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23 February 2015 (VOL 11 WEEK 9)

Tralee street collection - thank you!
We would like to thank the management at Manor West Shopping Centre in Tralee for allowing us to hold a Collection there on the 13th of February. We would like to extend a big thank you too to all the volunteers and to those who donated to our collection. All money raised is very much appreciated and goes towards the overhead costs here in our Centre in Tralee.

Street collection in Listowel - call for volunteers.
We are looking for volunteers for our next Street Collection which will be held on Friday, 20th March in Listowel. If you are available to help collect on the day for a couple of hours it would be greatly appreciated. Would you please contact us here in the Centre via text: 087 6334687 or phone: 066 712 0399 to let us know.

Quality of subtitles on UTVi.
The Irish Deaf Society (IDS) needs your help with questions about UTV Ireland subtitles. They would like you to answer the following questions.
  • How do you watch TV (UPC, sky, saorview or other)?
  • Do you watch UTVi through HD?
  • What are the subtitles like?
To leave your comments go to the IDS Facebook link:

Reminder of 112 text emergency service.
Deaf and hard of hearing individuals can access Emergency services by text message. Instead of 999, you send a text to 112 if you need to contact the following:
  • Fire Brigade. Ambulance. Garda. Coast Guards
  • 1st: register your mobile number. Send text to 112
  • 2nd: Go to and fill in personal details.
  • 3rd: If an emergency happens, you can send a text to 112. Example of the text would be "Need ambulance, man having heart attack outside Post Office, Edward Street, Tralee".

Reminder XVII Congress of World Federation of the Deaf.
The XVII World Congress of the World Federation of the Deaf will take place in Istanbul, Turkey from 28th July - 2nd August, 2015 "Strengthening Human Diversity".

It aims to promote deaf people as a part of the global human diversity and to strengthen human diversity in the global deaf community. Lectures, workshops, panel discussions, meetings, booth presentations and entertainment as well are a part of this event. For more information about accommodation etc and to register online go to this link:

Thank you for sponsors to send delegate from Ethiopia.
We would like to thank everyone who supported our Manager's recent request for sponsorship to send a Deaf colleague from Ethiopia to the congress. As of this week, we have managed to secure funding to cover flights, accommodation, food and conference fees. Our sincere thanks to everyone for their support. We look forward to sending this delegate to the congress and hearing about how she brings back this learning to the Deaf community in Ethiopia.

6TH World Federation of the Deaf Youth Section (WFDYS).
The 6th WFDYS Youth Camp will be held in Istanbul, Turkey, from 19th to 25th July 2015. The camp will be held at the Ciroz Summer Kamp, Florya-Istanbul. This camp is an historic one since WFDYS is celebrating their 20 years anniversary. WFDYS camps are an important part of their work to achieve full human rights for Deaf youth worldwide.

The camp is for Deaf people from 18 to 30 years old. Every country can submit four participants (the third and fourth person will be on the waiting list) and should represent the gender and ethnic diversity of their Deaf community. Registration fees will be announced soon! For more information, go to
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16 February 2014 (VOL 11 WEEK 8)

Just Vlogging - Isl Vlogs On Facebook.
'Just Vlogging' is a fantastic Facebook group where people can submit clips in sign language for other people to view and comment on.

Vlogging is becoming very popular in the Deaf community. People sit down in front of their video camera or web camera and record themselves talking about a range of issues of interest to the Deaf community. Once they record themselves, they upload their videos and share their opinions with the closed group.

If you would like to apply to join the group, go to

Irish Deaf Channel swimmers win award.
Many congratulations to the Irish Deaf Channel Swimmers who won the Sheena Patterson Spirit of the Year Award at ILDSA (Irish Long Distance Swimming Association) Leinster in Bray on Saturday 31st January 2015. The Irish Deaf Women's Group (IDWG) Chairperson, Gaye Regan, and Board Member, Mary Nolan, attended the ILDSA Awards Dinner Evening to celebrate with the swimmers who received the award.

If you are interested in finding out more about the Irish Deaf Women's Group go their Facebook page: or go to:

Information Session for Studying in Tralee IT.
Are you Deaf or hard of hearing and interested in studying in the Institute of Technology Tralee. If yes, the Institute of Technology Tralee (ITT) is once again offering its Information Seminar for Senior Cycle Students with Disabilities and their parents/guardians. This event will take place on Friday 27th February 2015 from

If you are interested in attending and require a sign language interpreter to access this event please email the Access Officer: or 066 7191682. If you would like to receive an itinerary and a booking form, you can contact Valerie. The booking form will need to be completed and returned to the ITT by 20th February.

This event may also be of interest to teachers, guidance counsellors, support workers and related agencies. All are welcome to attend, please use the booking form attached.

