clickable hompage link   Backward rollover button Inactive Back | Forward space Forward rollover button
Kerryman local news  

30 May 2016 (VOL 12 WEEK 22)

Nora Duggan & John Bosco Conama join WFD Expert Groups.
We would like to extend our best wishes to Nora Duggan and John Bosco Conama who have been selected by the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) to join Expert Groups.

The WFD Board recently announced the appointments of Co-ordinators and members on the following 2016-2019 WFD Expert Groups:
  • Accessibility (Technology and Sign Language Interpretation)
  • Deaf Education
  • Human Rights (Nora Duggan)
  • Sign Language and Deaf Studies (John Bosco Conama).
Nora's family lives in Co. Kerry & she says "I would like to thank all those who congratulated me on my selection to be on the World Federation of the Deaf Human Rights Expert Group. I am extremely honoured to be selected and I look forward to working with others from around the world on human rights issues, especially regarding women's rights. Also congrats to John Bosco".

John Bosco has also commented "Proud to be selected for the expert groups under the World Federation of the Deaf on Sign Language and Deaf Studies. Am ready to serve with eagerness! Thanks to Irish Deaf Society and Trinity College Dublin for their support re: my application".

We, in KDRC are thrilled & honoured to see two Irish Deaf people being selected for these Expert Groups. To see a congratulatory video clip from the Irish Deaf Society about their appointment, go to

Reminder of CODA Research.
Just a reminder of Caitríona O' Brien's research on CODA (Children of Deaf Adults) identity in Ireland. Caitríona is an Irish student doing a Masters course in Applied Linguistics at the University of Oxford.

She 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 her about your questionnaire responses.

If you would be interested in taking part, or would like more information please feel free to contact Caitríona by Email:

Irish Sign Language materials & Deaf related info on Irishdeaf.Com.
If you are looking for Irish Sign Language (ISL) materials and Deaf related merchandise & information, did you know? provides the following:
  • Online shop at
  • Irish Sign Language & Deaf-related merchandise
  • Irish Sign Language (ISL) Classes
  • Deaf Awareness Training
  • Ready Steady Sign Workshops
  • Speech to Text Service
  • Directory and Information Service. has been supporting the Deaf Community since 2003. For more information, check out the following: Nyle Di Marco wins final of dancing with the stars USA.
A couple of weeks ago, we shared with you some exciting international Deaf News about Nyle Di Marco entering the US TV Show "Dancing with The Stars".

Nyle is Deaf and has become really famous in the US and across the world especially in the Deaf community after he won the last series of 'America's Next Top Model'.

We were thrilled to see Nyle perform so well again on another hit TV show and go on to develop amazing dancing skills. Well this week it all paid off. Nyle was crowned the WINNER of "Dancing with the Stars". From all of us in KDRC, we send him & his dance partner Peta our heartfelt congratulations and well done!!
^ Top
Line breaker

23 May 2016 (VOL 12 WEEK 21)

Ethiopia Deaf Project Update.
In this week's update, we will give you details of some fundraising events that are being organised for the Ethiopia Deaf Project (EDP).

In addition, we will share with you an update from the EDP on where last year's fundraising money was spent. This information was taken from promotional material that EDP sent us recently.

Background to the Ethiopia Deaf Project.
The Ethiopia Deaf Project is an Irish charity that supported the establishment of a Deaf school in Ambo, Ethiopia. The Ambo School for Deaf Children was officially opened on the 30th December 2012, after four years of planning and fundraising.

Every year, EDP organises a range of fundraising activities in Ireland which contribute to the overall development of the school and its overhead costs.

Family Fun Day.s
This year the committee are holding a Family Fun Day at Coláiste Stiofain Naofa on Saturday, the 25th of June? The event starts at 3pm with an exciting soccer match with kick off at 3:30pm. The adult match will be Deaf vs hearing players.

There will also be a fun children's soccer match just for the kids. There will also be raffles, delicious food and tea for everyone along with family events: egg and spoon races, relay races, sack races, face painting and fancy dress for the outgoing ones among us!

Mass in Sign Language with Dublin Signing Choir.
A mass in Irish Sign Language with the Dublin Signing Choir Performing will also take place at Togher Church at 5:30pm.

Ambo Ramble Cycle (EDP).
This year's Ambo Charity Cycle this year takes place on Sunday, 26th of June. The Ambo Ramble will have two cycle routes to choose from: 40km or 127km.

