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1 July 2004 (VOL 2 WEEK 26)

Hello all and welcome again to our weekly section. It's been a cloudy and rainy week here but things are still fairly busy.

The Southern Health Board has been compiling a database of the numbers of Deaf and hard of hearing people in the Southern Health Board region. Luckily, a large number of our members have already filled in a questionnaire. However, we know there are a lot of people that have not yet registered with the database. This database is very important and we urge our Deaf and hard of hearing customers to get their details on to the database. This will help the Health Board in determining what services and funding they should put in place in the future for Deaf and hard of hearing. For more information, do not hesitate to contact or email us:

Members have asked us to inform you that Deirdre Byrne, a research assistant, is participating in a project describing Irish Sign Language. Deirdre is interested in meeting Deaf people in the Kerry area and videotaping them demonstrating Irish Sign Language. If you are interested and would like to find out more, contact us or email us: and we will forward your details to Deirdre.

As mentioned last week, our Summer Tour is coming up. Don't forget to book your place on our Summer Tour, which takes place on Sunday July 11th to Kinsale and Cork City. Enjoy sight seeing in Charlesfort and Kinsale. Afterwards adults will go to Metropole Hotel, Cork for a meal while the children can enjoy bowling, snooker and lunch at the Mardyke Centre. Places are limited so book early.

We would like to send best wish to Mary Anne White who is in Tralee General Hospital at the moment. We are thinking of you Mary Anne and hope you will be back home in good health soon. We would also like to send best wishes for a speedy recovery to Lena McMahon who is in Tralee General Hospital. Hope you will be back home soon Lena. Another of our members, Mary Fell suffered a fall recently and we'd like to wish her well. Lastly, Kathleen O' Brien was involved in a terrible incident and we want to wish her all the best too.

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.

We have just got a new stock of hearing aid batteries. These can be purchased at our centre. Batteries cost €3 for a pack of 6.

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8 July 2004 (VOL 2 WEEK 27)

Hello all and welcome again to our weekly notes. We'd like to start off with some apologies to our members for cancelling a recent event and a future event.

Our talk by Pauline Walker had to be cancelled at the last minute last week. Due to a family issue, none of our interpreters were able to interpret the talk, therefore we had to cancel the event at short notice. Our apologies to Pauline Walker and to our members. We hope to re-arrange this talk for another date. Pauline still came to our office on Friday and left some publications and CD ROMS, if you would like to see these, do not hesitate to make an appointment to see them. We have a number of the CD's in our office. However, any of the publications will have to be ordered. Our sincere thanks to Pauline and the National Deaf Children's Society for these items.

Our 5th anniversary Dinner and Dance in October is also being cancelled. This decision was made in consultation with the Board of our service. This is due to a number of reasons. However, a local event on a smaller scale may be organised in October to mark our anniversary. Further details will be available closer to the date.

Our summer tour in on this weekend. However, the bus company is not able to do a pick up in Listowel. We'd like to apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause. For members who were due to be collected there, please note that the nearest pick-up now will be outside the Grand Hotel in Tralee at 9am.

On a better note, ten lucky supporters had the opportunity of meeting Mary Mc Aleese in Aras an Uachtarain last week. Willie White was lucky enough to be invited to the Garden Party organised by the President and was able to bring ten people with him. The group met the President in the Green Room and had photos taken with her and her husband. Afterwards, the group listened to a speech by the President in the Hyde Rooms, which were interpreted by Willie. After this, wine and food was served. Lastly the group were able to get a tour of the rooms in Aras and walk around the grounds at the front of Aras.

We had our interviews for our Education Equality project last week. We'd like to thank all those who participated in the interview panel. Kerry Deaf Resource Centre did not participate on the interview panel and we wanted to ensure that the interviews were impartial and independent. The panel was made up of a representative of the Kerry Education Service and a Deaf individual from Dublin and another from the Mid-West. The successful candidate will be informed over the coming weeks.

Due to developments within our service and the upcoming Education Project - the Board of Kerry Deaf Resource Centre have changed William White's job title to Manager.

Our open night for members to access the Internet and e-mails will stop for the summer months. This will be reviewed in the autumn. However, sign language classes will commence in September, at this stage we do not know if we will be able to offer this open night in the future.

We'd like to wish two of our members a happy birthday to Shane Hamilton and Mary Anne White.

Don't forget our Golf Classic on the 16th of July. We'd like to thank Enda Curtayne for all the work he has done in organising this event. We appreciate everything he has done to ensure funds are raised for our service.

Lastly, our bag-packing day is on 15 th to 17th of July in Dunnes Stores in the North Circular Road in Tralee. Volunteers wanted. For more information, contact us direct.

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15 July 2004 (VOL 2 WEEK 28)

Hello all and welcome to our weekly news update. Just to let you all know that the Kerry Deaf Resource Centre's (KDRC) 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.

Our summer tour was a great success last Sunday. We'd like to thank Niamh White and Aileen Curtayne for organising everything on the day. A special word of thanks to Charlesfort in Kinsale, the Leisureplex and Metropole Hotel in Cork, and lastly Houlihan's Coach Hire in Killorglin for treating our group so well. Everyone enjoyed the day.

