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29 November 2007 (VOL 5 WEEK 47)

Hello and welcome to our weekly news section.

Radio Interview Regarding Deaf Issues
Joe Duffy recently had an interesting slot on his national radio programme regarding Deaf issues. A well-known interpreter and CODA Mary Stringer had the opportunity to talk with Joe regarding her personal experiences of accessing services with her Deaf parents when she was younger. If you would like a copy of the transcript of the radio interview, a link is available on our website at Alternatively, please contact us and we can send it to you by email or download the transcript here. Our thanks to Ailish Finnegan for taking the time to type up the interview. Well done to Mary Stringer, the item certainly generated alot of interest throughout Ireland.

Kerry/ Cork Elderly Trip
A group of elderly Deaf from Kerry and Cork will meet for lunch in the International Hotel in Killarney at 1oc this Wednesday (28th of Nov). Our thanks to Susan O Callaghan (CDA), Veronica White (NCDP) and Denise O Sullivan (from our service) for organising the travel arrangements and lunch.

Deaf and Hearing Supporter of the Year
It's that time of year again where we look for nominations for Deaf and Hearing Supporters of the Year. Do you know of any individual or organisation that has supported Deaf issues over the past year. The winners will be announced at our Christmas party on the 9th of December in Manor West Hotel in Tralee. Send your nominations by text, letter, or email to our service.

Christmas Party Spot Prizes
We are calling on businesses to donate spot prizes for our Christmas party. The spot prizes we have received to date include a weekend for two in a hotel in Killarney- table d'hote meal vouchers for two, bottles of wine and much more. Our thanks to those who have already donated- their generosity is always greatly appreciated. We also appreciate the work our staff do to arrange everything for this annual event.

Disability Federation of Ireland (DFI) - Health Service Executive (HSE) Consultation Meeting In Cork
Disability Federation of Ireland will hold a consultation meeting on the Health Service Executive in the office of Cork Deaf Association on the 5th of December from 10am -1pm. DFI continually urges the HSE and other statutory agencies to improve their methods of communication with each organisation on an individual basis. This is important as Service Level Agreements are being introduced for all organisations that are in receipt of HSE funding. If you would like to represent our service at this meeting, please let us know immediately.

Australian PhD Candidature
Do you know of any Deaf or hearing sign language linguistics/ sign language interpreter researchers who may be interested in travelling to Australia to commence a PhD candidature? If so, there are two newly funded PhD scholarship positions due to commence at Macquarie University in Sydney early 2008 for a three-year project. Further information on the project may be obtained by contacting the supervisors:
Dr Jemina Napier:
or A/Prof Trevor Johnston:

Big Brother 9
Big brother has contacted the Irish Deaf Society. They are running their auditions for BB9 in Dublin 4th, 5th December and in Belfast on the 2nd of December. They wish the Deaf community to feel welcome and if a Deaf person wishes to attend auditions BB9 they would like to have notice so they could organise an interpreter at these events. You can contact by email:

Christmas Colouring Competition
Get your child to colour a picture: the theme is ‘Having Christmas with Santa’. Drop the picture into Super Valu or Radio Kerry Tralee or Killarney with ¤1 per drawing. The money goes towards the Kerry Christmas Appeal. Pictures should be on A4 size paper and can be crayon, colour pencils or painted. Write the child’s name, address and contact details on the back. Winners will be announced on the 9th of December at Fel’s Point Hotel, Tralee at the Arty Bits Christmas Craft Fair. Santa will be there all day to receive Christmas letters. There will also be mulled wine reception courtesy of Fel’s Point Hotel. For any more details please contact Georgina Maher on 087 6211752 or by email:

Hands On 2nd December- can't be missed!
Tune in this Sunday for the first of our two part special on the history of Irish Sign Language presented by Sean Herlihy with some interesting quick facts from Senan Dunne.

In this programme we track the development of Irish Sign Language from its origins up to the introduction of oralism - a method that banned the use of sign language in the Deaf schools. Through interviews with historian Rachel Pollard we see the role the first Deaf school, Claremont, played in the development of the language.

We also learn that, uniquely to Ireland, gender division in the Deaf schools led to the language developing in such a way that Male and Female signs were, and to a certain extent still are, radically different. Stan Foran tells us how the "Blue Book" attempted to unify both languages. From interviews with John Bosco Conama, Carmel Grehan, Marian Moloney and Fergus Dunne, we find out the huge impact Oralism had on the language and that for a time there were fears it could mean an end for ISL. Past pupils explain how the schools were divided into oral and signing classes and tell us about the attitude that existed towards "Deaf and Dumb" pupils, who were largely hidden from the other pupils. Don't miss it this Sunday at 10.45am on RTÉ One!

The Second part of this programme will be in two weeks on the 16th of December.
Download: here.

