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26 November 2012 (VOL 10 WEEK 48)

Visit to Deaf Village Ireland.
Last week, we arranged a visit to the newly opened 'Deaf Village Ireland' in Dublin. We would like to thank the 16 individuals that made the trip with us and hope they enjoyed the day.

Phase One of the village is now complete and comprises of a state of the art sporting facility, administration, social, educational, heritage and religious facilities. A range of Deaf services have offices onsite including the Irish Deaf Society, Deaf Adult Literacy Service, Irish Deaf Youth Assoc, and the National Chaplaincy for Deaf People. On the day, we were given a tour of the new facility and the renovated Old Chapel wing.

We would like to thank Liam Breen of the Deaf Heritage Centre for a very interesting and informative tour of DHC. We look forward to returning to see the Centre when all the proposed renovations are complete. Its great to see Deaf Heritage being recorded and preserved for future generations.

Our thanks also to Elfrieda Carroll and the team in SLIS- the Sign Language Interpreting Service for a very informative talk on the service being provided by SLIS. We were given a very friendly welcome along with tea and biscuits too.

Kaveta Sharma from Deafhear gave us a tour of the new Deafhear office. She was a great host and we enjoyed meeting with her on the day.

We also got to visit the Life Skills Programme, which provides social and life skills to Deaf adults. We got to meet the team there and some of the participants. Our thanks to everyone there for hosting us on the day.

We also got to meet with residents and staff from St. Joseph’s House in Brewery Road and others visitors at the DDA Lounge.

Lastly, our thanks to Amanda Dunne for bringing us around the new sports facility and for ensuring we got taxi's to catch our train back to Kerry.

During our visit, we met countless Deaf people who welcomed us warmly. To everyone who welcomed us on the day or guided us around the village- thank you sincerely. If you would like more information on DVI, go to

Successful christmas fair fundraiser for Ethiopian Deaf project.
The organisers of the Christmas Fair would like to thank everyone who supported the fundraiser in the Ballyphehane Community Centre in Cork over the weekend.

A huge thanks to all the volunteers, stall holders, the face and nail painters, those who donated spot prizes, all those who bought raffle tickets and calendars. Our thanks also to Santa for surprising children on the day, to the singers and musicians and to everyone who supported the event and made it a very worthwhile day. The team really appreciate everyone's support and input.

A special word of thanks to Miriam O'Regan and her team of volunteers for all their hard work. Thanks also to the Children's Project Charity Shop in Clonakilty. Lastly, thanks go to Fr. Stephen Monaghan, Willie White, Noeleen Cunningham, Susan O'Callaghan and Denise Dowling for volunteering on the day and representing the Ethiopian Deaf Project team.

Calendars for sale for the Ethiopian Deaf project.
We are selling 2013 calendars with all proceeds going to the ongoing costs of the building project in Ambo, Ethiopia. The calendars cost 5euro each. We can also post them for a small fee to cover postage.

Many of you will know that the Deaf School will open on the 30th of December. In addition, land has been secured nearby with 5 buildings. These will be developed into a Vocational Skills Training Centre and a Deaf Centre.

The team really appreciate all the support received to date. For more information, go to

Thank you to volunteer collectors.
We would like to say a huge thank you to the volunteer fundraisers who carried our Church Collections on our behalf over the weekend.

In addition, we would like to thank the parishioners in Lyracompane, Firies and Farranfore, and Ballymac. We really appreciate everyone’s support.
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19 November 2012 (VOL 10 WEEK 47)

Supporter of the year awards.
It's that time of year again where we are looking for nominations for our Deaf and hearing Supporter of the Year Awards.

Do you know of a person, organisation or a service that has been supportive of Deaf issues in the past year. Has someone contributed to improving the lives of Deaf people in Kerry? Has access improved in a particular service?

If so, send us their names and we will consider them for an award. The successful people will be announced at our Christmas party and will be presented with a framed certificate, a box of chocolates and a bottle of wine. Get your nominations in now.

December monthly mass in sign language.
Our monthly mass will also be held on the 9th of December from 1-2pm in Stokers Lodge. Veronica White of the National Chaplaincy for Deaf People will interpret the mass.

Christmas party reminder.
Our annual party will be held on the 9th of December in Stokers Lodge in Tralee. It will be on from 2 to 6 pm and promises to be a wonderful event. We will have a 4-course meal, spot prizes and Santa. It will cost €20 per adult and 10euro per child. If you would like to attend, please send us your names as soon as possible.

Thank you to volunteer collectors.
We would like to say a huge thank you to the volunteer fundraisers who carried our Church Collections on our behalf over the weekend. The weather was terrible over the weekend and we really appreciate everyone’s hard work.

