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20 December 2007 (VOL 5 WEEK 50)

Hello and welcome to a round up of news from the Deaf world.

Happy Christmas in sign language
A great video clip in sign language for you all. Click on the following link and click play:

Photos of Christmas Party
As you may know our successful Christmas party was held recently. If you go to our BEBO page, you will be able to see a collection of photos from the day. In addition, we have uploaded a short clip of our puppet show. Our thanks to David Cotter for all his hard work on the day to document the event. To view the snaps, go to

Being Deaf in the City Research
You may recall an article we had in our previous notes on an upcoming research project being organised by Gill Harold from the Dept of Geography and Applied Social Studies in University College Cork. Gill is now looking at the next stage of the research, which will be broken into three stages. The 1st part will establish a Focus Group, which will discuss what matters to Deaf people in the Kerry region. The 2nd stage will be Interviews, which will talk about individual experiences of work and leisure. The 3rd stage will be a discussion to show the groups findings from Ireland and the UK and to examine the participant’s opinions. If you are interested in participating in this research, contact Gill by email: or text at 087 615 4590. Gill has produced a flyer if anyone wants more information: for a copy of this, please send us your address or call to our office for a copy.

Interpreted Mass
There will be a Mass in Coachford Church in Co. Cork on the old Cork to Macroom Road on the 22nd of December from 6.30pm to 7.30pm. Refreshments will be served near the Church following the Mass. Carols will be signed by Spirit of Sign Cork. Two interpreters will be present Veronica White (National Chaplaincy for the Deaf) and Dee Herlihy. A raffle will take place for Spirit of Sign. For more information, contact Ray Greene at 086 397 0452.

Deaf Artist Exhibition
Niall McCormack, a Deaf Artist is holding an exhibition of some of his work in the Winter Group Exhibition 2007/2008 in The Molesworth Gallery, 16 Molesworth Street. Dublin 2. For more information, check out the following website

Annual Leave
Our service will close this Friday the 21st of December for Christmas holidays. We will re-open on the 7th of January. We would like to thank all our staff in our Tralee office and Sliabh Luachra office for their tremendous work throughout the year- we could not do it without their hard work and commitment. We would also like to thank all those who have supported us in 2007 and look forward to working with them in 2008.

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13 December 2007 (VOL 5 WEEK 49)

Hello and welcome to a round up of news from our service.

Annual Christmas Party
Our Christmas Party and monthly mass for clients and staff was held in the Manor West Hotel in Tralee last Sunday. Our sincere thanks to the staff of the hotel for their hard work. Approx 100 members enjoyed the day of festivities, which included a four-course meal.

Our thanks to Santa for making the day so special for our younger members. Thanks also to our wonderful puppeteers for putting on a show in sign language for our little ones and for arranging 'pin the donkey' games. We are very grateful to our staff for all their hard work on the day and for making the event so successful. Lastly, we are very grateful to all the businesses in Kerry for donating prizes towards our spot prize raffles.

Supporter of the Year Awards
At the party, we also announced our annual Supporter of the Year Awards- these awards are given to both Deaf and hearing individuals and organisations who support our service throughout the year. Each award recipient will receive a framed certificate, a box of chocolates and a bottle of wine.
  • Susan O Callaghan received her award for her outstanding contribution to our Education Equality Initiative (EEI) project. In addition, she has been very involved in providing Deaf Awareness training in Cork and Kerry.
  • Sandra Kearney has been with our service for a year now. She was recognised for her hard work and pleasant personality, which is appreciated, by all staff and clients.
  • Suzanne Carey is being awarded for her commitment to providing interpreting services locally. In addition her knowledge of equality issues/ equality legislation has been very beneficial to our service and clients.
  • David Cotter was recognised for his work on our EEI project. David video recorded meetings and training and these are now a valuable resource for our service. He was also acknowledged for developing sign language materials and mats.
  • Laura Gutierrez (originally from Spain) provided art tuition to members of our service throughout the year. Her input enabled us to put an entry into the Samhlaoicht Easter parade. In addition, she has worked with clients of our service during the past few months on art activities for our Christmas party.
  • Hannah O Connor received our Youngest Supporter of the Year- Hannah's mom works for our service and Hannah is a regular caller to our Centre. She is always keen to help out in the office and at our monthly masses.
  • CE Scheme Of Partnership Tra Li provides our service with a number of CE positions for our office in Tralee and our Outreach service in Sliabh Luachra. This support is very appreciated by all our staff and clients. The award is in particular recognition of the Supervisors on the scheme.
  • FÁS Kerry are being recognised for their support of Deaf issues throughout the year. FÁS fund CE schemes and Supported Employment initiatives, which are of benefit to the local Deaf community and our service.
  • Sean Coffey/Transition Year- Mounthawk School has provided sign language classes to Transition Year students for a number of years. His classes are being recognised with an award for their commitment to sign language awareness for students.
  • Michelle Moore - Probation Services has been an advocate of Deaf Issues / Deaf Access locally - we are very grateful to her for her support over the past year.
  • Arlington Lodge is being presented with an award for their outstanding support to Deaf individuals experiencing housing difficulties. They have provided extensive support to individuals in their hostel and support those who are placed in independent housing.
Our sincere thanks to all the above recipients. We are very appreciative of all their support throughout the year. We look forward to working with you in 2008. On behalf of our clients and staff- thank you very much for all your hard work, we couldn t do it without you.