Tralee Adult Education and Training Network are launching their 'guide to education and training opportunities for adults in Kerry' by Éamon Ó Cuív T.D. Minister for Community Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs. This takes place on Friday 23rd July at 2pm at St. Anthony's Community Centre, St. Martins Park, Tralee. If you would like to attend, please let us know or email us: so that we can ensure access is provided.

And now something for the kids - The Lego Company, in conjunction with Kerry County Council and the Aquadome, are organising fun activities for children. The big yellow Lego truck will be parked in the Aquadome car park on Tuesday 20th July from 10am to 5pm. Children can use their imagination to create LEGO creations in the LEGO building area. This is a free event for children and families.

Congratulations to all the sign language students who passed their exams with SLAI recently. A special word of thanks to Shane Hamilton for all his hard work. The next round of classes will commence in September - look out for the night class supplement in September with information on classes. The only classes that will be held during the summer will be held in Killarney, for information, contact us direct.

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22 July 2004 (VOL 2 WEEK 29)

Hello to all our members and readers again. This week we had an international aspect to our work.

We had a visit from Dr. Barbara La Master from the Dept of Anthropology and Linguistics at California State University. Barbara was successful in obtaining funding to carry out research on the differences between male and female signing in Ireland. She hopes to develop a CD-ROM and book which will preserve these differences.

Kerry Deaf Resource Centre (KDRC) are delighted to know that some of our members were asked to participate in this research. It is important for Irish sign language to be documented and we'd like to thank Barbara for her recent visit. We'd also like to wish her continued success with her research and look forward to the CD and book.

We also had a visit from Robert Adams from Australia. Robert has secured a job in the UK and paid us a quick visit last week. Robert has also worked in the area of linguistics and we'd like to wish him all the best with his new position.

One of our younger members Michelle Ward is keen to further develop international links. Michelle has been learning spanish locally and did really well in her recent mock exams. In preparation for the WFD in Spain in 2007, Michelle is willing to offer classes to teach Deaf people basic spanish. If you would like more information and email us:, we can put you in contact with Michelle and she will be able to give you information on when and where the classes will be held.

Lastly, Lorraine Leeson who we all know from the Centre for Deaf Studies in Trinity is doing a Women's Studies course. As part of this course, Lorraine is doing some research and has developed a questionnaire. She is looking for Deaf women to paricipate in this research. The questionnaire will look at the area of Politics, Power and Women. We'd like to wish Lorraine every success with her course and research. If you would like more information or a copy of the questionnaire, please contact us or email us: and we will put you in contact with Lorraine.

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29 July 2004 (VOL 2 WEEK 30)

Welcome to our weekly section again. Although we are in the middle of the summer, we are not bathing in sunshine.

The National Chaplaincy for Deaf People (NCDP) is please to announce that Ms. Veronica White will be appointed to the team of the NCDP to work with the Deaf Community. Veronica will share her time with three dioceses; Cork and Ross, Cloyne and Kerry diocese.

With the decline in numbers of priests and vocations it is not possible at this time to appoint another priest to the position. This has been a great concern to the NCDP and the Bishops, as the Deaf community have been continually asking for pastoral care service throughout the country. Veronica will work closely with the NCDP for a period of two years.

Veronica will be available to assist with weddings, funerals, baptisms, home and hospital visitation, and any pastoral needs you may have. She will work with local priests in your parish. Part of her work will be to organise a monthly mass for deaf people, in time she will let you know when these Masses will take place. She can be contacted via NCDP, Kerry Deaf Resource Centre (KDRC) or email us: and Cork Assoc for the Deaf.

Bishop John Buckley will formally announce her appointment at a Mass on Tuesday 3rd August in St Patrick's Church, Lr. Glanmire Road, Cork at 7pm in the evening. KDRC would like to thank NCDP and to the Bishops office and to wish them well with this service.

We have been informed that Frankie Barry is having a Religious Sign Workshop on the 28th August at 2 pm in the Dublin Deaf Centre. The workshop will consist of the following:- Understanding Liturgy, Interpreting in Church, Formal Prayers, Order of Mass, Wedding, Funeral. For more information.

A number of our younger members will have home tuition over the summer months with Angela Fitzgerald. This scheme is run by the Department of Education. We'd like to thank Angela for offering her services during the summer, this is an important scheme for our younger deaf members. If you would like information on the scheme, please contact us or email us:

Model School for the Deaf Project (MSDP) have a vacancy for a Teacher for their pre-school. This pre-school is funded by the Dept of Education and is the first to provide a bi-lingual education programme in Irish Sign Language (ISL)/English specifically for deaf children. Knowledge in advanced ISL required. Applicants from the Deaf Community encouraged. CV's and references can be sent to MSDP, 21 Cypress Park, Templeogue. Dublin 6W.

We'd like to welcome Tracey Daly to Kerry. Tracey has just completed her Interpreting studies in Trinity and has moved to Kerry to work with us for a year. We are looking forward to working with Tracey and hope that we will be able to meet more of your requests for interpreting.

We would also like to welcome Hilda Early who is also a student in Trinity. Hilda is here for a week as a volunteer and we'd like to thank her for volunteering with our service.

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