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28 July 2014 (VOL 10 WEEK 30)

Thank you to street collection in Listowel
We would like to extend a big thank you to all the volunteers and to those who donated to our Street Collection in Listowel on Friday 27th June. All money raised is very much appreciated and goes towards the overhead costs here in our Centre in Tralee.

Subtitled film to be shown in Omniplex Tralee
The next movie with subtitles to be shown in Tralee will be 'Mrs Brown's Boys D'Movie' on Tuesday 5th August. It is due to be shown at 8 pm but please check the cinema for the exact time as this may change.

On the 2nd of September, they are hoping to show a subtitled 'Dawn of the Planet of the Apes'. The cinema is keen to provide subtitled movies but this is also dependent on the number of people who turn up to watch the movies. If there is strong interest, they hope to show a subtitled film the first Tuesday of each month. Our sincere thanks to Monika, at the Omniplex cinema in Tralee, who has been most helpful and instrumental in obtaining subtitled film screenings for the Deaf and hard of hearing community.

You can check the Tralee film screenings by going to the Omniplex cinemas website:

Shared reading programme family book bags
We would like to extend our thanks to the Shared Reading Programme for sending Family Book Bags to our Centre in Tralee. These books will be available to parents of deaf children over the coming weeks. For more information on the Shared Reading Programme, you can contact Geraldine Broderick in our Centre or by checking out

Thank you from IDS regarding Deaforward's campaign
Eddie Redmond, CEO of the Irish Deaf Society (IDS), would like to thank everyone who assisted with the Deaforward Campaign. Due to all the hard work and support given by their supporters they have had their funding reinstated for another year. You can see Eddie's message in sign language and a Press Release on the IDS's Facebook page at: You can view a Press Release from the IDS concerning the reinstatement of Deaforward's funding at this link:

Barbeque & fun day in Deaf Village Ireland
Dublin Deaf Association and the Irish Deaf Youth Association are coming together to organise a Barbeque and Fun Day on Saturday 9th August in Deaf Village Ireland. It will be an exciting event with inflatables and lots of games. All those over 18 are welcome! The bar in The Hub will be open so go along and join the fun. The event will start at 4pm and the entry fee is 5euro, which includes food. They are planning lots of surprises on the day too.

For more information, go to

National chaplaincy for Deaf people annual holidays
The National Chaplaincy for Deaf People (NCDP) would like to advise everyone that they are on their annual holidays. There will be no 7.30 pm masses at the Emmaus Chapel, Deaf Village Ireland on Saturday 26th July and Saturday 2nd August 2014. Irish Sign Language (ISL) Interpreters will sign the 6.30 pm masses on Saturday 26th July and 2nd August 2014 at the Church of the Most Precious Blood Cabra.

Notice of centre's holidays
Just a final reminder to everyone that we will close for annual leave at 5pm on Thursday 31st July and reopen on Friday 1st September at 10am. Again, we would like to thank all our supporters and staff for their hard work and commitment to date and wish them a happy and relaxing holiday time. Lastly, our best wishes to Veronica, Willie & Steven from Co. Kerry who are heading out to work with the Ambo Deaf community in Ethiopia for two weeks, along with Susan from the Cork Deaf Association & the 3 Canne sisters from America.
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21 July 2014 (VOL 10 WEEK 29)

CALI Award for our Manager Willie White
We would like to extend our congratulations to our Manager Willie White for winning a CALI Award for his work with the Deaf community & the Ethiopian Deaf Project (EDP). CALI stands for Community, Action, Leadership & Inspiration and is awarded by a group called FivePointFive.

Our sincere thanks to FivePointFive for recognising the work Willie has done over the years and in particular his contribution to the development of a Deaf school in Ambo Ethiopia. Willie shares the award with all those who have supported him from the Deaf & hearing community and EDP.

FivePointFive have published an interview with Willie on their website. You can learn more about them & the CALI Award by going to:

Best wishes for trip to Ethiopia.
We would like to send our best wishes to Veronica White, Steven White, and our Manager Willie White who will be travelling to Ethiopia from the 28th July to the 8th August. Susan O'Callaghan from Cork Deaf Association and the three Canne sisters from America will join them on the trip.

