NEWS 2019:

23.12.19 Reminder of Christmas holidays / annual leave. we will close up at 1pm on Friday, the 20th of December. We will re-open again at 10am on Monday, the 6th of January 2020. For more information »

9.12.19 Looking to progress to further education, training or employment? Employability Service Kerry and The Department of Employment and Social Affairs present Progressive Pathways Fair 2020 at the Rose Hotel, Tralee on Friday, 31st of January, 2020 from 11am to 4pm. For more information »

4.11.19 National Deaf Women of Ireland Special Event An Evening On Mental Health will take place on Grainne Meehan will give a presentation on her research on Deaf Women and Access to Sexual Health Information and Services. For more information »

21.10.19 Sign Language Interpreting Access With the passing of the Irish Sign Language (ISL) Act 2017, we are seeing an increase in queries from Government Depts / Public Bodies and deaf individuals relating to access for sign language users e.g. GP/Doctor Access Policy, Kerry University Hospital, Social Welfare and Citizens Information Centres. For more information »

7.10.19 Mental Health Discussion - With ISL Access. An Evening On Mental Health will take place on Friday, the 11th of October from 7.30pm to 9pm in The Grand Hotel in Tralee. For more information »

30.9.19 Text service for Irish Water. For customers registered with the text service, a text will be sent in advance to notify you. To register your mobile, you can email: or go online to For more information »

5.8.19 Closed for annual leave holidays. We will be closed for the month of August. We will re-open again on Monday 2nd of September at 10am. For customers that require interpreting access for legal or medical emergencies during our annual leave, please contact: or For more information »

8.7.19 Sign language plans for Cork City Council minutes. Motions are to be brought before the Council for approval, if passed, mean interpretations will be made publicly available following meetings. For more information »

24.6.19 World Federation of the Deaf Congress - Paris. This year's theme is 'sign language rights for all' covered six main topics: Sign language and deaf studies, Deaf education, International cooperation, Technology and accessibility and Health, and employment. For more information »

20.5.19 #DeafAccess Research Project (With UCC, CDA and KDRC). We are looking for members of the deaf community to let us know what access means to you? If you need to access information from a Government Department or Public Body, what access do you require? For more information »

13.5.19 Sailing Opportunity for Young Deaf and Hard of Hearing. Sail Training Ireland will be hosting a deaf and hard of hearing student voyage from the 7th to 13th of August 2019. This 'Tall Ship Adventure of a Lifetime' which encourages participants to Sail, Train, Learn, Live is open to young people from the age of 15-18 years of age. For more information »

29.4.19 UCC 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. For more information »

15.4.19 Support the Irish Deaf Society (IDS) women's mini marathon. IDS are looking for runners to participate in the upcoming Women's Mini-Marathon in Dublin on the 2nd of June. For sponsorship forms etc, please contact the IDS at 01 860 1878, text 086 380 7033 or email: For more information »

8.4.19 Text Service to Report Crime in Tralee. An anonymous text alert service that allows people to instantly report crimes has been introduced in Tralee. 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. For more information »

25.3.19 Yoga classes (organised by Chime Killarney) Classes will take place from 2pm - 3pm and will cost €2 per class. The dates for the classes are as follows: March 25th. April 1st and 29th. May 13th, 20th and 27th. June 10th and 17th. For more information, contact Aileen at Chime on 086 607 2908. For more information »

11.3.19 Mother Father Deaf - TV Documentary. RTÉ will be showing a documentary "Mother Father Deaf" on Thursday, the 14th of March at 10.15pm on RTÉ One. The producers promise that this programme will be a touching and informative one-off special looking at the lives of people who were born into deaf families. For more information »

4.3.19 International Women's Day - ISL Access. International Women's Day will be celebrated on Friday, the 8th of March. As part of these celebrations, the Kerry Women's Resource Centre (KWRC) will be holding an event in the Rose Hotel in Tralee from 10am - 12.30pm. For more information »

25.2.19 Upcoming Activites in 2019 for Ethiopia Deaf Project (EDP). For more information on EDP, you can check out their website at and also their Facebook page at For more information »

18.2.19 Changes to Garda Vetting procedures. The Garda Vetting Act stipulates that a relevant organisation shall not permit any person to undertake relevant work or activities on behalf of the organisation with vulnerable adults/children, unless the organisation receives a vetting disclosure from the National Vetting Bureau in respect of that person. For more information »

11.2.19 CODA UK and Ireland - Wellbeing Day In Limerick. The event will run from 10.30am - 5.30pm in the Deaf Community Centre (DCC) in Limerick. The event itself is free. For more information »

4.2.19 KDRC is now 20 years in business. On this 1st of February, our service reached an important milestone, we are now up and running for 20 years. We first opened on the 1st of February all the way back in 1999. While we have been lucky to be part funded by the HSE, we have struggled to secure funding to meet the actual costs of running a full-time service. For more information »

28.1.19 Teaching Degree for Irish Sign Language (ISL) users. Dublin City University (DCU) has launched a new primary school teaching programme specifically for Irish Sign Language (ISL) users. The Department of Education now officially recognises Irish Sign Language as a replacement subject to spoken/written Irish. As a result, deaf and hard of hearing students who are fluent users of ISL can now apply via the CAO system for primary school teacher training. For more information »

28.1.19 Update on save the IDS Campaign. The Minister of State for Disability Issues has released a statement on Twitter saying he is committed to funding the IDS in 2019 and that work is taking place around this matter in the coming days. However, the IDS is keen to get this commitment in writing and indeed a commitment to fund their service for the long term and not just 2019. For more information »

21.1.19 #SAVEIDS campaign. The IDS is now calling on everyone to support their campaign to keep this vital service open. They are looking for letters of support as well as media coverage to get the message out there. They would also like people to use the following hashtag on any social media posts #SaveIDS For more information »

14.1.19 Irish Deaf Society **Important Open Meeting In Dublin**. The purpose of the meeting is to discuss the financial crisis that threatens to close the IDS. The meeting will be held on Saturday January 19th at 2pm in the Deaf Heritage Centre in the Deaf Village Ireland (DVI) in Dublin. The meeting is open to members of the Irish Deaf Society and friends from the wider community. The IDS would be grateful if you could make the time to attend this meeting. The organisation is facing its most serious challenge and they need help and support from the wider community. For more information »

NEWS 2018:

17.12.18 Sign Language interpreting for legal and medical emergencies. Bridge Interpreting out of hours Emergency Booking can be contacted on 087 904 6594. For more information: Bridge Interpreting. SLIS Emergency Out of Hours Service can be contacted on 087 672 5179. This service is intended for medical/legal emergencies only (e.g. hospital, garda etc.) and funerals. The service is available 24 hours. For more info, go to: For more information »

3.12.18 Reminder of office holidays. Just a quick reminder of our upcoming holidays. We will close at 5pm on the 21st of December and will re-open again on the 7th of January at 10am. For more information »

26.11.18 One year anniversary of the Irish Sign Language Act. 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 For more information »

19.11.18 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. For more information »

12.11.18 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. For more information »

5.11.18 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 pretending to be deaf was arrested. 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. For more information »

22.10.18 Sign language access on RTE TV programmes. 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 For more information »

15.10.18 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. For more information »

8.10.18 Full Time Vacancies With DEAFHEAR. The vacancies are full time/permanent 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 more information »

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

24.9.18 International Week of the Deaf and International Day of Sign Languages. This year's theme is "With Sign Language, Everyone is Included" from the 23rd - 30th of September. For more information »

10.9.18 National Survey of Services for Children with Permanent Hearing Loss. The HSE is looking for parents to give feedback on the health and educational services available to children who have permanent hearing loss. For more information »

3.9.18 Opening hours until Christmas Our opening hours from now until Christmas will be: Mon/Tue/Wed/Thurs: 10am - 1pm and 2 - 5pm. Fri: 10am - 1pm. For more information »

30.7.18 Upcoming international events in 2019. Clin D'oeil Festival - Reims France (4th - 7th Of July 2019); Codalove - Fontainebleau France (11th - 14th July 2019); WASLI Conference - Paris France (15th - 19th July 2019) and WFD Congress - Paris France (23rd - 27th July 2019). For more information »

23.7.18 Deaf Sports Ireland - 50th Anniversary Celebrations. A host of sporting events are being planned from the 5th - 7th of Oct in DVI. The celebrations will end with a Dinner Party and DJ in Crowne Plaza Hotel, Santry. For more information »

25.6.18 Advance notice of annual leave in August. This year we will close on Tuesday, the 31st of July at 5pm. We will re-open again on Monday the 3rd of September at 10am. For more information »

14.6.18 Enquiries on paid/non-paid work with our service. Over the past few months, we have seen an increase in people looking for paid/non-paid work with our service. KDRC is introducing a number of new measures to ensure we are compliant with relevant employment/voluntary work policies and procedures. All on-duty staff (paid and non-paid) must have up-to-date Garda Vetting with our service. For more information »

14.5.18 Data protection - emails, text messages and newsletter update. Over the past few weeks, we have been updating all our client files to ensure we are following new Data Protection guidelines. As a result, we have been deleting and shredding files that are not in line with these new policies. For more information »

23.4.18 Thank you to Patti Canne in Social Work training. We would like to extend our sincere thanks to Patti Canne for providing training to our staff, Board members and invited guests. Patti is pursuing her Masters in Social Work in Gallaudet University and had a wealth of information and theories. For more information »

16.4.18 KDRC Data Protection Policy. The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will come into force on the 25th May 2018. Our service is committed to ensuring we follow appropriate data protection guidelines, policies and legislation. To ensure we comply with the new GDPR policy, we are implementing changes in how we store data. For more information »

26.3.18 Expression of interest for interpreting/ISL access for 1st year student. A secondary school in Abbeyfeale is looking for an 'expression of interest' from Irish Sign Language (ISL) interpreters to work with a 1st year Deaf student in September. For more information »

26.2.18 'ISL Act Formal Gala'. To celebrate the passing of the Irish Sign Language (ISL) Act. It will be held in the Crown Plaza Northwood in Dublin on Saturday the 19th of May at 7pm. Early bird tickets before the 26th of April. Deadline to get tickets is the 11th of May at 5pm. For more information »

19.2.18 WFD Congress in Paris. The next World Federation of the Deaf Congress will be held in Paris in 2019 from the 23rd-27th of July. For more information »

5.2.18 Classes in our centre from now until May. The list of classes that will run in KDRC until the end of May: Introduction to Sign Linguistics, Personal Development (QQI Level 3), Computers (QQI Level 3) and Arts and crafts / social get-together. For more information »

22.1.18 Our newsletter is back again after taking a break for Christmas and the New Year. Although our office re-opened on the 8th of January, we decided to take an extended break with our newsletter while our Manager was abroad in Asia and Australia. We would like to welcome Willie back to Ireland. We would also like to wish our Board, staff, customers and supporters a very Happy 2018. For more information »

8.1.18 Irish Sign Language Act signed into law by the President 24th of December 2017. On, the 24th of December 2017 is a truly historic day for the Deaf community. President Michael D. Higgins signed the Irish Sign Language Act 2017 into Law. For more information »

NEWS 2017:

25.12.17 Irish Sign Language Act signed into law by the President 24th of December 2017. Today, the 24th of December 2017 is a truly historic day for the Deaf community. President Michael D. Higgins signed the Irish Sign Language Act 2017 into Law. For more information »

18.12.17 Historic Day for Irish Sign Language. On Thursday, the 14th of December, history was made when Irish Sign Language was officially recognised as the third language of the State. The Dáil passed all 5 remaining stages on Thursday evening. For more information »

27.11.17 Update on Irish Sign Language (ISL) Recognition Campaign. We have been informed by Dr. John Bosco Conama that a provisional date has been agreed for the 14th of December. It is hoped that all stages will be voted on in one day. For more information »

6.11.17 CODA volunteers wanted for CODA UK and Ireland Summer Camp 2018. Annual summer camp in Mold, North Wales from the 16th -20th of August 2018. This fantastic camp that caters to CODAs (Children of Deaf Adults) aged 7-17 years. Deadline for applications: 1st Jan 2018. For more information »

23.10.17 Recognition of Irish Sign Language Bill passes Seanad. The Bill now moves over to the Dáil where it needs to pass a similar number of stages. Once all stages are passed, the Bill will then be sent to the President and signed into Law. For more information »

2.10.17 Irish Pilgrimage Trust - Applications Open For Lourdes 2018. Applications are also open to young people of any religious denomination. The closing date for the applications is 31st October each year. Please contact us for more information. For more information »

11.09.17 Irish Sign Language (ISL) Classes. All sign language classes in Co. Kerry are provided by freelance tutors. These are normally in group settings in different locations and are ideally accredited by Signature or QQI. For more information »

11.09.17 Irish Sign Language Awareness Week. Did you know that Irish Sign Language Awareness Week takes places from the 18th - 24th of September? This ties in with International Week of the Deaf and its theme "Full Inclusion with Sign Language". For more information »

31.07.17 Irish Sign Language Bill Passes Stage 3 in the Senate. We are delighted to let you know that the Bill passed the 3rd stage in The Senate during the week to secure official recognition of Irish Sign Language (ISL). For more information »

6.03.17 Article in Evening Echo on meeting with senators. We were delighted to see that the Evening Echo featured an article entitled 'Sign language bill to go ahead' through the Seanad in the coming months. For more information »

27.02.17 'Deafening' Documentary on RTÉ 1. A new TV documentary looking at the lives of four Deaf people will be shown on RTÉ 1 next Thursday 2nd March at 10:15PM. For more information »

20.02.17 Deaf participants required for HSE workshop 'access to health services'. HSE to look at the experiences of Deaf people accessing various Health services as a patient or service user. The workshop will be held on the 1st of March from 9.45am - 11.45am. For more information »

13.02.17 Millie Brother Scholarship For CODAs. The scholarship is open to adult CODAs (Children of Deaf Adults). The scholarship can be used for undergraduate or graduate study at any accredited institution of higher education in the world. On average two $3000 scholarship are offered annually. For more information »

30.01.17 Volunteers required for collection in Manor West Shopping Centre. We are looking for volunteers to support us with a collection on the 10th of February for a number of 2 hour slots. For more information »

23.01.17 Thank you to Cork Deaf Association. A new page they have put up on their website regarding the new national access policies for sign language users to DSP and CIB services. For more information »

16.01.17 Upcoming Church collections - volunteers required. To meet our shortfall in funding, we are looking for volunteers to support us with a number of Church collections in Co. Kerry. For more information »

09.01.17 Appeal for 2nd hand hearing aids. If you have a 2nd hand hearing aid that is still in working condition and you are happy to donate them to us, we will in turn send them to Catherine who is based in the National Technical Institute for the Deaf in Rochester. For more information »

NEWS 2016:

14.12.16 Supporter of The Year Awards. We would like to thank everyone who sent us their nominations for Supporter of the Year Awards. Every year we like to honour those who have made a positive contribution to the Deaf community. For more information »

14.11.16 Report from the Dáil debate on Irish Sign Language Recognition. Last week, Dáil Éireann debated a motion on the ISL Recognition Report by the Joint Oireachtas committee. To see this information in Irish Sign Language (ISL), go to and Full transcript can be seen at this link: For more information »

14.11.16 Deaf Community Centre Limerick (DCC) 10 Year Anniversary on 28th January 2017 The celebrations will take place in The Strand Hotel in Limerick at 6pm. Tickets are €50. Everyone is welcome. For more information »

7.11.16 Irish Sign Language (ISL) Official Recognition There will be a debate on the Justice and Equality Committee Report on the Formal Recognition of Irish Sign Language in Dáil Éireann this Thursday the 10th of November at 6.48pm for 2 hours. For more information »

24.10.16 Historic Week For Irish Sign Language (ISL) This week was a very historic week for the Deaf Community in Ireland. The 'Recognition of Irish Sign Language for the Deaf Community Bill 2016' was debated in the Seanad (Senate). We are delighted to say the Bill was passed with no objections from the Government. For more information »

17.10.16 Equipment applications now on order. We are expecting the equipment to be delivered before the end of the month. We will be in touch with all those who have applied once the equipment arrives. For more information »

10.10.16 Irish Sign Language (ISL) Bill - Debate by Senate. Recognition of ISL Bill will be debated in the Seanad on the 19th of October 2016. The Irish Deaf Society (IDS) are concerned that the Government do not plan to support this Bill. The IDS are calling on the Deaf and hearing community to contact their Senators, TDs and County Councillors to inform them of your views on the ISL Bill and urge them to support the Bill. For more information »

26.09.16 Update On Equipment Grant. The funding allocated for this year is approx. €7,000 per organisations. We are in the process of reviewing applications and hope to order equipment within the week. For more information »

19.09.16 International Week of the Deaf. Deaf Awareness Event in Tralee at Tralee Library. Thursday 22nd of September 2016. 7 - 8pm. Learn a little about the Deaf Community and Irish Sign Language. All are welcome For more information »

05.09.16 Re-Opened After Annual Leave. If you would like to meet with any of our staff members, please feel free to contact us for an appointment. Our opening hours to the public are Monday-Thursday 10am-1pm & 2- 5pm and on Friday from 10am-1pm. For more information »

25.07.16 Our office closes for annual leave on 29 July at 1pm. We will re-open again on the 1st of September. Our Manager will also be in Ethiopia from the 8th to 28th of August as part of his work with the Deaf communities in Ambo, Bahir Dar and Addis Ababa. Freelance sign language interpreters will still be available here via a number of sign language interpreting services. We look forward to working with you all again in September. For more information »

11.07.16 Decision to cancel future street collections in Killarney. While we are grateful for the support with Street Collections in Killarney over the years, we have decided that this will be our last Street Collection in Killarney for the foreseeable future. For more information »

04.07.16 Reminder of Annual Leave. Just to remind everyone that our Centre closes for the month of August for annual leave. We will close on Friday, the 29th of July at 1pm and re-open Thursday, the 1st of September at 10am. For more information »

27.06.16 Killarney Street Collection. KDRC is looking for volunteers to support us with our upcoming street collection on Friday, the 8th of July in Killarney town. If you are in the position to volunteer and would like to help, please contact Noreen Cronin or Therese Gallant in our office, by text to 087 633 4687. For more information »

27.06.16 RTE Looking For Irish Sign Language Presenters. A daily bulletin News for the Deaf and wishes to create a panel of Irish Sign Language Presenters to provide this service. The selection will be by audition, likely to be held in July/August. For more information »

