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24 June 2010 (VOL 8 WEEK 24)

Part Time Vacancy in KDRC (CE Scheme)
We will shortly have a vacancy for a part time Admin position. Duties to include general office duties, computer work, filing, photocopying. Dealing with client queries and carrying out work related duties. Knowledge of sign language / Deaf issues is an advantage.

Applicants must be registered with FAS and meet specific eligibility criteria for these posts. FAS will check eligibility prior to any referral for CE Schemes. Ineligible applicants will not be able to access these CE positions.

Applicants may apply in writing to Sheila Cronin, North & East Kerry Development, Clash, Tralee, Co. Kerry.

Visit to Aras to Meet President of Ireland
We are delighted to receive an invite to the President of Ireland's Garden Party on the 8th of July.

Along with our Centre Manager, William White, 5 other guests will attend. They will include two Deaf guests, a hard of hearing guest, a hearing parent of a deaf child and our CE scheme supervisor who is based at North East Kerry Development.

Event In Dublin For Sign Language Learners
The Irish Sign Language Academy is organising an evening of fun for ALL Irish Sign Language learners. It will be held on Friday 25th June from 6pm at the Dublin Deaf Association (40 Lower Drumcondra Road).

Come along and practise your ISL skills with other learners and learn a little bit more about the Irish Deaf Society/Deaf community. Tea and Coffee will be available from 6pm at the Dublin Deaf Association, 40 Lower Drumcondra Rd, Dublin 9

This event is open to ALL students from any class/organisation (at any level/skill level. For more information, contact:

St.Vincent's Deaf Football Club 60th Anniversary
To celebrate 60 years anniversary of St.Vincent's Deaf Football Club, a number of events are being organised.

The 1st is a Cheese and Wine Reception at the Deaf Club. It will be held on Friday 18th of June from 7pm-9pm

The Club will have a draw for the knock out rounds on the Saturday, 19th of June. Their first match will be kick off at 11am and will be finished before 5pm.

The Club also plans to display all trophies the team won over the years.

The 2nd event is a Dinner Dance, which will be held in the Gresham Hotel, 23 Upr. O'Connell St., Dublin 1. This will be on 19th June 7pm till late and neat dress is essential.

Dublin Theatre of The Deaf
The Annual General Meeting of the Dublin Theatre of the Deaf will be held on Tuesday 29th June at 6pm in the Deaf Club, Drumcondra.

Dublin Deaf Drama had been running for 35 years now and hopes to celebrate this milestone this year. They would appreciate your support at their AGM and celebrating with them on their big anniversary.

Next Week's Update
We hope to send you our next update from the KODA conference in Old Forge, New York. Best wishes and safe travels to all the Irish participants flying out this week.
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17 June 2010 (VOL 8 WEEK 23)

KODA Conference USA - Best Wishes To Irish Participants
We would like to send our best wishes to the group of Irish Deaf parents and their children who are attending the upcoming KODA (Kids of Deaf Adults) conference in Old Forge, New York from the 24th to the 27th of June. The conference is the first to bring families of Deaf parents with hearing children together from all over the world to share, create and discuss the linguistic and cultural issues of raising children in today's world.

The conference will feature a range of dynamic speakers, themed workshops, family activities, events and a camp programme for deaf and hearing children. This conference is of interest to the Irish Deaf community as American Fulbright Scholar, Krista Leitch Walker, spent six months in 2009 researching Irish KODA families in Kerry in Cork. She is one of the keynote speakers and will talk about her research and work in Ireland.

Unfortunately, due to current economic difficulties, no State funding is available for the team of 4 sign language interpreters. We would like to thank the parents group, Cork Deaf Association and staff within our own service for trying to secure funding to cover interpreting costs. Our thanks to the interpreters for agreeing to travel eventhough minimal funding has only been secured at this stage.

Cork Tinnitus Website
The Cork Tinnitus Support Group has launched a new website at

The website will be a valuable resource for those who have developed tinnitus and for those who want to learn more about the condition. In addition to the website, the group holds support meetings at 2.30pm on the last Saturday of each month at the Cork Deaf Association, 5 Mac Curtain Street, Cork. They regularly have speakers on tinnitus-related topics – meetings are held each month except July, August and December. Call (021) 4505 944 to confirm date of next meeting.

