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24 June 2019 (VOL 14 WEEK 27)

National Deaf Women of Ireland - camping weekend.
The National Deaf Women of Ireland will be hosting a 'carry on deaf women camping weekend' from the 19th - 21st of July. It will be held in the Glen of Aherlow, Newtown, Tipperary.

If you require information, you can contact Mena by email at: or text 087 1622 827. It costs &euro:55 per person for 2 nights. You can pay by cash, cheque or PayPal via:

If you would like more information on NWDI, make sure to check out their website at

World Federation of the Deaf Congress - Paris.
Time is fast approaching where deaf people from around the world will arrive into Paris, France for the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) congress.

The event will run from the 23rd - 27th of July and this year's theme is 'sign language rights for all'. The congress will cover six main topics:
  1. Sign language and deaf studies,
  2. Deaf education,
  3. International cooperation,
  4. Technology and accessibility,
  5. Health, and employment.
If you are one of the lucky ones to attend this amazing event, make sure to check out the congress website which has information on the keynote presentations, the congress venue, public transport including a free shuttle bus from the 22nd - 28th of July from CDG airport to the Palais des Congrès as well as general tourist information

Best wishes to Kerry CODAs attending CODA international conference.
Finally, we would like to extend our best wishes to the Kerry based adult codas (children of deaf adults) who will be attending the upcoming CODA international conference. We know they will have a fantastic time meeting fellow codas from around the world.
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17 June 2019 (VOL 14 WEEK 26)

See the music- feel the music workshop (by Orla O'Sullivan).
Orla O'Sullivan has asked us to inform you of an upcoming music workshop that is open to deaf, hard of hearing, children of deaf adults (codas), parents of deaf children and teachers.

The workshop 'SEE the music, FEEL the music' is making music education accessible for deaf and hard of hearing. The event will have live captions & sign language interpreting access. In this workshop, Orla will demonstrate a new assistive technology that she has co-developed called the Viboxo SoundSenses system for learners of music who are deaf or hard of hearing.

The event will take place on Friday 21st of June @ 4.40pm in Room T1.17, Tara Building, Mary Immaculate College, Limerick. This is a free event but registration is essential. Please email to: stating your name, school, organisation, affiliation by Wednesday 19th of June.

Signing up or stopping weekly update.
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Advance notice of summer holidays (in August).
It's that time again when our office staff are slowly but surely starting to look forward to their annual summer holidays.

As always, we like to give advance notice of when we close up. This year we will close on Wednesday 31st of July @ 5pm. We will re-open again on Monday 2nd of September @ 10am.
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10 June 2019 (VOL 14 WEEK 25)

Successful charity cycle for Ethiopia Deaf Project.
We would like to extend our congrats to our friends in the Ethiopia Deaf Project (EDP) on their successful annual Ambo Ramble Charity Cycle yesterday in Ballinhassig, Cork.

This event is an important fundraiser for the Irish based charity which has supported the ALDS deaf school in Ambo, Ethiopia since its very beginning. The school has been a life-changing development for many deaf children from the local region. All funds raised goes towards the running costs of the school which is totally reliant on fundraising activities such as the charity cycle.

It certainly takes a big team to run such a great event. Great credit goes to their Board of Directors and in particular to Miriam and Patrick O'Regan, EDP committee members and numerous deaf and hearing volunteers. We would also like to thank our own Willie White and Veronica White for volunteering on the day too.

While the cycle has taken place, you can still donate to EDP and we all know from our trips to Ethiopia that the money is well spent and has changed the lives of so many deaf children, their families and their local community. For more information on how to donate, go to

'Deaf Access' Research.
Just a reminder that we are looking for members of the deaf community to let us know what access means to you?

If you would like to send us your thoughts on 'deaf access', please email: The research partners for this project are Dr. Gill Harold and UCC, Cork Deaf Association (CDA) and our own service (KDRC). The project is supported by the IHREC Grant Scheme.

Reminder of ISL Act conference.
Don't forget to register for the upcoming conference that is looking at implementing theISL Act and the UNCRPD. To register, go to
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3 June 2019 (VOL 14 WEEK 24)

Bank holiday closing.
We just wanted to let all our customers know in advance that our office will close for the Bank Holiday Monday (3rd of June). We will re-open again on Tuesday at 10am. Have a great long weekend from all of us here in KDRC.
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