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30 September 2019 (VOL 14 WEEK 41)

Classes for Deaf Adults Return.
We are delighted to let you know that our classes for deaf adults have returned after a break of a few months. The classes will be sponsored by the Irish Deaf Society (IDS) as part of their Deaf Adult Courses and ISL for All. The classes will run on Tue and Thurs mornings from 11am-1pm.

The classes will be tutored by our own Veronica White. Our service and students wer surprised and delighted when we heard the IDS selected Veronica to be the tutor for the classes. We look forward to working with her and the IDS over the coming academic year.

For more information on classes for deaf adults or to register as a student, check out the IDS's website at

The IDS's Facebook page is also a great way to know of other news and events organised by the IDS. For updates and more, go to

Text service for Irish Water.
Irish Water have announced a new text service for deaf and hard of hearing customers.

For customers registered with the text service, a text will be sent in advance to notify you if;
  1. There is an interruption to water supply (planned or unplanned).
  2. When water is not suitable for drinking (unfit for human consumption).
  3. If there will be another water supply put in place?
To register your mobile, you can email: or go online to

Your details will then be held on the Vulnerable Customer Register. In addition to deaf and hard of hearing customers, the service is available to customers who are aged 66, blind or vision impaired, have mobility difficulties, an intellectual disability or a mental health difficulty.

Customers can also nominate a contact person and mobile number if they cannot access text messages themselves.
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23 September 2019 (VOL 14 WEEK 40)

Thank you to Castleisland Street Collection Volunteers.
We would like to extend a sincere thank you to the volunteers who supported us with our Street Collection in Castleisland last week. Our sincere thanks also to everyone from the area who contributed to the collection.

Income raised in a given area is generally spent in the area so we truly appreciate the support we get on the day from the local community. A particular word of thanks to Noreen in our office for organising the collection and volunteers on our behalf.

Fundraiser for Ethiopia Deaf Project (EDP).
Our friends in the Ethiopia Deaf Project (EDP) are organising a fun fundraiser with all proceeds going to the ALDS deaf school in Ambo, Ethiopia. The 80's and 90's Music Disco will be held on the 5th of October in the Deanrock Bar, Togher, Cork.

The event will start at 9pm. Fancy dress is optional but if you do dress up on the night, there will be a prize for the best dressed. Tickets cost €10 on the night at the door or at:

Enquiries on Irish Sign Language (ISL) Classes?
It's that time of year again when people start asking about Irish Sign Language (ISL) classes and where they are held? In Co. Kerry, sign language classes are generally taught by freelance tutors. In the coming weeks, if we are informed of any class, we will be happy to share that information on our Facebook page and on our noticeboard etc.

Otherwise, check your local night class programme to see if they are running any classes. If you are curious about the type of classes that could be on offer, here is a link to QQI and Signature accredited classes along with information on apps and websites to learn sign language: Sign Language Supports Page.
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16 September 2019 (VOL 14 WEEK 39)

This week we have been asked to share with you a number of events that will be accessible to members of the deaf community.

Seamus Heaney - Listen Now Again Exhibition.
There will be an Irish Sign Language (ISL) tour of this exhibition on Wednesday September 25th from 1pm to 1.45pm to celebrate International Day of Sign Languages 2019.

The exhibition will take place in the Bank of Ireland Cultural and Heritage Centre on Westmoreland Street, Dublin 2. The tour will look at Seamus Heaney's archive and aims to give an insight into his life and writing process through viewing early drafts of his work and important documents from the archive.

To book, email Lisa at: or text 087 361 3344.

Tom Crean - Antartic Explorer.
The multi-award winning show Tom Crean- Antartic Explorer written and performed by Aidan Dooley will have ISL interpreter access on Wednesday, 16th of October at 8pm. It will be held in the Everyman Cork, 15 Mac Curtain St, Cork. The regular price for tickets is €27. Concessions are €25 and students €9.

For more information, you can email: or check out their website at:

Silence and Voice Festival of Feminisms.
NCCWN Clare Women's Network is delighted to once again present 'Silence + Voice, A Festival of Feminisms' in Danlann an Chlair, Ennis on the 19th and 20th of October. This unique event with ISL access will offer 400 participants an opportunity to reflect creatively on silence and voice as part of their journey as women in Ireland.

For more information and to register for the event, go to: of-feminisms-2019-tickets-66604131751.
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9 September 2019 (VOL 14 WEEK 38)

KDRC has re-opened
KDRC has re-opened today after our annual leave/ summer holidays. Our opening hours will be as follows: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday (10am-1pm & 2-5pm). Friday (10am-1pm). To make an appointment, please see our contact details below: Reminder of our 'Making An Appointment' Policy. As we approach autumn and winter time, this naturally becomes a busier time for all of us in our office and indeed for our management and Board members too. We wanted to remind everyone of our 'Making an Appointment' policy. This helps us to allocate staff and time according to the needs of our customers and helps us to respond to their enquiries in a timely and appropriate manner. If you have any of the following queries, it would help us greatly if we could allocate an appointment for you.
  1. Form filling (especially detailed and multiple forms)
  2. Translation of information and forms (into sign language or simplified English)
  3. Phonecalls (to/from external parties)
  4. Documents that need to be typed up
  5. Referrals and/or enquiries on sign language interpreting access
  6. Detailed queries on rights and entitlements
  7. Confidential / complex/legal / sensitive enquiries
  8. Meetings with manager/ specific staff member(s).
As soon as an appointment is available, we will be in contact with you to confirm a date and a time. Please note: To ensure we can assign you the appropriate staff member and sufficient time, we will require advance notice for all appointment requests. In addition, we will reserve the right to select the appropriate staff member to deal with your query. KDRC will also reserve the right to apply policies as deemed appropriate to the enquiry.

FoodCloud donations and Tesco Ireland. Our service recently registered with FoodCloud and Tesco Ireland's surplus food donation programme. Every Wednesday evening, we will get a notification from FoodCloud/Tesco if they have any surplus fresh food from a local store. A staff member here will collect the food and bring it to our office. The following morning, this food will be available to any of our customers. Generally the food is from the bakery, fruit and veg sections. We will generally only keep the food for 1-2 days if the 'sell by' or 'use by date' is approaching.

To learn more about FoodCloud, go to
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2 September 201 (VOL 14 WEEK 37)

Re-opening date - annual leave holidays.
We will re-open again on Monday 2nd of September at 10am.

We would like to wish our hard working staff and Board members a very enjoyable holiday. Our sincere thanks to them for their support throughout the year and we look forward to working with you all again in September.

For customers that require interpreting access for legal or medical emergencies during our annual leave, please contact: or
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