will also be organised on this day.

KDRC is currently adapting Deaf related modules from the Council for the Advancement of Communication with Deaf People based in the UK. These British based modules are being adapted to suit the Irish Deaf Context. Under the heading of Deaf statistics in the UK in two of the accredited modules we're adapting, they have the following statistics:-

  • 9 million: that's one in seven are Deaf
  • 8.3 million are hard of hearing
  • 123,000 are deafened
  • 50,000 - 70,000 use sign language
  • 24,000 are Deaf blind
Can you tell us what are the Irish Deaf based statistics for the same groupings? If you are unable to assist, can you guide us in the right direction about who would have these statistics. The statistics need to come from a reliable source, as these modules will be made available nationally to all statutory and non-statutory organisations in the near future once our 18 Deaf Adult Learners have received their Foundation Certificate in Deaf Studies. The CACDP modules are nationally accredited modules and require the information to be as accurate as possible going to print. If you want further information about the Deaf based UK modules you can go to If you want further information about the Kerry Deaf Adult Learning Programme, you can go to That's all for this week.

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8 September 2005 (VOL 3 WEEK 36)

Hello and welcome to our weekly news section. Welcome back from holidays Willie. We're glad you brought the sunshine back with you. Long may it last.

Veronica White, National Chaplaincy for Deaf People for Cork and Kerry, wishes to thank Rath Committee for the presentation of a video/framed picture of the Annual Mass held at Rath. It was a lovely gesture and much appreciated.

The National Chaplaincy for Deaf People travel to Lourdes with the Dublin Diocese, from 7th to 12th September. 27 Deaf people travel with them. We wish them all the best especially to Tim and Mary travelling from Tralee. Hope you all have a great time.

Thanks to Roy Maguire, Michelle Ward, Niamh White, Geraldine Broderick and Bernadette O'Connor for painting the renovated section of KDRC. Well done.You did a great job.

If you are interested in learning sign language, the Kerry Education Service are advertising their schedule for night classes in the Kerryman this week. Sign language classes are included in this in their leaflet. You can also contact the KDRC if you would like sign language classes to be held at other times.

The EEI Project has now returned to the KDRC. We would like to thank Tralee Community College for allowing the project some space at the College.

This week, the EEI Project will have a two-day review meeting about the project to date.

They are also organising the training timetable for the next six months. Training will include "how to become an ISL tutor", "ISL curriculum planning", "how to set up your own business", " how to use technology to develop ISL materials and resources", "the use of facial expressions in ISL"
Monthly Mass begins this Sunday 11th September at 3pm at our Centre.

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15 September 2005 (VOL 3 WEEK 37)

Hello and welcome to our weekly Notes. To begin with we would like to congratulate all Sign Language Students who will be receiving their SLAI certificates shortly. Well done. We hope you enjoyed the course.

Just a reminder to anyone interested in participating in sign language classes this year; courses have been advertised in the Kerryman and Kerry Education Service. Enrol as soon as you can as places are filled up quickly.

The group of Deaf people, who travelled to Lourdes on a trip organised by the National Chaplaincy for Deaf People, has just returned. Hope you all had a great time. If you are interested in participating in future trips being organised by NCDP or if you would like details of these, contact KDRC for details.

The EEI project had their 2-day evaluation called 'A Day in the Woods'. Thanks to the Kerry Education Service for offering us the use of their boardroom. Our thanks go to Tomas Aylward for being such an excellent facilitator. Also, thanks to all involved in the evaluation, students on the course, representatives from EEI management board, KES and KDRC.

The EEI training timetable has been completed for the next six months. Students on the course can contact Catherine White for further information.

If students and anyone else would like a copy of DALEP DVD on how Deaf Adults can learn English through the computer, we still have copies of this available. The DVD is free of charge.

Our signed Mass was celebrated at Kerry Deaf Resource Centre last Sunday. Our next Mass will be held at the Centre on Sunday 9th October. Following the Mass, Roy Maguire will officially open our newly decorated Centre. Thanks to Roy for all the work he did in the Centre.

