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28 April 2014 (VOL 10 WEEK 17)

Irish Deaf Society (IDS) - move to Deaf Village Ireland.
The IDS are moving to new offices in the Deaf Village Ireland (DVI), Ratoath Road, Cabra, Dublin 7 on Thursday 24 April. Due to the move, their communication service: e-mail, Internet, text message and telephone will be out of service until further notice.

CISLI annual general meeting
The Council of Irish Sign Language Interpreters' AGM will be held on Saturday 14 June at DVI (time to be confirmed). Agenda and committee reports will be distributed three weeks before the date. Non-members can join beforehand & on the day. For a membership form, go to

For information about the AGM:

CISLI training sub-committee
CISLI are currently looking to establish a Training Sub-Committee to begin planning training events through the year. Cormac Leonard will head this initially. CISLI are looking for up to four more CISLI Active members to join and begin the process of getting some training going. Training events will be focused on the needs expressed by members in their Member Survey held recently. If interested please email

EFSLI summer school
The 2014 European Forum of Sign Language Interpreters Summer School will be organised in cooperation with Bridge Interpreting Service in Ireland. The organisers are looking for trainers who will be involved in carrying out a professional training programme in regard to the topic 'Team Interpreting'. For this purpose, EFSLI invites experienced trainers from the sign language interpreters' community to share their expertise and work in a stimulating European environment.

The course will be held will in Dublin from 11 July - 13 July.

The tentative schedule is as follows: Friday 11 July from 2 pm - 6 pm; Saturday 12 July from 9.30 am - 5 pm; Sunday 13 July from 9 am - 12 pm.

The training will be presented in English or International Sign (IS). Correspondence with EFSLI and any documentation (course handouts, feedback forms, etc.) should be in English.

IMPORTANT DEADLINES: The deadline to submit training applications is the 7th of May. The selected trainer will be notified by the 21st of May. The final training programme and materials must be delivered to EFSLI by the 9th of June. Further information is available via the EFSLI Training Department by emailing

EFSLI AGM and conference 2014.
The EFSLI AGM will take place from 12 - 14 September in Antwerp, Belgium. The EFSLI board is very happy to inform you that the registration is open! Please visit the EFSLI conference website and find out more:

EFSLI trainers seminar "teaching mind tricks?"
From Consecutive to Simultaneous Interpreting and Back" EFSLI Trainers Seminar, on Monday 15 and Tuesday 16 September, also in Antwerp.

The theme of the Seminar builds on the topic of the EFSLI conference but focuses more on pedagogical aspects. The programme includes both workshops and presentations and allows for ample exchange and interaction. More information on the programme and registration will be made available shortly. It will be held in KU Leuven, Faculty of Arts, Sint Andriesstraat 2, 2000 Antwerp

IMPORTANT INFORMATION: EFSLI intend to end the Seminar on Tuesday 16 September around 2.30 pm, so that participants who would like to fly home on the same day may take the train to the airport, arriving there around 4pm. Please contact Prof. dr. Myriam Vermeerbergen by email should you need more information:

Pro-sign conference announcement.
The Pro-Sign project, funded by the European Centre for Modern Languages (ECML) is organising its second conference which is open to all professionals, teachers and researchers interested in developing and establishing common sign language levels. It will be held from the 24th- 26th of September. The theme of the conference is "CEFR for Signed Languages in Higher Education". The conference will be held at Universitt Hamburg, Edmund-Siemers-Allee 1, ESA West, Germany.

For information concerning topics, schedule, registration, conference languages and call for papers: go to: (deadline 1st of June 2014).

Further information is available by email at:
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21 April 2014 (VOL 10 WEEK 16)

Bryan Walsh - real facts of a cochlear implant.
We would like to extend a sincere thank you to Bryan Walsh for giving a very informative talk in our Centre during the week on his recent cochlear implant operation. This was an opportunity to hear first hand the real experience of someone who has had an implant.

