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30 May 2011 (VOL 9 WEEK 22)

President Obama uses sign language
Following on from the Queen’s visit last week US President Obama also showed great Deaf awareness when he met members of the Irish Deaf community after the concert held on College Green, Dublin. An ISL interpreter was in attendance for the President’s speech.

After the concert and his speech President Obama mingled with people in the crowd including several Deaf people. The President was seen signing ‘thank you’, and used the international sign ‘I love you’ to Deaf people there. The photograph of the President signing ‘I love you’ was shown on newspapers and television throughout the country, for example in the Irish Independent newspaper: Click here to see the photo. One young Deaf girl was also interviewed briefly on RTE television having got the President’s autograph.

For a transcript of President Obama’s speech and footage from the crowd, go to:

Cork Deaf Association Fashion Show Update
The CDA fashion show is on 10th June in Cork, and CDA staff busy making final preparations. For those of you who will be travelling from outside Cork, CDA has contacted the Silver Springs Hotel, where the fashion show is on, and arranged a special package with them, as follows:

A single room with bed & breakfast, plus one ticket to the show: €75 Two people sharing a double room, bed & breakfast, plus two tickets: €90.

If you are interested in going to the show and booking a room in Silver Springs Hotel, please contact CDA on email:, fax: 021 4506190, tel: 021 4505944, text: 021 4506190. CDA staff will book the room for you.

For those of you without tickets, you can buy or reserve a ticket from the CDA office.

Irish Deaf Youth Association New Website Launch
The IDYA is holding a free event to launch their new website. It will be on 31st May, from 8pm-10.30pm at the Dublin Deaf Association, Drumcondra Road, Dublin. There will be special guests at the event, and tickets for the IDYA ball (which is on in November) will be available on the night for the special price of €40 compared to the standard price of €55.

For more information about the see their facebook page:

Tallaght Deaf Club visit to Killarney
Tallaght Deaf Club is arranging a weekend away to Killarney, Co. Kerry next weekend (bank holiday weekend) from 3rd-6th June 2011. Activities are subject to group decision & weather conditions permitting. Activities over the weekend will include:
  • Tour around Muckross House & Garden;
  • Gap of Dunloe;
  • Kate Kearneys Cottage;
  • Trip on Killarney Lakes;
  • Cycle Trails;
  • Horse & Jaunting Cart;
  • Challenge up Ireland's Highest Mountain - Carrantuohill.
For more information about the trip contact TDC at 0872944338 or or see their website:

Gloria Gay and Lesbian Choir
Gloria Gay and Lesbian Choir will perform at the National Concert Hall on 11th June at 8pm. Prices for the Colours Concert are €25, €20, €15 / concessions are €22.50, €18, €13.50. There will have two signers at the performance. Please bring your friends and family to come along and see the performance. Information about Gloria is on their website:

You can book a ticket online here: or tickets can be booked at the National Concert Hall.

Protest At Italian Embassy Over Sign Language Bill
At the moment the Italian government is discussing the enactment of the Italian Sign Language (LIS) bill. However, a proposal has been made to rename Italian Sign Language as the language of mime and gesture (LMG), in effect reducing and demeaning the status of Italian Sign Language. The Italian Deaf community is horrified by this proposal and is protesting against it.

It asked the global Deaf community to join the protests, resulting in demonstrations at the Italian embassy in several cities including Dublin, Belfast, London, Washington DC and Berlin. The Irish Deaf community supports the Italian Deaf community in its rejection of this proposal.

The ramifications of this proposal may have a knock-on effect in other countries. There are approx. 40,000 people using Irish Sign language here in Ireland. Through the Irish Deaf Society and other Deaf organisations, the Irish Deaf community is campaigning to have Irish Sign Language (ISL) recognised as an official language here. Proposals to “rename” signed languages as languages of gesture or mime goes against linguistic research, which proves that signed languages are languages in the same way as spoken languages, and EU recommendations for all member states to recognise their signed languages.

In January of this year Viviane Reding, Vice-President of the European Commission and EU Commissioner for Justice, Fundamental Rights and Citizenship, stated: "European languages are an essential part of the Europe's unique cultural richness. Sign languages are an important part of this ancient and precious European mosaic, and we want to recognize this."

To sign a petition against this proposal go to:
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23 May 2011 (VOL 9 WEEK 21)

President uses sign language at Queen’s visit
President Mary McAleese welcomed Queen Elizabeth II on her visit to Ireland last week. As part of the visit a tree was planted at Áras an Uachtaráin to mark the occasion and the Peace Bell was rung by two young deaf people 16-year-old Danny Rea, who attends the Northern Ireland Jordanstown School for the Deaf and Leah Ennis McLoughlin, who attends St Mary’s School for Deaf Girls in Cabra.

