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27 October 2014 (VOL 10 WEEK 43)

RDS Autumn Roadshow 2014
The Irish Deaf Society recently announced their Autumn Roadshow 2014 dates, which are to be held this November around the country. Geraldine Broderick and Patrick Doody will be giving the Roadshow presentation here in the Kerry Deaf Resource Centre at 2 pm on Saturday 8th November.

For more information email: or you can text them on: 0864401443 or you can get more information on their website:

Ethiopia Deaf Project Events
Cake Sale- There will be a cake sale outside the Holy Trinity Church, Cork on Sunday 9th November. If anyone would like to bake a cake for the sale & donate to the project on the day, it would be very much appreciated. 2015 Calendars- Calendars will go on sale shortly. Our own service has sponsored a page in the calendar and there is a photo of our most recent trip to Ethiopia too. The project is also looking for volunteers to sell the calendars throughout Ireland. Ronan Collins Gig - After a successful gig last year, Ronan Collins will perform again on Saturday 7th February next year at the Celtic Ross Hotel, Rosscarbery, West Cork. A big band and singers featuring Joe Dolan's classics will be in full swing on the night. For those interested, there are various ticket options available for the evening:
  1. Ticket and Wine reception only €22.50
  2. Ticket, Pre-show 2 course dinner and Wine reception €42.50
  3. Ticket, Pre-show 2 course dinner and Wine reception-B&B on the Saturday night €77. 50 pps
  4. Ticket, Pre-show 2 course dinner and Wine reception B&B on Friday and Saturday night €112.50 pp.
Tickets are available through the Celtic Ross Hotel: (023) 884 8722.

The Ambo Ramble Cycle
The fundraising cycle will be held on the 28th June 2015. More details will follow in the New Year.

Irish Deaf Society Revamped Website
The Irish Deaf Society launched their newly revamped website for the Deaf and hard of hearing. Apart from news feeds, contact details and listings, the new site aims to be the first fully accessible Irish Sign Language website. The new website includes an updated parents section with extracts from the IDS publication "Information for Parents" which is a useful guide for any parent who recently finds out their child is deaf. The website also includes information about their:
  1. Irish Sign Language Classes
  2. Day and evening classes for the Deaf
  3. National Advocacy Service
  4. Irish Sign Language Recognition Campaign
  5. Fundraising.
To find out more information and see what services that the IDS provide, to their website:

Council of Sign Language Interpreters (CISLI) workshop
CISLI are holding a workshop on Interpreting Ethics: Theory and Practice. The workshop will run on Saturday, 1st November 2014, 10 am - 4 pm at the CDS Trinity College Dublin, and will be facilitated by Dr. John Bosco Conama and Lisa Harvey, who is currently studying an MA Ethics programme (Mater Dei/DCU).

The workshop will be free for current Active members, or you can join on the day. Student, Associate and Affiliate members will be asked to renew their membership until the end of 2015 in order to attend.

As part of the workshop there will be a discussion of actual ethical dilemmas that interpreters face in their work. Lisa will contact participants before the training to ask for examples that would be beneficial to tease out during the course of the day. Examples given should not include any names or identifying information. Also bear in mind that it may not be possible to examine all the dilemmas due to time and other restrictions.

If you are interested in attending, please contact CISLI or email Lisa at: or text: 087 2191842. On a lighter note, if you do wish to take notes at the workshop please bring pen and paper - unless you have a very good memory!
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20 October 2014 (VOL 10 WEEK 42)

Fundraiser for Cork/Kerry elderly Deaf group.
A fundraiser is to be held in aid of the Cork and Kerry Elderly Deaf Group on Saturday 8th November at 7 pm in the Cork Deaf Association at 5 Mac Curtain Street, Cork City. The film, Psychopath, which stars Deaf actors, will be screened on the evening. Tickets cost 10euro and include light refreshments.

Irish Deaf ladies futsal team in European competition.
Deaf Sports Ireland will be sending a Ladies Futsal Team to the European Deaf Futsal Championship, which will be held in Sofia, Bulgaria from the 19th to 29th November 2014. Michelle Ward from Tralee has also been selected for the Irish team.