Irish Association of Sign Language Interpreters Press Release
A meeting of Irish Association of Sign Language Interpreters (IASLI) members was held in the Heritage Hotel, Portlaoise on Sunday 9th December at 11.00am. The agenda of the meeting was to talk about the future of IASLI, after concerns were aired at our recent AGM.

As a result of this meeting, and after lengthy discussion, IASLI is not constitutionally in a position to hold further meetings and has dissolved. The members present felt it best that the association be wound up, and for interpreters to pursue other avenues in coming together and developing the profession.

All members who have paid for membership categories covering 2008, or who have made advance payments for 2008, will receive a refund of their membership fees. After settlement of all outstanding expenses, IASLI’s resources will be distributed to various charities, benevolent funds, etc. Resources will be divided up with each member’s “fraction” of resources going where they wish. Other outstanding work will also be dealt with before this date.

Those present at the meeting wished to express their sincere and heartfelt gratitude to all members, past and present, for their contributions to IASLI. They also wished to recognise and applaud the huge amount of time, dedication, hard work and vision that previous Committees have given to IASLI, the interpreting profession, interpreters and the wider Deaf community all over Ireland.

Sadness was expressed that the group was closing after such a long journey and after the hard contributions of all present. It was the sincere hope of all those present that interpreters could again come together in the future to work towards development of the profession, upskilling, support and working with the Deaf community.

Cormac Leonard, ex-Secretary IASLI.
Download IASLI Press Release (size 24KB)

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6 December 2007 (VOL 5 WEEK 48)

Hello and welcome to our weekly news section.

Vacancy in Sign Language Interpreting Service (SLIS)
SLIS has a vacancy for a Finance Officer- the person will be responsible for the management, development and delivery of effective and efficient financial accounting, payroll, budget and financial services. Salary Scale will be €39,807 - €45,102. Apply in confidence to the Chairperson, Sign Language Interpreting Service (SLIS), Hainault House, The Square, Tallaght, Dublin 24. Include your CV, a cover letter and the names of 2 referees by 5.00 pm on Friday 20th of December 2007.

There will be a weekend for Children of Deaf Adults (CODA) in the UK on the 1st and 2nd of February 2008. It will be held in Dukes Barn, a comfortable hostel in Derbyshire. At present estimated costs are anticipated to be around £100 per person. It's hoped that this will cover accommodation for the two nights, Fri/Sat night, breakfast and lunch Sat/Sun. The nearest airports are East Midlands (Nottingham), Manchester & Birmingham. More information will be available through CODA Europe's e-group. To subscribe to this group by email:

Irish Deaf Sports Association 40th Anniversary
We would like to send our best wishes to the Irish Deaf Sports Association as they celebrate their 40th anniversary 1968- 2008. They will have a wine reception on the 26th of January in the Dublin Deaf Association on the 26th of January at 5pm. If you would like to represent our service at this event, please contact us by email: and we will inform the organisers.

Reading to Deaf Children: A Look at Research
The Shared Reading Project is a nationally acclaimed home tutoring program in the US that helps families learn expert strategies from Deaf adults on the best ways to read stories with their young deaf and hard of hearing children. David R. Schleper has compiled research that looks into the area of reading with deaf children. For information on this research, have a look at In addition the project has developed 15 principles for successful reading, further information is available at

Thousand Hands Dance - Deaf Troupe
Take a look at this interesting video- the dance sequence is performed by twenty-one Deaf people. The performance of Thousand-hand Bodhisattva dance caused a nationwide sensation at the 2005 CCTV Spring Festival Gala. The entire audience was thrilled by the synchronized movements dancers, who performed with exquisite grace and precision, the clip is available at:

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