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28 September 2015 (VOL 10 WEEK 40)

Cecelia Walsh and David Lyne RIP.
It's been a sad time in the Deaf community in Co. Kerry this month. We bid a sad and fond farewell to two members of the Deaf community Cecelia Walsh and David Lyne.

Cecelia was one of the 1st Deaf teachers in St. Mary's School for Deaf Girls. She was a skilled teacher and passionate about arts and crafts, embroidery and gardening. She will be sadly missed by her daughter Mary Jo and all her friends in the Deaf community.

David passed away this week peacefully after a short illness. David was well known also in the Deaf community. He was a skilled craftsman and produced many wooden pieces, which incorporated sign language too. He was also well known for his love of art and history. His son Andy and daughter Kathleen and his many friends in the Deaf community will sadly miss him.

Our sincere thanks to everyone who provided support during this sad time.

Successful Sign Language Awareness Week.
We would like to congratulate all those involved in a successful Sign Language Awareness Week which was led The Irish Deaf Society (IDS). Events were held throughout Ireland.

The IDS would like to thank everyone who supported the event and who participated in all the events across Ireland. A photo album of the various activities can be viewed on the Facebook page at

Sign Language Awareness Week In Kerry.
In Kerry, the Kerry Deaf Group (KDG) and the Kerry Deaf Women's Group (KDWG) held a coffee morning in The Brogue Inn in Tralee. A local newspaper Kerry's Eye helped create further awareness by publishing an article on the coffee morning in this week's edition. Well done to Nicola Walsh, Bernadette O'Connor, Johnny Prendergast,

Bernadette White, Marion Griffin, Mary Duggan and Noelle Reidy who were featured in the article. This follows on from another article the Kerry's Eye featured recently with Patrick Doody, Geraldine Broderick and Veronica White. It's great to see a local paper highlight sign language and the campaign to get official recognition of Irish Sign Language (ISL).

Congrats to Dr. John Bosco Conama nn Ell Award.
We would like to extend our sincere best wishes and congratulations to Dr. John Bosco Conama for winning the 2015 European Language Label.

John has been an active campaigner to get Irish Sign Language (ISL) officially recognised by the Irish Government. He has been closely involved in the Irish Deaf Society's (IDS) ISL Awareness Week. He is also an Assistant Professor in the Centre for Deaf Studies in Trinity College.

We are thrilled to see the award being given to a person who is a great Deaf role model to many of us in the Deaf community. He is truly deserving of the award.

For more information on the award, go to .

Opposition ;eader endorses ISL Recognition Campaign.
Last week, during Irish Sign Language (ISL) Week 2015, the opposition leader, Micheél Martin TD, pledged his support to the campaign for the recognition of Irish Sign Language. He met with Graham O'Shea from the Cork Deaf Club, the Irish Sign Language Recognition Campaign - IDS and Lianne Quigley of the Irish Deaf Society (IDS) to pledge his support for their campaign.

He states on his Facebook page, "Achieving recognition of Irish Sign Language is extremely important for Deaf people and would ensure real equality. The Irish Deaf Society says if the State fully recognised ISL it would result in more legal rights for users of the language, greater access to public services and better education for deaf children. This is an extremely important issue and I believe the government should act in this area. As a matter of principle we should be treating all our citizens, including deaf people, equally."

Subtitled Film - Omniplex Tralee .
Just a reminder to everyone that Tralee Omniplex is showing a subtitled movie every Monday evening. In addition on Saturday morning, it will subtitle a children's movie. Check out their website or their newspaper adverts.

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21 September 2015 (VOL 10 WEEK 39)

Deaf mass in St. John's Pastoral Centre Tralee.
This September sees the return of the Mass in sign language here in Tralee, Co. Kerry after the summer break. Fr. Seamus Linnane will celebrate the Mass in St. John's Pastoral Centre, Tralee on Sunday 27th September at 3pm.

This mass is held once a month and is organised by John Patrick Doherty from the National Chaplaincy for Deaf People (NCDP). Tea and coffee is provided after the mass. All are welcome to attend!

Greenbow's afternoon tea party.
Greenbow Deaf LGBT Ireland are holding a Tea Party on Sunday 27th September at 1 pm to support ISL Awareness Week. The Tea Party will be in The Hub, Deaf Village Ireland, Ratoath Road, Cabra, Dublin 7. Price per person is €8 per table of four and is on a "First come, first serve basis". So what are you waiting for? Sounds like it should be a fun afternoon!

Update Ethiopia Deaf school project.
The Ethiopia Deaf Project is very excited about a new phase of education at the Ambo Lazarist Deaf School (ALDS). In September they will begin classes for Grade 1, which is the first year of education for children in Ethiopia (Age 7).

Some of the children and their families visited the school recently and expressed their delight and gratitude to be able to enrol them in a school that will offer them the best opportunity of progressing through education. Up until now, ALDS has only been able to offer education from Grades 5-8, so this is a really big step for them all. Well done on this fantastic development! This will be wonderful and life changing for the local community, parents and deaf children. Congratulations and best wishes to everyone.