President McAleese chatted with them both asking where they were from and telling them that they did a great job! She also introduced them to the Queen. In an interview with the Evening Herald newspaper Leah said, "I felt honoured and proud to represent my school and all the deaf girls here."

The ceremony was shown on television and got great coverage in all the media. Listeners to the Joe Duffy radio show in particular were taken by President McAleese’s sign language skills. The President’s sister, Clare Connolly, came on the show to explain that they have a Deaf brother who uses Sign Language. The President has been a great supporter of the Deaf Community throughout her time in office and is patron of Sign Language Interpreting Service (SLIS).

Interpreter available at CDA every friday
A Sign Language interpreter will be available from 2.30pm to 4.30pm at the Cork Deaf Association on the last Friday of every month, starting Friday 27th May. A private room will be provided for the interpreter. You can use the interpreter to make a phone call, for a private meeting or to interpret a letter etc. This is provided by CDA free of charge. If you want more information, please contact CDA at text/fax 021 4506190 or email:

Vincentian Lay Missionaries Gala Ball
Following the great success of this event last year the 2nd Annual Gala Ball in aid of Vincentian Lay Missionaries (VLM) will take place at Clontarf Castle on Saturday the 11th June 2011. Tickets are €100 each and dress code is black tie. Please contact the office if you are interested in attending contact Fr. Stephen Monaghan or tel: 01 8102 570.

This is an opportunity to celebrate the work of VLM, its volunteers and to raise much needed funds to sustain the organisation into the future. For information about VLM’s work with the Deaf community in Ethiopia on the Facebook page:

Deaf Lesbian Festival Dublin
The 1st European Deaf Lesbian Festival (DLF) will take place in Dublin from the 22–26 June 2011. The Festival will include events such as workshops, games, social networking and lots of sightseeing to many of Ireland’s hot spots! The theme of the festival is empowering Deaf lesbian and bisexual women about their multicultural status, and building social networks. The festival aims to raise awareness about discrimination.

The festival has its origins from a Deaf Women United (DWU) event in USA in 1998 and their drive to celebrate “herstory”! This led to the first DLF in Washington DC and then others in Texas, San Francisco and Long Island. The next DLF will be held in Chicago in 2012. This is a one of a kind festival, a celebration of the global cultural identify of being Deaf and lesbian/bisexual women while reclaiming Deaf culture and promoting the linguistic use of sign language and the respect of Deaf lesbian and bisexual women sexuality.

You can get more information

Irish Deaf Women’s Group (IDWG): Canal Barge Cruise
The IDWG’s next event will be a cruise on La Peniche, a barge boat. The cruise is on 24th June 2011, from 9pm-1am at Grand Canal, Dublin. For more information about the boat see: Places are limited to 55 women. The deadline to book your place is 3rd June. The cost is €25 for members and €30 for non-members, including spin and finger food. If you are interested, please pay a €10 deposit or full amount to Irish Deaf Women Group, C/O IDS, 30 Blessington St, Dublin 7. Make the cheque/postal order payable to Irish Deaf Women group.
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16 May 2011 (VOL 9 WEEK 20)

President Mc Aleese visit to Kerry
The Killorglin Family Resource Centre and Iveragh Park had the honour of hosting President Mc Aleese last Friday morning in their Centre. In addition, Kerry community groups and Centres who participated in the Kerry Community Awards Programme had the privilege of meeting with the President in Killarney when she visited them in the Dromhall Hotel in the afternoon.

We would like to thank both groups for providing sign language interpreting access on the day. Our thanks to Geraldine Broderick and Willie White for representing our service at both events. Congrats and best wishes to everyone involved on the day.

Irish Tinnitus Association (ITA) - spring meeting
The spring meeting of the ITA will be held on Saturday May 21st from 10am-1pm in the Metropole Hotel in Cork.

The keynote speaker will be Petter Tungland. Petter was born in 1944 in Oslo. He started Medical School in Nancy, France, and graduated from the Faculty of Medicine in Oslo, Norway.

His specialist training in Otorhinolaryngology was carried out in Sweden, mainly in Gothenburg and Skovde. Petter was an ENT Consultant from 1981 - 1989, working in Norway, Sweden and Saudi Arabia and also had one year’s study leave in the United States.