Currently, there are numerous clips on the Internet showing the joys and smiles of people getting their implant switched on. However, they rarely show the issues families face when deciding to go for an implant or not. In addition, they rarely cover the amount of appointments and assessments you have to go through before you are accepted as a candidate for an implant. After the operation and subsequent switch on, there is little coverage of the issues people face including post-op issues, re-tuning of implant, ongoing rehabilitation and the challenges & reality of an implant.

Bryan was very frank in how he made the decision to get an implant, how the operation went and how he has been doing since his cochlear was switched on. Bryan's talk was very informative and very detailed. He also allowed alot of time for questions & answers. He has agreed to come back to our Centre over the next year to let us know of his achievements and the challenges & difficulties he faced. We would like to thank Bryan sincerely for his talk and look forward to getting further updates from him in time to come.

Bullseye book & gift club
We have a new delivery of items from the Bullseye Books and Gift Club. These are on display in our office this week. If you would like to order any item, payment is required in advance. Items will be delivered to our Centre this week.

The items available this week include:
  1. Dolce & Gabbbane Female Fragrance Set - €30
  2. Disney 365 Bedtime Stories - €8
  3. Friends 4pc Coasters set - €8
  4. Kids Storage Pink Seat - €12
  5. Kids Storage Red Seat - €12
  6. 24 Colouring Pencils Pack - €7
  7. Utility Light - €5
  8. Cupcake Trinket Box - €5
  9. Grandma's Recipe Book - €8
  10. Pink Heart Frame - €8
  11. Owl Chunky Pad - €6
  12. White Family Collage Frame - €7
  13. 501 Things to Draw - €8.
Cork Deaf Association (CDA) recipient of O2O charity cycle.
Congratulations and well done to the CDA who will receive all the funds raised at this year's O2O Charity Cycle. The O2O Charity Cycle will be held on 14th June 2014 and the 310 km long route takes cyclists from Dublin to Cork. Participation in the 310 km cycle is by invitation only. You can see the route by going to:

The CDA's very own social worker Terence Rea, will be cycling on the day. You will soon be able to sponsor Terence and the other cyclists. The CDA are planning to hold a fantastic event for children on the day of the cycle too. More details will be available soon on the CDA's Facebook page:

Deafhear weekend "children newly diagnosed with hearing loss" will host its bi-annual information weekend for families with children who have been newly diagnosed with a hearing loss. The weekend, led by experienced DeafHear staff, gives families the opportunity to gain information about supports available locally and nationally from professionals and peers. There will also be a session with a Deaf person and their sibling/family members with regards to their experiences growing up in a hearing family.

This year it will be held from Friday 5th Sept - Sunday 7th Sept at The Heritage Hotel, Portlaoise, Co. Laois. The cost of attending is €70 over 16 years and €40 under 16 years. All accommodation, meals, information pack and children's activities will be provided by DeafHear. More information available from Siobhan Egan, Family Resource Worker in Deafhear, Pery Street, Limerick. Mobile 086 605 2205 Email:

First ever Deaf person in Africa to achieve a doctorate
Every so often we like to look at achievements of Deaf people in Ireland and abroad. This week, we heard about Sam Lutalo-Kiingi, the first Deaf African graduate to achieve a PhD in linguistics. Given the challenges many people face on the African continent, it's fantastic to see opportunities are available for Deaf people to pursue academic success.

Sam's doctorate thesis was entitled 'A Descriptive Grammar of Morphosyntactic Constructions in Ugandan Sign Language (UgSL)', and is the first attempt at describing the morphosyntax of an African sign language, many of which are severely under-documented. To read more about Sam Lutalo-Kiingi, go to:
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14 April 2014 (VOL 10 WEEK 15)

Vacancy with NCDP for Cork/Kerry
The National Chaplaincy for Deaf People is seeking to recruit a Chaplain for the Deaf Community in the South of Ireland. The job holder will be based in Counties Cork or Kerry. The successful candidate will work as part of the National Chaplaincy Team.

Prospective candidates should send a letter of application together with an up to date Curriculum Vitae to Fr. Gerard Tyrrell, Director of Services, National Chaplaincy for Deaf People, DVI, Ratoath Road, Cabra, Dublin 7.

