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5 April 2007 (VOL 5 WEEK 14)

Hello and welcome to our weekly notes. Hello and welcome to our weekly news. The weather has been lovely the past few days- hope you are getting a chance to enjoy it.

Samhlaíocht Easter Parade The final preparations for the Easter Parade are taking place in our office this week. The theme of the parade is "STARS". We will have Deaf and hearing participants in the parade this Saturday night at 8.30pm. If you would like to get involved, please contact us immediately as numbers will be limited. If you have nimble fingers and can help us with our costumes, we would appreciate it.

Penalty Points Talk in Cork Deaf Club The Cork Deaf Club would like to inform you about a talk which will take place in the Deaf Centre on Tuesday 3rd April at 8pm. Community Garda Norbert Eames will give a talk about the Penalty Points System. Garda Eames will go through all the different offences drivers may be fined for; including all the new offences which have recently been introduced. The talk will be interesting and informative. The meeting is open to all and interpretation will be provided.

CIC Limerick Interpreter Availability Mairead Hegarty, a sign language interpreter is available on Monday and Friday afternoons in the Citizens Information Centre (in Catherine Street, Limerick) to enable members of the deaf community to access information on rights, entitlements etc. For more information, contact the CIC in Catherine, St. Limerick.

Munster Deaf Sports Council Munster Deaf Sports Council will hold a Buffet Disco in Castletroy Park Hotel, Dublin Road, Limerick on Sunday, 8th April 2007 at 7.30pm till 2am. The price per ticket is 25.00 euro. The buffet will be limited to 100 people.

Youthreach LCA Tralee We would like to thank the members of Youthreach LCA Tralee for their donation of €270 to our service. The money was raised from their recent Smoothie / Table Quiz morning- a huge thanks to all those involved. We are grateful for all those who worked hard to ensure the event was a great success.

Deaf Awareness in HSE Kerry The first Deaf Awareness workshop for HSE staff in Kerry was held in the Education Centre of the Kerry General Hospital this week. The staff were provided with CACDP Communication Tactics Training for Deaf and Deafblind. A huge thanks to the trainer and to the interpreters. A big thanks to Norma Fletcher and Martina Walsh from the HSE for all their work in organising the workshops.

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12 April 2007 (VOL 5 WEEK 15)

Welcome Hello and welcome again to our weekly news section. We hope you all had an enjoyable Bank Holiday weekend.

Samhlaíocht Easter Parade The Easter Parade was held in Tralee on Saturday night and we would like to thank Samhlaíocht most sincerely for including our service in the event. There was a great festive feeling in the town and our group really enjoyed participating in the parade. Our group included Deaf sign language users, Deaf with additional disabilities, an individual with a cochlear implant and hearing supporters. We would like to thank each and every participant for getting involved in the Easter festivities and we would like to thank all those who worked so hard to make our costumes and all the STAR accessories.

Irish Deaf Society Election Manifesto (IDS) The IDS is running a campaign to ensure the candidates of 2007 General Election support the rights of the Deaf to live equality. Their manifesto covers issues such as:
  • Irish Sign Language (ISL) Recognition. ISL is the preferred language of the Deaf community. Deaf people should have the right to use ISL as their primary language. The Irish Deaf Society has proposed the recognition of ISL to the Government since 2005.

  • Irish Deaf Education Reform. Deaf children should have the right to be educated in ISL in a bi-lingual environment. For years they have been denied the opportunity to be educated through their preferred language.

  • Access to public services. Public services/information should be available through ISL / qualified ISL interpreters. This would enable Deaf people to independently access and participate within public domains in society.

  • Equal employment and third level opportunities. Deaf people should have the right to access third level opportunities and be given equal employment in the open labour market in Ireland and must not be discriminated.

  • Funding to Deaf Community development on local and national level. Irish Government and state agencies fail to provide fair distribution of public funds to enhance the equality of the Deaf. The Government must provide funding to the IDS and locally-based organisations.

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19 April 2007 (VOL 5 WEEK 16)

Irish Deaf Women's Group (IDWG) The IDWG are organising a lecture on "Suicide" The informative lecture will be given by Cathy Earls on the 20th of April at 8pm in the Dublin Deaf Club. The event is open to all.