The cycle starts at Marion Hall in Ballinhassig, Co. Cork. It costs €30 to register and all proceeds go to The Ethiopian Deaf Project. It makes for a great day out, lots of fun and it's all for a good cause!

Registration for the 40km and the 127km cycle will open at 8.00am. The organisers hope to have cyclists on the road at the following times: 9.00am for the 127km and 9:30am for the 40km.

Hot showers, hot food, cakes and other delicious treats will be provided after the cycle in Ballinhassig Marion Hall. A sports massage is available to cyclists after the event. Further information on the cycle and registration is available at:

Sponsors of Deaf students.
In recent months, EDP also secured individuals sponsors who agreed to make a monthly donation towards the education costs of each student. If you sponsored a student, you should receive your 1st thank you letter from your student in the coming weeks.

Income from last years events helped build new classrooms.
As we mentioned earlier, the Ambo School for Deaf Children was officially opened on the 30th December 2012, after four years of planning, fundraising and crossing of fingers. The school now has 5 fully qualified teachers of the Deaf, 2 of whom are Deaf.

All of the monies raised from last year's events, including the Ambo Ramble went toward funding new classrooms. This, in turn meant that the school could now enrol younger children from the age of 6 upwards. The school also has new students age 20 and older but due to numerous reasons are only starting school now for the 1st time.

A recent visit to the school by members of the Ethiopia Deaf Project (self-funded) confirmed that the school has helped to transform the lives of the students and offers them a real sense of identity and hope.

The committee met with staff and students of the school. A committee member says "No one made unreasonable demands but expressed a desire for what were very genuine needs. This was done in the most apologetic way ever, almost as if they were afraid that we would think they were ungrateful for what had been done for them. The most humbling experience of my life".

Lastly, the Ethiopia Deaf Project would like to thank everyone for their continued interest, and hope that you will support their continued development. By supporting the various fundraising events, EDP can continue to support these students. For more information, you can Email:
^ Top
Line breaker

16 May 2016 (VOL 12 WEEK 20)

Masters research on Emoji use between Deaf and Hearing.
Aedín Collins is currently studying for a Master of Arts in Technical Communication and E-Learning at the University of Limerick. Part of her course requires Aedín to complete a research project which involves surveys and interviews.

The theme of her research is "Can the use of emoji provide an effective method of communication between hearing and deaf people?".

Here is further information on the Masters research from Aedín: "As the only sibling of a Deaf man, I have always been interested in how deaf and hearing people communicate with other. I also know how few hearing people learn sign language and I wonder is there another way to help improve communication between the two groups".

The thought occurred to me that as a visual language, emoji could possibly provide a way to aid communication between deaf and hearing people. My research project is thus entitled: "Can the use of emoji provide an effective method of communication between hearing and deaf people?". An emoji has been described as "a small digital image or icon used to express an idea or emotion in electronic communication".

They differ from emoticons which are textual representations of emotional stances, such as smiling, frowning, expressing anger which are represented by elements of a traditional keyboard, such as :). Emoji now include representations of animals, transport, food, drink and people as well as the more traditional faces.

I would be most grateful if you could circulate this survey amongst your followers or members via email or on Twitter, Facebook and on any other social media platform. Please note, they must be resident in either the Republic of Ireland or Northern Ireland and be over the age of 18 in order to participate. Their participation in this survey should last no longer than fifteen minutes and will help me in generating the data I need to complete my research project.

Their participation is voluntary, they have the right to remain anonymous and they may withdraw from this survey at any time. If you have any questions with regard to the research project or its methods, please feel free to ask.

In addition, if you wish to contact me or my lecturer for any reason, please do not hesitate. These are the contact details:

Study Author: Aedín Collins, 3 Carheen Ard, Caherlistrane, Co. Galway. Email: Mob: 085 1573115.

Supervisor: Dr. Yvonne Cleary, The School of Culture and Communication, The University of Limerick. Email: (061) 202466.

This research study has received Ethics approval from the Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Research Ethics Committee under approval number 2016-04-05-AHSS.