Cork City And County Audiology Services Relocated
Cork City and County Community Audiology Services would like to inform you that they have relocated to their new premises. Normal services re-commenced Monday the 8th with the existing phone and email contact details.

Their new venue is HSE Audiology Service, Unit 2-4, South Link Business Park, Cork City.

The Money Doctor Talk
Deaforward will organise an Information Evening on Saturday 17th July in Dublin Deaf Club at 7.30pm. The talks will be about - "The Money Doctor" - how we survive during the recession - simple steps to transform your finances.

Deaf Gathering In Knock
NCDP have informed us of a "Deaf Gathering" in Knock, Co. Mayo. This will be an opportunity to pray, to reflect, and to socialise. It will be held on Saturday 17th July with Mass @ 3pm in the Basilica. Interpreters will be there also.

If interested contact: Frankie @ 087 6471058, Gerard @ 087 2860704, Veronica @ 086 890 1359, Denise @0044 787 764 3961

Dublin Diocese Pilgrimage to Lourdes
The Dublin Diocese Pilgrimage to Lourdes will be held from the 7th - 12th September 2010. The group will be staying in the Solitude Hotel. The cost of the trip is 699euro. If you are interested, contact Fr Gerard Tyrrell, NCDP, 40 Lower Drumcondra Road, D9. Gerard can be emailed at

Simply Signing - Call For Presenters!
Simply signing is taking applications for training for Presenters. Training will be provided for all level of signers, from beginner to interpreter.

If you would like to become a presenter, please contact Simply Signing on 01 897 1254 / 086 8053987 or at your earliest convenience for a job description. Closing date for CV's 28th of June.
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10 June 2010 (VOL 8 WEEK 22)

Best Wishes to deaf competitors
We'd like to send our best wishes to a number of Deaf athletes from Kerry who will be representing Ireland at a number of upcoming international events.

Nora Duggan will be involved in the European Deaf Swimming Championships in Dortmund in Germany in June.

Carmel Duggan and Ciara Hamilton will be participating in the Under 21's World Deaf Basketball Championships in Lublin, Poland in June / July. Good luck also to all the Irish competitors. A full list of Deaf international sporting events is available at

World Cup in International Sign Language
Reports from all 64 matches of the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa will be broadcast in International Sign on soon after each game.

For the first time, the official website of FIFA and the FIFA World Cup is enabling Deaf people from across the globe to follow all 64 matches of world football's showpiece event even more comprehensively.

International Sign (IS) is an international auxiliary language used at international meetings such as the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) Congress and events such as the Deaflympics. The WFD represents approximately 70 million deaf people worldwide, which assists in making sign language available to Deaf people, especially regarding matters of education and information.

FIFA President Joseph S. Blatter says, "football is a universal sport and it must be accessible to everyone. By producing these video reports with International Sign, FIFA is serving the needs of over 70 million people."

Deaf wanted to share house in Cork
A Deaf person is looking for Deaf tenants to share a house in Cork. There are two rooms available in a lovely three bedroom house near the following Wilton Shopping Centre, Cork University Hospital, UCC and CIT. Cable TV, broadband, washing machine and dryer are available in the house.

All rooms are available now and are open to both male or female. These rooms suit students or professionals or anyone who wants to stay in Cork for a short term or long term. If you are interested in these room, more information is available at or you can text Jane at 086 1986 766

DS3 summer School for deaf students starting college
The annual summer school for Deaf students about to start college is taking place in TCD on July 7th and 8th. There is a video online with further information at:

IDS Summerfest
The annual Summerfest (Sports Day) will be held in St Joseph's Cabra grounds on Sunday 18th July at 12pm onwards. Volunteers for this event are also required. For more information, contact the Irish Deaf Society or Elaine Grehan, Advocacy Manager, Deaf Advocacy Service, by email:

More information on the event will be available at or

Slovakia 1 - Ireland 6
We'd like to send our congratulations to the Irish Deaf men's' football team which started their European Championship qualifying campaign with a resounding win over Slovakia at Home Farm FC. Three goals in each half made for a comfortable cushion to take into the second leg in September. For more information, go to the following website:

World Deaf Golf Championships
The World Deaf Golf Championships will be held from the 9th to 13th of August. This event is renowned as the premier international Deaf amateur golfing championship with an Individual Men's, Ladies and Seniors Championship held over 72 holes. Each nation can enter the Men's and Ladies Team Championships, which runs simultaneously. The event is run under the auspices of the World Deaf Golf Federation, which has links with The Royal & Ancient at St. Andrews.