The team are looking for financial sponsorship to cover travel, accommodation and other necessities. As the competition is only weeks away, they are now seeking donations from individuals & companies. Any assistance will be of immense help. If you would like to make a donation, you can email: We would like to extend our best wishes to Michelle and to the Irish team. Fingers crossed they will do well and return home with a medal.

ITV signpost freelance on-screen presenters.
ITV SignPost are 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 on FaceTime Joseph at / 07825 960503. Or send a text on +448725 960503.

ISL everywhere - app now available on android and iphone.
Sharing the Journey, whose aim is to support families of deaf and hard of hearing children learning ISL, developed ISL Everywhere. They are very happy to announce that it is now available to download on your android or iPhone/ iPad for free.

The app features 'Getting Started' - a key to understanding Irish Sign Language, ISL- alphabet and numbers, and an extensive glossary of the most commonly used words and phrases in a young child's life.

You can access the app by going to the android Play Store or Apple store and searching for ISL Everywhere by David Matthews. For apple products, go to For android phones, go to ISL Everywhere has also launched a Facebook page at:

Bullseye book & gift club.
Our Book & Gift Club is back again this month. The following items are available for purchase in our office this week. If you would like to view the items, drop in to our Centre. Items will be delivered this week. The items on sale are:
  1. Aspire Chunky Pad €6
  2. Girls Funky Pens €6
  3. Granny Squares Crochet €9
  4. Lemons Book €7;
  5. White Heart Frame €10
  6. Collapsible Lunch Box €8
  7. Preschool - Learn Alots Book €8
  8. Cake Tins €10
  9. Squeeze Paints €9
  10. Loom Bands €7
  11. Christmas Chair Covers €10
  12. Kids Storage Seat 12"Tall
  13. Pink €13; Kids Storage Seat 12" Tall
  14. Red €13.
50th birthday wishes.
We would like to extend a very happy 50th birthday to Catherine White and Therese Gallant, hope you both enjoy your celebrations.
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13 October 2014 (VOL 10 WEEK 41)

Shared reading programme extended to 4-8 year olds.
The Deaf Education Centre is delighted to announce that they have received a generous grant from The Ireland Funds to extend their Shared Reading Programme to 8 year olds. There will be ten new books for the 4-8 years olds filmed and added to their library over the coming months.

If you are the parent of a deaf child aged 4-8 years old and would like to avail of the new reading programme, please send us your details and we will ensure your child gets the books in due course.

Congrats to Elizabeth Matthews (Deaf Education Centre).
We would like to extend our best wishes to Elizabeth Matthews who was presented with a Teaching Hero Award at the recent National Forum for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. The former President of Ireland Mary Mc Aleese presented the award to Elizabeth. For more information on Elizabeth and the Deaf Education Centre, go to

IDYA upcoming events.
The Irish Deaf Youth Association (IDYA) has a number of events this month.
AGM: The IDYA Annual General Meeting will be held on the 18th of October at 2.30pm.
New board members: The IDYA is hoping to recruit seven new Board members. The positions are as follows: - Vice Chairperson, Secretary, Treasurer snd four Board members. If you are interested in going forward for any of these positions, you can show your interest at the AGM. Voting at the AGM is open to all in attendance.
Mystery bus tour: Following the AGM, there will be a 2-hour Mystery Tour, which leaves DVI at 4.45pm. If you book your ticket in advance, it will cost €15 or €20on the day. The tour will allow you experience the theatrical horror and ghosts of Dublin's past. Sign language interpreters will be available on the day.

IDS information roadshow.
Geraldine Broderick and Patrick Doody will present an Information Roadshow in our Centre on the 8th of November at 2pm. The information sessions are part of the Irish Deaf Society's national Roadshow series. The session will cover a wide range of issues that are of interest to the Deaf community. Further information on the topics will be available shortly on our Facebook page.