AMBO Patrick's Day Plunge.
The "Ambo Plunge" is happening again on St. Patrick's Day at 12 md at Footy Foot, Sandycove, Dublin. This event was hugely successful last year & the organisers are hoping for a great turnout again this year. Entry is €10 to jump/dive/dip or swim. IF you prefer not to enter, you can still donate €10 & stand back and watch others as they take the teeth chattering plunge.

The organisers are asking everyone to wear green on the day, hats, accessories, hair, clothes whatever you can find to wear and of course, great Paddy's Day craic to be followed in Fitzgerald's pub (Dún Laoghaire) afterwards! 100% of funds go straight to the Ambo School for the Deaf in Ethiopia! All are welcome so spread the word!!

30th Annual CODA International Conference.
We would like to remind everyone of the 30th Annual CODA (Children of Deaf Adults) International Conference which will be held in Wokefield Park, Reading, England from Thursday afternoon 16th July to 1 pm Sunday, 19th July 2015. Your registration fee includes accommodation and ALL meals from Thursday evening right through until Sunday Brunch. So, dinner Thursday, breakfast, lunch and dinner on Friday and Saturday, and brunch on Sunday, entertainment, workshops and breakout mini sessions.

If you register before 1st April 2015 Members pay GBP400 and Non-Members GBP421. Registration from 2nd April - 31st June 2015 is Members: GBP415 and for Non-Members: GBP436. Final Rate is Members: GBP430 and Non-Members GBP457 from 1st July onwards. Non-member rate includes membership for the year.

You can register for the conference by going to the following link: There will be a choice of two pre-conference activities to choose from and one post conference. For more information about the conference and the activities go to:
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9 February 2014 (VOL 11 WEEK 7)

For Deaf students who may be interested in studying in the Institute of Technology Tralee (ITT).

Due to demand, IT, Tralee is once again offering its Information Seminar for Senior Cycle Students with Disabilities and their parents/guardians. This event will take place on Friday 27th February 2015 from 10am to 1pm in the Institute of Technology, Tralee North Campus.

Please find attached the booking form and the Itinerary. The itinerary is the same as the seminars held in June and November 2014. The booking form is to be completed and returned to IT, Tralee by 20th February.

If you require a sign language interpreter to access this event then please return the form immediately or notify the Access Officer at or 066 7191682.

This event may also be of interest to teachers, guidance counsellors, support workers and related agencies. All are welcome to attend, please use the booking form attached.

KDRC now using video message app "Glide".
Our service can now be contacted via Glide. This app allows you to record a video message in sign language or speech and send it to us. We will then respond to you in your preferred language too.

Glide is a video messenger that allows you to send and receive video messages that can be seen live (as you are recording) or later (like a text message). Videos do not take up any space on your phone and you can watch them anytime. You do have to be connected to either Wifi, 3G, 4G or LTE to view the message live. Sending messages to other Glide users is 100% free. Glide can be used on Apple or Android phones. To contact us, our ID is OQC BSYB

Irish Deaf Sports open day.
Are you interested in trying out a new sport? If the answer is yes, Deaf Sports Ireland are holding a Deaf sports open day on Saturday, 21st February from 10am to 5pm in Deaf Village Ireland, Ratoath Road, Cabra, Dublin 7. Activities include
  • Baseball 10 am - 11 am
  • Table Tennis 11.15 am - 12.15 pm
  • Basketball 12.30 pm - 1.30 pm
  • Tennis 1.30 pm - 2.15 pm
  • Badminton 2.15 pm - 3pm
  • Futsal 3 pm - 4 pm and
  • Tag Rugby 4 pm - 5pm.
The day is open to everyone of all ages. So why not go along? You just might have some fun! For more information about Deaf Sports Ireland go to their Facebook page:

Kerry Deaf Women's Group social lunch.
The first social lunch for 2015 of the Kerry Deaf Women's Group will be held in The Daily Grind, 33 The Mall, Tralee, Co. Kerry on Wednesday 25th February at 12.30 pm. All are welcome to attend the lunch and if you are interested in going along please let them know by 18th February via their Facebook page:

Mass in sign language on RTÉ.
Fr. Stephen Monaghan, who is well known in the Deaf community, will be celebrating the Mass in RTÉ on Sunday 1st March. Frankie Berry, who is also well known in the Deaf community, will also be there to sign the readings and the hymns.

Stephen is with VLM - Vincentian Lay Missionaries and will be concelebrating and signing. He is hoping that a few people from the Deaf Community might also attend in particular those associated with the Ethiopia Deaf Project School (EDP). Stephen is hopeful the school will feature at the beginning of the Mass and a little of the work of the VLM.

Our best wishes to Stephen, VLM, Frankie Berry and the Deaf community for this special televised Mass.

Training for sign language interpreters.
The Council of Sign Language Interpreters (CISLI) is planning a workshop on "Mental Health Interpreting: in Limerick City on Saturday 7th March 2015. If you are interested, please email More information about CISLI can be obtained by going to their Facebook page:

Easter Sunday fun day.
Munster Deaf Sports Council (MDSC) committee have organised this year's Inter Provincial Championships to take place at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) in Waterford this Easter. As part of the weekend they have organised a Fun Day on Sunday 5th April to encourage young people to try out different sports and also to bring together a large number of families to participate in the day's events.

