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22 December 2014 (VOL 10 WEEK 51)

Closing for Christmas Holidays and Emergency sign language interpreting cover
Our Centre is closing this evening, the 22nd of December for Christmas Holidays. We will re-open again on the the 5th of January 2015 at 10am.

If you require a sign language interpreter for emergency reasons during the Christmas and New Year holidays, you can contact the SLIS out of hours service Mobile/text: 087 672 5179.

Please note: Our Manager will be on extended leave until the 26th of January. From the 5th of January, our staff will be happy to deal with your query until his return.

On behalf of our staff and Board of Directors, we would like to wish everyone who celebrates Christmas, a very Happy Christmas. Best wishes to everyone for 2015.

We look forward to working with you all in the New Year.
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15 December 2014 (VOL 10 WEEK 50)

Thank you to Loughfouder National School
We would like to thank Loughfouder National School for choosing our service as the benefactor of their recent Christmas concert. Our sincere thanks to the Principal Michael Herlihy, Ms. Lane, the staff and all their students. On behalf of our service, we wish everyone in the school a very Happy Christmas and best wishes for 2015.

Successful Christmas party
We would like to thank everyone who attended our annual Christmas party in Stokers Lodge on the 14th of December. Our sincere thanks to the staff for their hard work and a wonderful 4 course meal. Santa turned up on the day too and surprised some of our younger guests. Our sincere thanks to all the local businesses in Co. Kerry that donated spot prizes. Thanks also to our staff for all their hard work in organising the party and for their support on the day.

Supporter of the year award
Our Supporter of the Year Award was given to Frances Woodley who has been working with us for the past year. Frances was acknowledged for her tremendous work with our service and clients. She was also recognised for her work in researching and compiling our weekly email newsletter. She also nominated our service for the Tesco Community Award initiatve, which we really appreciate. Our sincere thanks and best wishes for Frances.

Launch of women's aid website sign language translations
Deaf and hard of hearing women are invited to attend the launch of the Irish Sign Language (ISL) video translations of the services and information provided on the Women's Aid website. This is a women's only event and an interpreter will be provided. The launch will be held Saturday 24th January 2015 at 6 pm at Cabragh Hall, Deaf Village Ireland, Ratoath Road, Cabra, Dublin 7.

Women's Aid is a leading national organisation that has been working in Ireland to stop domestic violence against women and children since 1974. They work to make women and children safe from domestic violence, offer support, and provide hope to women affected by abuse and work for justice and social change.

They provide a text service for Deaf or hard of hearing women. If you need to contact them, text 087 959 7980 between 10am to 10pm, 7 Days a week and they will text you back. To see the ISL video translations on their website go to:

Introduction to learn Irish Sign Language (ISL) website
Are you interested in learning ISL? There is a new website that is aimed at those interested in learning the basics of sign language. The site can also be used as a tool for those who are taking classes as an aid to classroom learning.

The topics covered include the alphabet, numbers, colours, days of the week, months, emotions, school, the house, hobbies, prepositions, transport, basic phrases and the weather. Learners can also test themselves with short multiple-choice videos. If you, or anyone you know is interested in learning ISL, go to the following website:

Irish Sign Language Survey
The Irish Deaf Society are asking Deaf, hard of hearing (hoh), Children of Deaf Adults (CODA) and the hearing community to complete an Irish Sign Language survey. They would like everyone who uses ISL to complete it. The Irish Deaf Society would like to thank those people who have filled in the survey. However, if you are not sure, they recommend that you fill it in again.

There are only six short questions. Please fill in all the boxes - do not leave any blank! The whole survey should only take two minutes to complete. There is also a short video in ISL explaining the survey. You can see the video and complete the survey by going to:

Medley of Christmas songs in Irish Sign Language
Seeing it is drawing closer to Christmas, we thought we might put in a link to a video of a group of Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT) students and staff trying their hands at Irish Sign Language - most for the first time!!

Although it was originally posted in December 2011, we thought it would bring a bit of cheer to see them working their way through a medley of Christmas songs. They ask you to forgive them for any ISL mistakes you might see, as many of them are beginners. You can view them by going to their Youtube link:

Kerry Deaf Resource Centre - Christmas holidays
We would like to give everyone advance notice of the Centre's Christmas holidays. The Centre will close Monday 22nd December at 5 pm and will re-open on Monday 5th January 2015 at 10 am. On behalf of our Board and staff, we would like to wish all our clients and supporters a very Happy Christmas. Best wishes for a Happy and prosperous New Year.
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8 December 2014 (VOL 10 WEEK 49)

Kids of deaf adults (KODA) survey
Since appearing on CBBC "My Life: Signing Off", CODA UK and Ireland have had lots of Deaf parents contacting them about KODA (Kids of Deaf Adults) workshops. They have decided to do a survey to see where they need to set-up KODA workshops across the UK and Ireland. This information will be kept confidential and only used for research purposes. If you would like to complete the survey, go to

CODA UK and Ireland 5 year plan input
CODA UK and Ireland would like to know what you would want to see them doing in the future now that they are working toward their 2015 five year strategic plan. If you want to send them your views and ideas or to get involved, email: A Board Meeting will take place on the 13th December 2014 where they aim to put together this 5-year plan.

CODA UK and Ireland already do an annual KODA Camp for 7-17 year olds every year and monthly workshops, bi-annual CODA conferences for over 18s open to everyone and respond to daily enquiries that come in from a variety of people in various situations. They also network with international CODA organisations and offer support outside of the UK and Ireland.

