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25 February 2010 (VOL 8 WEEK 8)

Greenbow Self Defence Classes
Greenbow is an organisation for Deaf Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) people. Greenbow will organise self defence classes on Sat, 27th of Feb in Outhouse Basement, 105 Capel St, Dublin 1 at 2pm. Classes will be for ten weeks. If anyone is interested in joining the class, register with Greenbow by the 27th. It cost 100 euro for the classes. For more information or to join Greenbow, email or text 086 367 1375.

Greenbow is inclusive and embraces the diversity of people. Therefore, hearing LGBT people who are able to sign fluently can also join up as associate members:

International Women's Day Events
As part of International Women's Day, the Tralee Women's Resource Centre (TWRC) is collaborating with a number of agencies including our service. They have organised a range of events in March. If you would like to attend any of the following events, please let us know, as communication access will need to be organised. In addition, places are limited for a number of the events.
  • Coffee Morning with the Open Door Network (8th of March) from 10.30-11.30 in TWRC.
  • Painting Together (8th of March) 12noon outside TWRC (weather permitting).
  • Intercultural Evening (8th of March) Songs, poetry, short stories, dance and lots of fun 6.30pm to 9pm in Reuben's Cafe.
  • Candle Decoration (9th of March) 10.30am to 1pm at TWRC. Limited to 10 places. Cost 5 euro.
  • Women Short Films Screening (9th of March). Screening to start @ 7pm at Samhlaíocht Gallery (The Old Presbytery, Lower Castle Street, Tralee).
  • Arts and Crafts Class (10th of March) 10 am to 12 noon at TWRC.
  • Intercultural Food Taste (10th of March) 12.30pm at TWRC.
  • Jewellery Making Workshop (11th of March) 10am to 12noon or 2.30pm to 4.30pm at TWRC. Limited to 6 places per session.
  • Social Enterprises and Co-op Talk by Helena O' Connor (11th March). Starting with coffee/tea at 6.30pm. Talk at 7pm @ Tralee International Resource Centre.
  • Soap Making Workshop (12th of May) 10am - 3pm @ Tralee International Resource Centre. Limited to 15 places. Cost 10euro (Book a place).
Please download 'International Women's week programme' in Word Document Download (size 556KB)

Humour In Sign Language - CDS Public Lecture.
The Centre for Deaf Studies in Dublin will hold a Public Lecture on "Humour in Sign Languages - the linguistic underpinnings " on Thursday the 11th of March. It will be held from 7.30-9.30pm in the Maxwell Hall, Hamilton Buildings, Trinity College.

The lecture will be given by Rachel Sutton-Spence, Senior Lecturer, Centre for Deaf Studies, University of Bristol. Rachel is well known in the Irish Deaf community as she taught many Irish sign language interpreters and sign language tutors when training was co-hosted by Bristol University. Rachel will co-present the lecture with Donna Jo Napoli Professor of Linguistics, Swarthmore College, Pennsylvania (USA). Irish Sign Language/Spoken English Interpretation will be provided.

Irish Deaf News - You Tube
In this week's signed edition of Irish Deaf News, Wendy Murray Jr., gives an update on the following:
  • Minister William O'Dea's resignation.
  • The Bishops of Ireland meeting with the Pope re Murphy Report.
  • Ryanair's 'row' with Tánaiste Mary Coughlan, Dublin Aviation Authority and Aer Lingus.
  • Gerry Adams wife cancer and Sinn Finn nomination for Gerry Adams.
  • The Happy Hippy 'Head' Shop fire.
  • Tiger Woods apology.
To view this edition, go to
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18 February 2010 (VOL 8 WEEK 7)

Volunteers Required - Street Collections
We will have a number of Street Collections coming up in 2010 and we are looking for your support.

20th of March - Castleisland
10th of April - Killarney
7th of May - Tralee
11th of September - Listowel.

We will need volunteers from approx 10am to 5pm. On each collection day, we will give out sign language alphabet cards and KDRC pencils with our details.

Congratulations to Dr. John Bosco Conama
We would like to extend our congratulations and best wishes to Dr. John Bosco who recently completed his PhD. John will be the 1st Deaf person in Ireland to gain this qualification when he graduates next April. He is currently working as a lecturer at the Centre for Deaf Studies, Trinity College Dublin. He is the former chairperson of the Irish Deaf Society, and Higher Executive Officer in the Training Branch of the Revenue Commissioners (currently on career leave). We are absolutely thrilled for John and want to wish him every success for his future.

Murphy Report translated into sign language
The IDS and DOJELR have translated Chapter 22 of the Murphy Report related to Fr. Donal Gallagher who was once chaplain at St. Mary's school for the Deaf in Cabra. If you remember Fr. Donal Gallagher when you were in school and would like to talk to someone confidentially - you can contact the IDS to get advice.