13.06.16 Summerfest. The IDS would like to invite everyone to their SummerFest events that will take place on Sunday, the 17th of July. It will be held in Deaf Village Ireland (DVI), Ratoath Road, Cabra, Dublin 7 from 12 - 6pm. For more information »

06.06.16 Bank Holiday. Our office will close on Monday the 6th of june for Bank Holidays. We will open again on the 7rd of June at 10am. For more information »

30.05.16 WFD Expert Groups. We would like to extend our best wishes to Nora Duggan and John Bosco Conama who have been selected by the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) to join Expert Groups. For more information »

23.05.16 Ethiopia Deaf Project. In this week's update, we will give you details of some fundraising events that are being organised for the Ethiopia Deaf Project and an update from the EDP on where last year's fundraising money was spent. For more information »

16.05.16 Masters research on Emoji use between Deaf and Hearing. Aedín Collins is currently studying for a Master of Arts in Technical Communication and E-Learning at the University of Limerick. Part of her course requires Aedín to complete a research project which involves surveys and interviews. For more information »

9.05.16 Theft from car of 3 Deaf individuals and Sign Language Interpreter. Last week, in Banna Beach, thieves got into a Deaf individual's car in Banna Beach in Co. Kerry. Cormac Leonard who is a sign language interpreter, and Connor Nourse, who is Catherine's son, have setup a GoFundMe page to help those whose items have been stolen. To donate here. For more information »

25.04.16 Mother Father Deaf Day. The last Sunday in April is designated Mother Father Deaf Day to acknowledge and celebrate their Deaf parents. For more information »

18.04.16 President Higgins visit to Kerry for 1916 event. An Irish Sign Language (ISL) interpreter will be available at two events on hursday 21st April. For more information »

11.04.16 Census 2016 - Irish Sign Language (ISL). The 2016 Census will take place on Sunday 24 April. If you know Irish Sign Language (ISL), please remember to mention this in the Census form at Question 15. For more information »

4.04.16 Hearing aid batteries work better if exposed to air. Hearing aid batteries can last up to 85 percent longer when left exposed to oxygen (air) before being inserted into the hearing aid itself. For more information »

21.03.16 Volunteers For Listowel Church Collection. Our service is looking for volunteers to support us with a Church collection on the 16th of April in Listowel. For more information »

7.03.16  World Hearing Day 2016. The day aimed to raise awareness about public health strategies to reduce the prevalence and impact of hearing loss. For more information »

29.02.16 Ethiopia in August. Our KDRC Manager Willie White will be travelling to Ethiopia on a volunteer basis for 3 weeks in August 2016. The aim of the trip is to provide workshops and training to Deaf adults and children who communicate through Ethiopian Sign Language. These workshops will also be open to their hearing relatives, friends and supporters. For more information »

22.02.16 Church collections volunteers on the 5th and 6th of March. Our service is looking for volunteers to support us with a number of Church collections on the 5th and 6th of March. The income generated from these collections contributes to overhead costs of running our Centre in Tralee and towards our outreach service for elderly clients with mobility and travel difficulties. For more information »

15.02.16 Irish Deaf Society 2016 General Election Manifesto. There is clear and unambiguous evidence that Deaf Irish Sign Language users do not enjoy substantive equality with hearing people within Irish society. Deaf ISL users are more likely to be unemployed, to experience frustration in accessing vital services, to be denied full access to healthcare services and to drop out of college and training courses. For more information »

8.02.16 Collection in Manor West Shopping Centre Tralee. On Friday, the 12th of February, we will have a fundraising collection in Manor West Shopping Centre in Tralee. If you are willing to volunteer for this day, please contact our Centre. We have a number of timeslots available and would really appreciate your support. Income raised from this day will go directly towards running costs of the Centre. For more information »

1.02.16 How an interpreter can be booked in other counties in Ireland? For the first appointment, the Medical Practice sends a letter/email to the HSE General Manager, giving the details of the Deaf client (Name, Address, Medical/GP Card no) and request for an interpreter. The HSE approves the funding of the interpreter. The Medical Practice books the interpreter directly or through an interpreting agency. The HSE are the billing address for the interpreter/agency. For more information »

25.01.16 Irish Sign Language (ISL) Recognition Campaign To get Irish Sign Language (ISL) officially recognised as a language by the Irish Government. This campaign has been ongoing for a number of years and has been supported nationally by the Irish Deaf Society. For more information »

18.01.16 New Donation Page. We are delighted to announce that we now have a new online donation page at We hope this page will enable us to meet the shortfall in funding & enable us to continue meeting the running costs of our Drop In Centre in Tralee and our outreach service throughout Kerry. For more information »

NEWS 2015:

22.12.15 Christmas holidays. Our office will close Tuesday the 22nd of December at 5pm for Christmas holidays. We will open again on the 4th of January at 10am. For more information »

7.12.15 Final reminder of Christmas party. Just to remind you that our Christmas party will be held in The Meadowlands Hotel in Tralee on 13th of December. It will be held from 2pm to 6pm. For more information »

30.11.15 Christmas Annual Leave. Our Centre will close up for Christmas annual leave on Tuesday the 22nd of December at 5pm. We will reopen on Monday, the 4th of January at 10am. For more information »

23.11.15 Interpreting access for Doctor Appointments and at Kerry General Hospital. We have a GP Access Policy with the HSE (Health Service Executive) in Co. Kerry? This policy explains how an interpreter can be provided and paid by the HSE. The Kerry General Hospital will pay for the interpreter In-patient/Out-patient appointments in the Kerry General Hospital. For more information »

16.11.15 Volunteers required to gather spot prizes. We are looking for volunteers to assist us in obtaining spot prizes and donation for our Christmas Party. Our Centre will provide you with a letter that you can hand into local shops & businesses. Alternatively, if you would like to donate a spot prize, we are happy to accept them here in our Centre in Tralee. For more information »

9.11.15 Sign language access at Cork city Christmas lights. Cork City Christmas Lights will be switched on Thursday the 19th November at 6.30pm outside Brown Thomas, Patrick Street, Cork. A Sign Language Interpreter will be present on stage. For more information »

2.11.15 Irish Deaf Society Santa fun run. 5km Santa Fun Run on Sunday, the 29th of November at 12noon in the Phoenix Park in Dublin for the Deaf community. Participants will get a free Santa t-shirt, hat, a prize and refreshment. The deadline for registration is the 22nd of November. For more information »

19.10.15 Interpreting access at meningitis meeting in Limerick. An Irish Sign Language (ISL) interpreter will be available at a talk on Meningitis in Limerick on the 21st of October at 8pm in the Monaleen GAA club, Old Schoolhouse Road, Monaleen, Limerick. . For more information »

12.10.15 RTE documentary on St. Joseph's School for Deaf Boys. The programme looked at some of the positive aspects of being in a Deaf school where sign language and Deaf culture flourished for many years. The programme is suggested for a mature audience and is available for viewing online by going to the RTE Player. For more information »

5.10.15 Community Employment vacancy with our service. We will have a Community Employment (CE) vacancy in our Centre at the end of October. Interviews will be held in the coming weeks. Applicants must be eligible to participate on a CE scheme. Contact your local Intreo Employment Office to find out if you are eligible. For more information »

28.9.15 Successful Sign Language Awareness Week. We would like to congratulate all those involved in a successful Sign Language Awareness Week which was led The Irish Deaf Society (IDS). Events were held throughout Ireland. For more information »

21.9.15 Deaf Ladies Cuppa - Beneficiary information. Caroline O'Leary and a solicitor to give a talk on Beneficiary Information on Wednesday 7th October from 10am - 1pm. It will be held in the Hub lounge, Deaf Village Ireland, Ratoath Road, Cabra, Dublin 7. For more information »

27.7.15 Reminder of Our Centre Closing For Holidays. We will close for annual leave at 5pm on Friday 31st July and reopen on Tuesday 1st September at 10am. For more information »

27.7.15 C3 family day outing. Fun filled family day organised at Fort Lucan Outdoor Adventureland, Westmanstown, Lucan, Co. Dublin on Saturday 22nd August 2015. Meet 11.30am at the front gate, entry for adults is €4 and includes complimentary tea or coffee. For more information »

20.7.15 JUSTISIGNS Workshop. Police interpreting within the Deaf Community. Free of charge. Monday 27th July at the Centre for Deaf Studies (CDS) 1st Floor, Phoenix House, 6-9 South Leinster Street, Trinity College, Dublin 2, from 10am to 4.30pm. Wednesday 29th July at the Deaf Community Centre (DCC) in 96 O'Connell Street, Limerick, from 10 am to 4.30 pm. For more information »

13.7.15 Irish Sign Language Classes. Freelance tutors generally provide ISL tuition on a one-to-one basis or group classes. Tuition is generally provided by Signature or FETAC approved teachers. For more information »

6.7.15 Cake sale and barbeque fun day. A barbeque and cake sale with games for all ages on Saturday 11th July at Deaf Village Ireland. This event is open to all ages. Entry is €5 per person and under 16's going free. The barbeque and games will start at 3pm and the cake sale at 8pm. For more information »

29.6.15 Sign language interpreting services. Our service can book interpreters for Kerry based GP appointments and Kerry General Hospital appointments. For all other bookings, we recommend you contact one of the following sign language interpreting services. For more information »

22.6.15 Deaf Community Centre Limerick fun day. The event will be held at the Hunt Museum on Saturday 18th July from 11 am to 4 pm. For more information »

15.6.15 Services for parents of Deaf/hard of hearing children. This week our update focuses on the supports we provide to families of a deaf child. For more information »

8.6.15 Deaforward funding update. Elaine Grehan, from the Irish Deaf Society, has updated a video on Facebook concerning an update on Deaforward's funding. Last year they, and 23 other organisations, had their funding withdrawn. However, after much lobbying the government, they received a once off "bridging fund" which was due to expire on 30th June 2015. For more information »

25.5.15 Water conservation grant. They are asking all primary residences to register with them by 30th June 2015 so that householders can qualify for the Government's water conservation grant of €100 per year. The Department of Social Protection will be contacting those householders, in late August or September, who have registered with Irish Water by 30th June setting out the grant application and payment process for 2015. For more information »

18.5.15 Our Services. Every week we bring you a wide range of news and interesting information on d/Deaf related items. This week, we wanted to recap on the services we provide to Deaf, hard of hearing, deafened and Deafblind adults and children and to their families. For more information »

11.5.15 Book and gift club. If you would like to view items before ordering, feel free to drop in to our Centre. Staff members here will order the products for you and will send you a text message, email or fax when they are ready for collection. For more information »

27.4.15 careers event. An opportunity on 22nd May 2015, for you to meet and chat with employers about jobs they have on offer, WAM placements, their graduate programmes and general advice. Workshops on the day and a Walk-in CV Clinic where you can have your CV "examined". For more information »

27.4.15 careers event. an opportunity for you to meet and chat with employers about jobs they have on offer, WAM placements, their graduate programmes and general advice. There will also be a number of workshops on the day and a Walk-in CV Clinic where you can have your CV "examined" - just make an appointment on the day for the CV clinic. 22nd May 2015. Time: 10am - 3pm. Citi, 1 North Wall Quay, Dublin 1. For more information »

20.4.15 Ireland UK (IUK) youth summer camp. The IUK Summer Camp is back and will be held this July!! If you are between 13 - 17 years old and free this summer - information and application forms are now available. For more information »

13.4.15 National Deafblind Awareness Day. Saturday the 18th April between 2pm and 4pm at Tallaght Stadium. There will be Exhibition Stands on the day from a range of other organisations and service providers. For more information »

6.4.15 Easter Newsletter. No newsletter this week due to Easter. For more information »

30.3.15 Centre closing for Easter break. We would like to advise everyone that the Centre will close at 5 pm on Holy Thursday 2nd April and will re-open at 10 am on Tuesday 7th April. On behalf of our staff and Board of Directors, we would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone who celebrates Easter, a very Happy Easter. For more information »

23.3.15 Cyber bullying lecture. The Deaf Ladies Cuppa are hosting an event with John Willis who will be giving a lecture about cyber bullying on Wednesday 13th May 2015 from 10am - 1pm in Cabragh Hall, Deaf Village Ireland, Ratoath Road, Cabra, Dublin 7. For more information »

16.3.15 Subtitled films in Tralee Omniplex. Subtitled films EVERY Wednesday night. To check which movie is subtitled each week, go to For more information »

9.3.15 Easter camp / Easter Junior and Leaving cert revision course. Deaf Village Ireland and The Deaf Schools, Cabra are presenting an Easter Camp for Deaf and hard of hearing students, at St Mary's Residence, St Joseph's School, and Deaf Village Ireland, Navan Road, Cabra, Dublin 7, from Tuesday 7th to Thursday 9th April 2015. For more information »

2.3.15 Breast screening and cervical cancer screening in ISL. Videos in Irish Sign Language as part of their Cervical Cancer screening and Breast Screening programmes to show what happens when women attend their appointment for a cervical / smear test or a mammogram. For information on breast screening in Ireland »

23.2.15 Reminder of 112 text emergency service. Deaf and hard of hearing individuals can access Emergency services by text message. Instead of 999, you send a text to 112 if you need to contact Fire Brigade, Ambulance, Garda and/or Coast Guards. For more information »

16.2.15 Just Vlogging - ISL Vlogs On Facebook. It is a fantastic Facebook group where people can submit clips in sign language for other people to view and comment on. Vlogging is becoming very popular in the Deaf community. For more information »

9.2.15 For Deaf students who may be interested in studying in the Institute of Technology Tralee. Due to demand, IT, Tralee is once again offering its Information Seminar for Senior Cycle Students with Disabilities and their parents/guardians on 27th February 2015, 10am to 1pm in the Institute of Technology, Tralee North Campus. If you require a sign language interpreter to access this event then please return the form immediately or notify the Access Officer at or 066 7191682. For more information »

9.2.15 Kerry Deaf Women's Group social lunch. The first social lunch for 2015 will be held in The Daily Grind, 33 The Mall, Tralee, Co. Kerry on 25th February at 12.30 pm. All are welcome. Please confirm by 18th February via Facebook page: For more information »

2.2.15 Change of address for Kerry audiology - hearing aid service. The HSE's Audiology and Hearing Aid Service has moved from Edward Street, Tralee and can now be found in Aras an Phobail, Deans Lane, Tralee. Their Open Repair Service will still be held on Thursday's from 11 am - 1.30 pm. No appointment is necessary. New phone number: 076 1083154. For more information »

26.1.15 Shared reading programme - update. The programme provides resources and support to hearing parents and caregivers so they can learn to read with their deaf or hard of hearing children through Irish Sign Language (ISL). For more information »

19.1.15 New Sign Langauge Courses - Killarney & Tralee. Killarney: Tuesday 27th January from 7.30 pm to 9.30 pm. They will run for seven weeks and cost is €90. Tralee: September 2015 and usually run for 16 weeks. This is an accredited course with an exam at the end. For more information »

12.1.15 Craft classes and social get together. Christina O'Donoghue will run the classes every Thursday from 2pm to 4pm from Thursday 15th January. For more information »

5.1.15 Opening hours for 2015. Monday to Thursday (10am - 1pm and 2pm to 5pm) and Friday 10am to 1pm. To make sure we provide you with the best service, we would recommend that you make an appointment in advance if you would like to meet with a particular staff member. To make an appointment, you can text 087 633 4687 or email For more information »

NEWS 2014:

22.12.14 Christmas Holidays and Emergency sign language interpreting cover. If you require a sign language interpreter for emergency reasons during the Christmas and New Year holidays, you can contact the SLIS out of hours service Mobile/text: 087 672 5179. For more information »

15.12.14 Kerry Deaf Resource Centre - Christmas holidays The Centre will close Monday 22nd December at 5 pm and will re-open on Monday 5th January 2015 at 10 am. Best wishes for a Happy and prosperous New Year. For more information »

8.12.14 Emergency text service "112" Just a reminder, as we head towards the Christmas season, of the free 112 SMS Emergency Service for Deaf and hard of hearing in Ireland. You can find out more about it on the link: For more information »

1.12.14 Christmas party reminder Our Christmas party will be held at Stokers Lodge from 2pm to 6 pm on Sunday 14th December. If you are interested please contact us so that we can provide numbers to Stokers Lodge. For more information »

24.11.14 AHEAD - college fair for students with disabilities This event is for students looking to find out about courses and support services provided by 3rd level colleges as well as acquire key information on the access routes for those with disabilities. It will run from 10 am to 1 pm on the 24th of November. For more information »

24.11.14 Laura Sadlier Freshman Prize & Sophister Award. The closing date for nominations is Friday 12th December 2014. Awards will be announced in mid-February. Nominations should be submitted to the Director of the Centre for Deaf Studies by post, to Centre for Deaf Studies, School of Linguistic Speech and Communication Sciences, Trinity College, First Floor, 7-9 South Leinster Street, Dublin 2 or by email to For more information »

17.11.14 Tallaght Deaf Club - 2015 trip to Berlin Tuesday 7th April to Saturday 11th April 2015. The trip is open to all. The package which costs €290 covers hotel, guide, coach driver and sites. Provision will be made for an ISL Interpreter on the trip. For more information »

10.11.14 AHEAD - college fair for students with disabilities This event is for students looking to find out about courses and support services provided by 3rd level colleges as well as acquire key information on the access routes for those with disabilities. It will run from 10 am to 1 pm on the 24th of November. For more information »

3.11.14 Kerry Deaf Women's Group Xmas Dinner & Social Evening Saturday 15th November in Kirby's Brogue Inn, Rock Street, Tralee. For more information »

3.11.14 Christmas Market Deaf Village Ireland Saturday 30th November from 10am - 5pm at Deaf Village Ireland, Cabra Road, Ratoath Road, Dublin 7. For more information »

27.10.14 RDS Autumn Roadshow 2014. Geraldine Broderick and Patrick Doody will be giving the Roadshow presentation here in the Kerry Deaf Resource Centre at 2 pm on Saturday 8th November. For more information »

20.10.14 ITV signpost freelance on-screen presenters. If you are interested and want to work with a professional bi-lingual team please send your CV to Joseph Sheridan, Deaf Team Manager and Eileen Young, Controller of Operations. For more information »

13.10.14 Shared reading programme extended to 4-8 year olds. The Deaf Education Centre is delighted to announce that they have received a generous grant from The Ireland Funds to extend their Shared Reading Programme to 8 year olds. There will be ten new books for the 4-8 years olds filmed and added to their library over the coming months. For more information »

