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29 September 2014 (VOL 10 WEEK 39)

Irish Sign Language classes starting in Tralee and Killarney.
Are you interested in learning Irish Sign Language (ISL) or know of anyone who is? Kerry Education and Training Board are running classes in Killarney and Tralee over the coming weeks.

Killarney Community College will start a nine weeks' course commencing Tuesday 30th September and classes will run from 7.30 pm - 9.45 pm. Mary Duggan will be teaching these classes.

Tralee Community College will start a 16 weeks' ISL FETAC Level 3 course commencing Tuesday 7th October. Class times are from 7.30 pm - 9.30 pm. Geraldine Broderick and Patrick Doody will be teaching these classes.

For information and to book online go to:

Equality studies for Deaf people certificate course.
The Equality Studies Centre, (UCD) and the Irish Deaf Society (IDS) invite you to apply for a Course in Equality Studies. The Equality Studies for Deaf People Certificate Course is the Introductory Module of the Certificate in Equality Studies. The Course is intended for members of the deaf community as an opportunity to come together and deepen understanding of how society promotes equality/inequality for deaf people in Ireland.

For further information about this course contact Elaine at the Irish Deaf Society for more details. Her email is:

Open day at specialist education schools - Cabra, Dublin.
All prospective students and their families, and professionals working with Deaf and hard of hearing children are invited to attend an Open Day at the Specialist Education Schools for Deaf Boys and Girls in Cabra, Dublin 7 on Friday the 17th October 2014 from 11am to 1pm.

St. Joseph's School for Deaf Boys and St. Mary's School for Deaf Girls provide education at Preschool, Primary, and Post-Primary to Leaving Certificate Level, including Transition Year, FETAC courses, and a Post-Leaving Certificate course.

Those who may be interested in meeting the staff, parents, and students of the schools, to experience and discuss the curriculum and services that are provided are most welcome. There is also an opportunity to visit the five-day boarding residences, the adjacent Deaf Village Ireland (DVI) campus and the community sports and educational facilities there.

More information about the schools is available by going to the following links: and

One day super sale.
Ladies are you interested in updating your wardrobe? Or maybe you would like to buy that little toy for your child, nephew or niece? Well the Irish Deaf Society are holding a One Day Super Sale of new and designer bags, shoes, clothes and toys on Friday 10th October from 11.00 am - 4 00 pm in Cabragh Hall, Deaf Village Ireland, Ratoath Road, Cabra, Dublin 7.

If you are interested and would like some more information you can contact Lorraine on 086 4137970.

Fulbright awards - open for applications.
Are you interested in studying, teaching or researching in the United States for up to one year? The Fulbright Commission annually awards scholarships to postgraduate students, scholars and professionals to study, research and teach across all disciplines in the U.S.

Applications are now open for the 2015-2016 Academic year to Irish or E.U. citizens who meet with the awards eligibility requirements.

If you are interested, applications are due by 5.00 pm Wednesday, 12th November 2014. For more information and to apply go to their website:
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22 September 2014 (VOL 10 WEEK 38)

New lay chaplain for Deaf community's details.
We recently introduced John Patrick Doherty, our new Lay Chaplain for the Munster region. We can now give you his contact details. You can email him at: and his Mobile: (text only) 087 9062947

Thank you to street collection in Castleisland.
We would like to extend a big thank you to all the volunteers and to those who donated to our Street Collection in Castleisland on Friday 12th September. All money raised is very much appreciated and goes towards the overhead costs here in our Centre in Tralee.

International awareness week of the Deaf coffee morning.
As part of the International Awareness Week of the Deaf, Kerry Deaf Women's Group are holding a coffee morning at Kirby's Brogue Inn, Rock Street, Tralee, at 11 am on Monday 22nd September. All men and hearing people are very welcome to attend too.

Our best wishes to everyone involved in the International Awareness Week of the Deaf across Ireland and to the group organising the Coffee Morning in Tralee.

