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28 November 2011 (VOL 9 WEEK 48)

Deafhear Killarney - cancer information sessions is holding two information talks on cancer on Thursday December 1st. One talk will be for men and another for women.

Deafhear would like for men to meet in DeafHear office in Killarney at 10 o’clock and the talk will start at 10.15. Ladies are requested to meet at 11.30 for their talk.

Lunch will be arranged once the talks are over. It will cost 5euro per person. A Marie Keating Nurse will be available to speak to anyone at the session. If you are interested in attending, you can send a text to 086 8056202.

Update on deaf centre in Ethiopia
We just received great news from Stephen Monaghan about plans to build a Deaf Centre in Ethiopia. Stephen said

"Hi, the good news is that we hope to begin building the Deaf Centre next week. All the contracts are signed, the funds are transferred and we just need a building permit from the Lord Mayor. I was in touch with the builder and he told me that it will take approx 8 months to complete the first phase of the building. However once the machinery gets on site, it will be affirmation for the Deaf community that something definite is happening. Thanks again to all who have supported the project and got it to this stage. I hope to have a few photos of the building as it goes through the different stages. Now its time to plan for phases 2 & 3".

This is great news for all of us. We echo what Stephen said- thanks to everyone who has supported us to date

Interpreting access over christmas holidays
The Sign language Interpreting Service would like to inform you of their Emergency out of hour’s service. If you wish to book a Sign language Interpreter out of hours the emergency number is 087 6725179.

This is a restricted service due to the number of interpreters who are qualified to provide medical and legal interpreting. However, best efforts will be made to source an interpreter on your behalf.

Further information about SLIS is available by telephone at 01 4139670 or at

Extension of the free remote interpreting service
The free trial period of the Remote Interpreting Service (RIS) run by SLIS, DeafHear & IDS has been extended until the end of December. They are still taking bookings for this service, which runs on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10am to 5pm (closed for lunch from 1pm to 2pm).

To make a booking contact Jennifer by email at, phone 01 413 9670 or by text on 087 980 6996. It’s a free service until the end of December. A video clip is also available at

International Eucharister Congress 2012
A message from Gerard Tyrell NCDP- The International Eucharistic Congress will be held in Ireland in 2012. The organisers are hoping to have an international Deaf gathering during those days at the IEC. At present, there are 60 American Deaf booked in to come to this congress. This is an unique international event and it would be good to have as many Deaf People to come to the one week long events. As part of the programme, there will also be a youth section. There will be Deaf speakers at this congress which is an added opportunity for Deaf to participate and also will have cultural social evenings. This is at a planning stage and we hope to have more confirmed details later.

Gerard is also looking for volunteers and he would welcome those who could make the time to be part of the preparation work.

The early registration (30th November) is coming to an end and the fee will be go up by 10euro until May 2012. After this date, there will be only on-site registration. For those wishing to stay in Dublin City University, please do let Gerard know if you wish to avail of this, as there is only a limited number available. For more information, contact Gerard tel: 01 8305 744 / Mob: 087 940 0333 /
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21 November 2011 (VOL 9 WEEK 47)

Signature Awards UK
Our own Catherine White was nominated and subsequently short-listed for the Communication Professional of the Year. The awards were held in London over the weekend.

Sadly, Catherine did not take the award but being short-listed was a major achievement for Tralee born Catherine.

In the awards programme, Signature said "Born in Ireland to Deaf parents, Catherine has worked as an interpreter for more than 20years. She works tirelessly, setting interpreting standards and raising awareness in many countries.

In Ireland, Catherine set up an award winning training course for Deaf people to become Deaf awareness trainers and was Chair of IASLI and Joint Editor of NEWSLI. She hosted the first interpreting Agency Standards Forum and has interpreted at the Deaflympics. Catherine's warm and friendly approach has led her to rub shoulders with many celebrities and she even taught Sinead O'Connor sign language for her video 'Am I not your girl'? "

Remaining sporting events with ITT
We've been very fortunate to been invited to participate in sporting events with the Sports and Leisure Dept of the Tralee Inst. for Technology. These events are coming to a close shortly for this year.