6.10.14 Flashing light app for smart phones. A new smart phone app from Convo, allows users to create personalised ring tones of light to identify incoming callers, and adjust the brightness in a room to make sign language easier to see onscreen. For more information »

29.9.14 Open day at specialist education schools - Cabra, Dublin. All prospective students and their families, and professionals working with Deaf and hard of hearing children are invited to attend an Open Day at the Specialist Education Schools for Deaf Boys and Girls in Cabra, Dublin 7 on Friday the 17th October 2014 from 11am to 1pm. For more information »

15.9.14 Irish sign language (ISL) awareness week. ISL Awareness Week will run in Ireland from the 20th - 28th of September. A range of activities are being planned for the week. For more information »

15.9.14 Subtitles now on RTÉ Player. We are very happy to let you know that they are now available to watch on ALL formats: Apple iOS, android, PC, tablets or your laptop. For more information »

8.9.14 Bogus street collectors. The last known sighting of these collectors was in Cork and Galway. The IDS has issued a statement confirming they have no street collections anywhere in Ireland. If you are not sure if a collection is legitimate or not, contact the organisation concerned. If it is a bogus collection, they in turn can contact the Gardaí. For more information »

1.9.14 Petition to save Hands On. Hands On, the TV programme for the Deaf community in Ireland was cut and will not be re-commissioned this year. The Irish Deaf Society (IDS) is calling on members of the Deaf and hearing community to sign a petition calling on RTÉ to reinstate HANDS ON - the only TV programme for the Deaf and hard of hearing in Ireland. For more information »

1.8.14 Irish Deaf Film Festival. Our service will closed for annual leave for the month of August. We will close on Thursday the 31st of July at 5pm and will re-open on Friday the1st of September at 10am. If you require a sign language interpreter for medical or legal emergencies during August, you can contact the Sign Language Interpreting Service emergency number at 087 672 5179. For more information »

21.7.14 Irish Deaf Film Festival. Lighthouse Cinema, Smithfield, Dublin from 10th - 12th of October. Available in Irish Sign Language (ISL), British Sign Language (BSL) and International Sign at: For more information »

14.7.14 RTÉ test subtitles for RTÉ player. RTÉ player is a free online catch-up service on RTÉ One and RTÉ Two that allows you to watch a variety of programmes for up to 21 days after they have been broadcast. For more information »

21.7.14 Notice of centre holidays. We will close for annual leave at 5pm on 31st July and reopen on Friday 1st September at 10am. For more information »

14.7.14 Contact Local TD's to support Deaforward. We are asking you to please contact your local Fine Gael (FG) and Labour TD's this week to stress to Minister Phil Hogan the important service that Deaforward provided to the Deaf community and to reinstate the service's funding. For more information »

7.7.14 Irish Deaf Society National advocacy service scrapped by the government. The IDS's Advocacy Service worked to provide access for Deaf people to public services, education, healthcare and the means to employment. The service's closure puts the Deaf community at further risk of social and economic isolation and a decline in living standards. For more information »

30.6.14 Summer activities. Established by parents of d/Deaf and hard of hearing children who aim to provide information and support to other parents of d/Deaf and hard of hearing children. Activities for children from under 6 to over 12 years of age. 30 June to 18 July 2014. All teachers, workshop presenters, play and youth leaders are Garda vetted and have completed Child Protection and Deaf awareness training. For more information »

23.6.14 Volunteers for street collection Friday 27th June. Just a reminder to everyone that we are organising a Street Collections this Friday 27th June in Listowel. We are looking for volunteers to support us with the fundraising event. If you are available you can text us on 087-633 4687. Your support would be greatly appreciated. For more information »

16.6.14 DeafTV is a website which shows TV programmes of interest to the Deaf community worldwide. You can choose by genre or country. A number of Irish programmes are listed on the website too. For more information, go to For more information »

9.6.14 Volunteers required for street collections Our service is looking for volunteers to support us with Street Collections on the following dates & locations. Your support would be greatly appreciated. 13th of June Tralee. 27th of June Listowel. 11th of July Killarney. 12th of September Castleisland. For more information »

2.6.14 EFSLI summer school 2014 trainer announced European Forum of Sign Language Interpreters' (EFSLI) Summer school. It is to be held from 11th to 13th July in Dublin. For more details and to register by 7th June. For more information »

26.5.14 Irish Deaf Society (IDS) job club Do you need help with writing your CV, cover letters, applying for a new job, are you looking for work, help with interview skills, or want to know your rights in a job interview? For more information »

19.5.14 Irish Deaf Society (IDS) Summerfest. The IDS has just announced this year's Summerfest will be held on Sunday 20th July. They are seeking volunteers to make the day successful. If you want to help out please email: For more information »

12.5.14 Deaf trip to Lourdes 2014. From 7th to 12th September 2014 and will be staying at the Hotel Solitude for five nights all-inclusive at a cost of €707. For more information »

5.5.14 Cork Deaf elderly visit to Kerry. Stokers Lodge in Tralee on Tuesday the 13th of May at 11 am. The group would like to meet with the Deaf community in Co. Kerry and in particular with elderly Kerry Deaf. If you would like to attend, you can let us know or you can turn up on the day. For more information »

5.5.14 CDA youth trip to Belfast. Is hoping to plan a trip to Belfast in August. The trip is also open to Deaf & hard of hearing youth from Co. Kerry. As part of the trip, the group hope to meet with other Deaf & hard of hearing youth from the North. The trip is in the early stages of planning at the moment. As soon as more details are finalised, we will let you know. For more information »

28.4.14 Irish Deaf Society (IDS) - move to Deaf Village Ireland. Thursday 24 April. Due to the move, their communication service: e-mail, Internet, text message and telephone will be out of service until further notice. For more information »

21.4.14 Deafhear weekend "children newly diagnosed with hearing loss". The weekend, led by experienced DeafHear staff, gives families the opportunity to gain information about supports available locally and nationally from professionals and peers. On 5th to 7th September at The Heritage Hotel, Portlaoise, Co. Laois. For more information »

14.4.14 Are you Deaf? have you been a victim of crime? Gill Harold is carrying out research at UCC on this important topic. If you were a victim of crime- what did you think about access to the Gardaí, courts and victim support for Deaf people? The aim of the research is to find out how to improve access to these services for Deaf people. For more information »

7.4.14 Irish Deaf Women's Group extra ordinary meeting. IDWG will be holding an Extra Ordinary Meeting (EGM) at 7 pm on Saturday the 12th of April to vote For/Against the IDWG Hotdesk (office) in Deaf Village Ireland. For more information »

31.3.14 Irish Deaf Society (IDS) roadshows. The IDS's trained Peer Advocates will be visiting areas throughout the country and will present information on a wide range of topics in sign language. For more information »

24.3.14 'War Horse' captioned performance. A captioned performance of 'War Horse' will be held at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre on Thursday 10th April at 7.30 pm for Deaf, deafened and hard of hearing people. There are a limited number of stalls tickets available at €30 and €30 for one companion. For more information »

17.3.14 Expression of interest for interpreters for the 6th World Congress on Mental Health and Deafness. The organisers are hoping to have a team of 6 Irish Sign Language Interpreters. Interpreters will be required from 9am - 5.30pm on the 17th & 18th of Sept and from 9am - 4pm on the 19th of September 2014. For more information »

10.3.14 Garth Brooks ticket raffle for Ethiopia Deaf project. Two tickets to see Garth Brooks in concert in Croke Park on Saturday the 26th of July at 6pm. The draw is scheduled to take place on the 30th April 2014 and they can purchase raffle tickets at €5 each or three for €10 online. For more information »

3.3.14 How Deaf people can teach us effective communication? The Irish Independent featured a fascinating article recently on 'How Deaf People Can Teach Us Effective Communication'? The article looked at research carried out by Dr. Bruno Kahne and was written by John Cradden. For more information »

24.2.14 Deaf women swimmers fundraiser for Ethiopia Deaf project. Monday 17 March at 12 pm to Forty Foot, Sandycove, Dún Laoghaire for €10 per person and all proceeds will be donated to the Ethiopia Deaf Project's school in Ambo. For more information »

17.2.14 Signs of a DIVA reminder. Signs of a Diva, on tour around Ireland this month. For more information »

10.2.14 Television access subtitles contact. With the recent stormy weather conditions, a number of our clients have informed us of issues accessing subtitles on Irish television channels. The TV companies would be happy to hear from you if you are experiencing any difficulties with subtitles. For more information »

3.2.14 The Mid-Term Camp 2014 An exciting camp for deaf and hard of hearing children that will take place from the 20 - 22 February 2014. The camp is for boys and girls, aged between 10 and 15 years in Deaf Village Ireland (DVI) and in the residence of St. Mary's school for Deaf girls, Dublin. For more information »

27.1.14 Emergency interpreting cover during holidays. If you require a sign language interpreter during the holiday period for a legal or medical emergency, you can contact the Sign Language Interpreting Service (SLIS). SLIS may not be able to guarantee an interpreter immediately due to the limited number of interpreters on call. The contact number for their 24hr Emergency Helpline is: 087 6725179. For more information »

20.1.14 Craft classes and social get together. Christina O'Donoghue will run the classes every Thursday from 2pm - 4.30pm. This will be your opportunity to learn new arts and craft skills & participate in game sessions such as jenga and cards. There will be plenty of time too for chat and tea and coffee. For more information »

13.1.14 Sign language interpreted programmes on RTÉ. Since October 2013, RTÉ have been providing three hours of Irish made programmes through Irish Sign Language every Wednesday night. Catherine White & April Drew both from Co. Kerry have been two of the on-screen interpreters for a number of the aired shows. Here is a link to one of the most recent shows. See: For more information »

6.1.14 Emergency interpreting cover during holidays. If you require a sign language interpreter during the holiday period for a legal or medical emergency, you can contact the Sign Language Interpreting Service (SLIS). SLIS may not be able to guarantee an interpreter immediately due to the limited number of interpreters on call. The contact number for their 24hr Emergency Helpline is: 087 6725179. For more information »

NEWS 2013:

23.12.13 Internship with EUD. The internship is aimed at Deaf sign language users who want to gain valuable experience at European level. EUD will cover the intern's transportation costs to and from Brussels and pay a monthly allowance of €800. For more information »

20.12.13 Closed for christmas. Our service will close on Friday the 20th of December and will reopen on Monday the 6th of Jan 2014. For more information »

16.12.13 Statement about the sign language interpretation at Mandela's memorial service. The World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) and the World Association of Sign Language Interpreters (WASLI) are concerned about the quality of sign language interpretation during that event. For more information »

9.12.13 Review of visiting teacher service. Parents/carers of children who currently receive support from the Visiting Teacher Service; Children who currently receiving support from the service; & Interested parties. Please note the deadline for receipt of completed questionnaires is 20 January 2014. For more information »

21.11.13 Sign language interpreting access. This week our update will focus on sign language interpreting access. With ongoing cuts due to the current recession, many Deaf sign language users are concerned that their rights to access are being cut or being drastically reduced. For more information »

7.10.13 CE VACANCIES in November. Both positions are Office admin jobs. The successful candidates will be working closely with Deaf and hard of hearing staff and clients. A knowledge and Deaf issues and sign language is a distinct advantage. Duties will include general office duties, including computer work filing, photocopying & dealing with client queries. For more information »

30.9.13 Irish Deaf Hub (IDH). The latest edition is available online at and has an update on the campaign to support St Joseph's House for Deaf and Deaf/Blind in light of the new HSE policy on congregated settings. For more information »

9.9.13 Vacancies with DCC Limerick. The Deaf Community Centre (DCC) is currently accepting applications for two part time positions: Community and Development Officers (part-time). Applicants many be registered under Tus - community placement initiative or the CE employment scheme or apply as a volunteer. For more information »

29.7.13 Annual leave. Our service will closed for annual leave for the month of August. We will close on Wednesday the 31st of July at 5pm and will re-open on Monday the 2nd of September at 10am. If you require a sign language interpreter for medical or legal emergencies during August, you can contact the Sign Language Interpreting Service emergency number at 087 672 5179. For more information »

22.7.13 President Obama appoints Deaf lawyer Claudia Gordon, a black deaf individual, to take over as an Associate Director in the White House Office of Public Engagement. Gordon will be working as a liaison between the Obama Administration and the disability community. For more information »

15.7.13 112 emergency services text access Emergency services including the Garda Siochana, Ambulance Service, Fire Brigade and the Irish Coast Guard via text message has now been put on a permanent footing. 112 service also works in all EU countries. To use the service, you will need to register your mobile phone. For more information »

8.7.13 New Sign Language App for Android Phones The Concise Irish Sign Language Dictionary is an Irish Sign Language (ISL) video dictionary, currently containing over 750 signs. For more information »

1.7.13 Pre-school vacancies Preschool Assistant and Pre-school Leader job vacancies this September at Marian Campus, Dominican Convent, Ratoath Road, Cabra, Dublin 7. Applications due by Monday 8th July at 5pm. For more information »

24.6.13 Deaf education centre Easy to access information for parents with deaf or hard of hearing children on and they can also be liked on Facebook at For more information »

17.6.13 Irish Deaf Youth Association is looking for volunteers IDYA is looking for volunteers for the annual SUMMER FEST which is due to be held on 21st July. If you are interested in helping out. For more information »

10.6.13 Deaf sports Ireland football marathon DSI is holding a Football Marathon at the Deaf village Ireland on Sunday 23rd June from 9.30am-6pm. All money raised will go to supporting Team Ireland at the 2013 Deaflympics this July. For more information »

4.6.13 How to contact RTE/TV3 if unhappy with subtitling Irish Deaf Society posted details recently on their facebook page on how to give feedback to RTÉ and TV3 about their subtitles. For more information »

27.5.13 Caring communities (round 2) is now open for applications. Four distinct categories in this round: Youth Unemployment.Emergency Respite Care. Older People. LGBT Communities. For more information, go to For more information »

20.5.13 Summer Youth Activities Programme. Deaf Sports Ireland is pleased to announce the first Summer Youth Activities Programme for Deaf, Hard of Hearing, CODA and Sibling participant. Closing date is on Monday 27th May 2013. For more information »

13.5.13 Irish Deaf Hub. New dedicated website on deaf issues that will feature issues and events of interest to the Deaf community including Sports, News, Event, Mental Health, Insight on the Deaf Community, Jobs, History, Legal issues etc. For more information »

7.5.13 Assistive technology course VTOS programme (Tralee) Looking to recruit new students for its course starting in September. It is a two year programme where students cover a variety of subjects including: Internet Skills, Digital Media, Computer Skills, Functional Mathematics, Arts & Crafts, Health & Fitness, Progression and Career Guidance. For more information »

30.4.13 Sign language interpreters Munster (SLIM) training. The workshop will look at language register & the linguistics of sign language. It will be held on the 11th of May from 11am to 4pm in our Centre in Tralee. For more information »

22.4.13 European Masters in sign language interpreting (EUMASLI). The deadline for applications is the 26th April 2013 for places will be offered in September 2013. For more information »

15.4.13 Travelling to America with ESTA visa - be aware. In addition to an airline tickets, passengers are required to apply for an ESTA visa. Be aware of bogus sites for an ESTA visa. There is only one official ESTA registration website according to US Embassy in Ireland. For more information »

8.4.13 ISL everywhere app. A beta test version with approx 50 signs, the alphabet and numbers 1-10. They would appreciate if people could view the app and provide feedback and suggestions. A beta version: For more information »

25.3.13 Irish sign language (ISL) app. ISL Everywhere is a new and exciting mobile website and smartphone app. ISL Everywhere is a collaborative project between Sharing the Journey, the Irish Deaf Society and the Centre for Deaf Studies. A promo for ISL Everywhere is available to view at For more information »

18.3.13 Job vacancies. The first vacancy is for an IT Project Development post. The 2nd vacancies are for Irish Sign Language/ English Interpreters. Both jobs have a closing date of 1pm Thursday 4th April 2013 and interviews will be held for the Interpreters on Monday 15th April and the IT job on Tuesday 16th April. For more information »

11.3.13 Final pottery class this Thursday. Our final pottery and clay class will be on this Thursday (14th of March). For more information »

11.3.13 Property tax website now online. Self-assessment requires property owners to honestly assess the market value of their own property. For more information »

25.2.13 WAM programme- 21 paid work placements in civil service. Are you a graduate with a disability/specific learning difficulty and seeking valuable work experience? If so, the AHEAD WAM (Willing Able Mentoring) Programme, is offering a six-month, paid, mentored work placement in a number of locations in Ireland. For more information »

18.2.13 Official opening of Deaf Village Ireland. Official opening on the 4th of March at about 10am. More details will be available on their website at or on their Facebook page: Deaf Village Ireland. For more information »

11.2.13 Access and contribution to the classroom by deaf children. The lecture is on "Access and contribution to the classroom by deaf children". It will take place in the multi-purpose room of the Deaf Village on Ratoath Road, Cabra, 11th February at 7.30pm. It is free to attend. For more information »

4.2.13 Two-day workshop 11th-13th of March for adults with or waiting for cochlear implants. This will give them the opportunity to meet others with the same ‘listening device’ and discuss challenges and successful management of their (or their partners) CI process and rehabilitation. For more information »

28.1.13 Mid Term J-Fest Adventure Camp In Deaf Village Ireland. The camp promises to have full on fun activities and adventures, including exciting experiences like the Croke Park SkyWalk, Funtasia and Awesome Walls. For Deaf kids aged 10-15 years old from the 13th-16th of February. For more information »

21.1.13 Drugs and Alcohol Awareness workshop. On Saturday, 9th February in the CSL Training Centre, Tuam Road Retail Park, Tuam Road, Galway from 11am to 1pm. For more information »

14.1.13 Sencity Multi Sensory Music Event. Sencity is a multi-sensory music event where the audience can hear but also feel, see, smell and taste the music.Created and celebrated by people with and without hearing abilities. Live music event is going to take place in Dublin on February 9th, 2013. Concert Hall, RDS. For more information »

NEWS 2012:

17.12.12 Christmas greetings. On behalf of our Board and staff, we would like to wish all our clients and supporters a very Happy Christmas. Best wishes for a Happy and prosperous New Year. We will be closing for annual leave on Friday, the 21st of December at 1pm. We will re-open on Monday, the 7th of January, 2013. For more information »

17.12.12 Job Vacancy. World Federation of the Deaf job opening - Human Rights Officer. All application materials close at 17.00 on Tuesday, 15 January, 2013 (Helsinki, Finland). A short list applicants should be available for an interview on 6 and 7 February, 2013. For more information »

