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1 March 2007 (VOL 5 WEEK 9)

Youth Leader training The Cork Deaf Association will be providing Youth Leader training on the 3rd and 10th March from 10am - 4pm at 5 Mac Curtain Street, Cork. The training is open to Deaf, hard of hearing and hearing people with fluent sign language skills. If you are interested in this training, please contact Susan O Callaghan at CDA. This could be a great opportunity to set up a Youth Club in Kerry. Our thanks to Susan and the CDA for inviting us to take part in the training.

Deaforward Meeting Deaforward will hold another information session/meeting in our office on the 3rd of April. This is an opportunity for you to get information through sign language on a range of topics. The aim of Deaforward is to set up and develop contact with Deaf clubs/centres and to arrange meetings nationwide. Deaforward advocates on behalf of the Deaf Community to increase access to public services / break down communication barriers / to create equal opportunities / provide Deaf advocates/ facilitate Deaf empowerment / to improve relationship between leadership and grassroots.

Tralee Volunteer Bureau training Tralee Volunteer Bureau organises training events on a ongoing basis for both Volunteers and Voluntary Organisations. The following events are designed and developed with the specific needs of voluntary organisations at the core.
  • Writing a Funding Proposal 9.30am - 1pm, Friday, 2 March.
  • Identifying and Designing Volunteer Roles 9.30am - 1pm, Friday, 23 March.
  • vRecruitment and Selection of Volunteers 9.30am - 1pm, Friday, 30 March.
  • Board Roles and Responsibilities 9.30am - 1 pm, Friday, 20 April.
  • Why and How to Develop Policies for your Organisation 9.30am - 1pm, Friday, 27 April.
  • Children First Workshop 9.30am - 4 pm, Friday, 11th & 18th May.
Detailed information regarding the courses, content and location is available from the training section of the website

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8 March 2007 (VOL 5 WEEK 10)

Tralee Train Station visual display system We would like to extend our thanks to the Station Master of Tralee Train Station for inviting representatives of our service to view their new visual display unit during the week. The system was installed after representations were made from our members to improve access for Deaf and hard of hearing passengers. The display unit gives times of departing and arriving trains, the platform numbers and the end destination. Details on the screen can be amended if trains are arriving or departing later than planned. The Station Master has been very open to suggestions from the Deaf Community and we would like thank him for his commitment to improve access locally.

International Women's Day Tralee Women's Resource Centre will hold an open morning from 10am to 1pm on the 8th of March to celebrate International Women's Day. For more information, go to

Irish Deaf Women's Group (IDWG) AGM The IDWG AGM will be held on the 9th March 2007 at Park Inn Hotel, Smithfield at 7.30 - 10pm. A note for members, please bring your AGM report and prepare your questions beforehand. There will be a wine and cheese reception afterwards. This event is for Deaf women only.

Irish Deaf Women's Group (IDWG) Conference The Irish Deaf Women's Group would like to invite two women representatives from our organisation to the Forum on Saturday, 10th March in Park Inn Hotel, Smithfield, Dublin 7. The theme of the Forum is 'Gaining Strength Together'. Proceedings will start at 9.30am. If you would like to represent our service, contact us and we will inform the organisers.

Deaf Community Centre Limerick Social nights will be held in Deaf Community Centre on the 2nd, 10th, 16th, 24th and 31st March from 7 to 9pm. Time extension can be made on request. The Centre is on the 1st floor at 97 O Connell Street, Limerick, located near the city centre.

Available on these nights are: table tennis/ pool table/ Sky TV on big screen/free internet and video chat later this month when the new PC's arrive. The social nights will be a good opportunity to meet with local Deaf and promise to be interesting and worthwhile. More activities will be announce later when details are finalised.

Deaforward will also visit Limerick on night of the 31st March. If any other Deaf organisations wish to host event in Deaf Community Centre, they are welcome, contact them by email:

IDYA / Finland Youth Exchange We would like to send our best wishes to the Irish Deaf Youth Association who completed the first part of their exchange between Deaf youth from Finland and Ireland. Bernadette O' Connor from Kerry had the opportunity to participate in the event in Dublin. Go to and click on photo albums and you will see photos of the exchange.

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15 March 2007 (VOL 5 WEEK 11)

Hello and Welcome to our weekly notes!

KADE are organising an event for St. Patrick’s Day called Global Tralee. This is an Inter-Cultural Celebration at the Brandon Hotel from 2-5pm. There will be music and dance from Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, Middle East, Multi-Cultural Choirs and Traditional Irish. Admission is free. For further information please contact KADE by email:

Hope you are all looking forward to the long weekend. Happy St. Patrick’s Day to all of you!

Housing Meeting Thank you to CDP, SPICE, and the Network of Service Providers to People Parenting Alone for the information night on housing issues. Childcare and a Sign Language Interpreter were provided. Speakers from Tralee Town Council, Kerry County Council and HSE Community Welfare Department gave presentations on the night. They covered topics such as Rent Accommodation Scheme ­ RAS, Council Housing Lists and Supplementary Welfare Rent Allowance. It was very informative evening. Well done to everyone involved.

Deaf Women's Conference Bernadette White travelled to Dublin last weekend to give a presentation at the Deaf Women’s Conference. The theme of the conference was Gaining Strength Together. Deaf women from all over Ireland gave presentations about the situation of Deaf women in their area. Congratulations Bernadette on your excellent presentation. It was a great weekend. Well done to the Deaf Women’s Group.

Women's Conference The National Forum on Europe is organising a conference for women from Cork, Limerick, Tipperary and Kerry. The conference will be held in Cork on March 23rd. The theme is "Making the European Union Relevant for Women". There will be an open discussion on Poverty, Women in Decision-Making and Sex Trafficking. If you are interested in going, please contact the KDRC as soon as possible as places are very limited and on a first come first serve basis.