This week we participate in Orienteering on the 23rd in Ballyseedy Woods. This will be followed by Indoor Rock Climbing in Dingle in December.

We would like to thank the ITT for including Deaf and hard of hearing in these events. A big thanks you also to our participants and to our staff for providing transport and supervision.

Reminder of our christmas events
A quick reminder that our Christmas lunch will be held in Stoker's Lodge in Tralee on the 4th of Dec at 2pm.

Our monthly mass will be held beforehand at 1pm.

Don't forget if you want to nominate someone for our Supporter of the Year Awards, please send us your nominations as soon as possible.

The categories we have are Deaf Supporters of the Year and Hearing Supporter of the Year. These awards are presented to individuals and organisations who have made a positive impact on the lives of Deaf and hard of hearing people. Winners will be announced at our Christmas party.

Trip to santa in FOTA
The annual fun filled trip to see Santa will be held on the 1st of December. The event is organised by Cork City Children's Hospital and supported by Cork Deaf Assoc (CDA)

If you know of a deaf, hard of hearing child or a hearing child of Deaf parents that would love to see Santa, please send us their details. Numbers are limited and we need to inform the organisers as soon as possible.

Cork/Kerry Deaf elderly christmas lunch
Catherine Landers of CDA is organising a Christmas lunch on the 6th of December in Malton Hotel in Killarney.

If you would like to attend, please let us know. Please inform us in advance if you require transport to the event.

World Deaf Futsal Championships
We'd like to send our best wishes to the Irish Deaf Futsal team who have secured a place in the quarter finals in Sweden this week. Best of luck to the team.
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14 November 2011 (VOL 9 WEEK 46)

Deaf women's survey
Ann Coogan and Josephine O'Leary, two well-known and prominent Deaf women in Ireland are doing a research project on Deaf women in Ireland in 2011. Their aim is to collect 300 completed surveys throughout Ireland. As this is a national survey, they would like some input from Deaf women in Kerry.

The survey looks at issues such as education, training courses, career/jobs, life long learning, university, social activities, volunteer activities, your living situation and the unique signs that Deaf women use to communicate.

The survey is completely confidential. If you would like a copy of this, please contact us and we can post/fax a copy to you. If you would like assistance in filling in the form, please let us know and we will arrange for a staff member of your choice to assist you.

Christmas fair in aid of the Irish / Ethiopian Deaf Project
A fundraising fair will take place on the 20th of November from 2-5pm in aid of the Irish/Ethiopian Deaf Project. It will be held in the Ballyphehane Community Centre in Cork. Admission is free. The fair will sell Arts, Crafts, Jewellery, Christmas Flower Arrangements, Candles, Cakes, Handbags, Beautician and lots, lots more. Santa will also be there. Raffles and face painting will also take place.

As many of you know, funding has been secured to purchase land and build a Deaf Centre in Ambo in Ethiopia. This time last year, a group from Ireland travelled to Ethiopia for training and workshops including our own Willie White and Veronica White. Please show your support and come along to this event. All money raised will go towards the project in Ambo. A huge thanks to the volunteers who have arranged the fundraiser.

EUD declaration on accessible 112 emergency services
The European Union of the Deaf is proud to be co-ordinating the Written Declaration 35/2011 campaign on accessible 112 emergency services. This Written Declaration (WD112) was initiated by the Romanian Deaf Association and is supported by EENA, the European Emergency Number Association and EFHOH, the European Federation of Hard of Hearing People.
  • The Declaration:
  • Calls for accessible 112 emergency services.
  • Calls for legislation and standardisation in EU Member States.
  • Video technologies that support sign language and text-based systems.
All MEP's from Cyprus and Estonia have signed the declaration. We must ensure that Ireland also signs up for this Declaration- emergency services are not accessible in Ireland to Deaf and hard of hearing citizens. This puts their lives and the lives of their family members and friends at risk if they are unable to access emergency services.