10.12.12 Budget 2013 in sign language. €28 billion in austerity measures have been implemented by the government since 2008, which forecasters say will reduce the country's deficit to 7.5per cent in 2013. For more information »

3.12.12 New visiting teacher of the deaf. Una O'Neill is very keen to meet with parents and children. Una has a great wealth of experience, which she will be eager to share this with parents and children. For more information »

26.11.12 Thank you to volunteer collectors. We would like to say a huge thank you to the volunteer fundraisers who carried our Church Collections on our behalf over the weekend. In addition, we would like to thank the parishioners in Lyracompane, Firies and Farranfore, and Ballymac. We really appreciate everyone?s support. For more information »

19.11.12 Supports for people with disabilities in the HSE The HSE has appointed a National Specialist in Accessibility to provide guidance, advice and strategic support in the promotion of access for people with disabilities. For more information contact list »

12.11.12 Deafhood workshops for 18-30 year olds. The Irish Deaf Youth Association (IDYA) in conjunction with Deafhood Ireland will be held on the 26th/27th of January and 23rd/24th of February 2013. For more information »

5.11.12 Hands On back on RTE. Hands On is back on air on Sunday 18th of November at 12.10 on RTE 1. It will be on every Sunday (with a repeat the following Saturday) until February with a short break over Christmas. For more information »

22.10.12 Information on the children's referendum in sign language. Voting will take place on the Children's Referendum on Saturday the 10th of November. To view the clip, go to>. For more information »

15.10.12 Information on the children's referendum in sign language. Voting will take place on the Children's Referendum on Saturday the 10th of November. To view the clip, go to>. For more information »

15.10.12 Garda vetting for staff and volunteers. Garda Vetting for all full/part-time staff and volunteers. Garda Vetting is particularly important to those that have access to children and/or vulnerable adults. This vetting is mandatory for staff and to individuals that volunteer with us on an on-going basis with our service. For more information »

8.10.12 CODA research. This survey will give a picture of how young CODA's can be encouraged to pursue a career as sign language interpreters, and help interpreter educators to identify the training needs for CODA's. The researchers are also keen to hear from Deaf people with Deaf parents as they often take on this type of brokering role. For more information »

1.10.12 EFSLI autumn school "Deaf interpreters in a team". Registration for the European Forum of Sign Language Interpreters Autumn School is now open. The training will take place in London from the 23rd-25th of November. Online registration and detailed information is available. »

24.9.12 Student fellowship with ECML pro-signs project. A short-term Fellowship is being offered by ECML relating to the PRO-Signs Project. The PRO-Signs project team are seeking a Fellow for an exciting European Committee on Modern Languages project. It is 6 months part time contract (3 months full-time possible), which runs from January to June 2013. Deadline for applications is: 31 October 2012. For more information »

17.9.12 Fulbright awards - 2013-2014. Are you interested in post graduate study, research or lecturing in the USA? If so, funding is available for 2013-14 in ALL DISCIPLINES via the Fulbright Awards. Guidelines on the application process are available online if you are applying as a student or scholar. For more information »

10.9.12 Street collection - volunteers required. We will hold a fundraising Street Collection in Castleisland on the 14th of September. Volunteers are required from 9am-6pm. If you are available, let us know what time you are available and we will allocate a time slot to you. For more information »

3.9.12 Digital switchover small grant scheme On 24th October television is changing from analogue to digital. On this date the analogue signals will be switched off and digital television will remain. Saorview is the only free digital service. If you have a subscription with Sky or UPC or other provider, your television service will not be affected. The Outreach Programme is offering a small grant to groups to assist them raising awareness. For more information »

30.7.12 IDS heroes awards HEROES awards 2012 for the Deaf and hard of hearing community in Ireland. The awards are for those who have made a significant and important contribution to their society, community, workplace, family or through sports. If you know a Deaf or hard of hearing person who deserves an award, you can nominate them (or yourself) by filling in the application form. For more information »

16.7.12 GP and D/deaf patient survey Online survey which will look at better communication between a family doctor (GP) and Deaf patients with sign language including ISL interpreters. In particular, Internet and apps on a smartphone, that is iPhone or Android. Online survey for ISL interpreters> For more information »

9.7.12 Street collection - volunteers required Our service will hold a Street Collection in Killarney on the 13th of July from 11am to 5pm. We are looking for volunteers for this event. We would appreciate any time you can offer whether it?s an hour, half-day, full day. For more information »

2.7.12 Vacancy: Manager of Deaf Village Ireland Deaf Village Ireland is looking for a manager. If you are interested in applying for this job, please send an up-to-date CV with a letter of application explaining why you are the most suitable person for the job. For more information »

28.5.12 Job opportunity in Killarney. has a vacancy for a Support Worker at its Killarney office. It is a one year, part-time position. Closing date for applications is Wednesday, 6th June 2012. For more information »

21.5.12 Life skills programme for deaf adults open day. On 7th June from 3-7pm. The service is located in Deaf Village Ireland, on the Navan Road, Cabra, Dublin. It provides social and life skills to Deaf adults with a learning disability. For more information »

14.5.12 Referendum information in ISL. The Irish Deaf Society, is a guide to the contents of the Treaty. This video is available on the IDS youtube channel, which can be accessed through the IDS website and facebook page. Click here to watch the video: For more information »

7.5.12 Street collections. We are still looking for volunteer collectors for upcoming street collections: Friday, 22nd June in Listowel, Friday, 13th July in Killarney and Saturday, 14th September in Castleisland. If you have some spare time on those dates, and are interested in helping out, please contact Therese in our office for further information on times and locations. For more information »

23.4.12 Launch of sharing the journey. Sharing the Journey is a support network for parents with deaf/hard of hearing kids. They will be officially launching their service on the 10th of May. It will be held in The Oak Room, Dublin Mansion House from 5?7pm. For more information »

23.4.12 Launch of new book - Irish Sign Language, a congnitive linguistic approach. The book describes the social and historical background of this signed language and places Irish Sign Language in a world context. The Signs of Ireland corpus is used to introduce phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics. For more information, go to For more information »

23.4.12 Sign Language Association of Ireland (SLAI) meeting SLAI will hold an Open Forum on Saturday 9th June in Dublin Deaf Association, Drumcondra Road, Dublin 9. The meeting will be held from 9.30am till 4.30pm. The aim of the forum is to review work to date and discuss strategic developments for the future of SLAI. For more information »

2.4.12 Easter inter-provincial championships cancelled Deaf Sports Ireland (DSI) would like to inform you of the cancellation of the Easter Inter-Provincial Championships which was due to take place in Westport on the 7th of April. Accordingly, the evening meal function will not take place on Saturday 7th April. For more information »

26.3.12 Sharing the journey-introduction to performing arts Three day ?Introduction to Performing Arts? on the 10th/11th and 12th April, in St. Vincent?s Centre, Drumcondra, Dublin 7 from 10am ? 3.30pm. For more information »

19.3.12 Upcoming deaf events in Cork Easter Egg Hunt and a Coffee Morning. The Egg Hunt is open to Deaf, hard of hearing, and kids of Deaf parents (KODA's), from 11am to 2pm on the 31st of March and the egg hunt kicks off at 11.30am in St. Columba's GSN in Douglas, Cork. For more information »

12.3.12 Deafness and education international journal It is a peer-reviewed journal published quarterly. It is now available FREE of charge online until the 15th of April. To access the Journals, go to For more information »

27.2.12 Language acquisition of a deaf child in Ireland Deirdre Byrne-Dunne will be

5.3.12 Sign language interpreter access at mental wellness exhibition The Mental Wellness Exhibition will be held in the Killarney Sport and Leisure Centre on Sunday and Monday, March 11th and 12th. Further information is available from For more information »

27.2.12 Language acquisition of a deaf child in Ireland Deirdre Byrne-Dunne will be giving a presentation on language acquisition of a deaf child on Saturday 10th of March. The event will be held in the Deaf Community Centre, 96a O'Connell St in Limerick. For more information »

13.2.12 Non-compliane with Disability Act (HSE) - how to make a complaint? Are you aware that you can make a formal complaint if you feel the HSE has failed to comply with Sections 25 to 29 (inclusive) of the Act? If you feel you have grounds for making a complaint. For more information »

6.2.12 Changes to CE scheme and impact on Disability Allowance As of the 16th of January 2012, new participants on CE schemes will not be able to claim another social welfare payment at the same time. For more information »

30.1.12 Deafblind conference-building bridges An information event will be held for deafblind people, their families and carers and professionals working in the field on Saturday 25 Feb in NUI Maynooth. For more information »

23.1.12 Do you plan to study in Trinity College? TCD will hold a Disability Service advice clinic for students, parents and practitioners on 27 January at 6.30pm. It will be held in Room 3074 in the Arts Building. For more information »

23.1.12 Information for parents with deaf kids Parent of a deaf child or information of interest to parents of deaf kids: Simply Signing, Sharing the journey and Irish Deaf Kids. For more information »

16.1.12 Access to emerygency services via text Access to emergency services has finally become a reality for the Deaf and hard of hearing community in Ireland. However, the text service will only run for a period of 6 months until the end of June 2012, whereupon it will be reviewed in full. For more information »

9.1.12 We are deaf video There is a fantastic video going around Facebook at the moment. It shows how the Deaf community is made up of diverse people. From every walk of life, in every corner of the world. Watch this powerful video, a signature statement on just how truly special and global the Deaf community is. With people from 27 different countries participating, We Are Deaf is a special message from Deafnation to you. For more information »

NEWS 2011:

19.12.11 Access policy for Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Deafened, Deafblind KDRC have been working with the HSE nationally to develop an access policy for Deaf, Hard of Hearing, Deafened, Deafblind. A draft generic policy, which may be of use to Government Depts, Public Bodies and service providers. For more information »

12.12.11 Changes to hearing aid grant Changes to the Treatment Benefit Grant (PRSI Grant) for hearing aids. These changes will come into place in January 2012. For more information »

5.12.11 EUD Surveys The one survey is about Active Ageing and the Deaf community. The EUD would like to have more information about how Deaf people live in each EUD member countries. They will use this information in their work, and at the workshop and seminar which will be held in Copenhagen next year. This is an important survey as 2012 is the European Year of Active Ageing. For more information »

28.11.11 Interpreting access over christmas holidays The Sign language Interpreting Service would like to inform you of their Emergency out of hour?s service. If you wish to book a Sign language Interpreter out of hours the emergency number is 087 6725179. . For more information »

21.11.11 Cork/Kerry Deaf elderly christmas lunch Catherine Landers of CDA is organising a Christmas lunch on the 6th of December in Malton Hotel in Killarney. If you would like to attend, please let us know. Please inform us in advance if you require transport to the event. For more information »

14.11.11 DeafHear family information weekend will host its annual information weekend for families with children who have been newly diagnosed with a hearing loss in Portlaoise in March. For more information »

7.11.11 Deaf women's survey Ann Coogan and Josephine O'Leary, two well-known and prominent Deaf women in Ireland are doing a research project on Deaf women in Ireland in 2011. Their aim is to collect 300 completed surveys throughout Ireland. As this is a national survey, they would like some input from Deaf women in Kerry. For more information »

31.10.11 Vote for Dr. John Bosco Conama Dr. JBC is the 1st Deaf person from the Irish Sign Language community who has achieved a PHD (in Equality studies) and is currently an Assistant Professor and Co-ordinator in Deaf students at Trinity College Dublin. For more information »

24.10.11 Christmas Party Our Christmas party is on 4th of December in Stoker?s Lodge Tralee. If you would like to attend, please send us your names as soon as possible as we need to inform the restaurant of final numbers. We will have a 4-course meal and spot prizes. It will cost €20 per adult and ?10 per child. It will be on from 2-6pm. For more information »

17.10.11 Simply signing online shop Irish Sign Language books, posters and puppets are available to purchase on their website at Their books and puppets can capture the essence of fun and start you on your sign language journey. For more information »

10.10.11 Live advisor service launched A new instant chat information service for 'Live Advisor' specifically for people with hearing and speech difficulties. It is a free, confidential, one-to-one service, which provides information on a wide range of social and civil rights and entitlements. It is available between the hours of 9am and 5pm (Monday to Friday) and can be accessed by logging on to For more information »

3.10.11 Hands On - Looking for interesting stories 'Hands On', the programme that is aimed at the Deaf community is currently planning their 16th series of the programme. They are looking for some contributors for their chat show! Do you know of anyone with an interesting story to tell, who has achieved something amazing or has an unusual hobby? For more information »

26.9.11 SNA cuts - Hands On item By the end of 2011 the government will remove over 200 SNAs from schools around the country in order to meet targets within the National Recovery Plan. Most special schools will keep their existing number of SNAs, but many mainstream schools will lose some of theirs. Hands On would like to hear from anyone who has been affected by these cuts. This will be for research purposes and you are under no obligation to appear on Hands On. For more information »

19.9.11 EmployAbility Job Seekers Fair - 22nd September in Dublin It is aimed at providing both graduates and non-graduates with professional advice and information on all aspects of sourcing and securing suitable employment. A sign language interpreter will be provided at the event. To book a place at the seminars 'CV & Interview Preparation' and 'Social Welfare Entitlements' & 'Return to Employment'. For more information »

12.9.11 Sign language users wanted for event in Dingle A small group of Deaf sign language users to translated a song into sign language on the night. If you are keen to participate on the night, please let us know. For more information on the service, go to For more information »

5.9.11 Redress Board Final Closing Date The 16th of September is the last day on which applications can be made to the Residential Institutions Redress Board. Redress Board is to be wound down by the Minister for Education and Skills. All applications must be in writing using the Redress Board?s standard application form. For more information »

5.9.11 Re-Open After Annual Leave Our service re-opened on the 1st of September after our annual leave in August. If you would like to make an appointment to meet with any of our staff, please contact us. For more information »

25.7.11 Spirit of Sign 5th Anniversary Cork Deaf Drama, Spirit of Sign, will have its 5th anniversary celebrations on 19th November in Metropole Hotel, MacCurtain St, Cork from 1pm - 6pm and 7pm - 1am. For more information »

18.7.11 Race Night fundraiser A fundraiser 'Race Night' is being held Friday 26th August in the Corner House Bar, Barraduff at 9pm. For more information »

4.7.11 EFSLI Conference Italy The European Forum of Sign Language Interpreters 2011 conference is still open for registration. The event promises to be another highlight in EFSLI?s history. The conference will be held on the beautiful Amalfi Coast in Italy from the 16th - 18th of Sept. The conference will encourage participants to reflect on this development, to share experiences, knowledge and expertise of specific translating techniques working between written and sign language. For more information »

27.6.11 IDS Car Boot Sale Fundraiser Car Boot Sale on Saturday the 25th July, in the Deaf Club 40, Lower Drumcondra Rd. Entrance will be at the back of the building. It will be held from 10.30am - 4pm. For more information »

13.6.11 Summerfest Annual sports day on Sunday, 19th July, from 12pm until late St Joseph?s Grounds, Navan Road, Dublin 7. Activities will include tug-o-war, Wellington boots, children and adults races, bouncy castle, water slide and many more. All Welcome and admission is FREE! For more information »

23.5.11 Interpreter available at CDA every friday A Sign Language interpreter will be available from 2.30pm to 4.30pm at the Cork Deaf Association, free of charge. Last Friday of every month, starting Friday 27th May. For more information »

16.5.11 Facebook workshops 11th of June in Tralee The Deaf Adult Literacy Service (DALS) is currently setting up one-off Facebook workshops for Deaf people who want to learn how to use FB, enhance their privacy and security settings and learn about features on the social networking page to enhance their enjoyment of using Facebook. For more information »

9.5.11 Equality Ambassador Training The course will enable participants to create awareness among state employees on how to treat people with disabilities in their everyday jobs. The course is 10 weeks, with one 3 hour session per week, and will commence in May/June 2011 (dates/times to be confirmed). For more information »

2.5.11 ESB disability traineeship programme There will be approximately six placements on offer (TBC) across a number of their business units. Further information, job description and application packs are available. For more information »

18.4.11 Newborn hearing screening programme Cork University Maternity Hospital has been selected as the first hospital in Ireland to implement the universal Newborn Hearing Screening programme. From the end of April the parents of all babies born in the hospital will be offered a hearing test prior to discharge. For more information »

4.4.11 Job Vacancies 2 Part time posts. Communiity Officer & Development Officer in the Mid-West region. For more information »

7.3.11 Live advisor - citizen's information service It is an instant chat service operating between the hours of 9am to 5pm (Monday to Friday), which is specifically targeted toward Deaf people, people with hearing and speech difficulties and others who have difficulties and others who have difficulty communicating by telephone. For more information »

28.2.11  Training course - Deaf Managers / facing the challenge Deaf people can face many obstacles when they want to succeed in Management? It can also be difficult to fully access training in Ireland on this topic? A training course is being organised at Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh from the 16th - 17th of May to tackle this issue. Information is available in British Sign Language and International Sign. For more information »

21.2.11 IDS Charity Shop Volunteers are required for an hour or two a week.. The IDS are also looking for unwanted clothes, bric a brac, books, jewellery etc. They will be organising a Clothes Drop day on Saturday 5th March from 11am-4pm at the Dublin Deaf Association, Lwr Drumcondra Rd. Alternatively, donations can be left at their HQ at 30 Blessington Street, Dublin 7 (just off Dorset Street) anytime Monday to Friday (9am-5pm). More »

14.2.11 a new work placement programme, known as Tús. This will provide 5,000 short-term working opportunities in community organisations for people unemployed for over a year. More information is available at and see if your details are there and up to date to vote. More »

7.2.11> Job Vacancy Manager vacancy with SLIS - Sign Language Interpreting Service is seeking a Manager, based in Dublin, who will be responsible for the development and delivery of core strategic objectives and initiatives. Please apply by sending a hard copy of your CV by post or a soft copy by email before 5pm on Friday 19th February 2011. Your application should include the names of two referees and a short cover letter. A full job description is available on or More »

7.2.11 Upcoming national elections The Election is on the 25th of February. Do you know if you are registered to vote? If not go to and see if your details are there and up to date to vote. More »

31.1.11  Declaration on sign languages in the EU A conference was held on sign language legislation on declaration on sign languages in the EU. It is a landmark document declares that the national sign languages of the Member States are the native languages of sign language users and it has long been secured by research that sign languages are fully-fledged languages. More »

