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27 June 2011 (VOL 9 WEEK 26)

Reception by President of Ireland
President McAleese hosted a reception at Áras an Uachtaráin Sunday afternoon to recognise the suffering and bravery of those who have experienced abuse, as children, in state institutions. The President was very keen to have the Deaf Community represented on the day. Deaf survivors were invited and present in Áras an Uachtaráin.

In her speech, the President said "The people of Ireland are desperately sorry for the many ways in which you were not cherished, in the abuse itself, in the silence, in the failure to act, in the failure to listen, hear and believe in time. In their name I offer every one here and all those whose little lives were robbed of the joys of childhood our heartfelt sorrow".

William White from our service attended the event and also acted as interpreter. Approximately 280 guests attended the reception, representing groups such as The Deaf Survivors Group set up by Noel Ball, The Irish Deaf Society, Aislinn, Alliance Victim Support Group, Irish SOCA, Irish Women Survivors Support Group, Justice and Healing for Institutional Abuse, Right of Peace Group, Right of Place and SOCA UK.

The event featured performances by The Chieftans, Mary Black, Phil Coulter, Riverdance and the Southern Brigade Band.

Please download 'Remarks by President Mc Aleese 28.06.09' in Word Document Download (size 33KB)

IDS Car Boot Sale Fundraiser
The Irish Deaf Society (IDS) will hold a Car Boot Sale on Saturday the 25th July. The event will take place in the Deaf Club 40, Lower Drumcondra Rd. Entrance will be at the back of the building. It will be held from 10.30am - 4pm.

The IDS will have their own stall on the day and would be grateful for any donations clothes, books, toys etc. Donation may be left in the Deaf Club or at the IDS premises 30, Blessington St, Dublin 7.

However, if you wish to sell goods yourself the fees are as follows: Entrance fee for car €15 / Jeep: €25/ Van: €35

For further information please contact Janette: Mobile: 086-3807033. For Safety reasons cars arriving later than 9.30am will not be permitted.

Irish Deaf News (Edition 2 & 3)
On the 2nd edition of Irish Deaf News on Youtube, Eddie Redmond talks about the Aer France disaster, the new principal of St. Joseph's School for the Deaf, the European Deaf Basketball Championships in Poland, the girls who claims she fell asleep while getting her face tattooed and lastly congrats to an Irish Deaf person who won money in the lotto recently.

On edition 3, Eddie briefs us on the latest news in Iran, the sad news about Michael Jackson; an update on the ladies basketball team who were in Poland and a liar gets caught out - ouch!

New café opening up in Enniskillen
We'd like to send our best wishes to Sean Gilligan who works as a sign language interpreter in Ireland. Sean has recently acquired a lease on a catering premise in Enniskillen and hopes to open up a 100% vegetarian cafe/restaurant "APE" within the next few weeks. His team hopes to have the menu in English, Braille, and in sign languages (ISL/BSL/ASL/GSL-Gambia?).

Sean plans to display paintings/sculptures/batiks etc from local and Deaf artists to sell so if anyone would like to display, you can send photos of some of your works and your asking price. In addition, there will be a private upstairs lounge, which local Deaf teachers/Deaf groups could hire for sign language classes/events.

Two official openings will be held, one for general public and one for the Deaf community/ sign language users. If you would like to attend, contact Sean at 083 334 7951/ 0044 753 521 6101.
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20 June 2011 (VOL 9 WEEK 25)

Thanks to CDA/NCDP
We would like to send our thanks to the Cork Deaf Assoc and the National Chaplaincy for Deaf People. Over the past few weeks, a number of our younger clients have had the pleasure of going to Disneyland with Cork City Hospitals. Older clients have travelled for a few nights to Galway and to masses in Cork. At the end of June, a few clients will go for a day trip to Wales to a theme park. Our clients have really enjoyed these events. We are grateful for all the work that has been done and especially for including Deaf/CODA's from Kerry. If you would like to be informed of further events, please send us your text number.

Go- Karting With MWDA
The Mid West Deaf Association will hold a Go-Karting event on Saturday 27th June at sharp in Kilcornan, Co Limerick (20 minutes drive from the City). If you would like to attend, text your name to MWDA on 086-2030817. Everyone is welcome for a great fun evening out!!!

MWDA will also text you if a social night is being planned. Let us know if you intend to travel, as you may be able to travel with other Deaf from Kerry.

Please download 'Mid West Deaf Association Go Karting' in Word Document Download (size 78KB)

Irish Deaf News on you Tube
The Irish Deaf Society has released their first Irish Deaf News on You Tube recently. The clip is in sign language and presented by Brian Crean. They are hoping to formal and informal news on a weekly basis on Fridays. This week's edition talks about the march in Dublin in response to the Ryan Report on Institutional Abuse, a bank robbery in Kilkenny which was opposite a Garda Station and lastly the sale of Cristiano Ronaldo to Madrid. If you would like to see the 1st clip, go to

Signature Awards
There is only two weeks left to get your nominations in for the Signature (CACDP) Awards. Signature Annual Awards. Signature wants to celebrate the exceptional commitment and efforts made by many individuals and organisations who, through their drive and enthusiasm, deserve recognition for their dedicated efforts to overcome barriers to communication between deaf and hearing people. The following award categories are open for nominations:
  • Organisational Achievement - This award recognises an organisation in the public, private or voluntary sector, which, through leadership or endeavour, have made a significant contribution to achieving a society in which deaf people have full access.
  • Joseph Maitland Robinson Award - This award can acknowledge passion, long-term commitment, or a timely intervention, service provision, teaching, learning, awareness raising, or campaigning. If you know someone who has made an outstanding contribution toward achieving a society in which deaf people have full access, we want to hear from you.
  • Communication Professional of the Year - This award recognises registered communication professionals who have provided consistent, positive contributions to high-quality language access services.
Nominations close 28 June 2009. So, nominate now and help make the awards a celebration to remember. Full details of the awards and how to nominate can be found at
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13 June 2011 (VOL 9 WEEK 24)