Deaf Sports Ireland will be providing most of the equipment on the day and the MDSC is organising a basketball fun tournament, SNAG (Starting New At Golf), futsal and some other fun games. They have booked a sports hall at the Waterford Institute of Technology Sports Campus, Cork Road, Waterford from 1 pm - 5 pm.

They are also looking for volunteers so if you would be able to spare an hour or two it would be most welcome. You can find out more about MDSC by going to their Facebook page:
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2 February 2014 (VOL 11 WEEK 6)

Change of address for Kerry audiology - hearing aid service.
The HSE's Audiology and Hearing Aid Service has moved from Edward Street, Tralee and can now be found in Aras an Phobail, Deans Lane, Tralee. Their Open Repair Service will still be held on Thursday's from 11 am - 1.30 pm. No appointment is necessary for this service. Their new phone number is 076 1083154.

Commissioning mass for new lay chaplain with Deaf community.
We would like to extend our best wishes to John Patrick Doherty whose Commissioning Mass will be held in St. John's Parish Centre, Castle Street, Tralee. Co. Kerry on Sunday 15th February, 2015 at 3.30 p.m. This Mass marks the beginning of John Patrick's chaplaincy work with the National Chaplaincy for Deaf People.

The Bishop of Kerry, Raymond Brown, Fr. John Finucane and Fr. Gerard Tyrrell will concelebrate the Mass. If you would like to attend this mass, please let us know. Mobile: 087 6334687 or Phone: 066 712 0399.

President Higgins visit to Tralee IT - Deaf wanted for choir.
The Institute of Technology Tralee is fortunate to be hosting an event with President Higgins on Tuesday 24th February. It is a celebration based on the theme of "Transforming the Lives of People with Disabilities, their Families and Communities, Through Physical Education, Sport, Recreation and Fitness".

As part of the event, they are setting up a Choir that will sing a song called 'Believe'. They are also looking for a Deaf person or a number of Deaf people to translate this song into sign language. If you are interested, please let us know. A British sign language version of the song can be found at:

EFSLI 2015 AGM and conference.
The Association of Polish Sign Language Interpreters (STPJM) in Warsaw (Poland) will host the European Forum of Sign Language Interpreters AGM and conference. The event will take place from 11th to 13th September 2015 under the title: "To say or not to say - Challenges of interpreting from sign language to spoken language".

They have issued a call for abstracts from Deaf and hearing interpreters, interpreter trainers, researchers, students and customers of interpreting services to join in the professional discussions related to:
  • Techniques and strategies of interpreting into a spoken language
  • Methods of teaching interpreting into a spoken language
  • Ethics of interpreting into a spoken language
  • Deaf interpreters and interpreting into a spoken language
  • Writing sign language down
  • Interpreter's responsibility for the image of his/her Deaf customer
  • Team interpreting and co-working in sign to voice interpreting.
Deadline for submission: 8th February 2015. For more information, go to:

Sign language interpreters required for research project.
A research team made up of Prof. Lorraine Leeson (Trinity College Dublin, Ireland), Prof. Barbara Shaffer (University of New Mexico, USA) and Prof. Terry Janzen (University of Manitoba, Canada) are looking for sign language interpreters to participate in their research. The theme is "I SEE what you mean": Visual Conceptualisation in spoken and sign language interpreters.

They are currently preparing a small international cross-linguistic study that aims to explore how interpreters conceptualise events that they listen to when they are preparing to interpret and/or delivering simultaneous interpretation. They are interested in exploring the effort associated with the task and the consequences for the interpretation process with interpreters working into a number of languages, spoken and signed.

They are seeking two Irish Sign Language/English interpreters to work from spoken English to ISL as part of this study. The interpreters in question should be experienced, trained interpreters with more than five years of experience in the field. Participation will entail preparing and interpret two short clips and one extended interview from English into your working language and having these interpretations video recorded.

Further, participants will be invited to review their content, stopping to comment/reflect on the decisions they made at certain points in the process. The process will take no more than three hours. They will pay each participant a €100 honorarium in recognition of their contribution.

For more information, you can email Prof. Lorraine Leeson at

Greenbow showtime! On marriage equality.
Greenbow are asking you to change history and they need your support to vote YES for Marriage Equality in the referendum that is taking place in May. They are holding an exciting evening of fabulous, witty and a stylish mix of live Deaf drag performances and presentations from Marriage Equality, Gay and Lesbian Equality Network (GLEN) and so much more!

The event will be held on Friday 13th March 2015 at 7.30 pm in Deaf Village Ireland, Ratoath Road, Dublin 7. There will be Champagne on arrival and entry is free. All are welcome and places are limited to 160 people so if you would like to attend you can book your place by emailing: For more information go to
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