24.1.11 Deaf cruises 2011 cruise itineraries was announced such as Alaska, Europe, Hawaii and many more exciting destinations. For more information »

24.1.11 Job Vacancy Director Vacancy with RNID Northern Ireland. The role requires strong internal communication and team-building skills, working within a complex UK structure with the support of the Northern Ireland Advisory Group. You can apply by online or email and quoting reference HQ1735. More »

24.1.11 Aware online support Aware is a support service for people with depression and their families. Aware online support is now launched and it could be a vital service for Deaf people particularly those who live in areas where there is no interpreting support. The service is confidential. More »

17.1.11 Job Vacancy Co-ordinator vacancy at The Centre for Deaf Education. The role of the Coordinator will be to build and expand the current Centre to become the place from which parents of Deaf children are supported and advised and can access the key professionals, medical and educational working with Deaf children. Closing date is 28th of January 2011. More »

17.1.11 Month's mind mass for Michael Fell A Month's Mind Mass on the 3rd of February. It will be held in the Church of St Gertrude, Firies, Co Kerry at 10am. Veronica White will interpret the Mass. More »

17.1.11 Cold weather conditions in Kerry over Christmas With temperature levels also going well below zero, alot of people in Kerry had severe water issues and burst water pipes. If this happened to you, make sure to report this to your local Council. We can also contact the Council on your behalf. More »

NEWS 2010:

23.12.10 Happy christmas and happy new year We will close for holidays at lunch time on the 22nd of December and will re-open on the 5th of January. Unfortunately due to snow and icy roads, we had to cancel our Christmas party this weekend. Our apologies to everyone for the short cancellation notice. More »

16.12.10 Christmas Party- Final Reminder Our Christmas party is on this Sunday the 19th of December in the Ballyroe Hotel Tralee. If you would like to attend, please send us your names as soon as possible as we need to inform the hotel of final numbers. More »

9.12.10 Deafhood Workshops in Limerick and Cork Two workshops will be held in Limerick on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th January 2011 in the Deaf Community Centre, 96A O?Connell St. Also, in Cork on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th January 2011 at Cork Deaf Centre, 5 McCurtain St. Admission€150 for both workshops including lunch. More »

25.11.10 Bowling Fundraiser in Cork for KODA The group hopes to run a number of events for Deaf parents and their hearing kids. The 1st event they are holding will be a Bowling Fundraiser. This will be held on the 27th of November in the Planet Entertainment Centre in Blackpool, Cork. It costs €60 for a team of four. More »

11.11.10  Hands On is Back The Deaf magazine television programme, Hands On, will return to your screens on Sunday 14th November, 12.05pm on RTÉ1 for 10 programmes. This is the 15th series of Hands On and once again it promises to be entertaining, enthralling, explorative and educative. Don?t miss it! More »

4.11.10  Cork Deaf Enterprises Great Charity Auction An auction in aid of Cork Deaf Enterprises will be held at their facilities at Ballinlough Road, Cork, on Sunday November 7th 2010, from 2 to 6pm. More »

21.10.10  Opportunity to work with deaf in Slovakia Voluntary work for a period of 6 or 12 months. Training, accommodation, flights and food all paid for, they even get a bit of pocket money too to spend on their own things. You must be between 18 and 25 to participate in this programme. More »

14.10.10  News For The Deaf News for the Deaf is shown on RTÉ daily after the Nuacht (News in spoken Irish) and News with Signing. Many people miss this segment as it?s shown before 6pm. RTÉ has now included this item in its online RTÉ Player service. It ss a free online catch-up service, which lets you watch a variety of programmes for up to 21 days. To view News for the Deaf, go to . More »

07.10.10  Dublin Deaf Scout Leader Wanted The 191st Dublin Deaf Scout Group is looking for volunteers to lend a hand. Volunteers will help with the running of the group, activities, games and trips. Volunteers will also get the chance to go on camping trips. Meetings are held every Wednesday from 7pm to 9pm in Drumcondra, Dublin. More »

30.09.10  World Federation of the Deaf WFD congress will be held in Durban South Africa from the 18th to the 24th of July 2011. WFD will organise an International Deaf Youth Camp from the 6th -14th July 2011 in Durban. World Association of Sign Language Interpreters will also hold its international conference in Durban from the 14-16 July 2011. More »

23.09.10  Change to Free Legal Aid Clinics Free Legal Advice Centre (FLAC) will hold its free clinic every second month at their North Frederick Street Centre, Dublin ( offices). All are welcome, and a Sign Language interpreter will be available. The next FLAC clinic will be held on October 7th at 8pm. More »

1.08.10  KDRC Annual Leave KDRC will close to the public for the month of August. As usual, a number of staff will be available for emergencies or for pre-planned assignments and meetings. We look forward to working with you all in September. More »

29.07.10  Job Opportunity Hand on Heart is seeking Personal assistant for a 3 month placement with the view to a 12 month contract. The essential requirements are good computer skills: Microsoft Products, email and internet. Applications closing date: Friday 30th July 2010. More »

22.07.10  Tralee Women's Resource Centre Fundraiser
The TWRC is holding a BBQ this Friday 23rd of July at 6.30pm in Reuben's Cafe, Tralee. Tickets are available and cost ?20 each. If you would like to support the TWRC and its Emergency Fund, tickets can be purchased in their office at 36 Ashe Street, or in Reuben's Caf?, Ashe Street, Tralee, Co. Kerry. More »

14.07.10  Mass At Rath Cemetery
The annual mass at Rath Cemetery, Rathass, Tralee will take place on Wednesday 14th July at 7.30 pm. A Sign Language interpreter will be provided. More »

24.06.10  Part Time Vacancy in KDRC (CE Scheme)
We will shortly have a vacancy for a part time Admin position. Duties to include general office duties, computer work, filing, photocopying. Dealing with client queries and carrying out work related duties. Knowledge of sign language / Deaf issues is an advantage. More »

17.06.10  Call For Presenters!
Simply signing is taking applications for training for Presenters. Training will be provided for all level of signers, from beginner to interpreter. More »

10.06.10  Deaf wanted to share house in Cork A Deaf person is looking for Deaf tenants to share a house in Cork. There are two rooms available in a lovely three bedroom house near the following Wilton Shopping Centre, Cork University Hospital, UCC and CIT. More info: More »

10.06.10  Citizens Information Online Service You can now get confidential, high quality information on your civil and social rights and entitlements via an "online advisor", available from Monday to Friday from 9am to 5pm. More »

10.06.10  IDS Summerfest Annual Sports Day will be held in St Joseph's Cabra grounds on Sunday 18th July at 12pm onwards. Volunteers for this event are also required. More »

03.06.10  Irish Deaf Youth Assoication Table Quiz The Woolshed Pub beside Cineworld, Parnell St, Dublin 1, on 10 June at 8pm. More »

27.05.10  CV and interview technique workshop Are you currently looking for work? Do you need help with your Curriculum Vitae (CV)? Do you know how to do job interviews? CV & Interview Technique Workshop on Thursday and Friday 27 - 28 May 2010. The workshop will be held at the Dublin Deaf Association. Participants must attend both days and lunch is included. The workshop is free. More »

20.05.10  BSc in Deaf Studies Bristol University threatened withdrawal of BSc in Deaf Studies. According to University authorities, the Degree programme is expensive and does not fit in with faculty priorities. If the Degree closes approx. 75% of CDS Bristol staff will lose their jobs, including most Deaf staff. This would have a disastrous impact on Deaf and hearing people in many ways. Please support the CDS Bristol and send a letter to the University decision makers or to sign the petition against the closure. More »

13.05.10  KODA Fundraising Bagpacking and Table Quiz Cork Deaf Association is looking for volunteers to help with bag backing to raise funds to cover the cost of sign language interpreting at the upcoming KODA Family Conference in New York. The bag packing will take place on 20th and 21st May from 6-9pm, at Balyvolane, Cork. More »

6.05.10  Presenters for news for the deaf on RTÉ Presenters are required to translate the News for the Deaf through Irish Sign Language.The suitable candidates will be selected by audition. Closing date for applications is the 30th of May. More »

29.04.10  Volunteers required for street collections As part of our fundraising drive - we require volunteers for our upcoming street collections. The next collections will be held on the: 7th of May - Tralee, 15th of July - Killarney and 11th of September - Listowel. More »

29.04.10  House insulation service for people with disabilities Energy Action is a registered charity that supplies a free insulation service for people with disabilities and the elderly. any of us experienced a very cold and frosty winter this year. The time might be right for you to insulate your house. More »

22.04.10  Flight Cancellations - What Are Your Rights? It has been reported that millions of passengers have been affected by the recent flight cancellations in Europe. It is highly likely that Deaf and hard of hearing passengers have been affected too. Many of these people may not have been able to access information on their rights if the flights have been affected. There is a European Regulation (EC) No. 261/2004 that outlines your rights if flights are cancelled. More »

15.04.10  Updating email database for newsletter Our main computer crashed this week and has been sent for repairs. Thankfully, we backed-up most of our files. However, we are not sure if our e-mail address database is up-to-date. If you do not wish to receive our newsletter or if our details for you are incorrect, please let us know and we will make any necessary changes. Our apologies for any inconvenience caused. More »

8.04.10  RNID launches iPhone application The Royal National Institute has launched a new innovative iPhone application that allows people to check their hearing anywhere in the world for the Deaf at the touch of a button for free. More »

1.04.10  Access to The Late Late Show competition RTÉ has made the accommodations for viewers who are unable to use the telephone, and who wish to enter their television competition. If you have a communication difficulty arising as a result of a disability and would like to enter the regular call/text viewer competition on The Late Late Show. More »

25.03.10  Captioning all english videos on youtube Google recently announced an ambitious plan to automatically add computer generated captioning to all English videos on youtube. This will be a huge benefit to Deaf and hard of hearing people and will provide millions of hours of speech accessible to search engines for people doing research. More »

18.03.10 Cutbacks to Kerry Deaf Resource Centre The Kerry Deaf Resource Centre is looking for your support. Our service has been in operation for the past 11 years. During this time, we have been campaigning for increased funding to enable us provide services to the Deaf and hard of hearing community. We urgently need your support. We urge you to write to your local TD and call for a stop to our funding cuts. We would also encourage you to demand funding increases and not funding cuts. More »

11.03.10  Poetry in Sign Language Workshop The Centre for Deaf Studies will hold a workshop ?Is there poetry in ISL? ? potential examples??. The workshop will be limited to 20 participants on 13th of March. More »

04.03.10  Signing Song - Intercultural Event Intercultural Evening on the 8th of March in Reuben's Cafe, we will have a group of Deaf people translating a song into sign language. The song is 'Imagine' by John Lennon. Rehearsals will take place in our Centre on a weekly basis until the 8th of March. More »

25.02.10  International Women's Day Events They have organised a range of events in March. If you would like to attend any of the following events, please let us know, as communication access will need to be organised. In addition, places are limited for a number of the events. More »

18.02.10  Murphy Report translated into sign language You can watch the translation on Youtube - (The quality is better on the DVD so the IDS would recommend that you watch the DVD). You can request one by contacting More »

11.02.10  Dublin Theatre Of The Deaf - Drama Workshops The 1st workshop will be held on the 27th February. It will be held in the Drama Hall, St Vincent?s Deaf Club, 40 Lower Drumcondra Rd, Dublin 9 from 1pm to 5pm. There is a registration fee of €ten which is payable on the first day. Places are limited so book your place early. More »

04.02.10  Ulster Bank Sir George Quigley Award 2010 Applications are now being accepted from suitable community and voluntary groups from the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland for this award. There will be one off grant of ?10,000 or Sterling equivalent to the winning organisation. The closing date for applications is the 19th of March.. More »

28.01.10  Subtitled Videos On Internet - "22 Frames" A new site is now available More »

21.01.10 SLIS Emergency Cover The National Sign Language Interpreting Service is pleased to announce that its Emergency / 24 Hour Service has been extended. You may now contact the Emergency line 087 672 5179 outside of normal office hours for medical and legal emergencies only. More »

21.01.10 Deaf Carnival in Hamburg The festival will be on Saturday 27th, February 2010, starting at 7.30pm. For information about the event check out the website: More »

14.01.10 International Congress on Education of the Deaf Moving Forward From The 1880 Milan Resolution. Canada will host the 21st International Congress on Education of the Deaf (ICED) in Vancouver in July 2010. More »

07.01.10 KDRC on Facebook Our facebook site is going from strength to strength. We have also uploaded sign language alphabets from 39 countries throughout the world. If you would like to add us as your friend, go to More »

NEWS 2009:

23.12.09 Closing for Christmas Holidays we will close for Christmas Holidays from the 23rd of December to the 4th of January. More »

17.12.09 Job Vacancy The European Union of the Deaf wishes to a Project Officer for the SignSpeak consortia. This is a part-time position based in Brussels, Belgium. Candidates are expected to have a knowledge and understanding of Deaf culture and Deaf issues in addition to excellent sign as well as other communication and negotiation skills. For more info: More »

10.12.09 Job Vacancy St Mary's Residence for Deaf Girls, Navan Road, Dublin 7 has a vacancy for Maintenance Person. Please forward CV by Post: Ada Kelly, 28 Ashington Rise, Navan Road 7 or by email: Please note that short listing may apply. Closing date: Thursday 10th December 2009. Interviews will be held on Monday 14th December 2009. More »

10.12.09 Swine flu vaccination clinic The Education Centre at Kerry General Hospital. It is anticipated that each person will need to attend for approx 30 minutes (consent time / queue time and observation time post vaccination) on Friday 11th & 18th of December. If you would like an appointment, please contact us. For more information on Swine flu and Swine flu vaccination, go to More »

3.12.09 Christmas Parties KDRC Party is on the 13th of December in Meadowlands Hotel in Tralee. IDYA Party is on December the 21st in Messer Maguires (Burgh Quay), in Dublin from 8pm. More »

26.11.09 Hands On looking for CODA stories Hands On TV want to do a positive story on Children of Deaf Adults (CODA) experiences of growing up. CODA's have a unique experience of growing up in both the hearing and Deaf world. Hands On want to hear the good, the bad, the ugly and downright hilarious stories. They hope to film between the 10th and 11th of December. More »

19.11.09 Job Vacancy The Irish Deaf Society has two full time positions available. The posts are for a Development Worker and an Administrator. The positions will be based at the Deaforward at the Irish Deaf Society. Duties will include assisting the Advocacy Manager. Closing date is Monday 30th of Nov at 5pm. More »

12.11.09 Hands On is back on air the programme for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing communities in Ireland is about to kick off its 14th series on the 15th November in a brand new time slot at 12.30pm, on RTÉ 1. More »

5.11.09 Open Meeting To Discuss St. Mary's Heritage Interested in preserving the heritage of St Mary's School for Deaf Girls, Cabra? Are you a past pupil, pupil, or staff/ex-staff? Or just interested in helping us preserve this very important part of our heritage? Men are also welcome to join this group, as supporters. There will be an open information meeting to discuss these questions at 14 November 2009 at 5pm in the Games Room, Dublin Deaf Club, Drumcondra. A new group on facebook has also been set up: St. Mary's School for Deaf Girls Heritage. More »

8.10.09 National Art Gallery Of Ireland Sign Language Tours There is no charge for the tour and it is very informative. No advance bookings are required either. If you would like to know when the next tour is on- send your details to the Outreach Officer by fax at Fax: 01 661 0099. Alternatively, you can send your details by post to the ISL Tours, c/o Outreach Officer, National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2. More »

1.10.09 3rd Level education supports AHEAD - the Association for Higher Education Access and Disability provides information to students and graduates with disabilities, teachers, guidance counsellors and parents on disability issues in education. They have a document 'Supports for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students' is availiable to download. More »

24.9.09 Lisbon Treaty DVD In Sign Language On Friday 2 October 2009, voters will be asked to decide whether or not Ireland should ratify the Lisbon Treaty. To enable Deaf voters understand the Treaty, a DVD in sign language is available. If you would like a copy of this, please contact us. The DVD was funded and supported by the Referendum Commission. In addition, has two clips in sign language entitled "Lisbon Treaty 2009 - Part 1 of 2" More »

17.9.09 Irish Deaf News In edition 13 they cover unemployment and the live register, baby boom births, Government cuts, and the Deaflympics. You can view this video at The latest edition More »

10.9.09 Job advertisement Position of Administration & Operations Manager in St. Mary's. Administration Manager in St. Joseph's Residences for Deaf Girls and Boys Cabra. This is a permanent position. The closing date for the receipt of applications will be Friday the 11th of September 2009. More »

10.9.09 Deaflympics in Taipei The event is being held from the 5th to the 15th of September. All updates on any of the Irish athletes: or to the Irish Deaf Sports Association at More »

31.7.09 KDRC Holidays KDRC will be closed for annual leave for the month of August. The Centre will close on Friday 31st July and reopen on Tuesday 1st September. Thanks and looking forward to seeing you all in September. More »

30.7.09 IDS and Swine Flu The Irish Deaf Society has released information on the Swine Flu and Influenza A (H1N1). The information is translated into Irish Sign Language by Eddie Redmond. You can watch the video on youtube: More »

30.7.09 Vacancy at Deaf Community Centre Limerick The Deaf Community Centre is now seeking to recruit a DEVELOPMENT OFFICER. 1 Year contract starting September 2009. If you would like any further information, drop in to DCC, arrange a video or skype call with Sandra Morrissey or drop an email to Detailed job specification available from More »

23.7.09 Interpreter Availability? A number of colleges/ students have contacted our service to determine interpreter availability for the forthcoming academic year. The Institute of Technology in Tralee may require the services of a sign language interpreter from Sept/Oct onwards- timetable will be made available shortly. More »

16.7.09 IDYA News The IDYA are going Surfing!! If you are interested, keep the last week in August free - the 28/29/30th of August. They will be heading down to Lahinch in Co. Clare to learn to surf with the Bens Surf Clinic, hang out in the beautiful West of Ireland and enjoy the last few days of the summer. More »

9.7.09 Lectureship part time post vacancies The Centre for Deaf Studies has two part time post vacancies. These positions are linked to the roll out of their new Bachelor in Deaf Studies programme, which will be launched in September 2009. More »

2.7.09 IDS Car Boot Sale Fundraiser The Irish Deaf Society (IDS) will hold a Car Boot Sale on Saturday the 25th July. The event will take place in the Deaf Club 40, Lower Drumcondra Rd. Entrance will be at the back of the building. It will be held from 10.30- 4pm. More »