Applications must be received no later than the 30th of April. For further information please contact Fr. Gerard on 087 860704 or email or go to

Are you Deaf? have you been a victim of crime?
Gill Harold is carrying out research at UCC on this important topic. If you were a victim of crime- what did you think about access to the Garda, courts and victim support for Deaf people? The aim of the research is to find out how to improve access to these services for Deaf people.

Gill would like to meet with members of the Deaf community for short interviews about their experiences. All interviews will be confidential and ISL interpreters will be provided. Gill can meet with participants in a place of their choice. Interviews will be conducted during May - July 2014. To contact Gill, please

Citizens information Deaf Village Ireland opening hours
The Citizens Information Service is opening up a new service at Deaf Village Ireland. This is a drop-in service, no appointment is necessary and it is open to the entire community.

It is a free, confidential, independent, information, advice and advocacy service on peoples' rights and entitlements.
  1. Their opening hours are as follows:
  2. Monday to Friday: 9.30 am to 1 pm (Open to the general public).
  3. Tuesday: 12 pm to 5 pm, Thursday: 3 pm to 6 pm, Saturday: 7.30 pm to 9 pm (specifically for the Deaf community).
Text Service: 087 133 2232 Email: Tel: 0761 078470.

Ethiopia Deaf project: Flora Women's Mini Marathon
The Ethiopia Deaf Project is looking for women to join them for this year's Flora Women's Mini Marathon. This will take place at 2pm on the June Bank Holiday Monday. All money raised will go towards the Ambo Deaf School in Ethiopia. If you feel you are up to the challenge and want to have some fun, send a message to the following Facebook page and they will forward you a sponsorship card:

Gallaudet University: 150 years of visionary leadership
Gallaudet University which is known world wide in the Deaf community is celebrating its 150 birthday this year. Our own Christina O'Donoghue, for Co. Kerry, is one of the fortunate international students who graduated from this prestigious Deaf university.

According to the college's website, 'Gallaudet is viewed by Deaf and hearing people alike as a primary resource for all things related to Deaf people, including educational and career opportunities; open communication and visual learning; Deaf history and culture; American Sign Language; and the impact of technology on the Deaf community.'

The college was originally named Columbia Institution for the Instruction of the Deaf and Dumb and Blind. Through an act of Congress in 1954, the name of the institution was changed to Gallaudet College in honour of Thomas Hopkins Gallaudet, the founder of the first school for Deaf students in the United States. The first group of graduates had their diplomas signed by President Ulysses S. Grant, and to this day, presiding U.S. president signs the diplomas of all Gallaudet graduates.

Sign language interpreting 'rapping' battle
This may be of interest to some of our readers who like music and in particular rapping. The well known American TV host Jimmy Kimmel Live had a Sign Language Rap Battle with Wiz Khalifa. Jimmy invited three sign language interpreters, who have signed for audiences at rap concerts, to compete in the first ever Sign Language Rap Battle with Wiz Khalifa as the interpretee. To view the clip, go to
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7 April 2014 (VOL 10 WEEK 14)

Equality studies graduation day in UCD.
Congratulations and well done to Christina O'Donoghue from Co. Kerry, and to all the other Deaf students in the Certificate in Equality Studies who graduated last Wednesday in University College Dublin. After two years of hard work, we are sure they were all very happy to celebrate the occasion with their family and friends.

Irish Deaf Society roadshow.
We would like to thank Geraldine Broderick who gave a very informative presentation last Wednesday as part of the IDS Roadshow. Geraldine provided information on the upcoming local & European elections; and on CARANUA- the new independent State board who offers support, information, advice and advocacy to survivors of abuse in Institutions in Ireland who have received settlements, Redress Board or Court awards.

Thank you to the Centre for Deaf Studies (CDS).
We would like to thank Teresa Lynch & the CDS Trinity College for inviting Veronica White & Willie White to give presentations to 4th year students last Friday. Veronica's talk looked at 'Interpreting in Mental Health Settings'. Willie's presentation looked at 'What to do when we make mistakes in interpreting' & 'What I know for sure'- a synopsis of learning from 20 years in the field of interpreting.

