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24 November 2014 (VOL 10 WEEK 47)

How to make christmas Deaf friendly for children.
With Christmas fast approaching, the National Deaf Children's Society (NDCS) in the UK has put together some top tips to help deaf children and young people feel more included at Christmas time.

The article gives families tips on how to interact with your deaf child at mealtimes, for people to be aware of background noise and lighting, how to adjust it to suit the individual child's needs, and how to include deaf children and young people whilst watching television (subtitles) or going to a Christmas pantomime. This is a great article to share with family, friends, and teachers etc.

Communicating with your Deaf child.
The NDCS has also produced a guide to try to answer the many questions parents have on how to best support their child's language and communication development, not only in the early weeks and months after the identification of deafness following on from newborn hearing screening, but also as their children grow and move into the wider world of pre-school experience and on through formal education in the primary school years?

Although it is written mainly for families with an early-identified child, it is hoped that it will also provide helpful information for families whose child's deafness has developed or been identified later. Where you see British Sign Language (BSL) in the article, substitute it for Irish Sign Language (ISL) A link to a pdf document can be found at the following:

Want to meet home and away star "Spencer".
Are you a "Home and Away" fan? Would you like to meet Andrew J Morley who is better known as "Spencer" in the programme? You will be able to meet 'Spencer' at the Ballyphehane Community Centre in Cork from 2pm to 4pm on the 10th of December.

Tickets costs €10 and are available to purchase from the Centre between 4.30pm to 6pm on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. There are a limited number of tickets available so book early!

All proceeds will go towards the Ethiopia Deaf Project. More information can be found at:

Laura Sadlier Freshman Prize & Sophister Award.
The Laura Sadlier Freshman Prize and the Laura Sadlier Sophister Award were officially founded in 2014 in recognition of the outstanding contributions made to the Centre for Deaf Studies (CDS) by Laura Sadlier.

The Laura Sadlier Freshman Prize, an inscribed medal, is open to Junior Freshman students from the Centre for Deaf Studies who have demonstrated significant improvement in Irish Sign Language (ISL) proficiency and/or cultural engagement with the Deaf Community.

The Laura Sadlier Sophister Award, an inscribed pen, is open to Senior Sophister students from the Centre for Deaf Studies. The recipient of this award will have demonstrated academic achievement, collegiality and engagement with the Deaf community during the course of their studies.

Nominations may be made by CDS staff members, fellow students, or Placement Providers. When completing the nomination please state which award you are nominating the person for and also explain the reason why you think this person should receive this award (include as much detail as possible). The recipient will be selected by a panel consisting of two Centre for Deaf Studies staff members and a member of the Laura Sadlier Foundation.

The closing date for nominations is Friday 12th December 2014. Awards will be announced in mid-February. Nominations should be submitted to the Director of the Centre for Deaf Studies by post, to Centre for Deaf Studies, School of Linguistic Speech and Communication Sciences, Trinity College, First Floor, 7-9 South Leinster Street, Dublin 2 or by email to

Early bird registration for WASLI international conference.
For sign language interpreters, don't miss out the early bird registration for the World Association of Sign Language Interpreters (WASLI) conference. The conference will be held in Istanbul from the 22nd-25th of July and the theme is "Human Rights: Where do Interpreters Fit In". The rate includes: registration, information pack, all conference meals, two social evenings, and online access to proceedings and entry to the AGM. For more information, go to
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17 November 2014 (VOL 10 WEEK 46)

IDS roadhshow information session
We would like to thank Geraldine Broderick & Patrick Doody for presenting an Information Roadshow in our Centre on Thursday. This session was part of the Irish Deaf Society's Roadshow series. The session covered a wide range of issues including:
  • Water charges/Assessed charges/Rebates/ Caranua/ Marriage Equality Needs You/
  • Register to Vote/ Santa Fun Run.
  • Copies of the PowerPoint presentation and Fun Run registration forms are available here in the Centre, which we can email, or post to you.
European subtitled film festival
Kilkenny will host a week of subtitled films as part of the European Film Festival "Subtitle". It will be held from the 24th to 30th November. For more information, go to

Captioned (subtitled) performance of 'Sive'
'Sive' by John B Keane will have a Captioned (subtitled) performance on Thursday 27th November at 8pm in the Everyman Theatre, Cork. Tickets €26/concessions €21. Tickets are selling fast. Book now at or phone 021 4501673 (online & telephone bookings may incur a booking fee).