25.6.09 Irish Deaf News on You Tube The Irish Deaf Society has released their first Irish Deaf News on You Tube recently. The clip is in sign language and presented by Brian Crean. If you would like to see the 1st clip, go to More »

8.6.09 Deaf Film Night: Through Deaf Eyes A documentary about Deaf life in America, Through Deaf Eyes, recently screened on RTE, will be shown at the Dublin Deaf Association, on Saturday, 27th June 2009 at 8 pm sharp. More »

11.6.09 Kerry Deaf Get-Together They hope to organise canoeing, mountain climbing and hill walking around Killorglin in July. If you are interested in joining the group or participating in activities, let them know on their facebook group: Kerry Sign Pub. More »

4.6.09 AIB Street Performance World Championship The Street Performance World Championship is a free family festival which brings the best circus entertainers in the world to Ireland. Sign Language Interpreters will be present on June 20th and 21st 2009. Merrion Square, Dublin. Details on page 43 of the brochure or check out More »

28.5.09 Counselling For Deaf Victims Of Child Abuse Counselling Service will provide services for Deaf people who have been abused following on The Ryan Commission to Inquire into Child Abuse published its report last week. These services are free and interpreters will be arranged for any person who wishes to access these services again free. See More »

21.5.09 Breastcheck Screening Women In Tralee BreastCheck advises all women aged between 50 and 64 living in Tralee and surrounding areas to make sure their name is on the BreastCheck register. We can make a call on your behalf to 1800 45 45 55. Alternatively, you can fill in an application form or go online at More »

21.5.09 Cervical Screening Now Available Nationwide To have a free smear test, please arrange an appointment with a smeartaker (doctor or practice nurse) of your choice who is registered with CervicalCheck. A full list of registered smeartakers can be found under the 'Find a smeartaker' section on the CervicalCheck website If you need an interpreter, the HSE needs to be contacted in advance for sanctioning for an interpreter. More »

14.5.09 DS3 Introduction To University Programme Sponsored Places University of Limerick are offering Deaf/hard of hearing students the chance to attend the Introduction to University Programme. This is a one week summer programme held at the University of Limerick Campus. The programme is designed to allow students experience the academic and social side of college and to help you to make more informed choices about your course and career. Places are very limited; the deadline is this Friday 15th May. To be considered for a place, email and simply state why you would like to attend this programme. For more information see More »

7.5.09 Summerfest - Annual Sports Day Summerfest will be held on the 19th of July in the grounds of St. Joseph's School for Deaf Boys on the Navan Rd, Dublin 7. Admission is free and it will be held from 12noon to late. There will be tug-o-war, children & adult races, bouncy castles, water slides and many more activities. It is advisable for children to bring spare clothes. More »

30.4.09 Accreditation For Sign Language Interpreters The closing date for applications for the upcoming Accreditation process for sign language interpreters has been extended to the 8th of May. An application form must be completed and sent to the Chairperson of SLIS along with a copy of your CV and two references (references must not be older than 3years). More »

23.4.09 Grants For Leadership Training Deadline for grants for leadership training in Ireland under the Ray Murphy Fund is the 31st July and 30th October. The Ray Murphy grants are for building leadership within the community sector from 2008 - 2017. The Community Foundation of Ireland manages the fund More »

16.4.09 Celebrating Ten Years in Service An article is written in a local paper to celebrate our ten years in service. More »

9.4.09 Breast Check & Cervical Cancer Open Meeting As part of our campaign to raise awareness amongst the Deaf Community on cancer- we will team up with the Tralee Women's Resource Centre for an Information session on the 11th of May. It will be held from 11.30 to 1pm in the Rathonane Community Centre. More »

2.4.09 Hands On Review Meeting This year, RTÉ is not automatically renewing the contract for Hands On. RTÉ need to review the situation before they make a decision. Hands On are hopeful that it will carry on as normal but there is a certain risk attached to it. As a result they need the support of all the presenters and the audience! If you have a few seconds, do the Hands On survey: www.surveymonkey.comMore »

26.3.09 Kerry Deaf Resource Centre Street Collections Next will be in Listowel on Saturday, 18 April 2009. All the money collected will be used to provide services to Deaf and hard of hearing people in Kerry. More »

19.3.09 Audilogical Reveiew Over 1,200 children and adults in Cork and Kerry will be recalled for hearing tests after faults were discovered in the work of an audiologist. The HSE has written to audiology outpatients in Cork, Tralee and Limerick, inviting them for a re-test as a precautionary measure. An information line has been set up on 1850 24 1850 (8am to 8pm, Monday to Saturday). More »

12.3.09 ISL Recognition Campaign As part of this campaign, you can go to our website and click on the red button "ISL Letter Download". You can highlight the text and copy to your own letter and send to your Government representatives or to the Taoiseach. More »

5.3.09 Parachute Jump For IDYA The Irish Deaf Youth Association is looking for people to participate in a parachute jump. Participants will do a tandem jump and will be attached to an experienced professional. Training will be provided. More »

26.2.09 Radio Interview On Emergency Services Joe Duffy, the well-known RTÉ Radio 1 presenter covered the lack of access to Emergency Services for Deaf and hard of hearing on his popular show The first item was so well received on Tuesday the 17th of February, that they gave more radio air-time to the issue the following day. There were a number of Deaf people who called into the show via sign language interpreters. Read our To see the transcript for 17th and 18th of February. More »

19.2.09 Tutor Training With Signature There will be a number of workshops coming up for new and existing Sign Language Tutors and Assessors. The training will be based in Cork and will be provided by Signature (formerly known as CACDP). More »

12.2.09 KDRC E-Mail Spam Our e-mail address has been temporarily blocked for a few days. Our Internet provider has taken this step to prevent e-mail spammers from using our main e-mail address. We are in the process of configuring a new e-mail account. If you have sent any e-mail to us in the past week, we would ask you to re-send them again. Our apologies for any inconvenience caused. More »

5.2.09 Centre For Deaf Studies - Bristol 'Sign Language Learning and Teaching' will be held on the 26th of September 2009. The aim of the symposium is to tackle these issues and generate, for the first time, academic discussion over the emerging field of Applied Sign Linguistics. More »

29.1.09 Campaign Co-ordinator Vacancy Deadline for Applications: Friday 6th February. Please download 'ERA Campaign Coordinator Job Description' in Word doc Download (size 40k) More »

22.1.09 Revenue Information In Irish Sign Language We have been informed that the Revenue Commissioners have a person who can provide revenue information in ISL in Cork and Kerry. It might be worthwhile to enquire as to the person's proficiency / qualifications in sign language before booking the service. This service must be booked two weeks in advance. If you want to contact Revenue to book this service please let us know or you can fax 066 7121372. More »

15.1.09 J-Fest Adventure Week St. Joseph's School for Deaf Boys is holding J-Fest, an adventure week during the mid-term break February 18-21 2009, for deaf boys aged 10-15 years old. Places are limited, with a maximum number of 15. To find out more information or to book a place »

8.1.09 National KODA Conference (USA) Postponed We would like to inform our members and those intending to travel to the USA for the 2009 KODA conference that the conference will be held instead in 2010. This organising committee made their decision in response to community concerns about the current economic downturn and conflicting schedules with other national and international events. More »

NEWS 2008:

18.12.08 Interpreting Hands On is making a programme about working with interpreters and would like to feedback on people's awareness and experience of working with interpreter with a questionaire. More »

11.12.08 News from Africa: KDRC manager, Willie White, is out in South Africa building houses with the Niall Mellon Trust. More »

4.12.08 Job Opportunity: A post has become available for a one-year contract, subject to review, for the position of Deaf Youth Advocate. Duties include: Facilitating Workshops, Fundraising, General Office Administration and Organising Fun Events. ISL Training will be provided if required. More »

27.11.08 Christmas Partys Children's Christmas Party on 7th December at 3pm, at the Dublin Deaf Club, please text for more info: 086 1719570. IDYA on the 20th of December in Messer Maguires near O' Connell Bridge in Dublin. KDRC on the 14th of December in the Abbeygate Hotel in Kerry. More »

20.11.08 Court Calls for Code After Death of Deaf Man A JURY has recommended that major changes be made in the way hospitals treat patients with disabilities after hearing how a 60 yrs old deaf man died as he tried to walk 50 miles home. More »

12.11.08 Medical Card Update For Over 70's The new income thresholds for qualification for a medical card for over-70s are €700pw for a single person, equivalent to €36,500pa, and €1,400pw for a couple, or €73,000pa. More »

12.11.08 Disability Allowance Update Government has agreed that the existing arrangements, whereby Disability Allowance is paid to 16 and 17 year olds will continue, pending the completion of a full review of the Disability Allowance scheme. More »

6.11.08 KDRC Christmas / Winter Celebration Party Our annual party will be held on the 14th of December in the Abbeygate Hotel Tralee. More »

6.11.08 Supporter of the Year Nominations It's that time of year again where we are looking for nominations for our Deaf and Hearing Supporter of the Year Awards. Do you know of a person, organisation or a service that has been supportive of Deaf issues in the past year. More »

30.10.08 The use of Non-Accredited Interpreters In the Corkman newspaper on the 16th of October, they ran an article on a court case where all the charges were dismissed due to the mishandling of interpreting access. More »

23.10.08 Synopsis of Budget 2008 There has been huge criticism of this year's budget. Read on... »

16.10.08 CE Vacancy With Our Service We have a vacancy for a part time person to work with our service in November. The person will be expected to work with clients and have relevant office/computer skills. Knowledge of sign language and Deaf issues is a definite advantage. Applicants must be eligible to participate on a CE scheme. If you are interested, please send your CV to our service. More »

9.10.08 AHEAD 20th Annual ConferenceAHEAD, the Association of Higher Education Access & Disability is hosting its 20th Annual Conference on 29th October 2008. The theme is 'What's good about our teaching, and what could we learn from it?'. More »

18.9.08 strong>Hands On Needs Your Help Hands On will be back on TV this autumn. At the moment they are working on two programmes & need your help! The 1st programme is about access to emergency services (999 - Garda, Ambulance, Fire Brigade, etc.) in Ireland. The 2nd programme is about a sensitive but very important issue. Hands On would like to talk to people who have tried to adopt or have successfully adopted or fostered a child or gone through IVF treatment. More »

>Dublin Theatre of the Deaf Drama rehearsals will starts on Thursday, 18th Sept at the Dublin Deaf Club At 7.30pm for a new family show for Christmas called "Mary Poppins" Old and new faces are welcome and join the drama on every Thursday evening. More »

Sign Language Interpreter Vacancy Applications are invited from suitably qualified persons for the following Fixed Term post under the aegis of Kerry Education Service (Co. Kerry VEC), which may arise in the school year 2008/09. Applications must be received not later than 12.00 p.m. on Monday 22nd September 2008. More »

IDS Signing Week The Irish Deaf Society has arranged a number of exciting events to celebrate Signing Week from the 6th to the 13th of September. More »

Census 2011 The Central Statistics Office (CSO) is looking for ideas and submissions for the 2011 Census by 11th of September. Further information is also available at More »

Job Opportunities With Hands On TV Researcher position - starting August 25th for minimum of 8 months and Production Assistant/Runner - starting late August/early September for approximately 8 months. More »

KDRC Closed in August: The Kerry Deaf Resource Centre will close from Friday, August 1st for annual holidays. The Centre will re-open Monday, 1st September at 9.30am. More »

Job Opportunity: Project Manager Vacancy in Centre for Deaf Studies. The Centre for Deaf Studies hope to recruit a Project Manager for a 3 year contract. The appointment will be tenable from 1st October 2008. More »

Hearing Aid Grant From 1st July 2008, the maximum grant for the supply of a hearing aid under the Medical Appliance Benefit Scheme has been increased to €830.00. More »

Feedback to Kathleen O'Brien Tribute We have received a lot of feedback to our tribute last week to Kathleen O'Brien. More »

A tribute to Kathleen O'Brien - too young to die This week's article is dedicated to our client and friend Kathleen O'Brien who passed away last week at the tender age of 39. She passed away peacefully after a brave battle with advanced cervical cancer. Read on and the reality was shocking!!! »

IDS Summerfest: St Joseph's Grounds Navan Road (Swimming Pool) on Sunday 6th July 2008, from 12pm till late. There will be Annual Sports Day Tug-o-war, Wellington boots, Children & Adults race, Bounty castle, water slide and many more. A BBQ will also be provided. Kids please bring spare clothes. Admission is free. Please note: Participating in any activities will be at your own risk. More »

Community Employment Vacancy: We are looking for a person to work with us on a part time basis. The person needs to be eligible for a Community Employment (CE) position. The candidate should have knowledge of Deaf issues and sign language. Knowledge of office systems/computer skills would also be an advantage. The position will commence the first week of July. More »

KDRC Golf Classic: Enda Curtayne will organise a Golf Classic all proceeds going to KDRC Centre. It will be held on the 22nd of August in Dooks Golf Club in Glenbeigh, Co. Kerry. It will cost €250 per team (4 people in each team). The income from this helps us to pay bills and overheads throughout the year. As with a lot of community groups, we rely on voluntary fundraising to cover costs, as we do not receive sufficient funding from the HSE or Government Departments. More »

Deaf Football Open Day: Will be held on Saturday 21st June at the Corduff Sports Centre, Dublin 15, from 12.00pm to 17.00pm for boys and girls aged 5 -18 years old. More »

Lisbon Treaty: Cork Deaf Association have organised an information evening regarding the Lisbon treaty, on Monday 9th June at 8PM in Deaf Centre, Cork. More »

Men's Development Network: Men Are Learning, the 12th Annual Men's Summer School, will be held in Maynooth from Monday June 16th to Wednesday June 18th 2008. More »

KODA Family Day - Kids of Deaf Adults: Fun, games, laughs and surprises will be held on the 8th of June from 11am to 5pm. Cost will be €10 per family. More »

Deaf Karaoke Night: The Irish Deaf Society Presents Deaf Karaoke in aid of the Thailand Trek 2008 to raise funds for Deaf services in Ireland. More »

Hearing Aid False Advertising: We've received a number of complaints regarding misleading hearing aid advertising ie: a free trial of hearing aids. If you require hearing aids, please be very careful selecting your hearing aid dispenser, there are many stories out there of elderly people parting with their money and not getting the service they paid for!! More »

ISL Assessors Wanted: You need to have knowledge of Level 1 Certificate in Irish Sign Language, a teaching qualification & teaching experience. Skills / qualification in assessment. For more information, go to More »

Limerick School For The Deaf: Open Day on Friday 9th of May. The school is situated at Greenfields, Rosbrien, Limerick. More »

Cancer Lecture For Men: Cancer information night for men on 16 May, 8pm, at the Dublin Deaf Club, Drumcondra in Dublin. More »

Sign Language Lecture at Centre For Deaf Studies: The Centre for Deaf Studies is holding a lecture Ms. Carmel Grehan entitled "Gendered Sign Language in St. Mary's School" on Friday, 2nd May 2008, 1.30 - 2.30pm. More »

Morning Job Club: Cork Deaf Association are re-launching their Job Club on the 2nd of May in conjunction with FAS and First Employment Service. There is no need for appointment time- just drop in to the Centre from 10am - 12pm. A Job Coach will be there to assist people in updating their CV's, writing letters to employers or filling out application forms. More »

Smear Test Awareness: It's recommended that women start having regular smear tests (about every 3 years although there's a lot of different opinions) from their early 20's upwards. If you would like to get a test done, avail of the services of an interpreter / advocate - this will ensure that you have full facts and clear information. More »

Anti-Doping & Child Protection Policy Course: The Irish Sports Council is running a course on Anti-Doping and Child Protection Policy on Saturday, 19th April 2008. This course is open to all and may be of interest to Deaf people involved in sports. More »

Steve Walker Workshops in Kerry: Steve Walker, a well known Deaf-Blind, ASL, and International Sign Interpreter from the States will facilitate the training. Dates and venue will be determined shortly. More »

Deaf Parent Get Together: The Irish Deaf Society will hold a meeting for Deaf parents on Saturday 29th of March in the Dublin Deaf Club. More »

DVD's Available: A valuable resource for the Deaf community: Medical Signs DVD & booklet, The Employment Equality Acts 1998 & 2004, The Equal Status Acts 2000 to 2004, Developing an Advocacy Service for People with Disabilities, Breast Awareness DVD and Men's Health. More »

Job Opportunity: The Catholic Institute for Deaf People is seeking to recruit a Personal Assistant on a full time fixed term (3 year) basis. The closing date for completed applications is the 14th of March 08. CIDP is an equal opportunities employer. More »

Launch of Irish Deaf Women's Group DVD: Domestic Violence, Rape and Sexual Harassment for Deaf Women and the Report on the Zest Forum on the 8th of March. More »

Hands On Tv Programme: Tune in this Sunday the 24th of February for the first in a two part report on the biggest crisis facing the Irish Deaf Community today, most basic public services - including hospitals. The main reason for this is a lack of awareness among the health services. More »

FAI Coach Education - Kickstart 1: Coaching course for Deaf and/or hard of hearing participants. FAI Coaching Ladder to develop and promote soccer within the Deaf community. More »

Subtitle: RTÉ will subtitle, live, all the matches in the Six Nations rugby, as well as all pre-match discussions and analysis by RTÉ presenters. Subtitling of all GAA matches started in May 2007. More »

KDRC - 9 Years Old: On the 1st of February, our service celebrated its ninth birthday. We would like to thank all our staff and supporters for all their hard work and assistance over the years. We have achieved so much since opening our service in 1999 with just one staff member. To day, we have eleven people working with our service from full time to part time staff. More »

Some Sound Advice: This is an advice booklet for people working in healthcare. To improve access to and the utilisation of health service for Deaf people in Ireland. It is a very useful resource for any Deaf person when accessing health services. More »

Men's Health in ISL: The aim of the DVD is so that Deaf men can be aware of their own health and the possible risks they take, for example how to identify early signs of sickness. More »

Job Opportunity: The Citizens Information Board is recruiting a new Advocacy Officer position in Cork. Deadline for applications is 28th January 2008. More »

European Disability Forum Trainee Scheme: The EDF is running a 5-month trainee scheme for students with disabilities. Deadline for the submission of applications: 15.01.08. More »

NEWS 2007:

Happy Christmas in sign language A great video clip in sign language for you all. Click on the following link and click play: More »

Deaf Artist Exhibition Niall McCormack, a Deaf Artist is holding an exhibition of some of his work in the Winter Group Exhibition 2007/2008 in The Molesworth Gallery. Check out the following website More »