He has been in England since 1989 and was appointed a Consultant Audiological Physician at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Sick Children in July 1990. Petter Tungland remained in this post until 1994 when he was appointed as a Consultant Audiological Physician in the North Trent Department of Medical Audiology and Sheffield Cochlear Implant Programme, Central Sheffield University Hospitals until his recent retirement. He has previously been a member of the panel of Professional Advisors to the British Tinnitus Association and was recently appointed a Trustee.

For more information, you can telephone Jean Scott at 01 817 5700 or email

Centre for Deaf Studies Workshops in Limerick and Dublin
"Interpreting in Mental Health & Other Specialized Settings" - Prof. Barb Shaffer (University of New Mexico, USA) and Prof. Terry Janzen (University of Manitoba, Canada) present on issues of importance to interpreters working in mental health settings. Several developmental issues common among deaf consumers in mental health settings will be discussed, such as development of intersubjective thought, commonly discussed under the study of "A Child’s Theory of Mind", as well as other social-developmental theories such as "Attachment Theory". Attention will then turn to approaches to interpreting in mental health, and common interpreting scenarios interpreters might face. The seminar is for practicing interpreters and student interpreters. It assumes no formal background or experience in mental health interpreting. This seminar will be held at Deaf Community Centre, Limerick, on Saturday 21 May from 11am to 4pm. ISL/English interpretation can be provided on request. Places are limited so please register by emailing:

"Early Communication in Families with deaf Children" - Prof. Gary Morgan from University College London will discuss some recent research into language and communication development in deaf children with hearing parents. He will present some findings of spoken and signed language assessments in toddlers, some research into children's understanding of others' intentions and thoughts and how this is related to their involvement in conversation at home and finally some early results from a communication training intervention carried out in collaboration with the National Deaf Children’s Society (UK). This event is for parents of deaf children and those working with young deaf children. This seminar will be held at Centre for Deaf Studies, Trinity College Dublin, 7-9 South Leinster Street, Dublin 2 on Monday 30th May from 2 to 4pm. Space is limited, so please reserve a place by emailing ISL/English interpreting will be provided for this event.

Facebook workshops 11th of June in Tralee
The Deaf Adult Literacy Service (DALS) is currently setting up one-off Facebook (FB) workshops for Deaf people who want to learn how to use FB, enhance their privacy and security settings and learn about features on the social networking page to enhance their enjoyment of using FB.

Alvean Jones will present a workshop in Cork on Friday 10th June, and in our Centre on Saturday 11th June. If you would like to attend our workshop, please send us your details.

Writing skills workshop
Sharing the Journey are delighted to offer Irish Sign Language/ language support for Deaf or hard-of-hearing children who would like to attend any of the courses at Fighting Words this summer.

Fighting Words is a creative writing Centre, established by Roddy Doyle and Sean Love. Inspired by 826 Valencia in San Francisco, Fighting Words is located on Behan Square, Russell Street, Dublin. Fighting Words helps students of all ages to develop their writing skills and to explore their love of writing:

For more information on "Sharing the Journey" or on the writing course, email:
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9 May 2011 (VOL 9 WEEK 19)

Irish Sign Language Classes: September 2011
An Irish Sign Language 1 (FETAC Level 3) course will be held in Killarney in September 2011. The course is 8 weeks long, 3 hours per week. The cost is €200 plus an exam fee of €50 (total fee €250). A minimum number of 8 students is required to ensure that the course runs. If you would like to join the class, please contact us here at KDRC and we will send you an application form.

Mid West Deaf Association visit to Killarney
Mid West Deaf Association is organizing a bicycle tour around Killarney on Saturday 14th May. They hope to meet up with members of Kerry Deaf Resource Centre for cycling and a social evening. You can bring your own bicycle or rent one from a local shop. The meeting point for the bike tour is: David O’Sullivan’s Bike Shop and Outdoor Store, Lower New Street, Killarney on Saturday 14th May at 1:30pm. The location for the social evening will be decided after the cycle. If you are interested in joining up with the group please text: 086 2030817.

Council of Irish Sign Language Interpreters Established
Sunday 8th May marks the date of the official formation of CISLI (Council of Sign Language Interpreters), the new professional body representing ISL interpreters. Congratulations to all the members, in particular to the steering committee who spent several months discussing and drafting the required documentation and who worked tirelessly to promote and arrange meetings with interpreters. We wish CISLI and its new committee all the best, and look forward to working with them in the future.

If you are interested in getting more information about CISLI or becoming a member, please let us know and we will pass on your details to them.

