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04 September 2003 (VOL 1 WEEK 10)

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 The Kerryman last week. This was the result of a computer problem & for some reason we did not get our notes into the paper on time.

Well the Rose of Tralee is over for another year & we're all starting to get back to our normal routine. We had Deaf people from all over Ireland at the festival, along with Deaf people from the United Kingdom. It was great having our Centre so close to town, everyone was able to meet here and go into town together to enjoy the activities.

Many thanks to the Rose of Tralee for allowing us provide Interpreting access during the festival. This year we had Interpreters at the official opening on the Friday night. We also provided Interpreters on the Ashe Memorial stage for the parade on the Saturday night and the closing ceremony on the Tuesday night.

Geraldine Broderick, this year's entrant for the Kerry Deaf Resource Centre in the Kerry Rose Selection, also had the chance to attend the selection nights in the Dome on the Tuesday & Wednesday. While she was there, she met a Deaf couple from Galway whose son is going out with the Galway Rose. Again, we are very happy to have been able to provide Interpreters for them so they had full access to the show on both nights. A huge thanks in particular to Catherine Nourse for her Interpreting work throughout the festival.

Our computer camp was a great success - many thanks to the tutors for their hard work & to Veronica White for coming up with the idea. Veronica worked very hard to ensure everyone was included in the training. An outcome of the training will be a basic CD ROM on sign language. This CD has been designed & developed by our Deaf participants. When we have made copies, we hope to sell them to those wanting to learn basic sign language. You can see a sample of this CD in our office. Many thanks to all those who participated in the training, we will run more camps in the future.

A big thanks too to The Kerry Childcare Committee who gave us the opportunity to have an information stand in Manor West on the 30th of August. This was organised to highlight the European Year of People with Disabilities.

The Irish Deaf Society in Dublin have 2 vacancies:

  1. Programme Development Manager
  2. Administrator
Location: Irish Deaf Society, 30 Blessington Street, Dublin 7.
For more information, contact the Irish Deaf Society. Telephone: 01 8601878 Minicom: 01 8601910 Fax: 01 8601960. Email: ids@indigo.ie

The Irish Deaf Journal is preparing its Autumn newsletter - have you any items of interest that we could submit to the next newsletter - if so, email it to us and we will send it to them.

As always, our reminder - our next Mass will be on the 2nd Sunday in September at 3pm. We will also have a kid's club event on the same day. Let us know where you would like to go? We can go bowling, to Jungle Jims or even to the cinema. It's your day so let's have fun.

A group of Deaf people from Cork will be travelling to Ballybunion the first week in October with the Cork Association for the Deaf - if you are interesting in staying with them in Ballybunion, email us for more details.

We have a supply of 675, 13, 10 & 312 batteries. €3 for a pack of six.

We are still taking names for our sign language classes starting in September and October. To join our classes, please email us as soon as possible. Keep an eye out for the Kerry Education Service night class supplement in the Kerryman sometime in September - we hope to be able to provide classes with them. The supplement will list all classes for their forth-coming night classes.

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11 September 2003 (VOL 1 WEEK 11)

A huge thanks to all those who took part in our computer camp and to the tutors as well. We now have a basic CD-ROM for sale. This CD has the Irish Sign Language alphabet, numbers 1-10 and some Irish basic signs to enable you to have basic communication with Deaf people.

Comhairle will be having an Information day in The Meadowlands Hotel, Tralee, Co. Kerry on Thursday 11th of September. We will have an Information stand on the day. If you want to come along, we would be very happy to see you. We will have a range of information on the services we provide, along with equipment and books on Deaf issues. The Information Day is from 10.00am to 4.00pm. Hope to see you there.

Are you interested in taking part in a survey on accessing medical services within hospitals and the general community? A member of the nursing profession who is learning Irish Sign Language wants to meet with Deaf people to carry out research on what it is like for Deaf people when they go into hospital or when they access medical services. If you would like more information, email us.

The Irish Deaf Society is holding a research meeting on Saturday 20th of September in Dublin. The research will look at the issue of “Poverty in the Deaf Community”. Our service will be sending a representative to a series of meetings on this topic. If you would like to get involved in this research, email us for more information. Later on in the evening, the Irish Deaf Society will have an Information evening on the World Congress from 8 - 10pm. A representative from Kerry Deaf Resource Centre/Deaf Action Group (DAG) will give a presentation on what DAG did to attend the congress. If you would like to attend, it will be on in Cassidy's Hotel in Dublin.