Two job vacancies with Sign Language Interpreting Service
The Sign Language Interpreting Service has been established with the support of the Citizens Information Board to develop, promote and deliver high quality sign language interpreting services including face to face and remote interpreting services. The Sign Language Interpreting Service is currently recruiting two positions, based in Dublin and reporting to the Manager of SLIS.

Administration and Booking Officer
The Administration and Booking Officer will operate the SLIS Booking System, manage the office, provide administrative support to the Manager and SLIS team and act as the point of contact for SLIS customers.
  • Excellent administration skills
  • Excellent computer skills ­ Word, Excel, Access and Email
  • Ability to manage the operation of the booking system for interpreters and service users
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
Salary Scale: €27,838 to €39,807.

Part Time Administration and Booking Officer
This is a 6 month temporary position covering an 18 hour week. The successful candidate will support the function of the Administrator and Booking Officer and will demonstrate excellent computer and communication skills.

Salary Scale: As per Administration and Booking Officer / pro rata

To Apply : Apply in confidence to the Chairperson, Sign Language Interpreting Service (SLIS), at the address below, including your CV, a cover letter and the names of two referees by 5.00 pm on Friday, 30th November 2007.

Chairperson, SLIS, Sign Language Interpreting Service, Hainault House, The Square, Tallaght, Dublin 24. Tel: 01-4139670, Fax: 01-4139677.
Download Job Spec: here

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22 November 2007 (VOL 5 WEEK 46)

Hello and welcome to another edition of news of interest to the Deaf Community.

Liveline with Joe Duffy
We've got a transcript of Joe Duffy's radio show where they discussed deaf issues and access to services for Deaf people. Please click here for the full transcript.

Fulbright Fellow Coming to Ireland
Krista Leitch Walker, Ph.D. student in administration and a 2007-08 Fulbright Fellow will travel to Ireland in the New Year to research the roles of Deaf parents in the education of their hearing children. Krista will work with our service and the Irish Deaf Society to research and develop a training curriculum for Deaf families with hearing children and the educators who work with them. This project, conducted through Dublin’s Trinity College will also provide strategies to develop and maintain strong family-school partnerships. Dr. Ceil Lucas, chair of the Department of Linguistics, says that Leitch Walker’s research is important because “there hasn’t been much focus on deaf parents and hearing children,” Krista intends to live in Tralee and will travel to Dublin and other areas of Ireland to meet with members of the Deaf Community.

In addition, Krista's husband Steve will also travel to Ireland. Steve has extensive experience in the interpreting field and is well known for his work in the U.S. training CDIs- Certified Deaf Interpreters. We look forward to working with both Krista and Steve. Further updates on their work and travels will be available in the New Year. If you would like to avail of their expertise, please contact us by email: and we will forward your details to them.

Vacancies In SLIS
The Sign Language Interpreting Service is currently recruiting two positions, based in Dublin and reporting to the Manager of SLIS. The 1st vacancy is for an Administration and Booking Officer. The successful candidate will operate the SLIS Booking System, manage the office, provide administrative support to the Manager and SLIS team and act as the point of contact for SLIS customers.

The 2nd vacancy is for a Part Time Administration and Booking Officer. This is a 6 month temporary position covering an 18 hour week. The successful candidate will support the function of the Administrator and Booking Officer and will demonstrate excellent computer and communication skills.

To Apply : Apply in confidence to the Chairperson, Sign Language Interpreting Service, Hainault House. The Square. Tallaght. Dublin 24. (include your CV, a cover letter and the names of two referees by 5.00 pm on Friday, 30th November 2007).

Government Department Sectoral Plans
Under the Disability Act 2005 (Part 3, Sections 31 ­ 37) there is a statutory requirement for six Government Departments to publish Sectoral Plans. The aim of these Plans is to ensure that disability is given due priority in service planning and delivery in each Department that publishes a Sectoral Plan. We need to ensure the issues of importance to the Deaf Community are included in these plans. If you experience any barriers/ discrimination, contact us and we will inform your local Government representative of your concerns.

Protection of Vulnerable Adults
In DFI's newsletter, there is an article regarding the Health Service Executive convening a group to work on developing a policy for the protection of vulnerable adults for implementation across the health delivery system. The cohort of clients being considered include those with a disability which includes persons with mental health presentations and older persons who are deemed vulnerable. Jacqueline Thomson, Support Officer will represent DFI on this group and it is envisaged that a draft will be completed by mid-November. To ensure the rights of Deaf people are heard on this group- contact Jacqueline Thomson, Support Officer, at by email:

If you would like a copy of DFI's newsletter, send a request by email to

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15 November 2007 (VOL 5 WEEK 45)

Hello and welcome to another edition of news of interest to the Deaf and hard of hearing communities.