Open meeting on Tv Access for Deaf Community
The Broadcasting Commission of Ireland (BCI) is holding an open meeting to get the views of the Deaf community on TV access. Do you think there is enough Irish Sign Language on TV? Are you satisfied with the subtitling on Irish TV? What do you think of the access to television available at the moment? Some clips with examples of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ subtitling/ISL will be shown and the BCD will ask for your feedback on these clips. The meeting will held on Saturday June 20th, at the Mercer Hotel (off Grafton St) from 11am-1pm. Refreshments and interpreters will be provided. If you wish to attend please email:

Summerfest, the annual sports day organised by the IDS in conjunction with IDYA, Greenbow, MDSP, IDWG and IDSA, will be run again this year on Sunday, 19th July, from 12pm until late St Joseph’s Grounds, Navan Road (beside Swimming Pool, Dublin 7. Activities will include tug-o-war, Wellington boots, children and adults races, bouncy castle, water slide and many more. It is advised that kids bring spare clothes, and please note that parents are responsible for looking after their own children. All Welcome and admission is FREE!

Volunteers needed: If you want to volunteer at the Summerfest please contact IDS before 19th June at 086 3847023 (text only), email: or call 01 8601987

Four Deaf Parliament Members in Europe
Following recent EU elections we would like to congratulate Dr Adam Kosa, a Deaf candidate for the Hungarian party Fidesz (Civic Union) who won a seat in the European elections. Dr. Kosa is the first Deaf Sign Language user to be elected to the European Parliament. However, there are another three Deaf national parliament members around Europe: Helga Stevens, a member of the Belgian parliament who was recently re-elected and was the most popular candidate for her party in that constituency; Dimitra Arapoglu is a Deaf member of the Greek Parliament; and Helene Jarmer was elected for the Green Party in Austria. As the European Union of the Deaf noted this "clearly proves that sign language is no barrier in the world of politics. It will serve as an inspiration for all Deaf Europeans to follow their historical paths to serve their countries through their Parliaments."

For more information about each of the parliamentarians see the EUD's website:

Deaf Film Night: Through Deaf Eyes
A documentary about Deaf life in America, Through Deaf Eyes, recently screened on RTE, will be shown at the Dublin Deaf Association, on Saturday, 27th June 2009 at 8 pm sharp. Refreshments will be provided. The Deaf Community and friends of the Deaf Community are invited to the screening.

Greenbow Karaoke Night
Greenbow, the Deaf Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual and Transgender Society of Ireland, are holding a Karaoke Night at Pantibar, Capel Street, Dublin 1 on Wednesday, 24th June 2009 at 8pm. There will be spot prizes! And interpreters will be provided! Please bring your Straight/LGBT friends and family. Everyone is welcome and admission is free! For information contact or text: 086 3671375.

Street Performance World Championships This Weekend
Final reminder to everyone that the Street Performance World Championship is on this week in Merrion Square, Dublin. This is a free family festival which brings the best circus entertainers in the world to Ireland. There will be a sign language interpreted performance area (Pitch 1) on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st, supported by the Centre for Deaf Studies, TCD.

SLIS Accreditation
Finally we would like to extend our best wishes to all the hearing and Deaf candidates who completed the SLIS accreditation process last week. Congratulations to the members of the exam and planning committees and to the administrator Ailish Finnegan for their hard work throughout the week. The results will be out in July - Good luck to all the candidates!
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6 June 2011 (VOL 9 WEEK 23)

Update Delay
Apologies to all our readers for the delay in sending out this week's update. This was due to a technical error, which we have now resolved. We are only sending a brief update this week, however normal updates will resume next week, June 15th 2009. Many thanks for your continued support.

Kerry Deaf Get-Together
The next social event for Deaf people in Kerry will be held on June 13th. The group are looking for ideas on future events and activities. They hope to organise canoeing, mountain climbing and hill walking around Killorglin in July. If you are interested in joining the group or participating in activities, let them know on their facebook group: Kerry Sign Pub.

Basketball Fundraiser
The Irish Deaf Youth Association will host a Basketball Fundraiser this Saturday, June 13. The Ireland Deaf Basketball team are making their first appearance at the Under 20s European Deaf Basketball Championships on the 21st-28th June 2009. The theme of the fundraiser is "Give the youth a helping hand" and it will be held in the Dublin Deaf Association in Drumcondra, Dublin from 7-11pm. The event will include a table quiz, sale of work, cake sale, and raffle with lots of good quality prizes to be won!

Irish Deaf Womens Group
The IDWG are having a Pyjamas Party on 19th June 2009 at 8pm Dublin Deaf Association, 40 Lower Drumcondra Road, Dublin 9. All are welcome. Hot finger food and wine will be served. For more information contact Irish Deaf Women’s Group, 30 Blessington St, Dublin 7; email: or text: 0861719570.

Our sympathies go to the family of Joan O'Connor from Castleisland who passed away recently. Joan's son Michael O'Connor is Deaf. She was a great supporter of the Deaf Community. May she rest in peace.
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