The Kerry Education Service has announced its timetable for Irish Sign Language classes for Autumn/Winter 2003.

  • Level 1 class will be on Mondays in the Tralee Community College from 7 - 8.30pm for 21 weeks.
  • Level 2 classes will also be on Mondays from 8.30am - 10pm for 21 weeks.
Enrolment for these classes will take place on 10th September and 3rd of October from 10 - 12pm and 2.30 - 4.30pm. If you would like more information, you can ring 066 7121488 or fax 066 7121531. Alternatively, you can e-mail: info@cokerryed.ie.

Irish Signlink Interpreting Agency AGM will be held on the 20th of September at the National Disability Authority, 25 Clyde Road at 2pm. All are welcome to attend.

Our website has been short-listed for an award with BT Golden Spiders Award. A huge thanks to our site designer Alma Bermingham for all her work and to Willie White for assisting with the design and information. Thanks to everyone who gave us feedback, which helped us to make the site even better.

As always, email us if you have any queries, we will do our best to deal with any queries as soon as we can.

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18 September 2003 (VOL 1 WEEK 12)

A big thanks to Comhairle who had an Information day in Meadowlands Hotel, Tralee, Co. Kerry on Thursday 11th of September. We had great interest in our Information stand on the day. A big thanks to those who came along on the day and to those who assisted with the stand, we were very happy to see you. A big thanks also to Catherine Nourse and April Drew for all their interpreting work. April Drew flew out to New York this week and we would like to wish her a safe and wonderful time while she is there.

As we mentioned before an outcome of our computer camp was a basic CD-ROM on Irish Sign Language. This CD is now on sale. This CD has the Irish Sign Language alphabet, numbers 1-10 and some Irish basic signs to enable you to have basic communication with Deaf people. A huge thanks to all that took part in the training and to the tutors as well.

As we mentioned last week, we are looking for people who would be interested in taking part in a survey on accessing medical services within hospitals and the general community? A member of the nursing profession who is learning Irish Sign Language wants to meet with Deaf people to carry out research on what it is like for Deaf people when they go into hospital or when they access medical services. If you would like to take part in the research, email us.

A big thanks to Niamh White for representing our service at the Irish Deaf Society's research meeting in Dublin. The research meeting looked at the issue of “Poverty in the Deaf Community”. Our service will be holding a meeting on October the 12th in Tralee to look at the issue of poverty in the Deaf Community. If you would like to get involved in this research, email us for more information.

A big thanks to Niamh White, Graham O Shea, Aaron Spencer and Brian Griffin for representing Deaf Action Group (DAG) at the Irish Deaf Society's Information evening on the World Congress last Saturday. A power point presentation was shown from Kerry Deaf Resource Centre (KDRC)/Deaf Action Group (DAG) on what DAG did to attend the congress. If you would like to see this presentation, it can be seen in our office.

The Kerry Education Service has announced its timetable for Irish Sign Language classes for Autumn/Winter 2003.

  • Level 1 class will be on Mondays in the Tralee Community College from 7 - 8.30pm for 21 weeks.
  • Level 2 classes will also be on Mondays from 8.30am - 10pm for 21 weeks.
Enrolment for these classes will take place on 10th September and 3rd of October from 10-12 and 2.30-4.30. If you would like more information, you can ring 066 7121488 or fax 066 7121531. Alternatively, you can email: info@cokerryed.ie.

We had a huge turnout of children at our kids club last Sunday - the kids went to the bowling centre in Tralee. The next kids club will be on the 2nd Sunday in October at 3pm. If you would like to attend, please let us know and to make it easier for us, where would you like to go next month - the cinema, Jungle Jims, Dixie's Play Centre?? The choice is yours.

Our next Mass for the Deaf will also be on the 2nd Sunday in October, as always we will have tea and coffee afterwards. Look forward to seeing you all there.

Irish Signlink Interpreting Agency AGM will be held on the 20th of September at the National Disability Authority, 25 Clyde Road at 2pm. All are welcome to attend.

Our website has been short-listed for an award with Golden Spider Awards. A huge thanks to our site designer Alma Bermingham for all her work and to Willie White for assisting with the design and information. Thanks to everyone who gave us feedback, which helped us to make the site even better.

The Centre for Deaf Studies and the Irish Deaf Sports Association have also developed websites - their addresses are listed on our website: www.kerrydeaf.com/links.

