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25 April 2016 (VOL 12 WEEK 17)

1916 event in Banna beach with President Higgins.
We would to extend a sincere thank you to the organisers of the 1916 Commemoration event in Banna Beach during the week.

An Irish Sign Language (ISL) interpreter was provided for members of the Deaf community. VIP seating was allocated to ensure sign language users had clear access to the interpreter. In addition, there was clear signage to inform people of the interpreter access.

The event was attended by the President of Ireland, Mr. Michael D. Higgins and by members of the Defence Forces, local TD'S, Senators including Senator Mark Daly from Co. Kerry who has been a strong supporter of ISL official recognition, and many other VIP's.

The event was attended by over 4,000 people so it was fantastic for the local Deaf community to have access to the proceedings. Our sincere thanks to the organisers from across a number of Government Depts. and Kerry County Council. Our sincere thanks to Catherine White for interpreting the event. Lastly, sincere thanks to everyone from the Deaf community who attended on the day.

Mother Father Deaf Day.
Did you know, the last Sunday in April is designated Mother Father Deaf Day. This is a day that Children of Deaf Adults (CODAs) around the world acknowledge and celebrate their Deaf parents. Many local groups and Deaf parent groups with young KODAs (Kids of Deaf Adults) organise a range of activities around the world.

We would like to extend a very happy Mother Father Deaf Day to all our Deaf parents in Co. Kerry, across Ireland and throughout the world.

CODA International has a list of events and suggestions for KODAs, CODAs and Deaf parents if they want to celebrate future Mother Father Deaf Days. To see their suggestions, go to

CODA International Membership.
If you are an adult CODA, do you know you also can become a member of CODA International at

Membership of CODA International, enables you to:
  • Celebrate your Deaf and hearing heritage and diversity!
  • Help support CODA International's mission and purpose - providing opportunities for educational scholarships, grants, and stipends
  • Support annual conferences and regional/local retreats
  • Have full access to member newsletters, "CODA Connection"
  • Have 'members only' access to the CODA International website
  • Meet other CODAs all over the world
  • Nominate and vote for Board representation
  • Network with other CODA members
  • Avail of educational opportunities for CODAs by CODAs about CODAS.
More information on CODA International is also available via our Manager, Willie White who is also a CODA.

CARANUA - information session with ISL Interpreter access in Cork.
On Saturday 23rd April, Caranua held an information session in the River Lee Hotel, Western Road, Cork. An Irish Sign Language (ISL) Interpreter was also available on the day.

Caranua is an independent State Body set up to help people who, as children, experienced abuse in residential institutions in Ireland and have received awards. Caranua can help by paying for services in the areas of health, housing and education.

If you were unable to attend the event but are still interested in getting information, we have Caranua information leaflets in our office. In addition, you can go directly to the Caranua website for more information at As the event was based in Cork, you can also contact Cork Deaf Association and Fax: 021 4506190 Tel: 021 4505944.

Irish Deaf Youth Association (IDYA) trip to Peru 2017.
The IDYA have an exciting trip coming up in 2017. They are organising a trip for youth age 18years and older to the world famous Machu Picchu in Peru.

The trip will be from the 14th of April - 23rd of April 2017. It will be limited to 30 participants. For information in Irish Sign Language (ISL) go to

The total cost for the trip is €3,950. The breakdown of the costs is €2,750 will go towards flights, accommodation, transport, insurance, air and ground transfers and water for the climb to Machu Picchu. In addition, €1,200 of the overall amount will be donated to the IDYA.

A one-year team fundraising training and hill walking will be provided. 100% commitment is required.

More information is available at or you by email to
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18 April 2016 (VOL 12 WEEK 16)

ISL Interpreting Access - President Higgins visit to Kerry for 1916 event.
An Irish Sign Language (ISL) interpreter will be available at two events this week to mark President Higgins visit to Co. Kerry.

The President will be in Co. Kerry as part of the 1916 event 'State Commemoration for Sir Roger Casement'. The interpreter for this event will be Catherine White.

