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4 March 2004 (VOL 2 WEEK 9)

We are delighted to announce we have been successful in obtaining funding from the European Education Initiative Phase 2 project. The aim of the three-year project will be to train local Deaf people to become trained and accredited Irish Sign Language tutors and Deaf Awareness trainers. This project will be run in conjunction with the Kerry Education Service.

Catherine and Veronica have returned from their Coda weekend in Derby. By all accounts, it was a wonderful success with people coming from Sweden, Holland and Geneva. Their thanks go to Angie Poole and George Taylor for organising such an excellent weekend. They are looking forward to similar events being organised.

The next Deaf Action Group meeting will take place next Saturday 6th March from 1.00pm to 4.00pm. The meeting will discuss the parachute jump fundraising activity and raffle for Easter.

The Irish Deaf Youth Association are still looking for people from Kerry to join them on their activity weekend in Dublin in April. If you want to go, please contact or email us: kdrc@eircom.net as soon as possible.

There is also an Irish and UK Deaf Youth Camp in August. The organisers are very keen to have a deaf person from the age of 13-17 from Kerry involved in the camp. Contact us for more information.

The Irish Deaf Society (IDS) has been successful in obtaining funding for a three year Advocacy Project. The project is aimed at developing local Deaf organisations and creating empowerment of local Deaf people through national networking. Our service would like to congratulate the IDS and this achievement. If you would like to represent our service on the steering committee, please let us know or email: kdrc@eircom.net.

The next monthly mass will be held on the second Sunday of this month at 3pm in our Centre in Tralee. We will have an Interpreter as usual. We will also have our Monthly Kids Club. Please let us know where you would like to go to, or if one of you is celebrating your birthday, we could organise a cake and treats. Tea and Coffee will be served after both activities.

Lastly, our craft class in on again this Thursday at 2pm. We hope to have a group enter the St. Patrick's Day parade and we are getting things painted for this event.

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11 March 2004 (VOL 2 WEEK 10)

Kerry Deaf Resource Centre mobile phones is not in action. During an Outreach visit, both mobile phones were stolen from a car. The two mobile numbers were 086 8317981 and 087 6334687. As soon as we can replace the phones, we will let you know of our new numbers. If you need to contact us, do not hesitate either by tel/fax: 066 7120399 or email: kdrc@eircom.net.

Another busy week has passed. It's hard to believe how time is flying. March already. Our Centre is preparing to have loads of fun for St Patrick's Day. Hope you can join us.

The Kerry Deaf Action Group now has their own contact details. Their mobile (text only) number is 087 664 5418. Their email: kdag@o2.ie. They would like know if anyone would be interested in five a side football, male and female. If yes, contact them directly. Or anyone interested in a volleyball competition?

Is anyone interested in going on a Franciscan pilgrimage? We have one Deaf person going, spending two nights in Rome and five nights in Assisi from 14 to 21st May 2004. This Deaf person would be really keen for another Deaf person to go. The cost for each person sharing is €935.00. Contact us for more information.

Kerry Deaf Resource Centre now has broadband facilities so we can have better email and Internet access. Because of this, we are no longer able to use our videophone. We are waiting to find someone to help us set up our videophone in conjunction with broadband. We do apologise for not being contactable via videophone. Your patience is appreciated.

A number of our Deaf members attended Tralee's International Women's Day on Monday at Siamsa Tire. The same group also attended the Barcelona launch held at the Kerry County Council, also on Monday. Both events were made accessible by the use of interpreter. We would like to thank the Kerry County Council and Tralee Women's Resource Centre for making their events accessible to the local Deaf Community.

The Education Equality Initiative project will have their first meeting this Thursday morning 11th March. If you are Deaf or Hard of Hearing and living in Kerry, would you be interested in being a member of the Management Committee? If is vital to have Deaf people part of this exciting project. If you would like more information, let us know.

If you have an issue about education for Deaf, Hard of Hearing and hearing children who have Deaf parents don't forget to go along to meet the Minister for Education this Thursday evening at 8.00pm. The meeting is open to everyone and will be held at the Mount Brandon Hotel, Tralee. An interpreter has been booked for this meeting.

On Wednesday 17th March, we will be celebrating St Patrick's Day with other world cultures living in Kerry. This will be held from 2.00pm to 5.00pm at the Mount Brandon Hotel, Tralee. Come along and have fun. No work, just fun.

Would you like to have fun and fundraise at the same time? If yes, The Irish Deaf Society (IDS) are looking for volunteers to be part of their African Desert Trek. It will take place in Namibia from 14th to 23rd October. As part of this, they will provide pre-trek preparations such as fundraising activity workshops, safety management plan, route research, and information sessions. IDS can be contacted directly. Fax 01 860 1960, Tel 01 860 1878, Minicom 01 860 1910, or email: info@irishdeafsociety.ie.

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18 March 2004 (VOL 2 WEEK 11)

On behalf of Kerry Deaf Resource Centre, we would like to wish all our Mothers and Grandmothers a Happy Mother's Day this Sunday and hope they get some time off and do something good for themselves.

