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30 March 2015 (VOL 11 WEEK 14)

Subtitled film in Tralee Omniplex.
The next subtitled film, Suite Française, is to be screened in the Tralee Omniplex on Wednesday 1st April at 8.40 pm.

During the early years of the German occupation of France, romance blooms between Lucile Angellier, a French villager and Bruno von Falk, a German soldier. It stars: Kristin Scott Thomas, Margot Robbie, Michelle Williams and Ruth Wilson.

Equality and human rights for Deaf people.
On Saturday 18th April the Irish Deaf Society (IDS) will host a workshop from 10am-4pm in the Thomas Mahon Building, Deaf Village Ireland, Ratoath Road, Cabra, Dublin 7.

The workshop will be on "Equality and Human Rights for Deaf people". It will cover the following topics: Irish and International Law; supports, provisions and protections; and areas for future progress. All are welcome! Contact to register.

Deafhood workshops - Dublin.
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 May 2015. John Bosco Conama will be joined by Alvean Jones to facilitate the workshops.
  • Choose from the following dates: 9th/10th May and 23rd/24th May.
  • Admission: €120 non-refundable for both weekends (lunch included)
  • Deadline: To pay €120 before Wednesday 28th April at 5 pm.
  • To Book email:
  • Payable to: Write, ISL Academy, on the cheque or postal order, or by laser/visa.
  • Post to: Fiona Noone, Deafhood, ISL Academy, Irish Deaf Society, Deaf Village Ireland, Ratoath Road, Cabra, Dublin 7.
Deaf Sports Ireland (DSI) - membership.
There is good news if you want to join or renew your membership to Deaf Sports Ireland! The annual DSI membership fee has been reduced to just €10. It is their way of becoming a more inclusive organisation and attracting more players to the Inter-Pro. If you have not yet signed up to be a member or renewed your membership in 2015, go to their website

If you have already paid €20 for this year, contact DSI at to get €10 back, or just tell them that you would like to apply the €10 towards next year's membership. All paid-up members will receive a copy of the beautiful 40th IDSA/DSI Anniversary Book.

Catherine White keynote speaker at Codaland conference.
CODA (Children of Deaf Adults) International have announced that Catherine White originally from Co. Kerry will be this year's Keynote presenter at the upcoming CODALAND conference in July in the UK.

Catherine's keynote is entitled "This is One Quintessential Journey. What is Yours?" If you are a CODA and would like to attend, more information on registration is available

Limerick Council - support Irish Sign Language campaign.
Limerick City Council has become the 40th local authority that has passed a motion calling on the government to recognise ISL. The motion was proposed by Cllr. Maria Byrne (FG) and was assisted by Lorraine Creed, Board Director, Irish Deaf Society. Well done to them for bringing this motion to the Council and highlighting this campaign!

Centre closing for Easter break.
We would like to advise everyone that the Centre will close at 5 pm on Holy Thursday 2nd April and will re-open at 10 am on Tuesday 7th April. On behalf of our staff and Board of Directors, we would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone who celebrates Easter, a very Happy Easter.

23 March 2015 (VOL 11 WEEK 13)

Subtitled films every Wednesday in Tralee omniplex.
Just to remind everyone that Tralee Omniplex will now show a subtitled movie every Wednesday evening. This is great news for the Deaf and hard of hearing community in Co. Kerry.

The next subtitled film, Run All Night, will be screening in Tralee Omniplex on Wednesday 25th March at 8.30 pm. It is about an aging hitman who is forced to take on his brutal former boss to protect his estranged son and his family. It stars Joel Kinnaman, Liam Neeson and Genesis Rodriguez.

To get more information about the film and if there is a change to the screening time go to:

Tesco community fund donation.
We would like to thank Tesco in Manor West, Tralee for donating €269.77 from their Community Fund to our service. Their Community Fund donates money to local community groups who have been nominated to take part. We are very grateful for the donation. This will go towards the ongoing overhead costs in the Centre.

St. Patricks day plunge - for Ethiopia Deaf project.
The Ethiopia Deaf Project would like to thank everyone who took the plunge or came to support the St. Patricks Day Plunge at the 40ft in Sandymount, Dublin.