The events will take place on Thursday 21st April at two locations:
  • Ballykissane Pier, Killorglin (8am - 8.30am)
  • 8am Welcome Address - Cathaoirleach (Musical Performance / Pipers Lament);
  • 8:15 Closing Remarks by Cathaoirleach

  • Banna Strand (11.30am- 1.30pm)
  • 11:30 Event begins
  • 11:55 MC - Introductions
  • 12:10 Mayor of Kerry - Welcome Remarks
  • 12:15 Relatives of 1916 - Readings
  • 12:25 Folk Theatre- Performance
  • 12:35 Guest- Re-enact and Speech
  • 12:45 President Michael D. Higgins- Keynote address
  • 12:55 MC - Intro to Formal Ceremony
  • 13:00 Proclamation Reading
  • 13:30 Finish.
The event is open to the public. There is no need to reserve a place although, Bridge Interpreting recommend sending an email to if Deaf people want to attend the event.

Our sincere thanks to Bridge Interpreting for sending us the above information. For more information on the event, go to

Thank you to Listowel church collection.
We would like to extend a sincere thank you to Listowel Church and its parishioners for supporting our Church Gate Collection at the weekend. A particular word of thanks to our staff members Therese Gallant and Noreen Cronin who acted as collectors on the day.

The income generated from these collections contributes to overhead costs of running our Centre in Tralee, and towards the costs of our outreach service for elderly clients with a hearing loss who have mobility and travel difficulties.

International Deaf News.
Every so often we like to bring you international news from the Deaf community.

Deaf Lawyers to be sworn in to US Supreme Court.
In the USA on the 19th of April, thirteen Deaf and hard-of-hearing lawyers are set to be sworn in to the U.S. Supreme Court bar, in a first-ever large event that symbolizes the strides Deaf and hard of hearing lawyers have made.

The High Court will provide interpreters and real-time captioning services to allow the lawyers to follow, visually and on their smartphones, what is happening during the swearing-in ritual and in the oral arguments that will follow.

"This event signals to the U.S. Supreme Court, legal professionals and the public at large that Deaf and hard-of-hearing attorneys are capable of succeeding at all levels of the legal profession," said Anat Maytal, a Litigation Associate in New York and President of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing Bar Association.

To read more about this fantastic event, which again, proves that Deaf and hard of hearing people can achieve at the highest levels, click on the following link:

International Week of the Deaf.
Did you know International Week of the Deaf (IWD) is held each year in the last week of September? IWD is the initiative of the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) and was 1st launched back in 1958.

IWD strives to promote the rights of Deaf people and highlight specific human rights topics that merit attention. It is the only week in a year that sees highly concerted global advocacy to raise awareness about the Deaf community at individual, community and governmental level. It is about gathering together, becoming united, and showing that unity to the rest of the world.

For more information in text and international sign, go to
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11 April 2016 (VOL 12 WEEK 15)

Census 2016 - Information In Irish Sign Language (ISL).
An ISL video clip on the Census 2016 with a Deaf presenter and English subtitles is now available to view at

The 2016 Census will take place on Sunday 24 April, which is also the anniversary of the 1916 Rising.

If you know Irish Sign Language (ISL), please remember to mention this in the form at Question 15 (If one person uses sign language, go to Page 5. If more than one person, go to Pages 8, 11, 14, 17, 20).
  • Do you speak a language other than English or Irish at Home? Yes.
  • What is this language? Irish Sign Language.
Census 2016

The Census is an important document. Everyone in your household on the night must, by law, be entered on a Census form. Don't forget the date - Sunday the 24th of April.

Research on Irish CODAs (Children of Deaf Adults).
Caitríona O' Brien is an Irish student doing a Masters course in Applied Linguistics at the University of Oxford.

For her Masters research, she is looking at the identity of CODAs (Children of Deaf Adults) in Ireland. Caitríona is looking for hearing adults who were raised by Deaf parent(s) to discuss language, culture and identity.

Participation will involve completing a short questionnaire about language use and identity and, if you are willing, being interviewed by Caitríona about your questionnaire responses. If you would be interested in taking part, or would like more information please feel free to contact her by email

Deaf Heritage Centre (DHC) - 1916 Rising Exhibition.
DHC is hosting a 1916 RISING EXHIBITION from the 24th - 30th of April in the DHC Hall in Deaf Village Ireland (DVI).

The Exhibition looks at the DECLARATION OF INDEPENDENCE (24th of April 1916). It will include photographs, illustrations and other artefacts that relate to the Easter Rising 1916 that were collected over the years from St. Joseph's Deaf School.