DVDs have been posted to all IDS members - however if you're not an IDS member but would like a copy - you can request one by contacting

The DVD is in 4 parts on youtube. Introduction / Chapter 22 (Part 1 of 3)/ Chapter 22 (Part 2 of 3) / Chapter 22 (part 3 of 3)

You can also watch the translation on Youtube - (The quality is better on the DVD so the IDS would recommend that you watch the DVD).

Ryan Commission to translate report into sign language
CIDP have received confirmation from the Ryan Commission that it will fund the translation of the key aspects of the report as they relate to Deaf people into ISL. This will mean that the Chapters on Beechpark, St. Mary's Cabra, St. Joseph's Cabra and the Executive Summary will be available in ISL in December 2009 in DVD format. The agreement between the Ryan Commission office and CIDP is that 500 DVD's will be made available and that CIDP in cooperation with the Irish Deaf Society (IDS) and will decide on an appropriate distribution process. The IDS have also agreed to review the first draft of the translation to ensure that it meets the needs of the Deaf community.

Interpreted Performance at Abbey Theatre
The Abbey Theatre will present an interpreted performance of 'Little Gem' on Saturday, 20th February at 2.30pm. To reserve your seat: email with your name, the date and time of the show and you pay discount price €18 on arrival.

Hilarious and heartbreaking, Little Gem looks at how fear, loneliness, and an unexpected teen pregnancy can make us understand what’s really important in life, bringing a family closer together against all the odds. More information about Little Gem can be found on

Simply Signing Workbook
Simply Signing has just released a Level 1 Sign Workbook and accompanying CD. The RRP is €25 for the book and CD.

The workbook and music to reflect everyday activities and interests. An invaluable guide for parents and those working with children who want to explore and discover Irish Sign Language. Includes music CD, tips on signing, songs, nursery rhymes and fingerspelling.

For more information, you can email: or go onto their website:

Simply Signing Workbook

What Is Deafhood? Series Of Workshops By Dr. John Bosco Conama
Dr. John Bosco Conama will be presenting / facilitating a series of (4) all day workshops explaining ‘What is DEAFHOOD?’ How can we see ourselves in the world? Why are our experiences as Deaf people important in understanding our struggles / presence in the society?

Bridge Room, Dublin Deaf Club, Drumcondra, Dublin
1st Workshop: Saturday, March 20th - 10am to 4.30pm
2nd Workshop: Saturday, April 17th - 10am to 4.30pm
3rd Workshop: Saturday, May 15th - 10am to 4.30pm
4th Workshop: Saturday, June 19th - 10am to 430pm
Admission: €150 for all workshops including lunch
Limited spaces: Book early by email to
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11 February 2010 (VOL 8 WEEK 6)

CIDP, Deafhear & IDS Education Seminar
This conference is being organised and sponsored by the Catholic Institute for Deaf People, and the Irish Deaf Society. The conference will feature the launch by John Bosco Conama of a new Policy document designed by the above three organisations which sets out a new future for Deaf education. The conference will also feature a keynote presentation by Mark Marschark from the USA. Mark is regarded as one of the leading academic researchers on Deaf Education and is the author of the 2009 research advice paper on best practice in Deaf education for the National Council for Special Education (NCSE). There will also be presentations from experts from the education and medical professions as well as current teachers and parents of Deaf children who will reflect on their experiences of mainstream and Deaf schools. The presenters are both Deaf and hearing people and interpreters will be present on the day.

The conference venue is the Croke Park Conference Centre in Dublin, and there will be no charge to delegates although places will be limited. Queries in relation to the conference can be addressed to Liam O'Dwyer at or phone/text 087-6753475.

Deaf Education Policy
The Educational Development Committee of CIDP has in cooperation with, IDS and the Centre for Deaf Studies Trinity College, produced an agreed education policy paper after consultation with the teachers of the Deaf in St. Joseph's and St. Mary's, the visiting teachers and some teachers in mainstream schools and has submitted this to the National Council for Special Education in June 2009. The paper presents a new direction for Deaf education policy. It is hoped it will be welcomed and implemented by the Department of Education and Science. The paper is available for download from the CIDP website at

Sign Language Classes Tuesday and Thursday
Our night classes in sign language are up and running after the Christmas break. We have two rounds of classes on a Tuesday night. One class is being provided by a staff member for family members with a Deaf relative - this class is fully booked out. A freelance tutor provides the 2nd class and these are a continuation of classes for the general public. A freelance tutor is also providing advanced classes on a Thursday night. As soon as new courses are being run, we will send out text messages to those on our waiting lists.

Dublin Theatre Of The Deaf - Drama Workshops
Do you want to improve your drama skills? If so, the Dublin Theatre of the Deaf will be holding monthly workshops that are open to all. After 10 months, a Drama Level 3 FETAC certificate will be awarded to all successful participants.