In addition, we would like to thank the parishes of Castleisland, Cordal and Scartaglen for their support. update has recently produced a leaflet, which gives updates on their work to date in Cork and the wider Munster area. is an affiliation of sign language interpreters with a common goal – the increased provision of access through interpretation in the Cork and wider Munster area. Suzanne Carey from Co. Kerry is also an affiliate of the group as she has now relocated to Cork.

The interpreters have a fantastic working relationship with each other and are dedicated to both their own professional development and the development of the profession. They work on a freelance basis and for reputable interpreting agencies. They network with each other as a way to inform themselves about best practice and developments in the area of sign language interpreting. For those who receive this newsletter by email, the leaflet is attached.

Please download 'Cork Interpreter' in PDF Download (size 523KB).

Supports for people with disabilities in the health service executive (HSE)
Over the coming months the HSE will develop a network of designated access officers in order to comply with Section 26 of the Disability Act 2005. Designated access officers will be located throughout the country. Further updates will be posted on the HSE website site regarding contact details of designated access officers once they have been assigned.

The HSE has appointed a National Specialist in Accessibility to provide guidance, advice and strategic support in the promotion of access for people with disabilities. The purpose of the role is also to develop a strategic framework for the implementation of Part 3 of the Disability Act 2005 in the HSE.

For further details on the above please contact: Caoimhe Gleeson, National Specialist in Accessibility, National Advocacy Unit, Quality and Patient Safety Directorate, HSE, Arus Chluainin, Manorhamilton, Co. Leitrim. Email: Tel: 071 982 0266

Blaithin McPartlan, Equality Office, Health Service Executive, Arus Chuainin, Manorhamilton, Co.Leitrim Email: Tel: (071) 9820266

For more information, go to:
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12 November 2012 (VOL 10 WEEK 46)

Welcome to new CE workers
We would like to say congratulations and a warm welcome to two new CE workers who started with our service this month. They are Johnny Prendegast and Rebecca O’Donoghue. Our thanks also to NEKD, FAS and the Dept of Social Protection for their ongoing support of our service.

Thank you to volunteer fundraisers.
Over the weekend, we had a number of fundraising activities.

Manor West shopping centre
On Friday, we had a fundraiser where we sold pin lapels in sign language with the message 'I love you'. Our sincere thanks to Manor West and to all the volunteers who supported us on the day.

These pins are also available for sale in our office at 2euro each. If you would like to purchase one, please contact us.

Church collections
We also had Church Collections in Brosna and Knocknagoshel- again we would like to thank all those who volunteered and to the Churches and their parishioners too.

Upcoming church collections.
Next Saturday and Sunday, we will have Church Collections in Castleisland, Cordal and Scartaglen. We would like to thank the Churches and volunteers in advance.

We appreciate the support shown by everyone at these events. The money raised will go towards funding essential services for Deaf and hard of hearing in Co. Kerry.

Christmas cards on sale.
For the past number of weeks, Christina O'Donoghue, a Deaf tutor has worked with Deaf clients to produce Christmas cards. Many of these cards have been donated to our service to sell for fundraising purposes. We would like to thank Christina and all the participants for this wonderful gesture.

If you would like to purchase any of these cards, they are sold in packs of 5. The will cost €1.50 for cards made of paper. €2.50 for cards made of card stock. €3 for higher quality cards.

Our christmas party.
Our annual Christmas party will take place on Sunday 9th of December in Stokers Lodge in Tralee (near Tralee Train Station). The party will be held from 2 to 6pm. It will cost €20 per adult and €10 per child. Santa will come for a short visit during the party and we will also have spot prizes. If you would like to attend, please send us your details and payment by the end of November.

Cork / Kerry deaf elderly christmas activities.
There will be a number of activities coming up for elderly Deaf people living in Co. Kerry and Co. Cork. These activities will take place in Cork.

Mass & bingo
On the 27th November Fr.Gerard from the National Chaplaincy for Deaf People will say Mass at 12pm. Lunch will be provided at 1pm. This will be following by Bingo and spot prizes at 2.30pm. The cost for non-members for Bingo is €7.

Christmas lunch.
This is being held on Tuesday 4th of Dec in the Castle Hotel in Macroom. It will be held from 1-5pm. The cost is € and will include a 3-course lunch and mulled wine.

If you would like to attend, please contact us for venue and travel information.