Kerry Deaf Women's social lunch.
The Kerry Deaf Women's Group (KDWG) will be meeting up for lunch on Wednesday 23rd of April at 12.30 pm at Caragh Restaurant, 106 New Street, Killarney, Co. Kerry. For more information on KDWG, check out their Facebook page.

Irish Deaf Women's Group extra ordinary meeting.
The Irish Deaf Women's Group (IDWG) will be holding an Extra Ordinary Meeting (EGM) at 7 pm on Saturday the 12th of April to vote For/Against the IDWG Hotdesk (office) in Deaf Village Ireland. The meeting will take place at DHC, Thomas Mahon Building, DVI, Ratoath Road, Cabra, Dublin 7.

The EGM will take place one hour before their Annual General Meeting which is due to be held at 8 pm the same evening. For more information email: or check their website at

New service and presentation by irish
Irish will be holding a presentation in Cabragh Hall, Deaf Village Ireland, Ratoath Road, Cabra, Dublin 7 on Thursday the 17th of April from 2.30pm - 4.30 pm. The presentation is to inform people about Irish and also their new service. A demonstration of their new service will also take place so people can see it in practice. The presentation is open to everyone so please let your Deaf and hard of hearing family and friends know.

If you are unable to attend and would like to see the service, please let Irish know in case there is a need for another demonstration. For more information, go to: clowing the 'Sick of It' report, by the Deaf health charity SignHealth, a debate was held on 25 March in the House of Lords in England to debate measures to be taken to improve the health of Deaf people. According to the report, Deaf people have much higher rates of undiagnosed illness than hearing people do, and that even when a condition has been diagnosed it is likely to be poorly treated. The reasons are a failure to supply sign language interpreters for consultations, difficulty getting an appointment in the first place, and a lack of accessible health information.

This issue is not isolated to the UK but is also occurring here in Ireland. Hopefully, this debate might help to highlight the issue and bring it to the attention of our politicians in Ireland. vTo view the report in either British Sign Language or in English go to:

Deaf rap-artist, Signmark latest single.
The Finnish Deaf rap-artist Signmark just released his latest single 'Fighting'. The rap video in sign language also features World Federation of the Deaf President Emerita, Liisa Kauppinen and European Union of the Deaf President, Markku Jokinen. Other notable people who perform in the video were Finnish President Tarja Halonen, Minister of Foreign Affairs Alexandre Stubb, MP Pekka Haavisto and MP Jani Toivola.

Signmark has been an advocate for disability rights for many years. He uses his music to highlight the history, culture and rights of the Finnish Deaf community. Through the sense of touch, such as the bass and vibrations, he is able to follow his music and time his rhymes. To see SignMark's video go to:

Vacancy: Chaplain for the Deaf Community in the South of Ireland.
The National Chaplaincy for Deaf People is seeking to recruit a Chaplain for the Deaf Community in the South of Ireland. The job holder will be based in Counties Cork or Kerry. The successful candidate will work as part of the National Chaplaincy Team

The objective of the position is to provide pastoral support for the Deaf Community in the South of Ireland and to enable personal and spiritual development and participation in the life of the Catholic Church locally and Nationally. The Candidate should ideally have:
  1. Knowledge and experience of the Deaf Community and an awareness of Deaf Culture
  2. A qualification in theology to Fetac Level 7 and or in a related area
  3. A minimum Level 3 FETAC Qualification in Irish Sign Language
  4. Pastoral experience in a parish or diocesan setting
  5. Good communication and strong interpersonal skills
  6. Experience in working in the context of community development
  7. Commitment to the values of the Gospel
  8. Good information technology skills
  9. Availability to work at weekends is important
  10. This position is based on a three year full time contract.
Prospective candidates should send a letter of application together with an up to date Curriculum Vitae to Fr. Gerard Tyrrell, Director of Services, The National Chaplaincy for Deaf People, Deaf Village Ireland, Ratoath Road, Cabra, Dublin 7. Applications must be received no later than 30th April, 2014.

For further information please contact Fr. Gerard on 087 860704 or email: or visit our website at
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