The BDA Deaf Youth Workers Forum Conference will be held in the City of Belfast on Friday 23rd September until Sunday 25th September. If you would like further information contact Sinead Murphy by tel/fax: 00442890438566 or email us:

The Dublin Deaf Association is celebrating their 60th Anniversary with a Dinner Dance in the Regency Hotel in Dublin. Tickets for the 4-course meal is €35.00. Contact the Dublin Deaf Association if you would like to attend.

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22 September 2005 (VOL 3 WEEK 38)

Hello and welcome to our weekly section. Hope all is well with all our readers and members.

This Thursday afternoon, we will have a presentation from the Marie Keating Foundation about Cancer Awareness from 11-1pm in our office. We would like to thank the Foundation for providing this opportunity for our members to learn more about their work and about cancer. An Interpreter will be provided.

This Saturday and Sunday, EEI Students will come together again after a long summer break. This weekend, we will look at the CACDP Curriculum and how to teach ISL Level 1 and ISL Level 2 Irish Sign Language. We will also look at what materials and resources are available to teach ISL.

We wish Michelle Anne Houlihan the best of luck on her maternity leave and welcome Tim O'Sullivan the new Community Education Facilitator with the Kerry Education Service. Michelle has been a very active member of our EEI Management Committee.

A new TV advert in Australia shows a sign language interpreter talking about having instant access to his mother living in Scotland. The advert shows the advantages of using text messaging. The advert can be seen on Vodafone Australia under "view customer stories". The sign language person is Andy Carmichael. Click on the following link and click on the small tv to play the clip

Kerry Deaf Resource Centre with support from Simon Coveney MEP have been in touch with Vodafone Ireland to look at developing a similar advert here. Vodafone Ireland have said they are putting together a package for the Irish Deaf and Hard of hearing community in Ireland in partnership with a national organisation. If there are any developments in this area, we will keep you informed. We have a copy of the Australian clip and can send it by e-mail if you can't find it on Vodafone.

There is another video clip which looks at Disability from a totally different perspective. To view the clip, click on the following link

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29 September 2005 (VOL 3 WEEK 39)

Hello and welcome to our weekly notes. We would like to thank the Marie Keating Foundation for their Cancer Awareness talk they gave at our office last Thursday. It was very informative. We have a range of Cancer awareness leaflets available if you would like a copy at the office.

The EEI Project began their training last weekend after the summer break. The focus of the weekend was looking at all the employment opportunities Deaf people have in Ireland. The weekend also focussed on the range of materials and resources that are available for teaching Deaf related subjects. This Thursday, the EEI project will begin their FETAC Level 1 Communications Module. This will be held every Thursday for twelve weeks.

This week we had the pleasure of welcoming Bob Peckford, Director of Development with the Council for the Advancement of Communication with Deaf People, the Examining Body for Deaf related subjects in the UK. Bob came to Kerry with a view to looking at future developments for the Deaf Community. More news about developments as they arise.

The Irish Deaf Sports Association are holding a Buffet Dance and Presentation in the Royal Dublin Hotel, O'Connell Street, Dublin on Saturday 29th October from 8pm to 2am. Cost €20 per person. There will also be an International Deaf Badminton Friendly match on the 29th October from 10am to 6pm. For more information contact The Irish Deaf Society are holding a conference on 22nd October from 9am to 5pm in U.C.C. Cork. For further information contact the Irish Deaf Society.

The Fianna Fail Conference will take place in the Gleneagle Hotel on Saturday 22 October. If you are interested in attending, please let us know as soon as possible as tickets are in short supply. An interpreter is available for the main speech given by Mr Bertie Ahern.

We would like to offer our sympathies to the family and friends of James Woulfe, Cabra, Dublin, who died recently. James was a very active member of the Deaf Community throughout his life. He will be very sadly missed. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends at this sad time.

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