Deafhood workshops for 18-30 year olds.
The Irish Deaf Youth Association (IDYA) in conjunction with Deafhood Ireland are organising a Deafhood workshop for 18 to 30 years old. They will be held on the 26th/27th of Jan and 23rd/24th of Feb. They will be given by John Bosco Conama (PhD) and Lecturer in the Centre for Deaf Studies and Teresa Lynch (currently pursuing her Masters in Deafhood in Bristol University) and Lecturer in the Centre for Deaf Studies.

The workshop is to promote and understand why we are here, why we set organisations and clubs led by Deaf people, why we fight for what we believe in. It also aims to change negatives attitudes to positive ones and understand the many reasons we are here to show the world who we are.

The workshop will comprise of presentation, dialogues and debating. Previous participants in other workshops found it to be enjoyable and learnt a lot about themselves. As this workshop caters to young people, the fee has been reduced to 70euro. To register, email
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5 November 2012 (VOL 10 WEEK 45)

Farewell to CE workers.
This week we say goodbye and a huge thank you to two of our Community Employment workers. The first is Trevor Jones, our Technical Officer who has been with us for the past 4 years. Trevor has worked tirelessly with our Deaf and hard of hearing clients in relation to their assistive technology needs. He has also been a valuable resource in our office maintaining all our computers and office equipment. He is well liked by all of staff and clients and will be greatly missed. Unfortunately, due to funding cuts, we are not in a position to offer him a permanent position and as a result, we no longer have a designated Technical Officer in our service. Please bear with us, as this will have a major knock on effect in our office. However, we will do everything in our power to support the huge number of clients we have with assistive technology.

The 2nd person we are saying farewell to is David Martin. Many of you will know him from answering the phone, dealing with customer queries at reception and for assisting other staff in their duties. David is known as the friendly American in our office. His contract has also come to an end. We would like to thank David for his time in our service and want to wish him every success in his future career.

The door will always be open to Trevor and David and we hope to continue to see them when they visit our service. Best of luck to both of them and on behalf of everyone here, a huge thank you to both of them.

IDS roadshow information session.
We will host an Information session 'Sharing Knowledge' in our service this Thursday from 6.30 to 8.30pm. The session is part of a national series of talks supported by the Irish Deaf Society.

The talk will cover issues such as Employment, Homeowner issues, Deaf Village Ireland, Education Finance Board, Government Levies and the Signs of Life Calendar. Geraldine Broderick will facilitate the session in sign language.

Hands On back on RTE.
Hands On is back on air on Sunday 18th of November at 12.10 on RTE 1. It will be on every Sunday (with a repeat the following Saturday) until February with a short break over Christmas. Ten brand new programmes will be hitting your screens over the next few months with loads to look forward to. Tune in every

Sunday to find out all the latest news of interest to the Deaf community on everything from sport, music, education, health, current affairs and much more.

Irish Tinnitus Association (ITA) Autumn meeting.
The ITA will hold its autumn meeting on Saturday 24th of November in The Granville Hotel in Waterford. To facilitate people travelling from different parts of Ireland, registration will open at 10am and the meeting will commence at 11am. The guest speaker will be Mr. Liam Skinner, FRCS (Orl Hns) M.D from Waterford Regional Hospital. His talk will also include a question and answer session. Soup and sandwiches will be served at 1pm and admission is free. However, if you want to make a donation on the day, there will be an opportunity to do so on the day.

The Granville Hotel is approx 10 mins walk from the train and bus station. For more information on the ITA, telephone 01 817 5700 or email

Ethiopia Deaf Project - official opening of Deaf School.
We are thrilled to announce the official opening of the Deaf School in Ambo Ethiopia. Many of you will know a group from Ireland including Willie White and Veronica White from our service travelled to Ambo two years ago and met with the local community there. The trip was organised by Fr. Stephen Monaghan.

After many fundraising events and hard work especially by Fr. Monaghan, a school for the Deaf has been built and will be officially opened on the 30th of December. In addition, a plot of land opposite the school has recently been purchased. This has 5 buildings on it and this will in time be developed into a Vocational Skills Training Centre and a Deaf Centre.

A huge thank you to everyone who has supported the project to date. Fundraising is still an important issue for the school. We would appreciate it if you could show your support at a Christmas Fair being organised my Miriam O'Regan in the Ballyphehane Community Centre in Cork on the 25th of November. Miriam has been a fantastic support and we wish her well on the day. Members of the group who travelled to Ambo will be present at the Christmas Fair to share their experience and help out on the day.

Lastly, if you want more information, go to our new Facebook 'likes' page at

Drug and alcohol workshop postponed
The workshop for Drugs and Alcohol Awareness for the Deaf People scheduled for Saturday, 3rd November in Galway has been postponed. A new date will be rescheduled sometime in December or January 2013. If you wish to register your interest to attend the workshop, please send an email to
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