Deaf victims of crime in Ireland.
Are you a member of the Deaf community who has been a victim of crime? Did you feel you were given access to the Gardaí and what were your experiences in the courtroom? Dr. Gill Harold is conducting research into Deaf victims of crime in Ireland. ISL will be provided and participants will be treated in strictest confidence.

For information, please contact Dr Gill Harold, Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights, Faculty of Law, University College Cork, Co. Cork. Or you can email:

Are you interested in improving your fitness? The Institute of Technology Tralee is re-commencing their gym sessions at the North Campus this autumn. Classes start on Tuesday 8th October and held from 10 am to 11 am. If you are interested, please let us know here in the Centre on 087 6334687.

Ireland and GB's football team play friendly match this November.
An 11 a-side international friendly match between Ireland and GB's men's football teams will be played on Saturday, 1st November 2014. The match was suggested by a Team GB official who was interested in running a friendly match for over 35s players.

Kickoff will be at 3pm at Deaf Village Ireland and a social event is planned for the evening. More information will to follow on the social event. Players who are interested in being on the team for this match can contact Martin Dudley at: and for more information email:

Irish women's futsal team.
The Irish Women's Futsal Team are training hard for the 4th European Deaf Futsal Championships this November and are seeking sponsorship to help raise funds to cover the expenses of the trip.

If you are interested in making a donation, please follow the link below. Any amount would be gratefully received by the players.

Signed performance of Cinderella.
CADA and Everyman Productions are providing a full sign language interpretation of their Christmas pantomime on Friday 2nd January 2015 at 2pm. Tickets are €26 or €90 for a family of four. You can book online at:

For group bookings: . To choose your seat when making a booking, the interpreter will be on the right side of stage, from where you sit. For further information contact by email: or text: 086 172 5051
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15 September 2014 (VOL 10 WEEK 37)

Deaf adult literacy service (DALS) classes.
Our DALS classes will be starting up again next week. If you are Deaf and would like to avail of literacy and computer classes, please send us your details and we will forward them onto the DALS Co-ordinator and tutor. At the end of the academic year students have the option to go forward for FETAC qualification.

Craft classes on Thursday afternoon.
Our craft classes and Deaf social get-together will re-commence on Thursday. Christina O'Donoghue has agreed to donate her time for these informative and interesting classes. Classes will run from 2-4pm. If you would like to participate, send us your details and we will pass them onto Christina.

Irish sign language (ISL) awareness week.
ISL Awareness Week will run in Ireland from the 20th-28th of September. A range of activities are being planned for the week. The Irish Deaf Society will officially launch the ISL Awareness week on Saturday 20th September at 3.30pm at Project Arts Centre, Temple Bar, Dublin 2.

Recognising Irish sign language: policy, law and practice seminar
will be held on Tuesday 23rd of September from 6-9pm. It will be held in Deaf Village Ireland (DVI) in Dublin. Lianne Quigley Vice Chairperson will introduce papers by Dr. Noel O'Connell and Dr. John Bosco Conama both of whom are Deaf. Prof Gerry Whyte will also give a paper.

Irish Deaf Youth Association
will hold a 'Flash Mob' on Thursday 25th of September to promote awareness of ISL. They will signing a song and have created a simple video for people to learn if they want to join the 'Flash Mob' on the day. For more information, you can email:

Irish Deaf Women's Group
will hold a talk on 'How Deaf Women's ISL Developed through the Years'. It will be presented by Carmel Grehan from the Centre for Deaf Studies. It will be held on Friday 26th of September from 7.30-8.30pm This will be followed by IRISH DEAF FOLKLORE, which will include poetry, storytelling, jokes and legends in ISL. This will be held from 9pm to 10pm. Both events will be held in Deaf Village Ireland (DVI) in Dublin.