Press Release: Irish Association of Sign Language Interpreters has dissolved on 9th December following on from AGM. All members who have paid for membership categories covering 2008, or who have made advance payments for 2008, will receive a refund of their membership fees. More »

Job Vacancy: SLIS has a vacancy for a Finance Officer. Closing date for application by 5.00 pm on Friday, 20th of December 2007. More »

Hands On 2nd December - can't be missed! Tune in this Sunday for the first of our two part special on the history of Irish Sign Language presented by Sean Herlihy with some interesting quick facts from Senan Dunne. More »

Liveline with Joe Duffy: We have got a transcript of Joe Duffy's radio show where they discussed deaf issues and access to services for Deaf people. Please click here for the full transcript. More »

Job Vacancy: Sign Language Interpreting Service is currently recruiting two positions in Dublin. Administration anf Booking Officer full-time and Part-time (6 months temporary position). Closing date: Friday, 30th November 2007 at 5pm. More »

Deaf and hard of hearing patients: are entitled to interpretation services in public hospitals in Ireland. You should notify your public hospital that you are Deaf or hard of hearing, in advance of your visit so they can make any necessary arrangements. More »

Loop Systems in Churches in Co. Kerry: Number of Churches in Kerry that have installed loop systems which benefit parishioners with hearing aids with a "t" switch. Check out the list of Churches with a loop systems installed. More »

Job Vacancy: Tralee Women's Resource Centre (Project Co-Ordinator). Closing Date for receipt of applications: Friday, November 2nd 2007 at 4p.m. The job description: support, information and administrative services for local women and women's groups and campaigns, advocates and networks on behalf of women. More »

Community Foundation of Ireland Small Grants Scheme Applications are now welcome for Round 3, 2007. Six key areas of funding: Carers, Older People, Ethnic Minorities, People leaving Institutions, Sexual Minorities & Families at Risk. More »

Office Admin Vacancy (CE Scheme) Partnership Tra Li has a vacancy on its CE scheme commencing early November. The successful candidate will be based in our office in Tralee. More »

St Joseph's School will celebrate their 150th Anniversary (1857 ? 2007): St Joseph's School will celebrate their 150th Anniversary (1857 ? 2007). More »

Lawsuit in Utah re Lack of Interpreters:The Utah Statesman newspaper recently reported that a lawsuit filed by Deaf students over the lack of sign language interpreters has been settled out of court. More »

ISL Awareness Week Irish Sign Language Awareness week will take place from the 22nd to 28th of Sept 2007. More »

Deaf Actors Wanted. For a new comedy play showing on 22nd, 23rd and 24th November. This will be a Christmas show presented by Dublin Theatre of the Deaf. More »

We've interesting articles on "Solar Powered Hearing Aid Batteries", "Pocket Interpreters" and "Virtual Classrooms in Sign Language". More »

We've series of reports for the month of August from the World Federation of the Deaf congress held in Madrid in in July 2007. More »

No news this week due to attendance at World Federation of the Deaf Congress in Madrid. More »

The Irish Deaf Society have set up day and evening courses for Deaf adults ie: English, Deaf History, Computer Courses, Aptitude Test and Driving Theory Test. More »

Signing Information Mid West A full day seminar to outline the learning from and the future of the Signing Information Mid West project will be held on the 18th September in the Greenhills Hotel, Limerick. More »

Census figures on disability 2006 Almost one in ten of the State's population has a long-term health problem or disability, according to figures released today. Census figures for 2006 published by the Central Statistics Office (CSO) reveal that almost 394,000 people in the April 2006 survey said they had such a health problem or disability. More »

For singles looking for love are now turning to...SIGN LANGUAGE! A new craze is sweeping the nation! "BAR CODE - The non-verbal language for meeting, flirting and contacting with anyone, anytime, anywhere!" More »

The Clin d'Oeil Festival is a cultural event for Deaf artists in France and throughout Europe. The Festival will take place from 29th June to 1st July 2007 in Rheims, France. More »

Sporting Chance Programme: The National Learning Network Tralee is currently recruiting Nationally 20 participants for an innovative new Training Programme in the sports & leisure industry designed to promote career opportunities for people with disabilities by training as a coach, leader or manager in the sports and leisure industry? Interviews will be taking place in June. More »

Employment Opportunity:Kerry Women's Refuge & Support Services provide residential care and a range of other supports to women and children who have been affected by domestic violence. We currently have vacancies on our panel of relief support workers within the refuge service. Closing date for receipt of applications is Friday 22nd June 2007. More »

Childline Deaf Text: They have set up a text service especially for young Deaf and Hard of Hearing people so you can contact them about anything you want. You can also contact Childline if you don't feel safe for any reason. More »

Deaf Community Centre, Limerick Information Evening Change of date, it is due to take place in the Deaf Community Centre in Limerick on the 23rd May has been changed to the 30th May at 18.30. More »

We are thrilled to announce that we will bring a team of five sign language interpreters to the upcoming World Federation of the Deaf congress in Madrid (July 2007). More »

Job Vacancies: The Irish Deaf Society are seeking an Irish Sign Language Academy Co-ordinator. Closing date at 5pm. Tuesday, 8th May 2007. More »

Job Vacancies: A part time Community Resource position is available at the Cork Deaf Association (part time maternity cover) and a Chief Executive Vacancy at The Catholic Institute for Deaf People. More »

The Irish Deaf Youth Association is looking for Deaf adults to apply to become IUK leaders on the 4th Ireland-United Kingdom (IUK) Deaf Camp. The leaders will travel with 8 Irish youth participants aged from 13 to 17 years old to the event in Yorkshire in England this summer. More »

Irish Deaf Society Election Manifesto (IDS). The IDS is running a campaign to ensure the candidates of 2007 General Election support the rights of the Deaf to live equality. Their manifesto covers issues such as: Irish Sign Language Recognition, Irish Deaf Education Reform, Access to public services, Equal employment & third level opportunities and Funding to Deaf Community development on local & national level. More »

Penalty Points Talk in Cork Deaf Club The Cork Deaf Club would like to inform you about a talk which will take place in the Deaf Centre on Tuesday 3rd April at 8pm. More »

Easter Weekend Sporting Events A number of sporting events are being organised on Saturday & Sunday, 7th & 8th April 2007 in University Limerick. On Saturday, 7th April, there will be an Inter-Provincial Football Tournament Semi Final at 11am. The final & 3rd/4th Place will be at 3pm. On Sunday morning at 11am. More Details »

Street Collections - WARNING We have received some reports recently of people collecting for the KDRC or 'Deaf Centre' on streets in the Tralee and Kenmare areas. The KDRC is not organising any street collections at present. If you are approached on the street please make sure the person is from a legitimate charity. People collecting for the KDRC will always have identification with them. But if you are in any doubt please do not hesitate to contact us by email: or Mobile/Text: 087 633 4687. More Details »

KADE are organising an event for St. Patrick?s Day called Global Tralee. This is an Inter-Cultural Celebration at the Brandon Hotel from 2-5pm. Admission is free. For further information please contact KADE by email: More Details »

Deaf Community Centre Limerick Social nights will be held in Deaf Community Centre on the 2nd, 10th, 16th, 24th and 31st March from 7 to 9pm. Time extension can be made on request. The Centre is on the 1st floor at 97 O Connell Street, Limerick, located near the city centre. More Details »

Youth Leader training: The Cork Deaf Association will be providing Youth Leader training on the 3rd and 10th March from 10am - 4pm at 5 Mac Curtain Street, Cork. More Details »

Gaining Strength Together Forum: The Irish Deaf Women's Group AGM will be held on the 9th of March 2007 at 7.30pm. The theme is a very important theme for Deaf women everywhere. More Details »

Job Vacancy: Assessment Officer with the Health Service Executive. The HSE arising from its obligations under Part 2 of the Disability Act 2005 are recruiting 32 Assessment Officers to work in each of its Local Health Office catchment areas. The closing date is Friday 2nd March 2007. More Details »

Open Meeting with Local TD's. As you know elections will be held over the coming months. To ensure people have access, we will have an open meeting with some of the candidates on the 19th of February at 7pm. If you would like to attend and to put your concerns to the candidates, Please contact us email: More Details »

Job Vacancy: Full time Office Manager. The Irish Deaf Society (IDS), the national representative organisation of the Deaf in Ireland, strives to highlight societal needs of the Deaf, hard of hearing people and their families by providing a number of social and personal services. Closing date: 15th February 2007 at 5pm. More Details »

Reminder of Elderly Trip to DUblin If you would like to join the group travelling to Dublin on the 12th and 13th of February with The National Chaplaincy and Cork Deaf Association, please contact the organisers as soon as possible. More Details »

We would like to extend our sympathies to the family of Muriel Boyce from Limerick who passed away over the weekend. Muriel was the mother of Ger Boyce, a well known Deaf person in Limerick. More Details »

The Irish Deaf Youth Association is looking for 8 participants for their Youth Exchange which will be held in Ireland 20th -27th Feb 2007 and then in Finland October 2007. Are you: 18-30 years old and interested in learning about a different culture and learning what the Deaf community and services are like in Finland? More Details »

Job Vacancy: The Irish Deaf Youth Association is looking for a Part-Time Administrator. For more information, contact the Irish Deaf Youth Association at or fax: 01 860 1960 More Details »

NEWS 2006:

Our annual Christmas party was held on Sunday in the Abbeygate Hotel in Tralee and it was a great success. Our thanks to everyone who assisted us on the day. Deaf and Hearing Supporter of the year Awards We presented our annual awards during our party to some very surprised recipients. More Details »

New Opening Hours / Working Arrangements As of the 8th of January 2007, our service will operate new opening hours / working arrangements. We believe this will enable us to provide a quality service to both our Centre clients in Tralee, Sliabh Luachra and the rest of Kerry. More »

HANDS ON are looking for presenters of all ages. Please send your presentation clips before December 8th 2006. If you would like more information please check their website: More »

Job Vacancy: Manager Required Sign Language Interpreter Service. Knowledge of Irish Sign Language and interpreting issues. Experience of managing and developing a booking service would also be an advantage. Salary scale: ?55,322 to ?69,370. This is a full-time and permanent position. More »

Job Vacancy: Full-time Community Co-ordinator Required. a skilled person who would like the challenge to run the Centre and work with Deaf Community. This job is a full-time post and will be based mainly in Limerick City and cater for whole Mid West Region. More »

Launch of New Book: "The Avenue" A History of the Claremont Institution, by Rachel Pollard, covering the history of the first ever school for the deaf in Ireland, was officially launched by the Minister for Education & Science, Mary Hanafin. Copies of the book are available from our service for €12 each. More »

The Kerry Deaf Action Group is having a street collection on 9th & 10th November. Also, church gate collections take place on 18th & 19th November. If anyone would like to assist with the collections. Your support will be greatly appreciated. The funds raised will go towards our Christmas Party & the overheads we will have over the year in running our service. More »

Job Vacancy: NCDP are now recruiting two people to be Lay Chaplain In Galway and Belfast. Salary &32,000. This is a 1 year fixed term contract. Further information/job description is available at More »

This week we focus our weekly notes on thanking the numerous amount of people involved in ensuring our Signing Our Way to Eduational Success Conference which was held last Saturday was a resounding success. This Conference was the first of its kind for Kerry. It truly was a unique and unforgettable Conference. More »

Kerry Deaf Adult Learning Programme Conference "Signing Our Way To Educational Success" which will take place Saturday 21st October at the Institute of Technology Tralee. There is few tickets left if you're interested in attending the dinner and dance in Tralee on the evening of 21st October. More »

All night classes in Sign Language are all up and running in Kerry Education Service. If you were unable to register for these classes and would like to go on a waiting list, please contact us by email: with your details. More »

We have developed a leaftet for services / clients who employ the services of sign language interpreters: "Tips for working with an Interpreter". You can download a pdf on SUPPORTS page. More »

Irish Deaf Woman's Group will have three workshops with the aim of empowering Irish Deaf women. That is including Assertiveness Course, Citizenship Rights Course and Empowerment Course. Location to be confirmed. More »

Cork Deaf Association will celebrate their 40th year in October. One day conference will be followed by a Dinner Dance on the 6th of October in the Gresham Metropole Hotel. More »

The National Chaplaincy for the Deaf are arranging a relaxing weekend in Knock on Friday 3rd November to Sunday 5th November. More »

Interesting Reading: Sign Lanuage as expressive and receptive communication skills. Awareness and appreciation of the Irish deaf community and its culture. Download pdf (size 264k). More »

If you intend to provide sign language classes in Kerry, Cork and Limerick, please let Suzanne Carey know or William White More »

We get many queries on which programmes are subtitled on TV3. If you have access to the internet, go to This will give you the weekly listing of subtitled programmes. More »

Would you like to support a fundraising initiative which will help to build a much needed Deaf centre in Banjul the capital of Gambia? More »

Deaf Action Group will hold bag packing in Dunnes Stores in Ballyvolane in Cork on the 17th, 18th, and 19th of August. Would you be willing to volunteer on any of these days. More info »

Irish recently opened up an Internet cafe in Dublin. Address: 1st Floor, 386 North Circular Road, Dublin 7. Opening hours etc. More »

Irish Signlink Interpreting Agency is pleased to announce a new "out of hours" phone number. The number is 087 980 6996. This number can be used after 5.30 pm & if you can't get the office phone. More »

Golf Classic will be held on the 25th of August in Dooks new 18 hole course in Killorglin. This is guaranteed to be a great day out and will include a barbeque and spot prizes. More »

Reminder: Our office will be closed for the month of August for annual leave/ holidays. In the event of an emergency, you can contact us by mobile 087 633 4687. More »

Dublin Diocesan will be travelling to Lourdes from the 7th to 12th of September.This trip is open to members of the Deaf community. Closing date is mid July. More »

Announcement: Our office will be closed for the month of August for annual leave/ holidays. In the event of an emergency, you can contact us by mobile 087 633 4687.More »

Catherine White will be undertaking 2 weeks voluntary work in Kosovo in July. Kosovo Sign Language Interpreters are also looking for help so that they can source a laptop & printer. Do you know anyone who would be able to contribute? More »

Deaf Action Group will organise bag packing in the Castleisland Super Value on the 16th and 17th of June. More »

Our equipment page is up and running again on our website. More »

Best wishes to Michelle Ward, she is our Deaf entrant for the Kerry selection for the Rose of Tralee. We have a few free tickets for the Saturday night, if you are Deaf and would like to go, send us a text or email. More »

Job vacancy: Irish Sign Language Interpreter and Information Officer. For more information, an application form and job description with a link here »

The first World Federation of the Deaf Children's camp takes place in Denmark from the 29 July to 6 August 2006. More »

KDRC would like to express its sympathy to Maura & Hugh Buckley on the recent death of their son. Maura & Hugh are well known throughout the Deaf Community & have been very very active and supportive over the years. More »

If you are a hearing child, aged over 18 years of age, with one or two Deaf parents, you may be interested in knowing about the Coda Conference to be held in Minnesota in July this year. More »

Our office will be closed this week to give our hard working staff a few days break. They really deserve it. We will re-open for work on Monday 24th of April. More »

Various events in July around the world which might be of interest to you all: International Deaf Dance & Music Festival in Paris on 5 - 8 July. 20th Nordic Culture Festival for the Deaf in Iceland on 10 - 16 July. Deaf History International Conference in Berlin, Germany on 31 July to 4 August. More »

AIB Bank in Tralee has introduced counter loops which should improve access for bank customers.

Please note equipment page is under construction. Thank you for your patience.

As of 23 February 2006, The New Zealand Sign Language Bill has passed, by declaring New Zealand Sign Language to be an official language. More »

We're arranging a Deaf Youth Exchange with the RAD in the UK in July. If you are interested in being a leader in this project & would like to come to the meeting, please contact us by email at: More »

We would like to wish all our staff & members a Happy St. Patrick's Day. More »

Comhairle is seeking "Expressions of Interests" from community & voluntary bodies who represent people with disabilities & from service providers for the provision of advocacy services to people with disabilities. For further information... More »

The updated Forest Bookshop Catalogue for 2006 is now available. It is the only Deaf & hard of hearing bookshop in Europe that has everything you wanted to know about Deafness in book form, video, CD-ROMs & DVD's. More »

Kerrydeaf Resource Centre has had a huge demand for information on Education, Employment, Legal Supports & use of Language in the media / deaf terminology. We have put together information sheets on the most popular topics. More »

The fourth in the series of highly successful online events, Supporting Deaf People 2006 will take place from the 6th to 9th of November 2006. More »

Comhairle produced a booklet in March 2005 "Entitlements for People with Disabilities" along with an updated 2006 leaflet on publications and resource for people with disabilities. More »

A Pre-Marriage course for Deaf People intending to get married in the coming year is on 31st March, 1st April & 2nd April 2006. It costs €50 per couple. More »

The National Chaplaincy for Deaf People has updated their website: More »

As of the 1st of February Therese Gallant will be our new Outreach worker in the following areas: Castleisland, Scartaglen, Knocknagoshel, Lyracompane, Brosna, Firies and surrounding areas. More »

The Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs will be visiting the Kerry Deaf Resource Centre this Wednesday 18th January. More »

The six month report for the EEI project is due also, if you have any comments/suggestions, please contact Catherine. More »

NEWS 2005:

Our Deaf and Hearing Supporter of the Year Awards were announced: all nominations came from our staff and members. More »

A range of materials in Irish Sign Language (ISL) has been developed by Hands That Talk is on sale. From ISL Picture Dictionary to Teaching Pack / Tutor Manual. More »

Solicitor/Barrister needed to adapt the legal section of CACDP's Deaf Awareness Equality Training Handbook. Theoretical and working knowledge is required of the different equality legislation in use in Ireland. If you know anyone willing to assist? Would the Solicitor/Barrister be willing to work pro bono? More »

Cork Deaf Association have invited us to bring ten children to meet Santa in Fota House on the 8th of December. More »

KDRC is updating its equipment page on our website: if there a particular piece of equipment that you would like us to display on the site. More »

Gallaudet University is accepting applications for arts undergraduate or post-graduate level. Closing date for receipt of applications for awards for the 2006/2007 academic year is Friday 18th November at 5.00pm. More » 10.11.05
International Literacy Day is a celebration for all involved in adult literacy. It takes place on Saturday 26th November, in the Gresham Metropole Hotel, Cork. More »

Our Christmas party is being planned for December in Tralee. We need volunteers to collect spot prizes from local businesses. More »

Hands On is back on our screens for the autumn. They had a very informative show last Sunday with items on dieting, testicular cancer and a photography exhibition. If you have any stories you would like to see on Hands On. More »

Access All Areas is a new course in Deaf Studies set up in Tralee. This is the first time this course has been held in Ireland & it has created a lot of interest among deaf people. The project is funded by the Department of Education & Science with Leargas. You can download a newspaper clipping here (pdf size 400KB). If you don't have Acrobat® Reader software. You can view & print Adobe PDF files here.