During their time in Ethiopia they will visit the Ambo Lazarist Deaf School, which was established with support from the Deaf and hearing community in Ireland. They will also provide a range of workshops and training to the local Deaf community in Ambo.

Deafhear Summer Family Fun Days.
Deafhear Killarney will be hosting a number of Family Fun Days over the summer. These events will be an opportunity for children with hearing loss and their parents and siblings to meet up with other families to get together and have some fun. For all events you are advised to bring along a picnic lunch. Wednesday 23rd July at 11 am at Kennedy's Farm.

Wednesday 6th August at 11am at Killarney Park. Wednesday 13th August at 11am at Ocean World Aquarium. For more information, you can contact Josephine Lambe by e-mail at: or by mobile: 087 272 3862

RTÉ player subtitle testing update.
In last week's newsletter we mentioned that RTÉ had invited Deaf organisations to test the proposed subtitles for the RTÉ Player. On the Irish Deaf Society's Facebook page it now states that the subtitles will only work on IOS players for the time being i.e. (iPad, iPhone and Apple).

RTÉ are hoping that PC and Android systems will be available soon & hopefully before September. The subtitles are only at the testing stage and the IDS would like your feedback by going to and leaving your comments under the link "RTÉ testing subtitles on RTÉ Player" dated 15th July.

RTÉ news seek new presenter for news for the Deaf.
RTÉ News is looking for a new presenter for the News for the Deaf. For more information concerning this position go to the following link:

Irish Deaf Society (IDS) 32nd annual general meeting (AGM).
The IDS AGM will be held at 2 pm on Saturday the 9th August at the Deaf Heritage Centre Hall, 2nd Floor Thomas Mahon Building, Deaf Village Ireland (DVI), Ratoath Road, Cabra, Dublin 7. Interpreters will be provided. The IDS is asking those who will be attending to bring their Annual Report and Auditor's Report 2013 to the meeting.

Irish Deaf Film Festival.
Shamrock Deaf Films will present the 2nd Irish Deaf Film Festival at the Lighthouse Cinema, Smithfield, Dublin from 10th - 12th of October. Tickets are €40 each but if you book before 12th September you can purchase them for €30. If you require further information, you can email: Further information about the Film Festival is available in Irish Sign Language (ISL), British Sign Language (BSL) and International Sign at:

Notice of centre holidays.
We will close for annual leave at 5pm on 31st July and reopen on Friday 1st September at 10am.

We would like to thank all our supporters & staff for their hard work and commitment to date & and wish them a happy and relaxing holiday time.
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14 July 2014 (VOL 10 WEEK 28)

Contact Local TD's to support Deaforward.
As it was mentioned in our last newsletter, the IDS's advocacy service, Deaforward, has had its funding withdrawn. We are asking you to please contact your local Fine Gael (FG) and Labour TD's this week to stress to Minister Phil Hogan the important service that Deaforward provided to the Deaf community and to reinstate the service's funding.

Without this valuable service the Deaf community would not have access to public services, education, healthcare and the means to employment. The service's closure puts the Deaf community at further risk of social and economic isolation and a decline in living standards. The TD's contact details are as follows:
  1. Brendan Griffin FG TD Castlemaine Village, Castlemaine, Co. Kerry Tel: 0669795666 Email: Website:
  2. Jimmy Deeihan FG TD 18A The Square, Listowel, Co. Kerry Tel: 06857446 Email: Website:
  3. Arthur Spring Labour TD Rock Street, Tralee, Co. Kerry Tel: 0667125337 Email: Website:
To see a copy of a letter that you can use to send to the TD's click on the link:

You can go to the following Facebook page for updates concerning Deaforward:

Success for Irish Deaf channel swimmers.
Many congratulations to the seven very brave Irish Deaf women, one of whom is Bernadette White from Tralee, who have just completed swimming the English Channel from Dover to Calais. They must be feeling a huge relief that all went well. It is not too late to make a donation to the Irish Deaf Women's Group by going to the following link:

Street collection in Killarney.
Many thanks to all those who volunteered last Friday in Killarney for our Street Collection and to those who donated to help raise money for our centre.

Ring of Kerry charity cycle 2014.
Congratulations to Veronica White, Geraldine Broderick and Patrick Doody from our centre here who completed the 180 kms charity cycle around the Ring of Kerry on Saturday 5th July. They returned exhausted but exhilarated and extremely proud of themselves for their achievement.