Deafhood workshops in Dublin and Derry/Londonderry
What is it like to be Deaf in today's society? Why are Deaf peoples' experiences important in understanding their struggles/presence in society? What does being Deaf mean to you and what is Deaf Culture? Can you explain this to people who ask? These are but a few of the questions that will be covered by the Deafhood all day workshops in early 2015. Two are due to be held in Dublin and two in Dungiven Co. Derry/Londonderry. John Bosco Conama and Teresa Lynch will be joined by Alvean Jones to facilitate the workshops.
  • Option A: Thomas. Dates: 17th/18th January 2015 and 31st January/1st February 2015.
  • Option B: Hands That Talk, 116 Main Street, Dungiven, BT47 4LG (Co. Derry/Londonderry) Dates: 17th/18th January & 31st Jan/1st February 2015.
  • Admission: €120 non-refundable for both weekends (lunch included)
  • Deadline: To pay before Wednesday 7th January
  • To Book email:
  • Payable to: Write, ISL Academy, on the cheque or postal order, or by laser/visa.
  • Post to: Mr. Eddie Redmond, Irish Deaf Society, Thomas Mahon Building, Deaf Village Ireland, Ratoath Road, Cabra, Dublin 7.
Places are limited to 15 people per workshop so if you are interested please book early. If you have any questions, the Deafhood Sub Committee would be more than happy to help and answer your questions.

Tallaght Deaf Club - 2015 trip to Berlin.
Tallaght Deaf Club is organising a trip to Berlin from Tuesday 7th April to Saturday 11th April 2015. The trip is open to all. Return flights are from Dublin Airport and you will be staying in the 4 star hotel, Ivbergs Premium in Berlin. Accommodation is on a Bed & Breakfast basis therefore, you will have to arrange your own lunches and dinners.

The hotel is centrally located to the shopping areas and is only a five-minute walk to the famous KaDeWe Shopping Centre. There will be a Berlin city guided tour, a visit to Potsdam, outside Berlin, and a guided tour of Castle Sanssouci and Park. Of course, there will be free time allocated for you to do your own sightseeing too.

The package which costs €290 covers hotel, guide, coach driver and sites. Provision will be made for an ISL Interpreter on the trip. Anyone interested in going is requested to pay the Tour cost and non-refundable deposit of €90 directly to Tallaght Deaf Club. Payment can be made by cheque, cash (in person only), bank draft or PayPal.

Aer Lingus Flight Details: (approx cost as of 6th of November was €205.98) Airfare is booked by yourself online with However, if you need assistance to book the flights online please contact Tallaght Deaf Club by Email: or Mobile (texts only): 087 294 4339 and they will be happy to assist you.
  • Depart Dublin at 07:10 am EI 330. Arrive Berlin at 10:25 am.
  • Depart Berlin at 11:05 am EI 331. Arrive Dublin at 12:20 pm. Mahon Building, Deaf Village Ireland, Cabra, Dublin 7.
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10 November 2014 (VOL 10 WEEK 45)

AHEAD - college fair for students with disabilities
AHEAD, the Association for Higher Education Access and Disability will be holding this year's 'Better Options' college fair for students with disabilities and specific learning difficulties in the National College of Ireland, Mayor Square, IFSC, Dublin 1 on the 24th of November. It will run from 10 am to 1 pm.

This event is for students looking to find out about courses and support services provided by 3rd level colleges as well as acquire key information on the access routes for those with disabilities.

The event is free and registration is not required. Most of the major colleges will be represented in the Exhibition hall and seminars will run concurrently on the following topics:
  • Getting the most from your Disability Service.
  • Looking after your mental health in college.
  • College 101: surviving freshman year.
You can see a short video about the day, what supports are available and alternate entry routes by going to: To get more information and how to get there go to: or if you have any queries email:

CAO information for Leaving Certificate students
For Deaf or hard of hearing students unable to make the Better Options college fair in Dublin, have an article for those doing their Leaving Certificate this year and hoping to get a place in 3rd Level education in September 2015. It explains about the application process through the Central Applications Office (CAO) for undergraduate courses in colleges and universities, about identifying the courses that you are interested in, and if you are a Deaf or hard of hearing student, what additional supports you might need to get through that course in college. To read the article go to:

Abbey Theatre: follow
The WillFred Theatre's multi-award winning debut production FOLLOW, which explores stories from the Irish Deaf Community, will be performed at the Abbey Theatre this autumn. FOLLOW features Shane's whose parents are Deaf. He grew up in a house with doorbell lights and subtitles on the TV. A house where to be heard, you had to be seen.

Using sound, light, Irish Sign Language and performance in a unique and playful way, FOLLOW is a one-man show that captivates from start to finish. Co-created with Jack Cawley and Shane O'Reilly. Winner of Spirit of the Fringe, Dublin Fringe Festival 2011. FOLLOW is fully accessible for a Deaf and Hard of hearing audience.