They would like to thank in particular Ken Heffernan who took the photos of the event. They would also like to thank Ray Watson who posted a video capturing the atmosphere on the day. You can see Rays video and Kens photos at:

Funderland Cork 2015.
Funderland is back again this year in Cork. It will host a morning that is open to deaf, hard of hearing (hoh) and hearing kids of Deaf adults (KODA) on Friday 27th March from 11am - 1pm at the old Ford Vehicle Handling Centre, Centre Park Road, Cork (beside the Showgrounds). Places are limited. If you are interested in going, let us know, as we will need to pass your name on to the organisers in advance.

Sign language interpreter access at Cork Gaol.
Cork Deaf Club (CDC) have arranged for an Interpreter to join them on Saturday 28th March 2015 on a visit to the historic Cork Gaol. Admission is €7 and paid to CDC. They will meet outside the gaol at 11.30 am.

This will be a fascinating tour if you are interested in Irish history? Have you ever wanted to see where prisoners were housed in 19th century Ireland? Visitors to the gaol get a fascinating insight into day-to-day prison life at a time when the high walls ensured no escaped. Law abiding citizens were also denied the opportunity to see one of the finest examples of Irelands architectural heritage.

The cells are furnished with amazingly life like wax figures; original graffiti on cell walls tell the innermost feelings of some inmates. An audio-visual tells the social history and contrasting lifestyles of the 19th century Cork. It also shows why some people turned to crime, while others ended up in Australia. For more information about the gaol and its location go to:

Deaf women leadership workshop in Galway.
The Irish Deaf Womens Group (IDWG) is holding a Deaf Women Leadership Workshop in the Galway Deaf Centre on Saturday 18th April from 10am - 4pm. There will be presentations by Sinead Smith and Gaye Regan and admission is free. Places are limited to 12. If you are interested in going please contact or text 086 1719570 with your full name.

Cyber bullying lecture.
Are you interested in the effects on society of cyber bullying? Do you want to find out how to try and prevent it from happening to your children and young adults? What action can be taken to help those affected?

The Deaf Ladies Cuppa are hosting an event with John Willis who will be giving a lecture about cyber bullying on Wednesday 13th May 2015 from 10am - 1pm in Cabragh Hall, Deaf Village Ireland, Ratoath Road, Cabra, Dublin 7. Admission is €3 and tea/coffee and refreshments will be provided in the hub lounge.

16 March 2015 (VOL 11 WEEK 12)

Monthly mass in Sign Language.
The next monthly Mass in sign language will be celebrated on Sunday 22nd March at 3 pm in St. John's Pastoral Centre, Tralee. St. Patrick's Day, Easter Sunday and a Month's Mind Mass for Richard Tolan will be celebrated at this Mass. Confessions will also be held on the day. Tea and coffee will be served afterwards.

Members of the Irish Deaf Community RIP.
It has been a sad and reflective time for the Deaf community over the past few weeks. Five members of the Deaf community from different parts of Ireland have passed away.

We would like to express our thoughts and sympathies to the families, friends and carers of Richard Tolan, Linda McLoughlin, Joe Maguire, Bridget Flynn and Kathleen Murray. They will be all sadly missed by all of us that knew them.

Subtitled films in Tralee Omniplex.
Tralee Omniplex has advised us that they will be showing subtitled films EVERY Wednesday night. The next subtitled film will be "Focus" and will be screened on Wednesday 18th March at 8.50 pm. We would like to thank Monica from the Tralee Omniplex for all her great effort in bringing subtitled films to Tralee on a regular basis. We know that the Deaf and hard of hearing community here appreciate it enormously.

To check which movie is subtitled each week, go to Click on "Choose a Cinema" and select Tralee Omniplex. Click on Wednesday's date, then "Filter by screening type" and select subtitled. You will then be shown the subtitled film for Wednesday's screening.

Thank you to sign language interpreter students.
We would like to thank Dawn Kelly, Aine Nally and Robert Ball, 4th year Sign Language Interpreting students from the Centre for Deaf Studies in Trinity College, Dublin, for coming to Kerry for their supervised placement last week.

Both Robert and Dawn come from families with Deaf members and Aine worked in Roslyn Park College, a well-known college for Deaf students in Dublin.