Our service would like to congratulate Angela Fitzgerald for gaining a place in the Interpreting program with CDS - we wish Angela all the best with her training and look forward to working with her in the future.

As always, a reminder we sell a pack of batteries for €3. We have a range of equipment on display in our office from doorbells to telephones to devices to help you hear the radio or TV. We also have a range of information on rights and entitlements - do not hesitate to email us. We also have a range of books in our library as well as a range of videos with sign language.

As always, email us if you have any queries, we will do our best to deal with any queries as soon as we can.

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25 September 2003 (VOL 1 WEEK 13)

For all those travelling to Ballybunion with the group of Deaf adults from Cork. The group will leave Tralee bus station on the 4th of October at 4.15pm. Accommodation has been booked in Ballybunion until Monday the 6th of October. The group will leave Ballybunion at 9.30am and will spend a few hours in Tralee before heading back to Cork. We wish everyone a great weekend. A special word of thanks to Emer and Susan and all at the Cork Association for the Deaf for organising this event and for including our members.

Are any of you interested in an action packed day on the 11th of October from 10.30am - 4.30pm with a barbeque afterwards. We are organising a PAINTBALL war game for Deaf and hearing members. The total cost will be €36. Everyone will be given a camouflage jacket, pants along with goggles, a paintball gun and 100 paintballs. If you are interested in attending, please contact Aaron Spencer by text only at 087 982 5542.

One of our members had the chance to attend a conference with the ex mayor of New York Rudi Guiliani in Cork during the week. Graham O'Shea was provided with two local Interpreters - Willie White and Catherine Nourse. A huge thanks to MBA Association for including Deaf people on the day.

Best wishes to our Sign Language tutor, Shane Hamilton who will be teaching sign language classes throughout Kerry with the Kerry Education Service. All classes were advertised in local media during the week. For more information on classes, do not hesitate to contact the Kerry Education Service or e-mail: info@cokerryed.ie. Alternatively, check last week's Kerryman link on our website www.kerrydeaf.com and it will list some of the classes.

Best wishes to Suzanne Carey from Listowel who has got on a Spanish Sign Language Interpreting programme in Madrid. The course will last for 2 years - look forward to seeing Suzanne at the World Deaf Federation conference in Madrid in 2007. By then she will be a qualified interpreter.

Fancy a night out in Tralee with local Deaf people. Well then, come along to The Mall Tavern on the 8th of November at 8pm. We will be organising a social evening once a month from November onwards. For more information, text Aaron Spencer 087 982 5542.

Cork Deaf Enterprises will have a charity auction on the 28th of September from 2pm at Rochestown Park Hotel in Cork. Admission will be €2. Electrical goods, ladies, gents and children's fashions, household goods, vouchers for restaurants, holiday and hairdressing vouchers will be up for bidding. Good luck to all on the day.

Our service would like to extend our sympathies to Rosaleen Egan and her family as her mother passed away recently. Rose works in our office in Tralee and Rose's dad is very involved with the Deaf community in Cork.

We would also like to let Fr. Bill Clarke that we are all thinking of him at this time. We would like to thank him for all the support and friendship that he has shown over the years.

Mid West Deaf Association's Buffet Dance will be in Greenhill Hotel, Ennis Road, Limerick on night of 25th October. It will be limited to 250 people. Price is €20 euro per person up until the 4th October and €25 after 4th October.

They will also organise the following on the 25th October Ten Pin Bowling Competition in FunWorld, Ennis Road, Limerick starting at 3pm sharp. You can book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Mid West Deaf Association have asked us to inform you that they will be organising a Deaf related drama in the theatre of Limerick Institute of Technology, Limerick on Oct 26th, Sunday, approx time 2pm.

If you're interested in Grand Prix Karting Competition, Mid West Deaf Association will be arranging this exciting activity event - for more information, email us. They intend to limit numbers to about 35 people. So book in advance to avoid disappointment.

Lastly, their AGM will be on the 24th of October and they would love to have one of our Deaf Action Group (DAG) give a talk on their experiences of organising events and then travelling to Canada for the World Federation of the Deaf. If you would like to represent DAG/KDRC, please let us know or email us.

Feel free to contact us if you require any information or support or if you want require equipment, batteries, or if you want to access our services in our office. Lastly if you want to buy Kerry Deaf Resource Centre mugs or t-shirts, please call into our office.

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