The 8th World Deaf Golf Championships will be held in St. Andrews, Scotland for the first time, a fitting venue as the historic birthplace of the sport. The closing date for players to register was in April. However, spectators are very welcome, and it is also possible to volunteer for the event. For more information go to

Citizens Information Online Service
You can now get confidential, high quality information on your civil and social rights and entitlements via an "online advisor". The Citizens Information Service hopes to promote this service to members of the Deaf community. The service is available from Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm.

The service allows Deaf and hard of hearing people use an instant chat service to get answers to any questions you may have. If you would like to use this service, go to the following website:
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3 June 2010 (VOL 8 WEEK 21)

Our Sympathies
All of us at KDRC would like to extend our sympathies to the family of Stan Foran who passed away last week. Stan was an active member of the Irish Deaf community for over 60 years, and carried out pioneering work in many areas including the development and recognition of ISL.

In 1975 Stan helped establish the Deaf community magazine ‘Contact', which he also edited for a time. In 1978 he compiled the first ISL Dictionary, known as ‘the Blue Book'. This dictionary has over 1,600 signs and has been republished several times ( It is still popular with ISL learners more than 30 years later. In 1986 he co-wrote a paper on Irish Sign Language with American linguist Barbara LeMaster, entitled "The Irish Sign Language". It was printed in the The Gallaudet Encyclopedia of Deaf People and Deafness.

In the late 1970s Stan was one of the founders of the Deaf Action Group. This was a committee that campaigned for rights for the Deaf community, was set up because 1981 was designated International Year of the Disabled. This group became the Irish Deaf Society.

He was a member of the first Irish delegation at the World Federation of the Deaf Congress in Italy, where he and Vivian Mulloy attended as observers. They were invited by the EEC to discuss the possibility of setting up a European organisation. As a result of these meetings the European Community Regional Secretariat of the WFD was established in 1985. This later became the European Union of the Deaf (see

Stan's community work continued throughout his life. He was a member of the Euro Changeover Board of Ireland, which provided information on the change to the Euro. He was a member of the CID Community Village work group. He represented the Dublin Deaf Association at a remembrance mass for the late Pope where he signed a reading. And in recent years he was interviewed by Hands On for their programme about the history of ISL (for a clip of the show go to

May he rest in peace.

Irish Deaf Youth Assoication Table Quiz
The IDYA are having a table quiz at The Woolshed Pub beside Cineworld, Parnell St, Dublin 1, on 10 June at 8pm. The entry fee is €20 per team of 4. There will be prizes for the winning team and runners up. There will also be a raffle on the night with donations from Lush, Art & Hobby Shop, Abbey Theatre and more!

The table quiz is in aid of the Irish participants who will be representing Ireland in this year's Switzerland Camp for 12 days.

To keep up to date with the IDYA check out their Facebook Event Page as their website is being updated at the moment.

WFD World Congress Call For Submissions
The Scientific Committee of the WFD World Congress, which will be held in Durban, South Africa in 2011, invites the submission of abstracts for presentations. The theme of the congress is “Global Deaf Renaissance” from birth to adulthood on the following 4 sub-themes:
  • Deaf education: Equal Access to Education; Becoming Multilingual
  • Sign Languages and Deaf Studies: Achieving Legal Recognition of Sign Language; Why Deaf?
  • Developing Countries: Intelligent Conflict Management; Social and Economic Empowerment
  • Human Rights.
Special Interest Group topics will cover:
  • Deaf Lesbian, Gay, Transgender and Bisexual People (LGBT)
  • Deaf Ethnic Groups
  • CODAs – Children of Deaf Adults
  • Deafblind
  • Deaf Mental Health
  • Sign Language Interpreters
  • Families and Senior Citizens
  • Technology.
The deadline for abstract submission is 31 October 2010. For more information, please visit: or
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