We would also like to thank Willie White for supervising and mentoring the students for the week. Our thanks to our staff and members of the Deaf community for interacting with the students and exposing them to a wide variety of sign language.

ComReg consultation on text relay service.
ComReg, the Irish telecommunications regulator, has just announced a consultation on the Text Relay Service. The consultation has been extended to May 2015. ComReg are proposing that a modernised Text Relay Service would be 'technology neutral', and could be accessed using a minicom (textphone) but also from mobile phones, PCs, tablets, laptops etc.

The Text Relay Service was originally introduced in 1988. Initially it received over a thousand calls per month but with the introduction of text messaging and email and internet access, call dropped to less than 30 calls per week. ComReg are proposing certain quality standards for the new service. For example, 80% of calls to the service should be answered within 20 seconds, with less than 5% of calls 'abandoned'.

Also, the user will have the option of speaking or texting: this means that a person who has lost their hearing in adulthood can speak when contacting the service, and receive responses in text via the operator. ComReg are also proposing that all operators in the telecommunications market must provide access to the proposed text relay service to all their customers.

Detailed information on the Text Relay Services consultation can be found at:

Great news for Finnish Sign Language users.
The Finnish Parliament has approved a Sign Language Act giving greater rights to Finnish Sign Language users. This is great news for the Finnish Deaf community but also for the international Deaf community who have been lobbying for legal rights for all Deaf communities worldwide. For more information, go to:

9 March 2015 (VOL 11 WEEK 11)

Deaf education centre seminar series.
Pol Bond, Educational Psychologist, will be presenting his research "Cognitive Assessment for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children Using ISL" on the 11th March 2015 from 7 pm - 9 pm in Cabragh Hall, Deaf Village Ireland. Entrance is free and English/ISL interpreting will be provided.

Pol Bond was a teacher for 15 years, working in the area of Special Education. He holds two masters degrees in Education and Educational Psychology. He is completing a doctorate in Educational and Child Psychology this year. His specialism is the cognitive assessment of Deaf and hard of hearing (D/hoh) children in Ireland. He currently works as an Educational Psychologist for the National Educational Psychological Service (NEPS) and is the regional coordinator for supporting D/hoh children in the North Eastern Region which covers Louth, Meath, Cavan and Monaghan. The National Council for Special Education (NCSE) have recommended that NEPS carry out assessments through ISL and his research explores how this might be done.

If you are interested in attending this upcoming seminar please email Alyssa Coffman at to reserve your seat. More information and their ISL Video can be found on their website or their Facebook page

Easter camp / Easter Junior and Leaving cert revision course.
Deaf Village Ireland and The Deaf Schools, Cabra are presenting an Easter Camp for Deaf and hard of hearing students, at St Mary's Residence, St Joseph's School, and Deaf Village Ireland, Navan Road, Cabra, Dublin 7, from Tuesday 7th to Thursday 9th April 2015.

The Easter Camp is a residential camp for Deaf and hard of hearing girls and boys aged 10-15. The camp will involve sports, activities and day-trips, and represents a great opportunity to mix with and meet new friends. The camp costs just &euro:50 all-in, and bookings can be made by contacting Mary at, or by calling 087 687 7302.

The Easter Revision course is a non-residential Junior and Leaving Certificate revision course for Deaf and hard of hearing students for the Maths and English syllabus, with specialist teachers, written notes provided and Irish Sign Language (ISL) available. The course is offered at 30 euro per subject, and registration can be made by contacting Mary at or by calling 087 687 7302.

Shamrock Deaf filmmakers's club.
Would you be interested in joining Shamrock Deaf Filmmakers Club? The club is free to join! Every month a group of people who are interested in filmmaking meet up and plan a short film that will be shot over that month.

You will gain the advantage of working with other people as well as a team player. Learning new skills from creating ideas and putting the film together from filming and editing. Do not worry if you have no experience, we are all here to learn together and to make films in a fun and friendly environment. Everyone will get the opportunity to try different things when making their films.

Can anyone join? Yes, this filmmakers' club is open to anyone who has an interest in filmmaking whether you have no experience, want to gain confidence or brush up on your skills then you are more than welcome to join. The club is based in the Irish Deaf Society, Deaf Village Ireland, Ratoath Road, Cabra, Dublin 7. Email if you are interested and would like more information.

