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26 February 2018 (VOL 14 WEEK 9)

Thank you to students from The Centre for Deaf Studies (CDS).
Our service was delighted to host two 4th year students from the Centre for Deaf Studies (CDS) in Trinity College from the 12th-21st of February.

Joanne O'Donnell and Abbie O'Neill are final year interpreting students in CDS and chose KDRC as part of their placement module. Our Manager, Willie White mentored the students and they also worked closely with our Gallaudet intern, Patti Canne and KDRC staff members. Our sincere thanks to all of them for their hard work.

Abbie and Joanne sent us an email to say "We were delighted to have the opportunity to spend our work placement in the KDRC for two weeks. We both hail from North County Dublin and became interested in Deaf Studies through our love of language and of working with people. Throughout our time in college, we have been involved in societies such as the Vincent de Paul and this year are members of the Sign Language Society Committee. Working in the KDRC has given us a wonderful opportunity to improve our interpreting skills and we met lots of lovely new faces".

On behalf of all of us here in KDRC, we would like to thank Abbie and Joanne for choosing KDRC for their placement. We really enjoyed working with them and getting to know them. Best of luck to both of them on the remainder of their studies and best wishes with their future interpreting career.

'ISL Act Formal Gala' hosted by the Irish Deaf Society (IDS).
To celebrate the passing of the Irish Sign Language (ISL) Act, the Irish Deaf Society (IDS) is hosting an 'ISL Act Gala Ball'.

It will be held in the Crown Plaza Northwood in Dublin on Saturday the 19th of May. The night begins at 7pm with a Prosecco reception 4 course meal, exclusive raffle, late bar and a DJ. The IDS will also have a presentation ceremony.

It promises to be a great night. Early bird tickets/IDS members cost €60 before the 26th of April. Non-members: €65. Deadline to get tickets is the 11th of May (5pm). For more info, you can email:

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19 February 2018 (VOL 14 WEEK 8)

e-Info newsletter - upcoming events in the Deaf Community.
Would you like to know more about events and activities that are going on in the Deaf community across Ireland?

If so, the E-info newsletter which is produced by the Irish Deaf Society is a great way to know what's going on? To sign up for their weekly newsletter, send your email contact details to

Advance notice of the WFD Congress in Paris.
The next World Federation of the Deaf Congress will be held in Paris in 2019 and the theme will be 'Sign Language Rights for All'. The congress will be held from the 23rd-27th of July. The conference will cover six main topics:
  1. Sign Language and Deaf Studies.
  2. Deaf Education.
  3. International Cooperation and Development.
  4. Technology and Accessibility.
  5. Health.
  6. Employment.
For more information on the congress, go to

Kerry Deaf Women's Group - Social Lunch.
Kerry Deaf Women's Group (KDWG) will be hosting a social lunch on Wednesday the 26th of February. It will be held in Scruffy's Bar, Killarney Towers Hotel in Killarney town at 12.30pm. If you have any diet requirements (gluten free, vegan, vegetarian), please let KDWG know in advance and they will be happy to inform the hotel. For more info on KDWG, go to:
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12 February 2018 (VOL 14 WEEK 7)

Ethiopia Deaf Project - fantastic raffle with great prizes.
The Ethiopia Deaf Project are back again with a fantastic raffle with amazing spot prizes. All money raised go towards the running costs of the Ambo Deaf School in Ethiopia. Tickets cost €2 each or 3 for €5. Prizes include:
  • 1st prize: 43' Smart TV.
  • 2nd prize: 32' Smart TV
  • 3rd prize: Laptop.
  • 4th prize: Tablet.
  • 5th prize: TV soundbar.
  • 6th prize: Digital Camera.
  • 7th prize: Food Steamer.
  • 8th prize: Tassimo Pod Coffee Machine.
  • 9th prize: Bluetooth Speaker.
  • 10th prize: Blender.
The Ethiopia Deaf Project is 100% voluntary group and is a registered Charity in Ireland. (VLM CHY17070). The money raised contributes to transforming the lives of many deaf children and indeed Deaf adults in Ambo, Ethiopia. We know everyone involved in the school would greatly appreciate your support. Tickets are available from our Manager and we are happy to post tickets on receipt of payment. Draw takes place Tuesday, 3rd of April.

New group for Deafblind Living in Co. Cork and Co. Kerry.
Meetings will be facilitated by the Policy and Advocacy Lead of the Anne Sullivan Centre and will be held at Cork Deaf Association. The Anne Sullivan Foundation will provide funding for an ISL interpreter where one is requested. Individuals who are deafblind and their family members are invited to participate in the meetings.

The Advocacy Working Group provides individuals who are deafblind with the opportunity to meet up, get to know one another and work together on advocacy projects with a view to increasing recognition of deafblindness in Ireland and influencing the development of support services.
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5 February 2018 (VOL 14 WEEK 6)

Sincere thank you for warm welcome to Gallaudet intern.
We would like to thank everyone for the warm welcome shown to our Gallaudet University intern who will be with us until the end of April.

Patti has been delighted with the warm welcome from our Board, staff, clients, freelance interpreters and DALS tutor. A particular word of thanks to Catherine White and Mike Callanan for collecting Patti from Shannon airport and bringing her to her new home in Tralee. If you would like to meet with Patti on an informal basis or on a social work - related issue, please let us know.

Classes in our centre from now until May.
The following is a list of classes that will run in our Centre from now until the end of May:
  • Tuesday (10.30am-12.30pm): Introduction to Sign Linguistics. These classes are ideally suited to those with intermediate to advance sign language skills. The tutor for these classes is our Manager, Willie White.
  • Tuesday (11am-1pm): Personal Development (QQI Level 3). These classes are in conjunction with the Deaf Adult Literacy Service (DALS) and the tutor is Mary Duggan.
  • Thursday (11am-1pm): Computers (QQI Level 3). Again, these classes are in conjunction with DALS and the tutor is also Mary Duggan.
  • Thursday (2pm-4pm): Arts and crafts / social get-together. These classes are informal get-togethers for Deaf sign language users. From now until the end of April, this will also be a great way to get to know our American intern, Patti Canne.
Welcome to two Centre for Deaf Studies Interpreting Students.
From the 12th - 23rd of February, we will be welcoming two fourth year students from the Centre for Deaf Studies, Trinity College, Dublin. Both are sign language interpreter students.

The students will be here for 2 weeks' interpreter placement. Our thanks to our Manager, Willie White for agreeing to mentor them and we know they will also learn a lot from Patti and her experiences of Gallaudet University.

If you would like to meet them, we know CDS students are always interested in meeting and learning from local Deaf while they are here in Co. Kerry.
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