On Sunday 24th of April at 2pm, there will also be a short Drama, Poetic Signing and an ISL Translation of the Proclamation. Admission is €20 and seats are limited to 250 people. Tickets are on sale in DHC and in DDA (Dublin Deaf Association).

Conference on Deaf Education.
Andrew Geary is a hearing parent of a deaf child who is hoping to organise a Conference focusing on "Deaf Education".

The possible dates for the conference will either be the 17th, 24th September or the 1st October 2016. The venue will be in Portlaoise to make it easy for people to travel to from all parts of Ireland.

Andrew hopes that the conference will attract the whole rainbow of the Deaf community from ISL users, technology users, family, support networks, and most obviously teachers, educators and the Public Service.

Andew says "The main aim is, it is to raise a flag", that we the Deaf Community have been treated with a total lack of equality and the time for this is over. The Deaf community through education has a chance of an 'equalising tool'.

Andrew is looking for your thoughts, ideas, and suggestions. If you would like to share them with him, you can email him at
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4 April 2016 (VOL 12 WEEK 14)

Improvements to computer/internet service.
As you may know, our Centre has computer and internet services in our upstairs room which are available to Deaf and hard of hearing clients and their family members.

We have now upgraded all these computers with 2016 Microsoft Word, Excel, Publisher, and PowerPoint. These programmes are installed on the computers we purchased before Christmas. If you would like to use this service, it is available Mon-Thurs 10am-1pm and 2-5pm and Fri 10am-1pm.

Our thanks to for donating the 2016 software at a reduced cost. We know that the up-to-date software will be of great benefit to everyone who uses our service.

1916 Proclamation in Irish Sign Language (ISL).
The Irish Deaf Society (IDS) in association with the Centre for Deaf Studies (CDS) have posted a video in ISL to commemorate the 1916 Easter Rising?

Interesource Group (Ireland) Limited was commissioned by the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme to lead the project and produce the translation of the 1916 Proclamation into Irish Sign Language (ISL). Alvean Jones is the onscreen ISL presenter and the video also has English subtitles.

The video can be viewed at:

Hearing aid batteries work better if exposed to air.
Our thanks to Cork Deaf Association (CDA) for posting this interesting article on their Facebook page recently at

Did you know hearing aid batteries can last up to 85 percent longer when left exposed to oxygen (air) before being inserted into the hearing aid itself?

This discovery was made by a 14-year-old student when he was asked to do a project for school. He discovered that zinc hearing aid batteries, which come with a tab or sticker attached to the back of them, last longer when they are exposed to air after removing the tab.

For more information on this remarkable student, you can check out

Kilmainham Gaol Tours With Irish Sign Language (ISL) Interpreter.
Kilmainham Gaol will have information tours with sign language interpreters starting Saturday 16th of April at 11am.

Tours will run once a month from April to October. For dates, go to To book your tickets, you can email:

Claremont Institution for the Deaf - 200th Anniversary of its foundation.
To commemorate the 200th Anniversary of the foundation of the Claremont Institution for the Deaf (1816 to 1978), there will be an unveiling of a plaque by Caroline McGrotty (grand-daughter of Jane Mulhall, Claremont Pupil) on Saturday, 14th of May 2016, at 3.00 p.m.

The unveiling will be held at St Clare's Home, Griffith Avenue, Whitehall, Dublin 9 (opposite Tolka Rovers Football Grounds). Afterward people are invited to Deaf Heritage Centre in Cabra, Dublin 7 for presentations and brief exhibition on the history of Claremont which was Ireland's 1st School for the Deaf! There is a €5.00 entrance fee and all visitors are welcome.

Further information can be found at:

International Deaf News.
Many of you might be aware of Nyle DiMarco who was the winner of America's Next Top Model's final season. Nyle is third generation Deaf and a proud sign language user. He also holds a degree in mathematics.

Nyle is now competing in Dancing with the Stars USA. This is another example of where Deaf sign language users can excel in and compete to the highest levels. Nyle and his dance partner Peta Murgatroyd have come up with a system of eye contact and touching signals that help him keep up with the beat. We definitely think that Nyle has a strong chance to win this competition too.

To see Nyle's 1st dance on Dancing with the Stars, go to:

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