Irish Deaf Society 33RD annual general meeting.
The Irish Deaf Society (IDS) are holding their 33rd Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Saturday, 11th April 2015, at the Boyne Valley Hotel, Drogheda, Co. Louth at 2pm sharp. To view details about the hotel go to:

The AGM will provide the following: Minutes of the 2014 AGM, Annual Report, Financial Report, Motions and Elections. A social evening will be held afterwards organised by Drogheda Deaf Society. IDS members 2015 and non-members are also welcome to both AGM and social evening. Their website is

Sympathies to the family of Richard Tolan RIP.
We would like to extend our sympathies to the family of our Deaf friend Richard Tolan. Richard passed away recently after a short illness. Our thoughts and prayers are with his daughter Catherine and his extended family.

2 March 2015 (VOL 11 WEEK 10)

Breast screening and cervical cancer screening in ISL.
The Public Health Agency of Northern Ireland has produced videos in Irish Sign Language as part of their Cervical Cancer screening and Breast Screening programmes to show what happens when women attend their appointment for a cervical / smear test or a mammogram.

Although it is aimed at women living in Northern Ireland the programmes are very similar here in Ireland. Women living in Ireland aged 50 to 64 are invited to register for a free mammogram on an area-by-area basis every two years and women aged 25 to 44 can register and have a free smear test every three years and aged 45 to 60 every five years.

For information on breast screening in Ireland go to: For information on Cervical cancer screening in Ireland go to:

You can view the videos in ISL by going to the following links. Cervical Cancer screening in ISL:
Breast screening in ISL:

Presentation - Deaf victims of the Irish criminal justice system.
Dr Gill Harold's presentation "Exploring the experiences of Deaf victims in the spaces and process of the Irish criminal justice system" will be held on Thursday 26th March in the Maxwell Theatre, Hamilton Building, Trinity College, Dublin from 7 pm - 9 pm. The hosts for the presentation are the Centre for Deaf Studies, Trinity College, Dublin and Interesource Group (Ireland) Limited under the auspices of the JUSTISIGNS Project, funded by the European Commission.

Gill's research, which commenced in October 2013, is funded over two years under the Government of Ireland postdoctoral fellowship. She is based at the Centre for Criminal Justice and Human Rights within the Faculty of Law at University College Cork. Gill's research aims to uncover the perceptions of the Irish legal system from Deaf victims' viewpoints.

The project aims to develop training materials to support best practice delivery of services to Deaf people in police settings. In Ireland, one of their points of focus is capacity building for prospective Deaf Interpreters and the development of good collaborative strategies for working in Deaf-hearing interpreting teams in police settings. Interpreters in English and Irish Sign Language will be available on the night.

Online survey - info parents receive for Deaf children.
Anna Murphy and Mary Finch are conducting a survey for their final year dissertation project. They are both Senior Sophister (4th year) students on the Bachelor in Deaf Studies programme at Trinity College Dublin.

Their study is concerned with what kinds of information is made available to parents of deaf and hard of hearing children, and whether this has changed over time. The survey is online and completely anonymous. It contains thirty-one questions and will take approximately twenty to twenty-five minutes. Completion of the survey is completely voluntary - you can opt to not participate if you so prefer.

While this study will not benefit those participating directly, their input will help them to understand more clearly the kinds of information that parents in Ireland receive/have received / would like to receive. The students will be able to present a snapshot giving an overview of the situation in Ireland today and report on this in publications / in presentations. The only people who will have access to the completed questionnaires are Anna Murphy and Mary Finch and their supervisor, Prof. Lorraine Leeson.

If you have any questions or queries about this research you can e-mail Anna Murphy: or Mary Finch: You are also free, to contact. Prof. Lorraine Leeson at A report of the findings can be forwarded to you upon request in summer 2015. Please e-mail Anna or Mary at the above e-mail addresses. Finally, they would like to thank those for participating in their research project and hope that they will be able to report on their findings in autumn 2015 via the Deaf Education Centre and/or the Centre for Deaf Studies.

To complete their survey go to:
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