CODA - hearing adults and children of Deaf parents study
Clare Tirot has been studying French sign language for three years and last year spent an Erasmus year in Dublin. She is presently studying for a Masters degree in French linguistics in France. As part of her studies, she is keen to hear from hearing adults and children who have Deaf parents. Interviews with Irish people will be via Skype. If you are interested in contacting Clare, please contact us here in the Centre via email: or mobile: 087 6334687.

Emergency text service "112"
Just a reminder, as we head towards the Christmas season, of the free 112 SMS Emergency Service for Deaf and hard of hearing in Ireland.

If you have an emergency and need to contact An Garda Siochána, the Ambulance service, the Fire service, or the Irish Coastguard, you can send a text to an ECAS operator and they will forward on the information to the required emergency service. You can find out more about it on the link:

You MUST register with this service before you can use it. Do not leave it until an emergency has happened. It is important you provide information such as your location in your text message.

E-mobile, Meteor, Three, O2 and Vodafone participate in this service. The remaining mobile phone communication companies are hoping to join the service shortly.

If your child's school covers the use of 999 calls on their curriculum, ask them to include material on the 112-text service as well. There is information about teaching children how to use the emergency services on this website also, and there is some information available in Irish Sign Language (ISL).

ITV signpost freelance on-screen presenters
Just a reminder that ITV SignPost is looking for freelance on-screen presenters to work with their award-winning and highly skilled team based in Gateshead, Newcastle-upon-Tyne. Presenters of all ages are required to be either fluent in Irish Sign Language (ISL) as their first language or have a recognised university interpreting and translating degree qualification.

You should also have skills in telling children's stories in sign language, experience in translating information for TV, websites or DVDs, a background in acting or drama, enthusiasm and commitment to produce high quality sign language translations and are able to work under pressure to tight delivery deadlines.

If you are interested and want to work with a professional bi-lingual team please send your CV to Joseph Sheridan, Deaf Team Manager and Eileen Young, Controller of Operations. Their email addresses are: and You can also contact Joseph for an informal chat.

FaceTime: Joseph at / 07825 960503. Text: +448725 960503. Closing date: Friday 5th December at 5 pm.

Interview and auditions will be held week commencing 26th January 2015 in Dublin.
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1 December 2014 (VOL 10 WEEK 48)

Tesco community fund
We would like to express a sincere thank you to Tesco in the Manor West Shopping Centre in Tralee. Our service has been nominated along with two other charities for the next six weeks for the Tesco Community Fund.

Each time you shop in Tesco in Manor West, you will receive a goodwill token which you can use to vote for the cause that means the most to you. At the end of the six weeks, Tesco will divide €1,000 amongst the three Charities according to the number of tokens each cause receives.

Our sincere thanks to Frances Woodley for nominating our service and to Tesco for including our service in their Community Fund. For more information on the Fund, go to

Special Mass
Bishop John Buckley will celebrate a 'Mass of Commissioning" for John Patrick Doherty as he begins working in the Diocese of Cork and Ross with the Deaf Community. John Patrick is from Co. Kerry and we wish him well in his new role.

You are cordially invited to attend this special Mass. The Mass takes place at 8pm on Tuesday 16th December in the Cork Deaf Association Centre, Mac Curtain Street, Cork. To confirm attendance, you can email:

DSI recruiting members for men/women soccer/Futsal teams
Deaf Sports Ireland is looking for new soccer/futsal players for the Irish Deaf men and women teams. The next Futsal European Championships will be in four years" time and preparation for this will start in January.

The current Irish Ladies futsal team who competed in Bulgaria in November is made up of six players. Ideally, teams would have a total of 14 players in the squad. Deaf Sports Ireland are determined to build a new squad for four years" time, so they are looking for Deaf/hard of hearing players who are from 13-18 years old.

If you know of any Deaf teen in a Deaf school or mainstream school, let them know of this great training opportunity.

For more information, contact Joe Watson, Assistant administrator. Deaf Sports Ireland by email

"Brides of Kerry" magazine - now on sale
We would like to extend our best wishes to April Drew, originally from Co. Kerry and who has worked as a sign language interpreter for many years, with her 2nd bridal publication "Brides of Kerry". The magazine is now on sale in shops across Kerry. April's 1st bridal magazine "Brides of Limerick" has been a great success and we hope the Kerry magazine will be as successful.

Deaf Victims of Crime research
We have previously mentioned the "Deaf Victims of Crime" research in our 22nd September newsletter that is being carried out by Dr. Gill Harold. If you would like to participate in the research or would like to contact Gill- her email address is

There is now a video presentation given by Gill Harold giving information in sign language on her research on our Centre's Facebook page. You can view it by going to:

Christmas party reminder
Our Christmas party will be held at Stokers Lodge from 2pm to 6 pm on Sunday 14th December. If you are interested please contact us so that we can provide numbers to Stokers Lodge. If you would like to attend the party, you can text us on 087 633 4687 or email:

The December"s Mass in sign language will be held beforehand at St. John"s Pastoral Centre, Tralee at 1pm.

2015 Calendars - Ethiopia Deaf Project
Calendars are now available to purchase here in the Centre for €3 each with 100% of all monies going towards the Ethiopia Deaf Project. They are also looking for volunteers to sell the calendars throughout Ireland. Our service has sponsored a page in the calendar and there is a photo of our most recent trip to Ethiopia too.

To everyone who supports the Ethiopia Deaf Project in any way, your support is greatly appreciated and is particularly appreciated by all those the team worked with in Ambo. The school is changing Deaf people"s lives for the better and they are forever grateful for this support.

Staff member"s birthday
Just want to wish our staff member, Sandra, a very happy birthday. Hope she enjoyed her fresh cream strawberry cake.
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