Equality Ambassador Training
The Kerry Network of People with Disabilities has recently received funding for an Equality Ambassador Training Course for People with Disabilities. The objective of the course is to enable people with disabilities, their parents and advocates to improve their dealings with public services, such as HSE, Social Welfare, County Council and Gardai. The course will enable participants to create awareness among state employees on how to treat people with disabilities in their everyday jobs. This course has been delivered in the past with great success. The duration of the course is 10 weeks, with one 3 hour session per week, and will commence in May/June 2011 (dates/times to be confirmed). The Network are particularly interested in encouraging parents of people with disabilities to join the course.

If you know anyone who may be interested in taking part please contact Kerry Network of People with Disabilities: telephone - 066 7180611, fax - 066 7180611, or email:

Cork Deaf Association Fashion Show
CDA is hosting a Fashion Show on Friday 10th June 2011 7.30pm at Silver Springs Moran Hotel, Tivoli, Cork. Eddie Redmond from RTE’s Hands On will be MC on the night; the clothes will be modelled by professional models from Focus Model Agency; and there will be other special guest appearances including members of the Cork GAA football team and the SAM MAGUIRE CUP! There will also be a raffle for spot prizes such as a signed Cork Gaelic football and soccer jersey.

Tickets are for sale from CDA as follows: Family Ticket €25, Adult €12, Unwaged/OAP €10, Children over 6 years €5, Under 6’s free. For tickets please contact CDA, 5 MacCurtain Street, Cork. Tel: 021 4505944 / Fax: 021 4506190 / Email:

WFD Congress Fundraiser
The IDS, IDYA and Greenbow will be attending the WFD Congress in South Africa in July. Delegates from all three organisations, along with other Deaf people, will travel to Durban to represent the Irish Deaf community.

The IDS, IDYA, and Greenbow have come together to organise a fundraiser to help cover the costs of the trip and are looking for your support. A night of fun and games is guaranteed at the Woolshed Pub in Parnell Street on 21st May at 8pm for loads of fun and games. Admission only €5.00

For more information check out this video:
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2 May 2011 (VOL 9 WEEK 18)

Street collections - volunteers required
We have a Street Collection in Tralee on the 6th of May and require volunteers. With restricted funding, this event is a very important source of income for our service.

Volunteers are also required for the following dates:
  • 15th of July - Killarney.
  • 10th of September - Listowel.
Monthly mass in sign language
Our next monthly mass will be held on the 8th of May. As always, Veronica White from the National Chaplaincy for the Deaf will interpret the mass. Tea and coffee will be served afterwards.

If you require transport to this event, please contact us as soon as possible so we can make the necessary taxi arrangements. The mass will be held in St. John's Pastoral Centre, Tralee.

Cork Kerry Deaf Active Retired trip
From the 9th- 12th of May, the Cork Kerry Deaf Active Retired Group will travel to Arklow. The group will be staying in the Arklow Bay Hotel. The group will travel to Glendalough, Avoca and the Powerscourt Gardens.

The cost per person is €180. For more information, contact Catherine Landers c/o Cork Deaf Association or by text at 087 215 4494.

IDSA 5 or 7-a side indoor football reminder
The Irish Deaf Sports Association is hoping to host an indoor football event for senior men (age from 30+ or 35+) for fun. The location and date are yet to be decided.

The IDSA have a grant to cover the hall cost and sport equipment, and may get support from Local Sport Partnerships to support senior Deaf men. If you are interested, please contact Paul Ryder by email:

New Deaf camping and caravanning club established
We'd like to send our best wishes to the newly established IDCCC. This group will organise events throughout Ireland for Deaf camping and caravanning enthusiasts.

If you would like to join the group or get information on upcoming trips- go to

RNID call for support of the Equality Act 2010 (UK)
To our UK readers - the RNID would like your help to save the Equality Act. This is a vital piece of legislation, which recently replaced the Disability Discrimination Act. It protects people with disabilities from discrimination in the workplace and when accessing services.

As part of its Red Tape Challenge, the UK government is consulting the public on whether the Act should be scrapped. The Chief Executive of RNID Jackie Ballard has written to the Home Secretary Theresa May, urging the government to rethink their decision. This is an important piece of legislation for our UK Deaf neighbours and they urgently need your help. To save the Act, go Red tape challenge website and leave a comment in support of this vital legislation.

ESB disability traineeship programme
The Electricity Supply Board are running their Disability Traineeship Programme again this year and WAM have secured a number of placements on this programme for graduates with disabilities. There will be approximately six placements on offer (TBC) across a number of their business units.

The closing date for applications is Wednesday the 11th May at 5.00p.m. Further information, job description and application packs are available at:
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