Our Church collections will be held through-out Kerry in November and we are appealing for volunteers. More »

Hands That Talk in Northern Ireland will hold its Halloween Party on the 28th of October. More »

Irish Deaf Sports Association are holding a Buffet Dance and Presentation in the Royal Dublin Hotel, O'Connell Street, Dublin on Saturday 29th October. More »

This Thursday afternoon (22nd Sept), we will have a presentation from the Marie Keating Foundation about Cancer Awareness from 11am to 1pm in our office. More »

Dublin Deaf Association is celebrating their 60th Anniversary with a Dinner Dance in the Regency Hotel in Dublin. More »

If you are interested in learning sign language, the Kerry Education Service are advertising their schedule for night classes in the Kerryman this week. More »

The Marie Keating Foundation mobile unit will be at Kerrydeaf centre on 22nd September from 11am to 1pm. They provide information & awareness on Breast Cancer. More »

Dublin Deaf Association are celebrating their 60th Anniversary with a dinner dance in the Regency Hotel, Whitehall, Dublin 9 on Saturday, 24th September. More »

A month's mind mass will be held for our late Chairperson, Mr. Laurence White on the 20th of September in Kilflynn Parish Church at 8.30pm. More »

Eleni Solomou is conducting research on IT Sign Language Browser with the main objective to model Irish Deaf people's knowledge about the "right" and "preferred" IT words expressed in ISL. More »

Job vacancy: is looking for a new administrator. More »

The first ever "All Deaf Cruise" is being planned for October 28th, 2007. For more information »

We have also got some new types of equipment for listening to the tv and conversations. More »

Building work in our office will re-commence this week. As health and safety is a priority, please make an appointment to see us. More »

Job vacancy: Secretary/Information Worker in Cork. Knowledge of Deaf issues & Irish Sign Language would be an advantage; however a willingness to learn is essential. Apply before 5pm on 7th July 2005. More »

Kerry Deaf Resource Centre will close on 24th June as a mark of respect on the death of its Honorary Chairperson and long time supporter, Laurence White Snr. More »

A new DVD was also launched to raise awareness of Breast Cancer. The DVD can be viewed with subtitles or with sign language. More »

Dublin Theatre of the Deaf will present "Mrs. Potty's House" (a comedy, mystery, murder play) on the 17th and 18th of June. More »

Cork University Hospital Children's Club will be organising a table quiz, including disco. All proceeds in the aids of Sick Children's trip of a Lifetime. More »

Deaforward are organising Health Seminar: 'Access for All: Ensuring Access to Health for the ISL Community' on Thursday 16th June. More »

Deaf Action Group is looking for people to take part in the Dublin Women's Mini Marathon on the 6th of June. More »

Applications are invited for the temporary post of Acting Director of the Centre for Deaf Studies. More »

Mid-West Deaf Association will be organising a Kart competition at Kilcornan Karting, Co Limerick on Saturday 25th June 2005 at 7pm. More »

The Irish Deaf Society will hold their AGM in Limerick this Saturday. For more information contact them directly by email: »

The National Chaplaincy for Deaf People have set up a new website: More » More »

Are you interested in taking part in the mini marathon in Dublin on the 6th of June to fundraise for Deaf Action Group? More »

A new "Childline Text 50101" aims to offer an additional support system for children and young people contacting Childline. More »

Irish Sign Language Awareness week starts on the 10th & runs until the 16th of April. More »

Pope John Paul II has died at 8.37pm in Rome aged 84.

There will be a table quiz on the 5th of April in in Castlegregory, Co. Kerry. It will cost €20 for a table of four. More »

Pope John Paul II has died at 8.37pm in Rome aged 84.

Irish Deaf Society's trek to Peru is now going to be from Thursday 8th Sept to Sunday 18th Sept 2005. More »

If you are interested in going to the following pilgrimages to Medjugorie in June and Lourdres in September. More »

Cork is the Captial of Culture this year. Cork Deaf Association will be having a guided tour of UCC and the new art gallery on the 22nd of March. More »

Four Star
Our website was selected as Site of the Day by Eircom was given 4 star rating. This is the second award for our site which we are delighted to receive. More »

Deaf Awareness week: The week will include a Sign Language Recognition Parade on the 10th of April in the Garden of Remembrance in Dublin. More »

Thank you Hands On for being able to spread Mary Anne's message. Please pass on her important message - A smear test may save your life More »

Hands On, RTE 1 on Sunday 12 February at 10.15am will feature the late Mary Anne White who gave an interview about her experience of cancer. More »

Link-up is looking for Deaf people who would like to pass on their English skills to other Deaf people. Training is FREE and FUN. More »

Kerry Supported Employment LTD has a vacancy for a full-time Job Coach. Prior experience of working with people with disabilities. More »

Our Certificate of Appreciate event will take place sometime in February. The lucky receipients will be informed over the next few weeks. More »

New year started with celebrations for two of our members Shane and Deirdre Hamilton. They just had a new baby girl. More »

NEWS 2004:

We'd like to wish all our readers and members a very happy Christmas and a peaceful new year. More »

We've Christmas party on the 19th in Meadowlands Hotel in Tralee, Co.Kerry with Santa, spot prizes, our monthly mass and a four-course meal. More »

Our office will be closed for this week and our apologies for any inconvenience caused. Our condolences to the White family on the death of their mother Mary Anne. Willie, Catherine and Veronica work full time for the Deaf in Kerry. More »

Anyone who expressed an interest in going to Peru for the Irish Deaf Society. The new dates for departure is 23rd April to 3rd May 2005. Contact Kevin Stanley. More »

"Supporting Families with Additional Needs Children" Conference in Killarney on the 27th of November. Sign language Interpreters have been booked for this event. More »

Christmas party is on 19th of December in Meadowlands Hotel in Tralee, Co. Kerry. Along with Santa, spot prizes and face painting. More »

Scholarship in Deaf Studies invites applications for the Deaf Studies Scholarship at Gallaudet University in Washington. Deaf students are eligible to apply for all Fulbright awards to any US college. Closing date: 12 November 2004. More »

Irish Deaf Youth Association is organising its FIRST teenage disco on on Sunday 31st October (Halloween night) in Dublin Deaf Club. More »

Lots and lots activities happening around the country again this month. We are definitely interested in getting more local information, so anyone is out there, let us know what is happening. More »

Woman's conference is on 19 October in Croke Park Conference Centre, Dublin. There's no charge, all is welcome & registration deadline is 5 October. More »

A trained and accredited Irish Sign Language tutor & Deaf Awareness Trainer course for Deaf people is available. All our training will be provided in ISL. More »

Are you interested in training to become a sign language tutor? Are you interested in becoming trained as a Deaf Awareness trainer? More »

As we are now going into the Autumn, our night classes in sign language are starting up again in conjunction with the Kerry Education Service. More »

Model School for the Deaf Project are organising a Family Day out, an ISL trip to Dublin Zoo on Saturday 28th August. More »

We are finally delighted to announce the establishment of the Kerry Deaf Adult Learning Programme based at the Kerry Deaf Resource Centre. This is a joint initiative with the Kerry Education Service. More »

Model School for the Deaf Project (MSDP) have a vacancy for a pre-school Teacher. Irish Sign Language is required. More »

Lorraine Leeson is looking for deaf women to paricipate in Women's Studies research. The questionnaire will look at the area of Politics, Power and Women. More »

KDRC's mobile phone is back in action. The number is the same 087 6334687. You can contact this number during office hours or leave a message and we will get back to you. More »

Our Information Handbook on providing information to Deaf and hard of hearing people is now available. If you are interested in obtaining a copy let us know. It cost €5 for the handbook. We'd like to thank Comhairle for sponsor this project and hope the handbook will be of benefit to all. More »

Due to our office being so busy lately, can we ask our members to make appointments in advance if you would like to meet with our staff members in Kerry Deaf Resource Centre. This will help us greatly. Due to request from different parts of Kerry, some of our staff members are travelling a lot more and are not in the office. More »

We are looking for Deaf and hard of hearing members and non-members who would be interested in representing our Centre at various meetings and conferences. More »

On behalf of our service, we'd like to apologise to our members for not having our weekly notes in The Kerryman, this was due to a computer problem in our office. More »

A new exciting job in Kerry, for the following post Co-ordinator of the Deaf Adult Learning Programme. Application to be made by forwarding your CV not later than 5.00pm on Friday 4th June 2004. More »

Huge hearty congratulations to Michelle Ward, the only Deaf Irish sign language student in a mainstream school in Tralee for winning two awards at Mounthawk Secondary School. More »

We'd like to congratulate Shane Hamilton and Deirdre Moloney on their recent wedding - a great time was had by all. Best wishes for your married life. More »

Applications are invited for the positions of trainee upholsterers at Cork Deaf Enterprises. A vacancy also exists for a general operative/delivery assistant. To apply, send your CV to Cork Deaf Enterprises, Ballinlough Road, Cork. Fax: 021 4294113 or email: More »

It is not too late to make enquiries regarding our Community Employment Scheme we have in conjunction with Partnership Trá Lí. If you are Deaf and would like 18 weeks experience of working with us at the Kerry Deaf Resource Centre, do let us know. Email:

The Board of Irish Signlink has set up a complaints procedure. For now, you can send complaints about Signlink, or even ideas and suggestions for the committee. All correspondance will be kept strictly confidential, unless otherwise requested. More »

Paul Murphy, Northern Ireland Secretary of State officially recognised British Sign Language and Irish Sign Language in Northern Ireland at Hillsborough Castle.

The Resource Co-ordinator mobile phone 086 831 7981 is now back in action. Please note this number can be used from Monday to Friday from 9.00am to 5.00pm.

Deaf Action Group is planning a Parachute Jump towards the summer months. There will be a minimum of six people taking part in the jump. If you are interested in taking part in the jump, please contact Deaf Action Group as soon as possible or by email:

The Irish Deaf Youth Association have organised an activity weekend in Killarney from 1st to 4th April. Two of Kerry Deaf Resource Centre members will be attending. Deposits are needed before 7th March so contact them quickly by text on 085 737 4734 or by email:

The Bank of Ireland is providing Scholarship for people with talent and ability but faced barriers because of who they are such as Deaf or disability, social disadvantage, etc. Application for Scholarship is open to candidates wishing to attend: Foundation Course, Third-level entry, Current Third-level, Creative/Performing Arts. The IDS is a nominating body, which entitles it to nominate persons to selection for Scholarship. Closing date is 1st March for Third level entry and current Third level and 1st April for Foundation Course and Creative/Performing Arts. Application form is available from the IDS office. Website is:

Equipment Grant scheme called TAGS - this is no longer available. The new grant scheme is called RAG (Resource Allocation Group). If you want to apply for equipment through RAG, you must be a medical cardholder - RAG will meet once a month to assess applications. More »

Do you have experience in the disability sector? Do you have experience in the employment sector? Do you have fluent Irish Sign Language skills? Do you have in-depth knowledge of deaf issues? If so, there is a job vacancy with the Supported Employment Consortia based in Tralee, Co. Kerry. Final Interviews for a Job Coach to work with the Consortia will take place shortly. For further information contact William White, Resource Co-ordinator in the first instance or email:
» Kerry Deaf Resource Centre 2004.

NEWS 2003:

Our office will close for Christmas on the 22nd of December at lunchtime and will re-open on the 5th of January.

The IDS are looking for Deaf chefs willing to represent Ireland. If anyone is interested, please send your information with background in catering and chef, including reference of your experience and training. Closing date: 8/12/03.

We'll focus on employment issues for Deaf and hard of hearing individuals this week. Research has shown in the past the Deaf people tend to be under-employed as opposed to unemployed. Next week, we will look at Educational Supports.

Are you interested in studying abroad. If so, The Fulbright Deaf Studies awards have been announced for the academic year 2004/2005. You can download application and guidelines from their website:

Our paintball event has been cancelled. The organisers had concerns over insurance cover, communication and the risk of accidents.

5.9.03 has been nominated on the shortlist for BT Golden Spiders Award. Five sites has been short listed for the community awards section.

To all our members, our sincere apologies for not having this week's notes rather than last week as last week's notes did not make to The Kerryman, due to a computer problem we were unable to put notes into the paper on time.

Are you interested in learning basic computers? Kerry Deaf Resource Centre will be running 2 computer camps. The first camp is on Monday 11th to 15th of August (10am - 1pm Monday to Friday). The second camp will be from Monday 18th to 22nd of August (10am - 1pm). If interested please email Kerry Deaf Resource Centre as soon as possible as numbers are limited.

Cork Association for the Deaf are hoping to plan a trip to Kerry. It will be in 1st week of October to Ballybunion. The cost will be approx €80 for the weekend or €150 during the week. If you are interested in joining this group for the weekend or weekdays, please let us know. The Cork group would like to meet with local Deaf when they come to Kerry.

The Kerryman is a local newspaper that has allowed us put in a weekly section for our news bulletin and articles.

Kerry Deaf Resource Centre & The Deaf Action Group would like to give say a huge thanks to the Minister of Social & Family Affairs & her Department for their generous grant towards Interpreting & conference costs for the World Federation of the Deaf conference. A big thanks also to local TD's Jimmy Deenihan, Martin Ferris & also to Brian Crowley M.E.P. for their donation. Lastly, thanks to the Kerry Region of the St. Vincent de Paul for their donation, much appreciated.

WFD 2003: A group of 21 from Kerry will leave for Canada on 17th July until the 29th July. They have fundraised €9000 for accommodation expenses - by having hair-shaving events, bag packing, table quizzes and bicycle race from Tralee to Killarney.

Publications/Books is available for free of charge: Sign Language Videotapes and accompanying Books, Public Attitudes to Disability, Disability Related Research in Ireland, Guidelines for Including People with Disabilities, A Matter of Rights Strategic Plan 2001-2003 and a copy of Easy to Read Version. If you would like a copy of any of the above, please email us.

RTÉ commenced live subtitling* of OPEN HOUSE on March 10th, 2003. *(this page lists all the programmes that RTÉ subtitle)

Irish Deaf Directory was launched.
» Kerry Deaf Resource Centre 2003.

Our Mission:

To ensure Deaf adults, children, and their families have full access to services and information which are available in the Kerry region so they are able to be self determining, independent and able to participate at all levels in the Kerry Community.

Our Vision:

To be the leading Resource Centre providing support and services for Deaf adults, children, and their families and other related organisations in Kerry.

Our Values:

  1. Deaf people CAN !!!!!!!
    Deaf people and Deaf culture should be treated with dignity and respect.
  2. Deaf people have the right and responsibility to be involved in the planning, delivery and monitoring of all services intended for their use.
  3. Irish sign language is the natural language of Deaf people and together with Deaf culture is recognised and accepted by the Centre.
  4. Other modes of communication modes used by Deaf people are also recognised and accepted.

Kerry Deaf Resource Centre Profile:

  1. To promote human and citizenship rights for Deaf people in Kerry and Ireland.
  2. To foster the legal and official recognition of Irish Sign Language and to establish the rights to use Irish Sign Language (hereinafter referred to as "I.S.L.") as a primary means of communication in all aspects of life.
  3. To develop, manage and promote any activity in furtherance to the objects of the Kerry Deaf Resource Centre Company Limited.
  4. To keep in touch with new developments, new methods and approaches in the Deaf Community and to disseminate information on I.S.L, Deaf Culture and the Deaf Community to its' members and wider Society.
  5. To promote the research of any aids and equipment - designed specifically or otherwise to benefit the Deaf and distribution of aids approved by the Kerry Deaf Resource Centre Company Limited for use by the Deaf To provide opportunity for constructive discussion of societal and ethical issues of Deaf people, I.S.L. and Deaf Culture.
  6. To advise and assist, at the discretion of the Kerry Deaf Resource Centre Company Limited, other bodies or individuals in Deaf related matters.
  7. To affiliate, at the discretion of the Kerry Deaf Resource Centre Company Limited to any body, local, national and international, for the purpose of furthering objects of the Kerry Deaf Resource Centre.
  8. To promote public awareness of I.S.L, Deaf Culture and the Deaf Community.
  9. To lobby and negotiate, where appropriate, with government departments or other agencies or bodies on behalf of its members, affiliated groups or other parties.
  10. To negotiate, where appropriate, with national bodies for funding and/or support for the Kerry Deaf Resource Centre Company Limited or its projects, either independently or in partnership with other organisations.
  11. To foster the cultural and educational advancement of Deaf people;
  12. To inform individual Deaf people of grants available to them
  13. To publicise generally the aims and objectives of the Kerry Deaf Resource Centre Company Limited through comprehensive media briefing with a view to raising public awareness of all aspects of Deaf-related matters.
  14. To provide expert advice, consultancy services, classes of instruction, tuition, lectures, meetings, discussion groups, exhibitions, printed matter and literature in relation to or furtherance of the objects of the Kerry Deaf Resource Centre Company Limited.
  15. To employ interpreters, consultants or other persons to the Kerry Deaf Resource Centre Company Limited or its members.
  16. To ensure Deaf adults, children, and their families have full access to services and information which are available in the Kerry region so they are able to be self determining, independent and able to participate at all levels in the Kerry Community.

Overuse of mailing lists:

There was a time when it was difficult to access information. However with the introduction of e-mail, e-groups etc information is more readily available.

The only problem is, alot of organisations like Kerry Deaf Resource Centre & individuals are receiving information from numerous sources about the same events. Kerry Deaf Resource Centre receives information in duplicate, triplicate and sometime more often but doesn't mind as the delete button on our computer is easy to find.

However, we do not want to be guilty ourselves of over-informing people. The problem is??, its difficult to know who is or who is not receiving information, what type of information they are getting, and lastly if they are getting the same information from different sources.

If you are receiving information from Kerry Deaf Resource Centre and are already getting it from other sources, please email us as we'd like to remove your name from our lists. That way, Kerry Deaf Resource Centre is contributing to information being available to those who want it, and to those who wish to have it, but not to those who are getting information elsewhere or who do not want to have it.
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