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Patients
Deaf and hard of hearing patients are entitled to interpretation services in public hospitals in Ireland. You should notify your public hospital that you are Deaf or hard of hearing, in advance of your visit so they can make any necessary arrangements. Further information regarding these services is available from the Director of Disability Services at your Local Health Office

IDS Strategic Plan 2008 - 2011
The Irish Deaf Society will hold a discussion meeting on their Strategic Plan 2008 - 2011. A presentation and an overview of the plan, followed by Questions and Answers will be held on the 24th November 2007. Time: 7.30 - 10.00 pm. The venue will be Cassidy Hotel, 6-8 Cavendish Row, Upper O'Connell St, Dublin 1. Interpreters will be available. Tea/Coffee will also be provided and admission is free. To obtain copies of strategic plan 2008 - 2011, please contact the IDS:

Information Evenings Mid West
There will be an Information Officer from the Citizens Information Centre and an Interpreter at the following locations. Wed 14th of November in the West County Hotel, Ennis in the Loughnane Suite. On Thursday the 15th of November, they will be in the Abbey Court Hotel in Nenagh in the Derg Room. Lastly, they will be in the Marriott Hotel, Limerick on the 21st of November. The time for each Information session is 7pm.

Sign Language Interpreter Mentoring Training
ASLI has been running a number of mentoring workshops in the UK. Workshops will be held in Belfast over the coming months. The first weekend is 17th and 18th November. All sessions will be in Belfast with the first in the Holiday Inn express in Belfast. The costs are £176.25 sterling for the first weekend and £235 sterling for each of the following weekends (all inclusive of VAT). There is also a further £50 sterling assessment fee. For more information, go to ASLI's mentoring weblink at

Interpreter Visits / Placements In Kerry
We had the pleasure of welcoming two sign language interpreters from Wisconsin and San Antonio during the week. Katy works for a Video-relay Interpreting service and the Debi works for CSD - Communication Services for the Deaf. It was a great pleasure to meet both of them and it was a valuable learning experience for us.

In addition, we had three Interpreter students from the Centre for Deaf Studies in Trinity College. Our thanks to Cormac Leonard of CDS for organising their placement with our service. We look forward to working with Amanda, Jennifer and Christine when they graduate towards the end of this year.

Squeeze Juice Bar, Tralee
We are delighted to let our Deaf members and staff know that Squeeze Juice Bar will be re-opening in The Mall (Tralee) on Saturday 10th November 2007. We were beginning to miss our fruit, smoothies and juices!

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8 November 2007 (VOL 5 WEEK 44)

Hello and welcome to another edition of news of interest to the Deaf and hard of hearing communities.

Our Christmas Party
We will hold our annual Christmas Party on the 9th of December in The Manor West Hotel from 2 to 6pm. A four course meal will be provided, along with spot prizes. As usual Santa will come to see the children. Tickets for adults cost €20 and €10 for children. If you would like to attend, please contact by email: as soon as possible, we have to confirm numbers with the hotel in advance.

Monthly Mass
Our monthly mass will be held on the same day of the Christmas party in Manor West Hotel at 1.30pm. Veronica White from NCDP will be the interpreter. If you require accessible transport, please contact us immediately.

Cork Deaf Drama Group: 1st Anniversary
We would like to send our best wishes to SPIRIT OF SIGN who celebrate their 1st anniversary this year. On the 24th of November they will screen some of the groups short films. there will be a live performance, questions and answers, and refreshments. Entry is €5 with all proceeds going to Spirit of Sign. For more information, you can text Robert Quinlan at 086 3624 351.

Research Project
Gill Harold is a PhD student at University College Cork. She is currently working on a project 'Cities Without Sound; Re-spacing the Geographies of Urban Deaf Experience' As a student of social geography, she is interested in what happens in the city. This project is all about the experiences of Deaf people in cities in Ireland and in the UK.

Gill is interested in ideas including: Access to services in the city e.g. subtitling and signage, Technology, Sign language, Deaf Awareness and Employment experiences. The research aims to find out what deaf people think about life in the city. Gill is looking for volunteers to tell her about their experiences and help her understand Deaf life. If you are interested in participating in this research, contact Gill at Departments of Geography and Applied Social Studies, University College Cork. Text Number: 087 6154590 or by email:

Twinning the Kingdoms in Lesotho
As part of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, the Kingdoms of Kerry and Lesotho are involved in a twinning project to aid development and exchange culture. As part of their fundraising efforts, they have opened a 2nd hand book shop in the Tralee Shopping Centre. If you have any books to donate or would like to purchase books, please support this worthwhile initiative. Our service hopes to get involved with this project to support Deaf and hard of hearing people in Lesotho.