Smoothie Morning & Quiz Thank you to the KDYS for organising the smoothie morning and quiz at their offices on Wednesday, 14th March. All donations raised on the day are being donated to the KDRC.

Mother’s Day Happy Mother’s Day to all mothers!

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22 March 2007 (VOL 5 WEEK 12)

Deaf Community Centre, Limerick A new Deaf Community Centre has been established in Limerick City. The aim of the Centre is provide a place where people can use ISL to enjoy social, community and educational activities. There will be satellite television on a big screen, free Internet and video calls, tea/coffee and other recreational facilities like pool, badminton and five-a-side football. The Centre is also hoping to set up Sign Language classes and other training such as English and Computers in the near future. If you are interested in any of these activities please contact them.

A Deaf man Noel O’Connell has been appointed full-time Community Coordinator in the Deaf Community Centre. He will be available 5 days a week, from 26th March. The Centre opening hours are from 1pm to 6pm, including some Saturdays. You can make appointment with Noel at the following number 086-7348641 (text only).

The Centre is located at 96A O’Connell Street, Limerick. Mobile text: 086­7348641. Tel/fax: 061-469854. Email:

Congratulations to all those involved in the establishment of the Deaf Community Centre on this great achievement. We wish you the best of luck!

Street Collections - WARNING
We have received some reports recently of people collecting for the KDRC or 'Deaf Centre' on streets in the Tralee and Kenmare areas. The KDRC is not organising any street collections at present. If you are approached on the street please make sure the person is from a legitimate charity. People collecting for the KDRC will always have identification with them. But if you are in any doubt please do not hesitate to contact us by email: or Mobile/Text: 087 633 4687.

Samhlaíocht Easter Parade We are delighted to announce that the KDRC will participate in the Samhlaíocht Easter Parade. The parade will be held on Saturday 7th April and the theme is STARS. At the moment we are preparing costumes and banners for the parade, and we are looking for people to participate in the event and getting ready for it. If you want to be involved with our group please contact us by email:

Cork Deaf Elderly Group The Cork Deaf Elderly Group are going on a trip to Kerry this month. Please note: the date of the trip has changed. The trip will be on Wednesday 28th March (not Tuesday 27th March). Please contact Veronica White if you need more information.

Deaf Youth Leadership Training The international Deaf Youth group Frontrunners is organising Youth Leadership Training Programme with a focus on International Project Management. Frontrunners is running 3 training sessions from September 2007 to May 2008. For more information about how to get involved, please see their website:

Sign Language Interpreters in Munster (SLIM) SLIM is organising its first meeting for this Saturday, 24th March. The meeting will be held at the KDRC. The aim of the group is to set up a support network for Sign Language Interpreters in the Munster region. If you want to get involved with the group, please contact us by email:

Smoothie morning and Quiz The smoothie morning and quiz in the KDYS, which was on Wednesday 14th March, was a great success. There were smoothies and food available, and all the KDRC members who attended had great fun. Congratulations to the winning quiz team and to Bernadette White who also won a prize. Many thanks to the young people who organised it, and for the lovely gifts presented to the KDRC at the end of the event.

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29 March 2007 (VOL 5 WEEK 13)

Hello and welcome to our weekly notes.
Sign Language Interpreters in Munster 0eeting (SLIM) The first meeting of Interpreters from Munster was held in our Centre on Saturday 24th of March. The aim of the meetings will be to provide information, support and training to Interpreters based in the Munster region. If you would like to join this group, please contact us. We hope to hold further meetings on the 26th May, 30th June, 1st September and the 24th November. Venue and times will be confirmed at a later date.

Deaf Awareness Training in HSE The Health Service Executive has commenced CACDP accredited Deaf Awareness training for its staff in Cork and Kerry this week. The first workshop was provided in Cork on the 26th of March. This will be followed by a workshop in Kerry next week. The HSE will run nine workshops in Cork and Kerry over the next few months. Our thanks to the HSE for providing the training. The Deaf tutors on the course are graduates of our EEI training project and work in Deaf organisations in Cork and Kerry.

DFI and CIC Meeting We would like to thank the Disability Federation of Ireland and The Citizens Information Centre for providing interpreting access at their Focus Group meeting on the Accommodation Needs of People with Disabilities. The meeting in Tralee on the 27th of March focuses on the experiences of people with disabilities in accessing appropriate accommodation. It also examines community supports necessary for independent living. Information on this meeting will be available from our representatives.

Easter Weekend Sporting Events A number of sporting events are being organised on Saturday and Sunday, 7th and 8th April 2007 in University Limerick. On Saturday, 7th April, there will be an Inter-Provincial Football Tournament Semi Final at 11am. The final and 3rd/4th Place will be at 3pm. On Sunday morning at 11am - the Irish Football team will have an international training session under Irish Deaf Sports Association. This will be followed by a workshop for the Deaf ladies tournament from 4.30 to 6pm. On Sunday morning at 11am, registration of players will take place and the timetable for the matches are as follows- 12pm - Leister v Connacht/Munster 13.35pm - Ulster v Connacht/Munster 15.50pm - Ulster v Leinster Matches finish at 16.25pm.

ADAPT Fundraiser ADAPT: The Kerry Women’s Refuge are organising a fundraising event. It is a Murder Mystery Gala at the Manor West Hotel, Tralee on Friday, 13th April at 7.30pm. There will be a wine reception and murder preview followed by a 5 course meal. Tickets cost ¤65. If you would like to attend this event, please contact us.
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