To learn more about the Ethiopia Deaf Project, go to

The Ethiopia Deaf Project can now accept donations online. If you would like to make a donation, go to:

Deaf Ladies Cuppa - Beneficiary information.
Are you interested in finding out about wills and how to make one?

The Deaf Ladies Cuppa have arranged for Caroline O'Leary and a solicitor to give a talk on Beneficiary Information on Wednesday 7th October from 10am - 1pm. It will be held in the Hub lounge, Deaf Village Ireland, Ratoath Road, Cabra, Dublin 7.

Entry is €3 and is strictly Women Only. Tea/coffee and refreshments will be provided.

Minister launches "Mind Your Hearing Campaign".
The Minister for Health, Leo Varadkar T.D. launched the Mind Your Hearing campaign in Trinity College on 14th September. It aims to reduce the time people wait before they seek help for their hearing loss. The campaign has been organised by DeafHear in association with Hearing Loss Ireland, the Irish Society of Hearing Aid Audiologists (ISHAA) and the HSE.

According to Professor Sabina Brennan, Director of NEIL Memory Research Unit in Trinity College, "hearing loss leads to loneliness and social isolation which are actually as bad for your health as smoking and obesity. However by addressing your hearing loss and staying socially engaged you can maintain your brain function and may even reduce your risk for developing dementia."

Professor Brennan pointed out that hearing aids not only improve a person's function, but may even help protect against cognitive decline. Yet only one third of people who need hearing aids actually have them. If you would like any more information about the campaign or acquired hearing loss go to their website:
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14 September 2015 (VOL 10 WEEK 38)

Successful workshop for Munster interpreters.
Sign Language Interpreters Munster (SLIM) organised a successful workshop over the weekend for interpreters across the Munster region including our own Kerry based interpreters. The theme of the training was "Effective Communication" was presented by Thomas Riedmuller. The training took place in a wonderful setting "The Hollies" in Enniskeane in West Cork. The Hollies aims to create working examples of what a sustainable society might look like in the areas of housing, energy, gardening, economics and community development. For more information, go to

Thank you to Deafhear Killarney.
We would like to extend our thanks to Deafhear Killarney for an open invitation to our clients and staff to a "Stress Management" course which started last Thursday.

The course is looking at the stresses and worries in our lives. Participants will learn to support each other and learn how to manage stress better. It will also look at the importance of healthy eating for healthy living. A sign language interpreter has been booked for the duration of the course. For more information, contact Jo Lambe in Deafhear.

Fr Stephen Monaghan - celebrating 25 years.
A Thanksgiving Mass will be held to celebrate Fr. Stephen's 25 years of priesthood on Friday 18th September at 7 pm in the Emmaus Chapel, Deaf Village Ireland, Cabra, Dublin 7. Stephen is well known in the Deaf Community and is the founder of the Ethiopia Deaf Project.

Refreshments will be served afterwards in the Atrium. The organisers would appreciate it if those attending could bring cakes for everyone to share.

Irish Sign Language (ISL) Awareness Week 2015.
ISL Awareness Week will be held from Sunday 20th September through to Saturday 26th September. There will be many events held around the country to suit all the family ranging from fun days to social and sporting events. This week is an important element of the campaign to get ISL officially recognised by the Irish Government.

Sunday 20th September:
A Social Gathering for Families will be held from 11am-1pm at The Planet, Blackpool, Co. Cork. All are welcome and it is €5 per child.

Family Fun Day will be held from 11am - 3pm at the Regional Sports Centre, Cork Road, Waterford. Activities include a Bouncy Castle, face painting, sweet shop and many more. Entry is free.

Monday 21st September:
Men's Group Soccer in the Sports Village, Model Farm Road, Cork from 2pm - 5pm. Lianne Quigley, Vice-chairperson of the Irish Deaf Society, will give a presentation on "Why we Campaign for ISL Recognition?" in the Cork Deaf Association from 7pm - 9pm. An Interpreter and refreshments will be provided on the evening.

Tuesday 22nd September:
Kerry Deaf Group/Kerry Deaf Women's Group will be celebrating ISL Awareness Week with a coffee morning in Kirby's Brogue Inn, Rock Street, Tralee at 11am. Women and men are welcome to attend. Cork Deaf Women's Group are also holding a coffee morning in Isaac's restaurant, MacCurtain Street, Cork. Men and women are welcome! Tea, coffee and scones are €4.20.

Do you fancy yourself a bowler? Why not turn up at 12.30pm in the Leisureplex, 1 MacCurtain Street, Cork for a game?

The Centre for Deaf Studies (CDS) and the Irish Deaf Society (IDS) are holding a Conference with a working title "What can we learn from Europe? The case for ISL recognition." They have invited two prominent experts to make presentations: Dr. Rachel O'Neill (University of Edinburgh) and Ms. Kaisa Alanne (Finnish Association of the Deaf). The Conference will be held from 6.15pm - 9pm in the Long Room Hub, Trinity College, University of Dublin, Dublin.

Dublin Deaf Women's Group are meeting up in the Insomnia Café, Navan Road, Cabra, Dublin 7 at 11am. They hope to see you there and men and women are welcome.