You reserve the right to contact the Faculty of Arts, Humanities and Social Science Research Ethics Committee if you have any concerns about participating in the research: Chairperson Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences Research Ethics Committee, AHSS Faculty Office, University of Limerick. Tel: +353 61 202286 Email:

If you are interested in completing the survey, please click on this link:
^ Top
Line breaker

9 May 2016 (VOL 12 WEEK 19)

Theft from car of 3 Deaf individuals and Sign Language Interpreter.
Last week, in Banna Beach, thieves got into a Deaf individual's car in Banna Beach in Co. Kerry and stole items belonging to 3 Deaf individuals and a sign language interpreter

The items stolen included money, an iPad, an American passport, Christy's Killarney Gifts Shop bags, Nadur Spa vouchers and bank cards etc. Within an hour or so, the thieves later tried to withdraw money from their banks accounts in the Clash area of Tralee. The amount taken combined came to a few thousand euros which most of it cannot be claimed back by insurance.

If you were near Banna or come across discarded bags, an American passport, iPad etc, let us know. The theft has been reported to local Gardaí. Radio Kerry also interviewed two of the individuals affected, and Kerry's Eye newspaper featured an article on the incident.

Cormac Leonard who is a sign language interpreter, and Connor Nourse, who is Catherine's son, have setup a GoFundMe page to help those whose items have been stolen. To donate, go to

Message from Cormac Leonard - Sign Language Interpreter.
As you may know, my friend, mentor and colleague, ISL interpreter Catherine White and three Deaf friends of hers were recently robbed of thousands of euros' worth of property and money while visiting the beach in Kerry. It was a despicable act that has left the group devastated and in financial hardship.

There's a GoFundMe campaign going to try and give a little something back to Catherine and the group. I would really appreciate if interpreters or Deaf people (or indeed anyone else) who knows Catherine and Steve Walker, could give even a few bob towards relieving their stress. Thanks so much for contributing and/or forwarding. To donate, go to

Message from Connor Nourse about the "GoFundMe page".
Hi, my name is Connor Nourse. I have set up this GoFundMe with my Mother's colleague and friend Cormac Leonard.

My mother is Catherine White, a sign language interpreter who often does work for the Kerry Deaf Resource Centre. My mother is a fantastic, energetic and inspiring woman. She has been a pioneer in establishing and running services for Deaf people in Kerry, the rest of Ireland, the UK and New Zealand. She is a daughter of Deaf parents and a cousin and niece of an extended Deaf family. She has served as a mentor, colleague and friend of Cormac and many other dedicated people around the country. Early last year, me and my mom returned to Kerry from the UK determined to live near family and friends again, and to assist the Kerry Deaf community and KDRC centre.

But on Thursday 21st April in Kerry, my mother, and three close friends, were the victim of callous thieves.

Catherine had performed sign language interpreting during the 1916 Banna Strand Commemoration State visit, and interpreted for Michael D Higgins, making his words visible and accessible for the local Deaf community. It was a proud moment for Kerry.

When my mother was visited by an American friend, Steve Walker, later that week, she made a return visit to Banna Strand on Thursday 27th April between 4.30 and 5 pm. My mother, with two other Deaf friends, wanted to show their Deaf visitor where the historic event had taken place.

They placed four bags into the boot of their car, which contained a substantial amount of cash, bank cards and shopping. In amongst the bags, Steve had his American passport, along with his Irish Flag covered iPad. He had also purchased a substantial amount of Irish products to bring back to his wife and family. When they returned to the car, the boot was broken into, and all the cash, bank cards and shopping were gone.

The amount taken combined is substantial, going into thousands of euros, but cannot be claimed back through insurance. The thieves later tried to withdraw money from the bank card accounts. After eight attempts, they succeeded in taking additional monies out of my mother's account.

This robbery of property and money belonging to my mother and her Deaf friends has shocked and devastated us. It has placed them in considerable financial hardship. This was a cowardly and cruel hearted robbery which has deeply affected the Kerry Deaf community and especially myself and mother.

The amount we are trying to raise is less than the accountable losses. But with your help we can do something to help. This campaign has been set up to at least alleviate some of the financial difficulties they have been facing.

Two of those affected, my mom and her friend Steve Walker, have given us their permission to use their names.

To make a donation, go to
^ Top
Line breaker

2 May 2016 (VOL 12 WEEK 18)

Bank Holiday.
Our office will close on Monday the 2nd of May for Bank Holidays. We will open again on the 3rd of May at 10am.

^ Top
Blank space Blank space Blank space Blank space
Links Support Training Services Contact
Home :-)
Designed by Alma Bermingham © 2003-