We would like to welcome Kevin Mulqueen, a student from the Centre for Deaf Studies, Trinity College Dublin to Kerry this week. If you would like to meet Kevin, feel free to pop into the office this week. We look forward to Kevin sharing his experiences as a student of Deaf Studies/Irish Sign Language (ISL) Tutor and sharing his technical expertise as a Deaf photographer. Kevin is also a Scout Leader. We are fortunate to have a man of his varied talents with us.

We would like to thank the huge number of volunteers for representing the Kerry Deaf Resource Centre and the Kerry Deaf Action Group in Tralee's local St Patrick's Day Parade. It was a huge success. We would like to thank Ildiko Horvath for planning and organising the banners for the event in conjunction with all her Arts and Crafts students.

The Education Equality Initiative held its first meeting last week. A student/management committee has been established to oversee the project. To date, we have six Deaf members. The next meeting will be held within the next few weeks. It is expected classes will be up and running by September. The course will be open to 14 Deaf students.

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.

Volunteers (preferably with their own car) are needed to sell programmes in West Kerry for the Circuit of Kerry Car Rally on Easter Sunday. All proceeds will go to the Kerry Deaf Resource Centre. Contact us for more information.

Twelve Deaf people attend the Department of Education Meeting last Thursday night despite very bad weather. A few Deaf issues were raised, but due to the huge number is attendance, 250 in all, it was difficult to get more Deaf issues raised. Thanks to those who were able to raise Deaf issues that is of huge concern to all of us. Kerry Deaf Resource Centre had the opportunity of briefly meeting Minister Sile DeValera and thanking her for approving our funding application for the Education Equality Initiative three-year project.

Our Arts and Crafts Class will continue this Thursday afternoon. Come along and have some fun.

Please remember our monthly Mass will be held on Sunday 18th April. Sunday 11th April is Easter Sunday. Don't forget, Sunday 18th April at the same time.

Thanks to Marjorie Barton for donating a phone to Kerry Deaf Resource Centre.

Educate Together National School have taken the initiative of introducing three short Irish Sign Language sessions to their Junior Infants class beginning this Friday. Well done.

Elaine Scannell, our ITT Family Support Work student, has been nominated by the Kerry Deaf Resource Centre Board to represent us for the Kerry Rose of Tralee Selection this June.

The Kerry Deaf Resource Centre will be celebrating its fifth anniversary on 23rd October 2004. If you would like to attend, let us know. Venue and times to be confirmed at a later date for our Dinner and Dance.

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25 March 2004 (VOL 2 WEEK 12)

Last week was a very exciting and busy week with many events happening for our members. Unfortunately, there is not enough room in our Club Notes to cover all the events. If we have omitted to do highlight events/issues on your behalf last week, let us know or email us: kdrc@eircom.net.

We had a very successful and enjoyable St Patrick's Day. Over thirty of our members joined us for the Parade and over 40 joined us for our Global Intercultural Tralee event. It was agreed we would come together again for both these very entertaining event.

Kevin Mulqueen, our student from TCD, took the opportunity of filming both the parade and the Global Tralee event. If you would like to see it on video, you can call into the Centre any time to view it.

Kevin also photographed our Junior Infants students learning the Irish Sign Language (ISL) alphabet. A copy of the photos is available on video and will be given to Tralee Educate Together National School.

Thank you Kevin for all your hard work. We hope you enjoyed the experience. Another TCD student also joined us last week Ger Boyce, originally from Limerick. We hope Ger found the experience useful and look forward to seeing him in Kerry again in the near future.

Simon Coveney, Fine Gael, paid us a surprise visit last Friday evening on his way to celebrate Jimmy Deenihan's 21 years in politics in Listowel. Simon took the opportunity to find out what issues are facing our Deaf members here in Kerry. We look forward to more opportunities to working with Simon on the issues raised. We wish him the best on his European elections to becoming an MEP. We appreciate Simon taking time out of his busy schedule to meet with our members.

The Kerry Deaf Action Group are doing their Easter Raffle as part of their fundraising initiative to send 40 members to the World Federation of the Deaf (WFD) Conference in Spain in 2007. Tickets are €2.00 each. The raffle will take place on Saturday 3rd April at the Kerry Deaf Resource Centre. If you would like to sell tickets on behalf of the Deaf Action Group, you can contact them directly by email: kdag@o2.ie or by text only 087 6645418.

At this year's Sinn Fein in Ard Fheis on 28th February, the following motion was passed unanimously: "That this Ard Fheis supports the campaign by the Irish Deaf Society for official recognition for Irish Sign Language (ISL) and calls on the Irish Government to introduce legislation to this effect as a matter of priority".

Consequently, the motion was put forward with additions by Sinn Fein Councillors on Tralee Town Council and Kerry County Council, to full support and approval. The full motion read: "That Tralee Town Council/Kerry County Council supports the campaign by the Irish Deaf Society and the Kerry Deaf Resource Centre for official recognition for Irish Sign Language (ISL) and calls on the Irish Government to introduce legislation to this effect as a matter of priority. A letter to be sent to the Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform to that effect and that this motion be forwarded to all other Local Authorities". Our thanks go to Gwen Burkard for bringing these issues to our attention.

On Wednesday 25th March, our staff will have had an afternoon training session on Anti-Racism. We will report more on this in next week's Club Notes.

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