For more information on the campaign, go to

Congrats to Hands That Talk
We would like to extend our best wishes to Hands That Talk, which is based in Dungiven. They won Best Voluntary/Charity Project in the UK National Lottery and secured funding worth 508,055 sterling.

Hands That Talk is a cross-community, voluntary organisation which seeks to engender a pride in the Deaf Community, its culture and language and promote a greater interest in and awareness of Deaf people, whilst acknowledging the valid contribution that they make to society.

Hands On is back on RTE
The new series of Hands On started again on Sunday the 13th of November at 12pm on RTE One.

The first programme featured an item on 'Third Level Education'. Hands On met with students to find out about their experiences and to get some valuable advice from Deaf Support in 3rd Level and the Association of Higher Education Access & Disability on how to overcome the challenges and make the most of the exciting years at college.

It also looked at Eddie Redmond, a presenter on the programme and his dream of being a chat show host with the new strand, ‘Take 5’. Throughout the series Eddie will meet some fascinating characters from the Irish and International Deaf community and find out more about their lives and achievements.

It also went behind the scenes at RTE when the Irish Deaf Community made history! RTÉ is the first national channel to broadcast the news and weather in sign language. Make sure to tune in every Sunday from now until February to catch some fascinating stories, important information of interest to the Deaf community and exciting challenges
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7 November 2011 (VOL 9 WEEK 46)

Sports questionnaire reminder
Just a short reminder for those who agreed to complete a sports questionnaire for students in the Sports and Leisure Dept of the Inst. of Technology Tralee. If you could return the questionnaires soon, that would be appreciated.

Completed forms can be sent by email to

Please download 'Sports questionnaire' in Word Document Download (size 57KB).

Better together - IDYA
The Irish Deaf Youth Assoc. (IDYA) is looking for your support. They have been nominated for the Better Together competition and are looking for your votes.

They have been short listed in the Volunteer Only category and are in a chance of winning €3,000. They are currently in 11th place and need to be in the Top 10 to be in with a chance of winning the prize money.

To vote, go to

Trish Tinnitus Association autumn meeting
The Irish Tinnitus Association will hold its Autumn Meeting (15th Anniversary) on Saturday 19th Nov in the Ashling Hotel, Parkgate Street, Dublin. Registration will be at 10am and the meeting starts 11am promptly. Admission is free.

The keynote speakers will be: David Baguley, PhD, Don McFerran, BSc. FRCS and Laurence McKenna, PhD. For more information, Tel: 01 8175700, fax: 01 872 3816, text: 01 8783629, rmail:

Tinnitus support service
Deafhear Killarney will hold full hearing assessments and Tinnitus evaluation for clients on the 22nd of November from 9am to 4.30pm. Recommendations on how to best manage Tinnitus will also be available.

If you are interested in attending this service please contact Sally Harvest before the 10th of November to book an appointment. Tel: 064 6620052, Text: 0862464640, email:

DeafHear family information weekend will host its annual information weekend for families with children who have been newly diagnosed with a hearing loss in Portlaoise in March.

The weekend will bring families from across the country together, to give you the opportunity to gain information about supports available locally and nationally from professionals and peers.

Experienced DeafHear staff will lead the weekend. Their guest speakers will be an Audiological Scientist, a Speech and Language Therapist and a Visiting Teacher all of whom have a vast amount of experience working with children with a hearing loss.

There will be a session with a Deaf person and their sibling/ family members regarding their experiences growing up in a hearing family. There will also be ample opportunities to talk to other families and DeafHear staff.

The cost of attending the weekend is €60 per adult (16 and over) and €30 per child (under 16) for the weekend. All accommodation, meals, information pack and children’s activities will be provided by DeafHear.

If you would like to participate in this weekend, a completed booking form should be returned by the 27th of January. If you would like more Siobhán Egan, Family Resource Worker Mob: 086 6052205, email:
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