Ambo ramble for Ethiopia Deaf school project.
Well done and thank you to the many participants and volunteers in this year's Ambo Ramble for the Ethiopia Deaf School Project which was held on Sunday 29th June. Everyone had a very enjoyable day cycling around Co. Cork and either completed the 40 kms or 120 kms route taking off from Ballinhassig. Due to all the many donations €4500 has been raised for the school.

RTÉ test subtitles for RTÉ player.
The Irish Deaf Society (IDS) along with other Deaf organisations have been invited to RTÉ this week to test the proposed subtitles for the RTÉ player. The RTÉ player is a free online catch-up service on RTÉ One and RTÉ Two that allows you to watch a variety of programmes for up to 21 days after they have been broadcast. All the Deaf organisations have been lobbying for this for a long time and it is very welcome to see that progress is being made at long last.

At the moment the RTÉ player shows selected programmes in Irish Sign Language. To see what programmes are shown in Irish Sign Language, go to:
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7 July 2014 (VOL 10 WEEK 27)

IDS National advocacy service scrapped by the government.
The National Deaf Advocacy Service of the Irish Deaf Society (IDS) has had to close in response to the Department of Environment, Community and Local Government cutting off funds to the service. The IDS's Advocacy Service worked to provide access for Deaf people to public services, education, healthcare and the means to employment. The service's closure puts the Deaf community at further risk of social and economic isolation and a decline in living standards. IDS have shared a link to see the latest developments in this:

Irish Deaf Society (IDS) Summerfest cancelled.
The IDS's planned Summerfest has unfortunately had to be cancelled due to lack of funding. It was scheduled to take place on Sunday 20th July.

Irish Deaf Kids SNA's in the classroom.
At this time of the year many parents are thinking about the new school term coming up in September. Irish Deaf Kids (IDK) in their June 2014 e-zine, posted an article for parents concerning the question 'Do deaf children really need a SNA (Special Needs Assistant) in the classroom?' IDK is aware that anxious parents, whose child is starting school, may look to secure a full-time or shared SNA where one is not needed. The article, originally written in 2011 and still relevant today, explains to parents the difference between SNA's and Resource Teachers and the different supports they provide.

It explains that for deaf and hard-of-hearing pupils, an SNA, who is hired in a care role, rather than an educational role, can ensure their communication needs are supported, and the child is aware of everything happening in a classroom. Whereas Resource teachers provide in-class support, team teaching and/or one-to-one tutoring. The article goes on to stress the importance of allowing children to learn coping skills to avoid learned helplessness. The article can be read in full at: General info on their facebook page:

Fellow sought for ECML pro-sign project (3 month post)
The European Centre for Modern Languages (ECML) are seeking a Fellow to work in Graz (Austria) for three months (full time, March to May 2015) to support the PRO-Sign Expert Team. Professor Lorraine Leeson, Director, Centre for Deaf Studies at Trinity College in Dublin is the project co-ordinator The More information about the project can be viewed at:

The working languages of this project are English and International Sign, but the Fellow needs to be able to work in English and applicants must reside in an ECML Member State to be considered for the post. To see the list of member states go to:

Applicants must have the following qualifications and experience: The minimum level of qualification required is a Bachelor degree. Preference will be given to candidates with a masters level qualification or higher. Basic knowledge of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) is required.

It is desirable that the Fellow has professional experience in interpreting and/or the sign language related field. The Fellow must have the capacity for both collaborative and independent work and they should demonstrate a pro-active attitude. They require a high degree of flexibility and willingness to deal sensitively across cultural boundaries and must be comfortable working with an international team.

The Fellow must have B2 minimum level of English (written) and it is desirable that the fellow also has B2 level in a national signed language. Tasks will include: working with the Expert Group in the preparation and follow up to the PRO-Sign Network Meeting in Graz (March 2015) and in finalisation of documents relating to the project for publication and dissemination.

Salary: €3,000 for the three month period. Deadline for applications: 15 October 2014. For further information on salary related queries, contact Mr. Michael Armstrong, ECML at: Applications should be emailed to Prof. Lorraine Leeson, Coordinator, PRO-Sign Project:
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