Irish Sign Language (ISL) Recognition. The Irish Deaf Society (IDS) is once again organising an ISL parade which is bound to be lots of fun on Saturday 21st April at 2pm. The parade will start from the Garden of Remembrance, Parnell Square in Dublin. The IDS has been campaigning for many years for the official recognition of ISL by the Irish Government. Join the fun and make this a successful parade.

IDWG Empowerment Workshop The IDWG are also holding an "Empowerment" workshop in Athlone on the 28th and 29th of April. The venue will be the Radisson SAS Hotel. Deaf Women from all over Ireland are invited to attend. This is the final workshop. If you are interested in attending, please contact them as places are limited to 25 participants. Some of the costs of the workshop will be covered by ZEST funding. For more information, contact Michelle Goodwin by by email:

Spirit of Sign We would like to send our best wishes to a group of Deaf actors who will perform "Spirit of Sign" on the 12th of May at 8pm in Cork Arts Theatre. The venue is beside the Lobby Bar near the Opera House. Tickets costs €6 and are available from Cork Arts Theatre

Bellman Paging System Scheme The Irish Deaf Society in partnership with Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform is operating a Bellman Paging System Scheme to enhance independent living for Deaf and hard of hearing people in Ireland. Depending on the transmitter you apply for, the pager vibrates and alerts you if the telephone rings, someone is at the door, or to an alarm clock. A baby alarm is also available on request. For an application form, by email: or tel: 01 860 1878/ fax: 01 860 1960.

Ireland-United Kingdom (IUK) Youth Camp The Irish Deaf Youth Association is looking for Deaf adults to apply to become IUK leaders on the 4th Ireland-United Kingdom (IUK) Deaf Camp. The leaders will travel with 8 Irish youth participants aged from 13 to 17 years old to the event in Yorkshire in England this summer. Applicants must be free on the weekend of 1st to 3rd of June to attend leaders training. They must also be free to travel to the camp on 10th to 17th August 2007. Don't miss this opportunity!! Closing date is 20th April 2007. For an application form by email:

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26 April 2007 (VOL 5 WEEK 17)

Lecture on the birth of a New Language You are invited to a public lecture "Nicaraguan Sign Language : The birth and Growth of a new language" This lecture will be held in Trinity College, Dublin on Monday evening 23rd April at 7 pm Swift Theatre (Room 2041A), Arts Building. Prof. Richard Senghas' appetite for anthropology was whetted when his sister, Annie, a linguist, returned from her first field trip to Nicaragua and told him about the situation of Deaf people in that country. This prompted him to return to academia. He completed a phD in Anthropology at the University of Rochester, New York. In 1995, he was awarded a Fulbright fellowship to cover a year fieldwork in Mangua, Nicaragua, and the following year he had a Spencer Foundation Dissertation Fellowship to cover his thesis write-up.

Sign writing Workshop Cork Deaf Association Patrick A. Matthews of the Centre for Deaf Studies invites you to attend a free workshop on sign writing. It will be held on the 28th of April from 10am to 5 pm in 5 Mac Curtain St, Cork. Ten places are available for Deaf people and ten places are available for hearing individuals. Must be at an intermediate to fluent level in sign language to attend. For more information, by email: or on 086 8500 162.

Dublin Theatre of the Deaf "This is my son" written and directed by Dominic Mc Greal will be shown in the Dublin Deaf Club on the 18th and 19th of May. Tickets for adults cost €10 and €7.50 for students/OAP's/ unemployed. The Dublin Deaf Centre is at 40 Lower Drumcondra Road, Dublin.

A part time Vacancy Cork Deaf Association A part time Community Resource position is available at the Cork Deaf Association (part time maternity cover). The successful candidate will be expected to deliver a number of services offered by CDA including; information, advocacy, tinnitus support, provision of specialised technology and equipment, communication support, fundraising, aural rehabilitation, social activities and lobbying. For informal enquires please contact Trudy at CDA On Tel: 021 4505944, Fax: 021 4506190, Mobile: 086 8500162 or by email:

CEO Vacancy at CID The Catholic Institute for Deaf People (CIDP), under the patronage of the Roman Catholic Archbishops and Bishops of Ireland provides services to deaf people including: education and training; recreational and residential accommodation and care; and pastoral and religious care. Following the completion of a strategic review, MERC Partners has been retained to assist in the appointment of a Chief Executive who will provide executive leadership with the implementation of challenging plans for future development. For more information, write to Brian G. Ward at MERC Partners.
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