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25 September 2017 (VOL 13 WEEK 39)

Ethiopia Deaf Project (EDP) Table Quiz.
The Ethiopia Deaf Project are holding a Table quiz on Thursday, 12th October at 8pm in Crane Lane pub in Cork. It costs 5euro for individuals or 20euro for a team of four.

There will be a raffle too on the night with lots of prizes. All money raised at this event will go towards the Ambo Lazarist Deaf School (ALDS) in Ethiopia. The table quiz is open to both Deaf and hearing and it promises to be a great night. For more information on EDP, check out:

Improving the Hse for everyone - including Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
service and is keen to get feedback from the Deaf and hard of hearing community. They have created a survey called 'Your Voice Matters'

The HSE (Health Service Executive) wants to improve our health. They would like members of the Deaf Community to give their experience on using HSE services. This survey is open to people who are patients and service users in the HSE and also to carers, family, friends and others (professionals). The information will be used to make HSE services better, to influence how they make decisions and improve services over time.

If you want further information or need help filling in the survey, please contact us. We would be happy to interpret the questions into Irish Sign Language (ISL) for you.

Clare Women's Network Conference.
The Clare Women's Network would like toinvite Deaf women to a 2-day Gathering of Women conference 'Silence + Voice, A Festival of Feminisms 2017'.

It will be held on the 7th and 8th of October at Dánlann an Chláir, Ennis, Co. Clare. Two sign language interpreters have been booked for the event. Tickets are €25.00 for individual women and €50.00 for the community and voluntary sector.

To book tickets, go to or directly from the Clare Women's Network.For more information contact 085 8386977 or email

Miss Siagon (With Irish Sign Langauge (ISL) Access).
Bord Gáis Theatre in Dublin have asked us to let you know of two upcoming events that will be accessible to Deaf and hard of hearing audiences.Miss Siagon will have ISL access on the 7th of November at 7.30pm. Bookings for this performance should be madedirectly through their Group Booking and Access Dept. so they can advise you on suitable seating. For more information, check out their website at: or email

Sound Of Music (With Captions/Subtitles).
The Sound of Music is also taking place in the Bord Gáis Theatre in Dublin on the 4th of January at 7.30pm. This performance will have captioning (subtitles).

Again, bookings for this performance should be made through their Group Booking and Access Department. Bord Gáis will hold some seats where you don't have to pay any extra booking fees. For more information, check out: or email

18 September 2017 (VOL 13 WEEK 38)

Article In Kerry's Eye Newspaper On ISL Awareness Week.
We were delighted this week to see an article in one of our local newspapers on Irish Sign Language (ISL) Awareness Week.

Our sincere thanks to Kerry's Eye newspaper and their reporter Michelle Breen Crean for covering this important event in the Deaf community.

ISL Awareness Week which is led by the Irish Deaf Society (IDS) is on from the 18th - 24th of September. The week was launched this morning by Minister Finian Mc Grath. At the event, the Minister once again confirmed his support for the official recognition of ISL. The ISL Bill has moved onto Stage 4 in the Senate.

Once it passes five stages there, it moves over to The Dáil for a further five stages. Well done to everyone for all their hard work on getting the Bill to this stage. Let's hope we see it signed into law before too long.

Kerry Deaf Group (KDG) Coffee Morning.
As part of ISL Awareness Week, the Kerry Deaf Group (KDG) are organising a Coffee Morning to raise awareness of Irish Sign Language. It will be held in Kirby's Brogue Inn in Tralee on the 19th of September at 11am. All are welcome and the organisers are asking everyone to wear something blue to show your support for ISL.

Kerry Deaf Group Social Night.
Kerry Deaf Group are also holding a social night in Kirby's Brogue Inn on the 23rd of September. The event will start at 9pm and its to celebrate International Week of the Deaf. Again, everyone is asked to wear something blue to show your support for ISL and the ISL Official Recognition campaign.

11 September 2017 (VOL 13 WEEK 37)

Irish Sign Language Awareness Week.
Did you know that Irish Sign Language Awareness Week takes places from the 18th - 24th of September? This ties in with International Week of the Deaf and its theme "Full Inclusion with Sign Language". To learn more, search for the following hashtags on the internet #YestoISL or #ISLWeek v check out the IDS Facebook pages at: and

Irish Sign Language (ISL) Classes.
As part of ISL Awareness Week, here is some information on sign language classes that take place in Co. Kerry.