It will be performed at the Abbey Theatre from 27 November - 6 December on the Peacock stage. The performance times are Mon - Sat 8pm, Sat matinee 2.30pm. FOLLOW is performed in Irish Sign Language and is also captioned. Tickets are €13 for members of the Deaf community to any show. Book now by email @ or or on (01) 87 87 222. To see a short video about the show go to the following link:

Christmas party
Our annual Christmas party will take place on Sunday 14th 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 3rd of December.

December mass for the Deaf
Our December mass will be celebrated on the 14th of December at 1pm in Stokers Lodge.

Supporter of the year Awards.
Nominations for our Deaf and hearing Supporter of the Year Awards are now being accepted. Do you know of a person, organisation or a service that has been supportive of Deaf issues in the past year? 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.
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3 November 2014 (VOL 10 WEEK 44)

Kerry Deaf Women's Group Xmas Dinner & Social Evening
As the nights draw in, it is time to start planning for the Christmas season and festivities. The Kerry Deaf Women's Group are holding their Christmas dinner and social night from 6.30pm on Saturday 15th November in Kirby's Brogue Inn, Rock Street, Tralee. The cost of the early bird menu is €25 and includes four courses.

All women are very welcome on the night. If you are interested in going, you can message Bernadette O Connor through KDWG's Facebook/Messenger. You can also let her know if you require a Gluten Free, Vegetarian or special diet. A non-refundable deposit of €10 needs to be paid before the 8th November.

Christmas Market Deaf Village Ireland
Continuing on with the Christmas festive theme, this year the Dublin Deaf Association and Deaf Village Ireland are holding a Christmas Market on Saturday 30th November from 10am - 5pm at Deaf Village Ireland, Cabra Road, Ratoath Road, Dublin 7.

Admission is free. The Hub Café will be providing: sandwiches, soups, homemade cakes, Christmas pudding, scones, hot and cold drinks and also mulled wine for the adults. Handcrafted Inc. will be selling jewellery, gifts, cards, candles, knitwear and cakes too. For the children there will be a Santa's Grotto, admission charge of €5. There will be entertainment, fun games, Christmas films, sweets, drinks and also a Santa's goodie bags.

Santa's fun 5km run or walk
A FUNdraiser for the Deaf community has been organised by the Irish Deaf Society (IDS), Inspire Fitness Centre and Deaf Sports Ireland for Sunday 7th December at 1pm in Phoenix Park, Dublin. Entry fee per Adult is €10 (over 16 years), Children are €5 (over 4 years) and entry is Free for Children under 4 years old.

All runners and walkers are very welcome and all adult participants will get a free Santa t-shirt and a Santa hat and all children participating will get a free Santa hat and Christmas gift. You can register early and pay, either at the Irish Deaf Society, Deaf Sport Ireland or Inspire Fitness Centre desk or by going to the following link: - gform_wrapper_10

You can also register on the morning of the event. A late entry fee of an extra €5 applies, but this does not guarantee a T- shirt or hat. This should be a fun event for all!!!

E-Info/DCC And CODA UK & Ireland Newsletters
The Irish Deaf Society (IDS), The Deaf Community Centre (DCC) in Limerick and CODA UK & Ireland have a regular email newsletter, which they send to our Centre. We would be happy to share these with our regular newsletter readers. If you do not wish to receive these, please let us know.

Willie White Joins Coda 2020 Strategic Plan Working Team
We would like to extend our best wishes to our Manager Willie White who has been selected to join CODA International's Strategic Plan Working Team 2020. CODA International is a non-profit organisation for hearing adult children of Deaf parents. Willie will join other CODA's from the USA, Australia & the UK as they work on developing and drafting a 5 year strategic plan for CODA International.

Children of Deaf Adults (CODA) International Survey
As part of CODA 2020, members and non-CODA members are being asked to complete a survey to express their views, which will then enable CODA International with their draft CODA 2020 Strategic Plan. Closing date to complete the survey is the 1st December 2014. You can complete the survey by going to:

CODA UK & Ireland Silent Auction
CODA UK & IRELAND will host a conference "CODALAND" in the UK in 2015. The organising team are fundraising to support CODAs around the globe to attend CODALAND. As part of their fundraising drive, they are holding an auction of this exquisite one of a kind piece of art that was exhibited in London's New Designers Exhibition in 2010.
  • Measurements: 4" x 5.5" x 12.5"
  • Materials: Glasma Glass
  • Weight: 4.22lb
  • Colour: Cobalt Blue.
The piece was crafted by making a two-part plaster mould from the artist's hand in this position. This piece of work was made with the "lost wax glass casting" process. Through a ceramic funnel, the glass is kiln formed over- night into a hollow mould of this shape. The item, open to national and international bids, will be available to collect at the conference and they will accept bids in £'s (you can use currency converter to calculate your bid) emailed to: Bids starting at £150.
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