Irish Sign Language recognition.
The Irish Deaf Society has published a new leaflet as part of their campaign to get Irish Sign Language officially recognised in Ireland. The IDS has been campaigning for more than thirty years to get ISL recognised to ensure equality for Deaf people in Irish Society. Achieving recognition of ISL and official status would allow access for Deaf people to their full participation as citizens of their own country. According to the IDS if we get Irish Sign Language recognition, this will ensure:
  1. More legal rights for ISL users.
  2. Better access to public services.
  3. Better education for Deaf children.
  4. Better third level education and training for Deaf adults.
  5. Better interpreting quality and monitoring - avoid fake interpreters.
To learn more about the ISL Awareness Week and ISL Recognition campaign, go to

Subtitles now on RTÉ Player.
Before the summer break we mentioned that RTÉ Player was testing subtitles and that they were only available on iPhone and iPad devices. We are very happy to let you know that they are now available to watch on ALL formats: Apple iOS, android, PC, tablets or your laptop. You can get information on how to access the subtitles on your device by going to the following link:

Sympathies to the family of Tim O'Brien RIP.
We would like to extend our sympathies to the family of our Deaf friend Tim O'Brien. Tim passed away peacefully on Sunday night after a short illness. Our thoughts and prayers are with his wife Mary and his extended family.
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8 September 2014 (VOL 10 WEEK 36)

Volunteers for street collection required.
Just a reminder to everyone that we are organising a Street Collection this Friday 12th September in Castleisland. We are looking for volunteers to support us with the fundraising event. If you are available you can text us on 087-633 4687. Your support would be greatly appreciated.

New lay chaplain for Deaf community in Munster.
We would like to extend our best wishes to the new Lay Chaplain for the Munster region- John Patrick Doherty. John Patrick is a Kerry native and a graduate of the Centre for Deaf Studies in Trinity College. Contact details for John Patrick will be available over the coming weeks.

Facilitations skills training for Deaf in Kerry.
The HSE hope to run a Facilitation Training Skills in Kerry in November. Provisional dates for training are the 19th and 26th of November. Training will be open to our service KDRC and Deafhear Killarney. If you are interested in this training, please send us your details. As soon as we have further information, we will forward it to those who have expressed an interest.

Women's aid information in sign language.
Women's Aid, in conjunction with the Irish Deaf Women's Group, have launched a series of Irish Sign Language (ISL) videos which feature all of the information that is available on their website and a link to a text service for deaf or hard of hearing women.

They have also launched wallet-sized cards promoting their text service for Deaf or hard of hearing women. You can text them on 087 959 7980 between 10am to 10pm, 7 days a week and they will text you back. All texts are treated in strictest confidence and they can arrange an interpreter with whom you feel comfortable with or arrange one through the Irish Deaf Society.

For information about the text service and to see a Hands On report about domestic abuse on Deaf and hard of hearing women in Ireland go to: The website's information videos in ISL can be viewed by going to the following link:

Congratulations to Irish Deaf channel swimmers.
We would like to extend our best wishes and congratulations to all the Irish Deaf Channel Swimmers including Bernadette White and Nora Duggan from Co. Kerry. The group have been fundraising for the past 18 months and the grand total was announced at a huge BBQ in Deaf Village Ireland over the weekend.

In total, the swimmers and their supporters raised a massive €29,214 for the Irish Deaf Women's Group and St. Mary's Heritage Group. This is a fantastic achievement. Well done to everyone.

Bogus street collectors.
The Irish Deaf Society (IDS) have been informed that there are bogus street collectors pretending to be collecting money for the IDS. The last known sighting of these collectors was in Cork and Galway. The IDS has issued a statement confirming they have no street collections anywhere in Ireland.

If you are not sure if a collection is legitimate or not, contact the organisation concerned. If it is a bogus collection, they in turn can contact the Gardaí.

New phone for hard of hearing/ with hearing loss.
For some of our hard of hearing clients who are looking to purchase an amplified telephone. We have just come across the "General Electric Amplified Corded Phone" in Woodies and it retails for €24.99.