All sign language classes in Co. Kerry are provided by freelance tutors. These are normally in group settings in different locations and are ideally accredited by Signature or QQI.

Throughout the year, tutors may inform us of their freelance classes. If this information is provided to our Centre, we are more than happy to share this information with you. Here is an example of Signature or QQI classes.

Signature Level 1 ISL:
This course is designed to teach learners to communicate using Irish Sign Language (ISL) on a range of topics that involve simple, everyday language use. Level 1 is approx. 60 hours in total and is divided into three units (Unit 101, Unit 102 and Unit 103). Classes are usually two hours long. When a student passes all three Units, they receive the Level 1 Certificate awarded by Signature.

Signature Level 2 ISL:
This course enables learners to develop an ability to communicate with Deaf people using ISL in a range of familiar contexts, participating in lengthy and open-ended exchanges. Level 2 is approx. 82 hours in total and divided into three units (Unit 201, Unit 202 and Unit 203). Classes are usually two hours long. When a student passes all three Units, they receive the Level 2 Certificate awarded by Signature. For more information go to:

QQI Award Level 3:
QQI Award Level 3 (Irish Sign Language 1) is a beginner's or breakthrough course where students will learn to understand and use familiar everyday expressions and basic phrases of ISL such as daily greetings, social courtesies, food and drink, social and simple work-related signs as well as learning your own personal sign immersing you in many aspects of sign language and Deaf culture.

QQI Award Level 4:
QQI Award Level 4 (Irish Sign Language 2) is a pre-intermediate course where students understand sentences and frequently used expressions related to areas of everyday life such as very basic personal and family information, shopping, geography, employment and communicating in simple and routine task to produce simple and direct conversation with ISL users with a degree of fluency immersing you further into the language and culture of the Deaf community.

QQI Award Level 5:
QQI Award Level 5 (Irish Sign Language 3) is an Intermediate course coming soon For more information on QQI classes, check out the IDS website at:

Further Training - Centre For Deaf Studies (CDS).
Please remember, having a beginner or intermediate level of sign language does not qualify you to teach or interpret in ISL. Further intensive training will be required.

The Centre for Deaf Studies in Trinity College in Dublin is the main training provider in Ireland. For more information on their range of courses, check out:

Home Tuition In Irish Sign Language (ISL).
If a family has a deaf child and wants to learn sign language, The Dept. of Education provides payment to parents for sign language tuition in the deaf child's home. For more information, have a look at:

More Information On ISL.
There are a number of apps with information on ISL that you can use on your smartphone or tablet. These can be found on the Apple Store/ Play Store. You can also find a range of videos on the internet and on YouTube by searching Irish Sign Language or ISL.
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4 September 2017 (VOL 13 WEEK 36)

Re-Open After Summer Holidays.
Our Centre has re-opened again after our summer holidays. We hope all our staff members enjoyed their well-deserved time off. If you require any service or support, and would like to meet a particular staff member, we can offer you an appointment to ensure you get the staff member of your choice. Services are provided on a 'request' basis.

Appointments can be booked during our public opening hours from Mon - Thurs 10am-1pm and 2 - 5pm and Friday 10am - 1pm. A limited outreach service is also available if you cannot travel to our office in Tralee. Advance booking is preferable.

Freelance sign language interpreters will still be available via a number of sign language interpreting services. For more information, go to the following:

On behalf of our Board and staff, we would like to thank everyone for their support to date. We look forward to working with you all again in September. We also hope our staff members enjoy their time off. See you all again in September.

Volunteers Required For Castleisland Street Collection.
Our service is looking for volunteers for a Street Collection in Castleisland on the 15th of September.

If you are interested and would like to support us, please contact Noreen Cronin or Therese Gallant in our office, by text to 087 633 4687 or via email at: Your support is always greatly appreciated.

Deaf Adult Literacy Classes (Dals) in Conjunction with the IDS.
Our service is hoping to provide DALS classes which are supported by the Irish Deaf Society (IDS) from the 26th of September, onwards.

The provisional timetable will be:
  • Tuesdays- QQI Level 3 'Personal Development' from 11am - 1pm.
  • Thursday- QQI Level 3 computers from 11am - 1pm.
DALS are currently sourcing a tutor for the classes. If interested, please let us know and we will inform the DALS Co-ordinator.
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