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26 November 2018 (VOL 13 WEEK 48)

One year anniversary of the Irish Sign Language Act - celebrations in Dublin led by IDS.
Exciting news...The Irish Deaf Society (IDS) is holding an event on the 14th December in Deaf Village Ireland (DVI) in Dublin. To see this information in Irish Sign Language, go to

Why the 14th December? Here is what they have to say about the Big Day!!! I'm sure you all remember last year, the day Irish Sign Language (ISL) was officially recognised in the Déil.

Now it's one year on and we want to celebrate the day! We'd like to invite you to join us in our celebrations here at DVI in the Hub at 11 am.

We will have a brief review on the last year since ISL was recognised. If you can't come don't worry about it, that night from 7 pm we will meet in Doyle's Pub, downstairs.

If you are not able to attend either event, feel free to organise your own events all over Ireland to celebrate National ISL Day on the 14th December! Looking forward to seeing everyone's photos from the celebrations.

Christmas Book and Gift Club.
Our Book and Gift Club is back again and just in time for the Christmas season. All the products are on display in our office for the week. If you want to make an order, you can pay one of our staff members. They will text you once your item arrives.

Gifts this month include: 2 Books Set (Rescue and Farm) €10, Collapsible Laundry Basket €13, Sing at Christmas Book €7, Elf in the door €11, Amazing Mat €9, Rock Salt €6, 4 Book Set (Big Hugs) €8, Swirling Christmas Tree €13, Crystal Slime €7, Lanterns (3-pack) €16, Build Mosaics €13, 9-in-1 Hammer Tool €10, Snowmen Draught Excluder €16, Oven Mates €6.

Christmas gifts with a difference.
While we are on the subject of Christmas, many people at this time of the year like to give gifts that are different, that can be more meaningful and make a difference in people's lives.

As many of you might know, our service actively supports two deaf projects in Ethiopia. Here are some ideas that might inspire your gifts this year!!!

Ambo Lazarist Deaf school (supported by Ethiopia Deaf Project).
The ALDS school is supported by an Irish registered charity EDP. They have a range of great gift options including sponsoring a Deaf child to go to school, school bag packs or sleep tight packs (mattress and blanket).

If you would like more information on EDP and their great gift options, check out

KAL Deaf centre - Bahir Dar (supported by visions).
Visions have recently introduced a sponsorship scheme to cover the costs of deaf children going to a number of schools in the Bahir Dar area.

Further information on their various sponsorship options are available at:

Please note: Visions online donations are in US dollars. To donate in euro, contact us for their PayPal details.
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19 November 2018 (VOL 13 WEEK 47)

Thank you - Killarney church collections.
We would like to extend a sincere thank you to everyone who supported our Church Collection in Killarney over the weekend.

A special word of thank to the people of Killarney and visitors to the town for their generosity. Our sincere thanks to our staff and volunteers who helped out Saturday night and Sunday morning. It was quite chilly over the weekend so your hard work is greatly appreciated.

The money raised from this collection supports the work we do with service users in the Killarney areas on an outreach basis and when they visit our Drop in Centre in Tralee.

Reminder of Tesco community fund.
Just a quick reminder that if you are shopping in Tesco in Manor West in Tralee, not to forget your blue token for the Tesco Community Fund.

Our service along with Adapt, a charity supporting women and children suffering from domestic abuse and Scoil Nuachabhail who provide learning support and resource classes to children with special needs have been selected for this round of their Community Fund.

Every 8 weeks, Tesco divides €1,000 between 3 local charities. The more blue tokens you receive, the higher the amount the charity will receive. Our sincere thanks to Tesco for selecting us as one the charities. Best of luck to Adapt and Scoil Nuachabhail also.

Are you Deaf and interested in being a primary school teacher?
Over the years many Deaf Irish Sign Language (ISL) users have dreamed of studying to become primary school teachers. If you are one of those people, Elizabeth Matthews would love to hear from you.

You can email to: for further details on a primary school teachers' course specifically for ISL users.

Advance notice of Christmas holidays.
Just to let you know in advance of our plans for Christmas holidays this year. Our Centre will close on the 21st of December at 1pm and will re-open on the 7th of January at 10am.
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12 November 2018 (VOL 13 WEEK 46)

Church collections- volunteers required.
Our Centre will be holding Church Collections in Killarney this Saturday night and Sunday morning (17th and 18th of November).

We are looking for volunteers to cover Churches in Killarney town. Centre and in Muckross. If you are interested, please contact Noreen, Therese, Sandra or Jacqualyn in our office. They will also have information on the Church locations and Mass times.

'Deafhear' name changed to 'Chime'.
Deafhear is an organisation that many of you are familiar with across Ireland. Following a consultation process, Deafhear has decided to change its name to Chime.

As part of its rebrand, Chime's remit will be the National Charity for Deafness and Hearing Loss. For more information, go to

Upcoming events in Cork with ISL access.
Our friends in Cork would like to inform you of a number of events that are coming up that will have Irish Sign Language (ISL) access.

The 1st event will be the 'Switching On Of Christmas Lights'. It will take place on Sunday, the 18th of November at 6.30pm.

In addition to ISL interpreter access, special guests on the night will include the Cork Community Deaf Choir. It promises to be a great festive night. All are welcome !!!

'Hurling Poetry' with ISL interpreter access will take place on Sunday, 25th of November in the Kino, Washington St, Cork.

Set to a silent backdrop of hurling footage, local Cork writers will read poems and short fiction about hurling and camogie. Writers so far include Bernadette Gallagher, Billy Ramsell, Colm Scully, Bernadette McIntyre, Daw Harding, Eugene O'Connell, GMC and John Fitzgerald. The event will take place from 3.30pm - 5.30pm.

Further information can be found at:
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5 November 2018 (VOL 13 WEEK 45)

Fake money scammers pretending to be deaf.
We had a very busy few days this week when we heard there were fake scammers going around the county pretending to be deaf.

We received a report from the hearing fiancé of a person who comes from a deaf family. A man had called to her house claiming he was deaf and needed money. He was selling fake photocopied art for €40. He also mentioned if you didn't want to buy the art, he would accept donations of €4 too.

Thankfully, Katie knew sign language and started signing to the man. When he realised she knew sign language, he left immediately. Shortly afterwards she saw him again speaking on his mobile phone. She then managed to take a quick photo of him which she sent to our Manager.

Coverage in social media and local press.
While the photo image quality wasn't perfect, this enabled us to put a post on Facebook that quickly went viral. Within a short space of time, the post was shared on 608 other Facebook pages. It was seen by 43,616 people and received over 156 reactions and 63 comments.

In addition to social media coverage, Kerry's Eye newspaper and the Tralee edition of the Kerryman newspaper also published articles on the scam. Radio Kerry also interviewed our Manager, Willie White live on the radio.

Fake scammer arrested by Gardai (police).
As a result of all the media coverage, many people rang our local Garda (Police) station and the man was arrested. We have been told he will be charged in due course.

This is fantastic news. Our sincere thanks to the media, Katie and everyone who shared our posts and reported it to An Garda. We could not have done this without your support.
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