Loop Systems In Churches In Co. Kerry
We've had many enquiries on the number of Churches in Kerry that have installed loop systems which benefit parishioners with hearing aids with a "t" switch. As a result, we wrote to all the Churches in Kerry and to the Bishop of Kerry. We have just learnt that the following Churches have now installed loop systems.
  • Parish of Castleisland - SS Stephen and John (Castleisland), Immaculate Conception (Cordal) and Our Lady of Lourdes, (Scartaglen)/ Parish of Ballydesmond
  • St. Patrick's Church/ Parish of Kilcummin - Our Lady of Lourdes Church / Parish of Killorglin - St. James' Church/ Parish of Dromtariffe
  • St. John's Church, Dromagh / Parish of Tralee
  • Our Lady & St. Brendans / Parish of Killarney
  • St. Mary's Cathedral and Church of the Resurrection/ Parish of Abbeydorney
  • St. Bernard's Church / Parish of Glenbeigh
  • St. Jame's Church, Glenbeigh and St. Stephen's, Glencar / Parish of Spa
  • Church of the Purification, Spa and St. Joseph's Church and Fenit.

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1 November 2007 (VOL 5 WEEK 44)

And welcome to this week's Kerry Deaf Resource Centre Update.

Irish Deaf Society: National Council Meeting
The next NC meeting will be held on the 10th of November at the Ardboyne Hotel in Navan, Co. Meath. There will be two items on the agenda
  1. IDS Strategic Plan 2008-2011
  2. Feedback on the 2007 Irish Sign Language Awareness week.
If you would like to represent KDRC at the next meeting, please contact us by email:

Irish Deaf Youth Association 21st Celebrations
We would like to send our best wishes to the IDYA on their 21 year celebrations. The IDYA board will host a 21st social party at the Duke pub on Friday 16th November from 9pm onwards. If you would like to attend the event on our behalf, contact us by email: and we will forward your details to the IDYA.

Disability Federation of Ireland: National Conference
The Conference focuses on the continued importance and changing role of disability organisations in the new environment being shaped by the Government’s commitments in the National Disability Strategy (NDS) and Towards 2016 to the mainstreaming of supports and services to people with disabilities. 21st & 22nd November 2007 (Day 1 9.30 ­ 4.45, Day 2 10.00 ­ 1.30). Venue: Portlaoise Heritage Hotel, Portlaoise, Co. Laois. Cost for members is €120, non-Member €200. For queries email:

Abbey Theatre (Dublin) Introduces Stagetext Captioned For Performances
The Abbey Theatre is the first venue in the Republic of Ireland to introduce captioned performances for deaf, deafened and hard of hearing patrons. The theatre’s first captioned performance is for THE PLAYBOY OF THE WESTERN WORLD, in a New Version by Bisi Adigun and Roddy Doyle, and runs during the matinee performance on Saturday 24th November.

Captioning transfers the spoken word into visible text which is displayed on a caption unit that is viewed by the audience. It allows deaf, deafened and hard of hearing audiences to follow what is being said on the stage as well as highlighting sound effects and noises off stage. The facility was introduced into the UK by STAGETEXT, a company which now provides captioned performances to a vast number of theatre companies and venues across Britain.

The addition of this valuable facility continues the Abbey’s aim to be as accessible and welcoming to all patrons. It complements the national theatre’s other disability and access facilities which include audio-described and sign language interpreted performances and the new loop system for partially hearing visitors which was introduced into the national theatre’s larger auditorium last year.

Hands On: New Season
Hands On, Ireland's only Deaf TV programme, returns to our screens on November 4th. For the first time Hands On will be shown every Sunday from November to May (excluding the Christmas period). There is also a new format this year with 7 documentaries and 7 magazine style programmes. As usual a variety of topics will be covered including the History of Sign Language, Jobhunting and Deaf in the media. The old favourites Molly & Mr. Milk and Chatting with Teresa are back. Don’t forget to tune in to RTE1 starting Sunday 4th November 2007 from 10.45am ... every week!

Vacancy At Tralee Women's Resource Centre (Project Co-Ordinator)
TWRC provides support, information and administrative services for local women and women's groups and campaigns, advocates and networks on behalf of women. The Project Co-ordinator will work towards implementing the project’s 3-year work plan and will contribute to the management, leadership and development of the centre.

The successful applicant will have:
  • An understanding of the issues of poverty and disadvantage in women’s lives
  • A third level qualification in Community Development or a related field
  • 3 years paid experience in a Community Development setting
  • Proven skills in project management, supervision and evaluation
  • Good motivational capacity and communication skills.
Closing Date for receipt of applications: November 2nd 2007 (4p.m.). For an Application Pack, please contact: TWRC Selection Panel, c/o South and Mid West Community Development Support Agency, Block 1, Floor 2, Ashbourne Business Park, Dock Rd., Limerick. Tel. 061 225711 or by email:

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