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29 April 2019 (VOL 14 WEEK 19)

Irish Sign Language (ISL) Tour of Áras An Uachtaráin.
The Office of Public Works (OPW) are organising a sign language tour of Áras An Uachtaráin, the formal residence of the President of Ireland on Saturday, the 18th of May at 11.30am.

Entrance to the Áras and tour are free of charge but places are limited. If you would like to attend, you will need to book your place soon by emailing:

For more information on the Áras, check out

University College Cork - Open Day For Deaf/Hard of Hearing Students.
The Disability Support Service in UCC is hosting two summer schools in May for both primary and 2nd level students who are deaf/hard of hearing.

To book a place for primary school students (4th/5th/6th class), go to

For 2nd level students, go to

If you have any queries on either events, you can also email: or telephone 021 490 2985

Irish Sign Language Act / UNCRPD Conference.
The Irish Deaf Society (IDS), Trinity College Dublin (TCD) and Sharing the Journey are hosting a conference on the 22nd of June on 'Implementing the ISL Act and UNCRPD' (UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities).

The event will be held in the Joly Theatre in Trinity College from 9am to 4pm. Irish Sign Language (ISL) interpreters will be available. To attend, please confirm your place by the 14th of June.

For more information, you can email:
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22 April 2019 (VOL 14 WEEK 18)

Public Holiday.
As we are now approaching Easter, we wanted to let you know in advance of the days we will be closed. We will close on Good Friday, 19th of April 2019 and again on the Bank Holiday Monday, 22nd of April 2019. We will re-open again on Tuesday at 10am. On behalf of all of us here, we would like to wish you all a very Happy Easter.
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15 April 2019 (VOL 14 WEEK 17)

Literacy and Linguistic classes in our centre.
As you may know our Centre runs a range of linguistics and literacy classes in our Centre during office hours. As we are now approaching Easter, these classes are in the process of finishing up.

Our Sign Linguistic classes which are tutored by our Manager, Willie White will return after our Easter break on the 23rd of April for existing students. Classes will continue to run on Tuesday and Wednesday mornings and Thursday afternoon. These classes will run until the end of May.

Our literacy classes which are sponsored by the Deaf Adult Literacy Service (DALS) are also taking a break. These classes generally run on Tuesday and Thursday mornings. However, we do not have a definite date as to when these classes will be back up and running. As soon as we hear from DALS, we will let you know in a future newsletter.

Support the Irish Deaf Society (IDS) women's mini marathon.
Our friends in the IDS are looking for runners to participate in the upcoming Women's Mini-Marathon in Dublin on the 2nd of June.

If you are interested in registered and fundraising for the IDS, we know they would really appreciate your support. For sponsorship forms etc, please contact the IDS at 01 860 1878, text 086 380 7033 or email:

Easter closing hours.
As we are now approaching Easter, we wanted to let you know in advance of the days we will be closed. We will close on Good Friday, 19th of April 2019 and again on the Bank Holiday Monday, 22nd of April 2019. We will re-open again on Tuesday at 10am. On behalf of all of us here, we would like to wish you all a very Happy Easter.
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8 April 2019 (VOL 14 WEEK 15)

Text Service to Report Crime in Tralee.
An anonymous text alert service that allows people to instantly report crimes has been introduced in Tralee. While this service is open to the public, it also enables deaf, deafened and hard of hearing to report crimes directly to their local Garda (police) station.

The 'See Something, Say Something' text service is a joint partnership by Tralee Chamber Alliance and An Garda Síochána.

The project, which was the first of its kind in Ireland, urges members of the public who 'See Something' that might need Garda intervention to 'Say Something' by texting TRALEE and the incident details to 50555. The free text messages are received by the sergeant on duty.

According to figures released by Tralee Chamber Alliance and Gardaí in the first eight weeks of the service, 158 reports were made relating to 103 separate incidents. Those reports resulted in 11 arrests, 10 prosecutions and the searches of two properties.

We have heard there are plans to roll out the service in other parts of Co. Kerry and possibly nationally but we have no details yet. As soon as we get any information, we will be happy to share that with our customers.

Cochlear Implant Seminar
Chime Killarney have informed us of a Cochlear Implant Seminar which will take place on Saturday, the 27th of April in the Ashling Hotel in Parkgate Street, Dublin 8.

The seminar 'Getting the most from your Cochlear Implant' will run from 10.30am to 3.00pm and costs €10 per person (includes tea/coffee and lunch).

For more information, contact Chime in Killarney directly or by emailing: or
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1 April 2019 (VOL 14 WEEK 14)

Update on our search for a new name and logo.
Earlier this year, we announced that we were looking to create a new name and logo for our service. This is to mark our 20 years in service and to reflect who we are now in 2019.

We have been delighted with the feedback we have received so far and for all your creative ideas. The next step is to see if any new name can be registered as our official Company name. In addition, we also need to see if we can use this name or something similar for our email, Facebook and website.

What creative names have we received so far?
We have been delighted with all the suggestions given to us over the past number of weeks via email, text and in person.

Customers have also expanded on their reasons for giving us their names. It's been fantastic to hear why people have come up with their creative ideas and this has really helped us to look at their ideas from a different perspective. Some of the names we have received include the following: SENSE. Identity. KommUnity. D2H2. Community d. DHK. HOME. Belonging. CommUnity. Earbook. RING. community k. ID. HomeFromHome.

So what happens next?
After looking into a number of the names, we are unable to use many of them as they are registered by other companies. However, one or two appear to be available and we are currently looking into this in a little more detail.

In addition, we are also making funding applications to cover the cost of the rebranding. We are very confident that we will secure the necessary funding to cover all costs. Once this work has been completed, we will then work on developing a brand new logo that can be included in our social media platforms as well as any printed materials here such as letterheads etc.

As soon as all this work is completed, our new name and logo will be revealed to all. A sincere thanks to everyone who has helped to date, we really appreciate it.
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