The phone has audio boost up to 40 decibels (db). It has an extra loud ringer up to 90db. It has a small visual alert which flashes to notify you that someone is ringing. If the phone is nearby, it comes with a vibrating alert pad, which can be placed beside you while watching TV or under the pillow in your bedroom. If you have an amplified neckloop, you can also connect it to the phone. To find your nearest Woodies store, go to
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1 September 2014 (VOL 10 WEEK 35)

Re-open after annual leave.
Our service re-opened today after our annual leave. We hope our staff and supporters had an enjoyable holiday. If you would like to meet with any staff member, please contact us for an appointment. Feel free to drop in for a cup of tea and a chat too. We look forward to working with you all again in the coming months.

Successful trip to ambo in Ethiopia.
We would like to extend a warm welcome home to our Manager Willie White, and to Veronica White and Steven White who were working with the Deaf community in Ambo in Ethiopia. They were joined on this trip by Susan O'Callaghan from the Cork Deaf Association and Ashley, Kayla and Megan Canne from America.

During their time in Ambo, the group visited the Ambo Lazarist Deaf School, which was established approx 18 months ago with support from the Vincentian Lay Missionaries (VLM) and the Deaf and hearing community in Ireland.

While in Ethiopia, the group provided training and workshops to the local Deaf community and carried out a needs assessment, which will hopefully contribute to future developments in Ambo. During their workshops, they worked with approx 22-28 Deaf adults, 12-18 hearing adults learning sign language and between 65 and 75 hearing children who were also learning sign language.

The group also got to meet with a Dutch group who are working in Ethiopia to establish a national sports federation for the Deaf. The Dutch group visited the Deaf school in Ambo and in turn invited the Irish and American group to meet members of the Deaf community in Addis Ababa.

While in Addis, they met with members of the Ethiopian National Association for the Deaf (ENAD). The group also got to visit Addis Ababa University Centre for Disability Studies and learn about courses, which are available to Deaf students there including Ethiopian Sign Language, Deaf Studies and Deaf Culture.

They were very fortunate to be invited to meet with approx 80-100 Deaf people at a Deaf Café, which was organised to inform the local community of plans for the Deaf Sports

Federation. At this event, Willie was also invited to give a talk on the Irish/Ethiopia Deaf Project.

The Irish and American team would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone who supported them on this trip. Each group member brought a suitcase full of donations which included adult and children's clothing, school supplies, art supplies, bags, sports gear and daily essentials including eco flashlights, food containers, sterile wipes, plasters, toothbrushes and toothpaste.

The team would like to thank Abba Asfaw and his team in the VLM compound in Ambo; the teachers and staff of the Ambo Lazarist Deaf School and its students; the Chairperson and members of the Ambo Deaf Association, Jos Wesemann, Matthijs Terpstra, Tarja Wroldsen Os Karhunen of the Dutch team; Yanit Girma and Yoseph Yemane who worked as our brilliant Deaf tour guides in Addis Ababa: Kidane Admasu and the staff in Addis Ababa University; Teklehaimanot Derso and the staff of ENAD; and Monique Deal Tibbs from America.

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.

Lastly, photos of the trip are being edited at the moment and we hope to have them on our facebook page over the coming days

Petition to save Hands On.
While we were on leave, we heard that Hands On, the TV programme for the Deaf community in Ireland was cut and will not be re-commissioned this year.

The Irish Deaf Society (IDS) is calling on members of the Deaf and hearing community to sign a petition calling on RTÉ to reinstate HANDS ON - the only TV programme for the Deaf and hard of hearing in Ireland. The show has been running for 18 years and the sudden cut means that the Deaf community are now losing out on an accessible TV show in their first and preferred language of Irish Sign Language.

A meeting with RTÉ is planned for the 26th September and they hope to hand over this petition for the attention of the commissioning body of RTÉ. Further information is available at

Sympathies to the family of Kevin Sweeney.
We would like to extend our sympathies to the family of Kevin Sweeney from Tralee who passed away in August. Kevin's son Richard is Deaf and well known in the Deaf community. Kevin was an active supporter of the Deaf community many years ago when his son was younger. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family.
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