Wednesday 23rd September:
This year the ISL Rally will be held from 3pm - 6pm outside Leinster House, Dublin. Please go along and show your support!

Thursday 24th September:
ISL Awareness to the Public. The Cork Deaf Association will be holding this event from 11am-2pm in the Cork Deaf Association.

Friday 25th September:
Deaf Women's Social Group/Workshop will be presented by Nora Duggan from 8pm-10pm in the Cork Deaf Club. There will also be a chance to talk to Gaye Regan and Sinead Winter. This is strictly women only!

Saturday 26th September:
Gaye Regan and Sinead Winter will present as part of The Deaf Women's Leadership Workshop from 10am - 4pm in the Cork Deaf Club. If interested please email: or text: 086 1719570. Limited to 12 women.
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7 September 2015 (VOL 10 WEEK 37)

Over the past couple of months we have been outlining the services that are available via our Centre. As our service is part funded by the HSE, supports are provided in conjunction with in-house staff, freelance professionals and/or external services providers. Here is a sample of the professionals we work closely with.

Support provided in-house by our service.

William White (Manager).
Willie grew up with Deaf parents and is known as a CODA (Children of Deaf Adults) in the Deaf community. He graduated from Bristol University/ Trinity College in 1994 where he studied Deaf Studies and Sign Language Interpreting. Since then he has worked continuously in the Deaf community and has now over 21 years of experience in this sector.

Geraldine Broderick (ISL Co-ordinator).
Geraldine is Deaf and is our Irish Sign Language (ISL) Co-ordinator. Geraldine organises Home Tuition in ISL for families with a deaf child. In addition, she provides ISL tuition to staff members and to families who are outside the scope of the Home Tuition scheme. She also responds to queries from customers on sign language classes and ISL materials.

Therese Gallant (Elderly Outreach Worker).
Therese is our elderly Outreach Officer and works on Mondays and Tuesdays. She visits elderly people with hearing loss in Nursing Homes, Community Centres and Active Retirement Groups. Therese also co-ordinates our Street and Church Collections.

Noreen Cronin (Admin/Reception/Accounts/PA).
Noreen works Mondays and Tuesdays. She works with clients with general and Deaf/hard of hearing related issues. Her other duties include admin, accounts, reception duties, and PA to our Manager.

Sandra Kearney (Admin/Reception).
Sandra is hard of hearing and works in our Centre on Wednesday and Thursday. Sandra covers admin and reception. She also works with Deaf and hard of hearing (hoh) clients with their general and Deaf/hard of hearing related issues.

CE position sponsored by NEKD.

Frances Woodley.
Frances assists Deaf and hard of hearing (hoh) clients with their general and Deaf/hoh related queries. She also provides PA support to our Manager. Frances works Wednesdays, Thursdays and half day Fridays. Unfortunately, due to CE eligibility criteria, Frances will finish up at the end of October 2015.

Supports available from freelancers and external services.

Veronica White (Freelance Sign Language Interpreter).
Veronica is a graduate of UCC andBristol University Deaf Studies/Sign Language Interpreting. She can be booked for freelance sign language interpreting work via our Centre or a number of Sign Language Interpreting booking/referral agencies. Veronica is also actively involved in Sign Language Interpreters Munster and CODA activities.

Catherine White (Freelance Sign Language Interpreter).
This month Catherine relocated back to Co. Kerry. She is now available on a freelance basis for sign language interpreting assignments. She can be booked via our Centre or a number of Sign Language Interpreting booking/referral agencies. She is also qualified in British Sign Language and New Zealand Sign Language. She has extensive managerial and training experience and was the Co-ordinator of our successful EEI (Education Equality Initiative) a number of years ago. Catherine is also a CODA and has a wealth of experience in CODA related work.

Christina O'Donoghue (DALS Tutor).
Christina is Deaf and a graduate of Gallaudet University in the United States. She provides English and Computer Literacy classes here on Tuesdays (11am - 4pm) and Thursday mornings (11am - 1pm). These classes are funded by DALS, the Deaf Adult Literacy Service. On Thursday afternoons, Christina also voluntarily facilitates a Deaf social get-together and arts and crafts classes in our Centre.

Patrick Doody (Home Tuition in ISL Tutor).
Patrick is Deaf and works closely with Geraldine on the Home Tuition in ISL classes. Patrick is a former CE staff member here and now provides tuition in sign language to families of deaf children. The Dept of Education provides funding to parents to avail of these classes.

Aileen Curtayne (Deafhear Social Worker).
If clients and/or their families require Social Work support we make referrals to Aileen Curtayne who is a Social Worker with Deafhear in Killarney.

John Patrick Doherty (Lay Chaplain NCDP).
John Patrick is Deaf and provides Lay Chaplaincy support via the National Chaplaincy for Deaf People. John Patrick provides access to religious settings such as Christenings, 1st Holy Communions, Confirmations, Weddings and Funerals. He is also available for hospital and home visits.

Una O'Neill (Visiting Teacher of the Deaf).
If families have a child that is diagnosed as being deaf, we make referrals to the Dept of Education's Visiting Teacher service. Una then works with the families and relevant educational providers.

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