Call for contributors from Deafblind writers.
John Lee Clark, a literary scholar from the United States, is seeking any writings by deaf-blind writers from the past and present. He is assembling an international anthology that includes autobiographies, memoirs, essays, fiction, poetry and other types of writing. If you know of any deaf-blind writers or any books published by deaf-blind authors in any language, please contact John by email at

CODA UK and Ireland fundraising drive.
CODA International is a non-profit organisation for adult hearing sons and daughters of Deaf parents. Their international conference "CODALAND" will be held in the UK from the 16th-19th of July 2015.

The organising committee CODA UK and Ireland are now embarking on a major fundraising campaign to raise £10,000 to provide financial aid to enable CODAs from all around the globe attend the CODALAND Conference. The fundraising activities can be anything from a sponsored swim-a-thon or a Body Shop Party! Let your imagination run away with you! The organisers are looking for your help to reach their target and have fun along the way!

If you are interested in applying for financial aid the deadline is January. Applications welcome from everyone no matter where in the world you are as the organisers are keen to make this the best CODA event ever! For more information, you can email:

CODA UK and Ireland looking for volunteers.
CODA UK and Ireland are also looking for volunteers to support them in their future work. To apply, go to or by email:
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6 October 2014 (VOL 10 WEEK 40)

Monthly mass in sign language.
There will be a Mass for the Deaf community in St. John Pastoral Centre, Tralee in the Blue room on Sunday 19th Oct at 3pm. Fr. Gerard Finucane will say the Mass with communication support from the new Lay Chaplain for the Deaf, John Patrick Doherty. If anyone would like to do readings or the Gospels, John Patrick would happy to forward you the reading information. For more information, you can email: or text 087 9062947.

New Irish sign language course for beginners online. has introduced a new online course for anyone interested in learning Irish Sign Language (ISL). The course offers a flexible and accessible way of learning that is suitable to the student. Each module on the online course can be played from your own PC at anytime.

There is also general introduction to ISL, which will give students the confidence to communicate in a variety of situations that arise on a daily basis. It includes videos on different topics, a range of different vocabulary, the alphabet and many other commonly used signs. The online course costs €60 and once payment has been made you will have access to the course for three months. To join the course, go to the following:

RTÉ update.
Hands On: At the moment, RTÉ are undecided if Hands On will be coming back on air or if a new Deaf TV programme will be introduced in time for Autumn 2015. RTÉ are also looking into which programmes would be suitable for Deaf viewers. Two new documentaries are due to be shown by May 2015.

The Irish Deaf Society (IDS) handed a petition with 664 signatures to Colm O'Callaghan, Head of RTÉ Production. This petition highlighted how disappointed the Deaf community were when they not consulted on this decision to axe Hands On. The IDS also highlighted their concerns that the proposed documentaries are made without Deaf input.

ISL programming: At present, RTÉ are airing an average 3.5 hours of ISL late every Wednesday night (not including RTÉ news/Weather). The IDS informed RTÉ that whilst they appreciate the increase in ISL, they would like to see more prime time ISL viewing. RTÉ announced that "Storytime" for children will be ISL translated and be shown in the morning at 7.30 am.

RTÉ DVDs: All RTÉ DVDs in future will have subtitles. RTÉ News for the Deaf: Two new presenters have been hired. So watch out to see who they are!

Flash mob - for ISL awareness week.
As part of ISL Awareness Week, the Irish Deaf Youth Association organised a flash mob to sign a song to promote the awareness of Irish Sign Language at St. Stephen's Green. To view the clip, go to the following:

Irish Deaf channel swimmers presentation.
On the 6th of September the Irish Deaf Channel Swimmers had a party to celebrate the wonderful seven Deaf women who swam the English Channel back in July. At the event, they revealed they had raised a massive €29,214.44 for the Irish Deaf Women's Group. For those who were unable to attend the event you can view the presentation by clicking on the following on the following link.

Flashing light app for smart phones.
A new smart phone app from Convo, a Deaf-owned and operated company allows users to create personalised ring tones of light to identify incoming callers, and adjust the brightness in a room to make sign language easier to see onscreen. The app works with Phillips Hue Wifi enabled light bulbs, which can be made to change colour or turn off & on via a smart phone app. For more information, go to:

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