The 1st workshop will be held on the 27th February. It will be held in the Drama Hall, St Vincent’s Deaf Club, 40 Lower Drumcondra Rd, Dublin 9 from 1pm to 5pm. There is a registration fee of ten euro which is payable on the first day. Places are limited so book your place now to avoid disappointment. If you are interested, please email or text mobile at 086 669 9917

New DVD In Sign Language
Shane Hamilton in Kerry has independently created a new DVD on sign language. Its new on the market and Shane says "its an ideal learning tool helping to make Sign Language easy and fun! Sign Language can vary in shape and structure depending on various things. Signs can be different between old and young, men and women or county-to-county. Topics on the DVD include: Alphabet, Numbers, Office, Holiday, Home, Colours, School, Family, Work, Transport and Weather".

To order a copy, send an email to: (temporary email). Shane is also in the process of establishing a website It cost €20 per DVD and for every DVD sold, €2 will go toward the Irish Cancer Society.

South East Deaf Women's Group Social Event
SEDG will have Salsa, buffet and social drinks at Dinn Rí Hotel, Tullow Street, Carlow Town on the 13th February. It will be held from 4pm till late. It will cost €15 for members and €20 for non-members. If you would like to attend, contact Melissa by text at 086 – 6653547 or by email to

Irish Deaf News On Youtube
The 31st edition of the IDN news in sign language is now available online at

Eddie Redmond gives an update on Northern Ireland Devolution, Medicines up to 40% cheaper, 26,000 Toyota cars recalled in Ireland, US missionaries charged with kidnapping in Haiti, RBS 6 Nations: Ireland v Italy, and Katie Price and Alex Reid wed in Vegas.
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4 February 2010 (VOL 8 WEEK 5)

KDRC is eleven years old
Our service passed another milestone this week. We celebrated our 11th birthday on the 1st of February. We'd like to thank all those who have supported us over the years. We have achieved alot in the past but still have a long way to go. Look forward to working with you all in the future to achieve equal rights and equality of access for our clients.

DALS Literacy classes
Our Deaf Adult Literacy classes re-commenced last week. Our thanks to DALS for continuing to support this great initiative. Our classes are on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings from 11.30 to 1pm. Our thanks to the DALS tutor, Mary Duggan for all her hard work. All tutors registered and trained by the Deaf Adult Literacy Services are Deaf and hard of hearing evoking a comfortable environment for our learners to learn through their first and/or preferred language of Irish Sign Language. For more information on DALS, go to

Arts and craft classes
Our successful Art and Craft classes will start again this Thursday the 4th of February at 2.30pm. We would like to thank Michelle Anne Houlihan of the Kerry Education Service for supporting these classes again. If you would like to join this round of classes, please let us know immediately. This round of classes will run for approx 6-8 weeks. The tutor for the class will be Priscilla and communication support will also be available.

In addition to the classes supported by KES, we have informal art classes on a Tuesday morning from 11.30am - 1pm. Laura Guitterz provides these classes on a voluntary basis. If you would like to join these classes please send us your name ASAP. Laura originally came to us as part of the Samhlaoicht Easter Parade celebrations and we would like to thank her for her continuing support.

National Gallery of Ireland Tour
The next sign language tour of the National Gallery of Ireland will be held on the 4th of February. If you want to join this tour, meet in the Shaw Room and the tour will commence at 6.30pm. The tour is free of charge. For more information, you can contact Brina Casey, Education Officer by email at For more information on current exhibitions, go to

Counselling Services Via CIDP
The Catholic Inst. for Deaf People (CIDP) is the custodian of the past files of St. Mary’s and St. Joseph’s School and Residences. CIDP has provided the information in these files to the Ryan Commission, which is investigating the abuse of children in Institutional Care from 1945-1999. CIDP is of the view that some Deaf children who attended the schools and residences for the Deaf during this period experienced a variety of abuse and neglect.

To ensure that Deaf people who wish to attend counselling services relating to this trauma can do so, CIDP are making available the following services which are Deaf friendly, independent and at no cost to the user:

Fax: 01-260 0503.
email: For further info on Faoiseamh, go to

Staff Care
Fax: 004890565727 (one working day response)
email: (one working day response) For further info on StaffCare, go to
Fax/Text: 01-878 3629. Minicom: 01-817 5777. For further info on go to

For any other information please contact Liam O’Dwyer at or by text at 087-675 3475. Alternatively, check out 'Child Protection Information and Supports at

Ulster Bank Sir George Quigley Award 2010
The annual Ulster Bank Sir George Quiqley Award aims to support community groups and charities in their ambition to achieve long-term sustainability. Applications are now being accepted from suitable community and voluntary groups from the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland for this award. There will be one off grant of €10,000 or Sterling equivalent to the winning organisation. The closing date for applications is the 19th of March.

More information and an application form is available from The Community Foundation for Northern Ireland – see
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