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29 October 2018 (VOL 13 WEEK 44)

Bank Holiday.
Our office will close on Monday the 29th of October for Bank Holidays. We will open again on the 30th of October at 10am.
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22 October 2017 (VOL 13 WEEK 43)

Information in sign language on the blasphemy referendum.
On the 26th of October, you will be asked to vote on a proposal to change the Constitution of Ireland in relation to the issue of Blasphemy.

The Irish Deaf Society (IDS) & have produced a video with information in Irish Sign Language (ISL). To view the clip, go to

In addition to the referendum, voters will also have the opportunity to vote in a Presidential election on the same day.

Sign language access on RTE TV programmes.
RTE has updated its schedule of TV programmes that will have Irish Sign Language (ISL) access on screen.

The RTE Access Services Web Page list has been updated to include programmes up until the 21st of November. To check out which shows have been added to the current schedule, have a look at

Our centre chosen for local Tesco community fund.
We are delighted to hear that Tesco Manor West has chosen our service as one of the recipients of the Tesco Community Fund.

From the 29th of October to the end of January 2019 (approx. 10 weeks), customers in Tesco Manor West in Tralee can take blue tokens after they pay for shopping which they can then insert into one of 3 slots for local charities on the Community Fund stand. Depending on the number of tokens received, Tesco will then divide €1,000 between the charities.

We are delighted to be selected as one of the charities. Our sincere thanks to Tesco for selecting us. For more information, go to: .
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15 October 2017 (VOL 13 WEEK 42)

Sincere thanks for street and church collections.
We would like to extend a sincere thank you to everyone who assisted with our Street and Church collections during the week.

A special word of thanks to our staff here for organising the collections. In particular, we would like to thank Jacqualyn and Sandra for all their input with the Tralee street collection and to Noreen and Therese for organising the Castleisland, Cordal and Scartaglen Church collections.

As always, we are particularly grateful for the support from all our volunteers and to everyone who donated on the day.

ESB Networks text service for Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
The ESB (Electricity Supply Board) has introduced a new text service for deaf and hard of hearing customers.

This service will enable customers to report emergencies including: Electric poles on fire / fallen electricity wires / life or property in danger (due to electrical issues).

The text number is: 087 715 2403. The ESB would also like to remind everyone that fallen electricity wires are live and dangerous. Therefore, never approach or touch them.

IDS looking for volunteers to knit Christmas decorations.
Our friends in the Irish Deaf Society (IDS) have come up with a novel and interesting way to raise vital funds for their service as we approach Christmas.

They are looking for 'knitting volunteers' to help them create festive Christmas tree decorations. If you are interested, email to: and she will send you on free knitting patterns.

Completed decorations will need to be sent to the IDS by the 30th of November. Happy knitting everyone!!!
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8 October 2017 (VOL 13 WEEK 41)

Full Time Vacancies With DEAFHEAR.
Deafhear have a number of vacancies across their network of offices in Ireland. The vacancies are full time/permanent.

The positions are as follows: Operations Director. Director of Specialist Services. Children and Family Services Manager. Assistive Technology Manager. Social Work & Care Services Manager.

Closing date for applications is Wednesday, 17th October (by 5pm). For job descriptions on each position along with contact details to send your CV and application form, go to:

Trip to Lourdres with Irish Pilgrimage Trust.
The Irish Pilgrimage Trust have been in contact with us about their 2019 Easter trip to Lourdes. The closing date for applications is the 31st of October.

The trip is open to: Young people with a physical disability or medical condition (aged 9-18). Young people with a learning disability (aged 11-30). Seriously ill children under the age of 9, accompanied by a parent or close relative. Young adults between the age of 20 and 25 with a disability or illness.

The Trust welcomes applications from young people of any religious denomination. For more information, you can text 086 1030740. Further information on the Trust can be found at

Mentorship Training With SLIS For Sign Language Interpreters.
Sign Language Interpreting Service (SLIS) is setting up a mentoring system to support the quality and availability of sign language interpreters, with the intention to set up a panel of mentors in 2019 for interpreters seeking support for development of their competencies and skills.

A one-day training course for interpreters registered with SLIS on 'How to become an effective mentor' will take place in SLIS's office in DVI in Dublin on the 1st of November from 9am - 4pm. For more information, email:
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1 October 2017 (VOL 13 WEEK 40)

Sign Language story time in cork for 0 - 7 years old.
Have you a child who is interested in story time through sign language? If so, Cork City Libraries and Tory Top Library are organising 'Story Time' on Saturday 6th of October in Cork.

The event starts at 11am and is open to children aged 0 - 7. Our friend and interpreter colleague, Ray Greene, will be the signer on the day. Places are limited and advanced booking is essential. For more information, you can email Tory Top Library at

Change of date for Tralee street collection.
Our Street Collection which was due to take place last week had to be cancelled at short notice unfortunately.

Thankfully, we have managed to secure a permit to hold the collection instead on Thursday, the 11th of October. We are looking for volunteers to assist us on the day. If you have any spare time, please contact Jacqualyn or Sandra in our office and they will be happy to let you know of times / locations etc.

Upcoming church collections - volunteers required.
It's that time of year again when we are organising a number of Church Collections which require volunteers.

The collection dates and locations are as follows:
  • Sat and Sun 13th / 14th of Oct - Castleisland, Cordal and Scartaglin.
  • Sat and Sun 3rd / 4th of Nov - Castlegregory, Cloghane, Brosna and Knocknagoshel.
  • Sat and Sun 17th / 18th of Nov - Killarney and Muckross.
  • Sat and Sun 24th / 25th of Nov - Ballymac, Firies, Ballyhar and Lyreacrompane.
If you would like further information on times/locations etc, please contact Noreen and Therese in our office. We truly appreciate all the support we get from volunteers and staff on collection days. Income raised from these collections enable us to provide support to customers that live within these parishes.
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