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7 April 2005 (VOL 3 WEEK 14)

Hello again to all our members and readers. Irish Sign Language Awareness week starts on the 10th and runs until the 16th of April.

A large number of events are being run by the Irish Deaf Society. The week kicks off with "Irish Sign Language - Our Identity and Pride" parade. The parade starts at 2pm at the Garden of Remembrance in Parnell Sq. in Dublin and ends up in St. Stephen's Green. For more information on the events that are being organised, check the IDS's website:

Veronica White (NCDP) will interpret a mass on the 8th of April at 1o'clock. This mass will be offered for the late Pope John Paul. It will be held in the Holy Cross Dominican Church in Tralee.

On the 7th of April from 2-5pm, our EEI project will have training on "Group Work Part 3". On the 9th and 10th, our EEI group will have CACDP "Lesson Planning for ISL 1 and 2".

On the 10th of April, we will have our monthly mass in our Centre at 3pm. As usual, we will have an interpreter present. Refreshments will be served after the mass.

Pizza Time in Tralee will be holding a fundraiser in aid of the Tsunami Fund on the 11th of April at 8pm. Tickets cost €25 for food and wine. All proceeds will go to Concern. A number of our members will attend. For more information, do not hesitate to contact us.

The launch of "Understanding English through ISL DVD" will be held on the 13th of April in The Irish Writers Museum in Dublin at 2pm. The DVD will be launched by Sile de Valera TD. A number of our members will attend the launch. We hope to have copies of the DVD that can be loaned out to our members.

The Irish Deaf Sports Association in conjunction with WFAI will have their first ever event for Deaf Ladies football on the 16th of April in AUL Sports Complex, Clonsaugh, Dublin 17. For more information, you can email:

Lastly, we would like to wish Susan O' Callaghan from CDA a very happy birthday.

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14 April 2005 (VOL 3 WEEK 15)

Hello again to all our members and readers.

On the 14th of April from 2 to 5pm, our EEI project will have training on "Anger Management". Our EEI project is also organising a weekend training workshop on Curriculum Development in early May. We are looking for a room outside the Centre that will accommodate over 25 people. If you have a room big enough in your community based organisation, please contact Catherine White Mobile: 087 906 4230.

Deaf Action Group (DAG) will have a meeting on 23rd April from 2 to 4pm in our centre. DAG are also looking for volunteers to do bag packing in Super Valu, Rock Street on 19th (5 to 9pm), 20th (5 to 9pm) and 21st May (10am to 5pm). Please contact Deaf Action Group at 087 6645418 (text only) or email:

Some of our members went to Dublin for the Irish Deaf Society (IDS) March for recognition of Irish Sign Language (ISL), last Sunday afternoon. Over 500 people attended the march from all over Ireland. Well done to IDS for organising the event in Dublin.

The Irish Deaf Sports Association in conjunction with WFAI will have their first ever event for Deaf Ladies football on the 16th of April in AUL Sports Complex, Clonsaugh, Dublin 17. Training for the ladies football players will be from 11am to 12pm. The match starts at 2pm. For more information, you can email:

The ISPCC has announced a new Childline text service. This new service "Childline Text 50101" aims to offer an additional support system for children and young people contacting Childline. The text service will be integrated within the existing Childline telephone service and will provide an automated, immediate response to a child, who texts. The issues children can text "Childline Text 50101" about are:

  • In danger
  • Being bullied
  • Pregnancy
  • Facts of Life
  • Relationships
  • Relationships with parents
  • Loneliness
  • Suicide.
The service will provide support on a range of issues that young people currently contact Childline about by telephone.

Greenbow (Deaf LGBT Society of Ireland) will have a Bingo Night in Turks Head Pub, Dublin on Friday, 15 April at 8pm. The presenters will be Fanny and Pearl and an Interpreter will be provided. Please come and have fun. The event is in aid of Greenbow who are celebrating their 10th anniversary in 2006. Please contact Greenbow organiser by mail:

Lastly we would like to say Happy Birthday to Geraldine Broderick, who celebrated her birthday during the week as well as Mary Brigid White, whose birthday was last week.

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21 April 2005 (VOL 3 WEEK 16)

Hello and welcome to our weekly news. We like to send our best wishes and congratulations to the Irish Deaf Society on its successful Sign Language Awareness week in Dublin. A number our members attended some of the events including the march for recognition of ISL, the DALEP dvd launch and the exhibition. Over 500 people attended the march from all over Ireland.

Well done to four of Deaf female members who participated in the recent Ladies football matches in Dublin. Best wishes to them for their future matches. Lets hope they will have great success in the future.

On the 21st of April from 2 to 5pm, our EEI project will have "Assertiveness Training".

The Equality Authority is launching a report about "Equality at Work? Workplace Equality Policies, Flexible Working Arrangement on Thursday, 28th April in their building at 1pm. Please let us know if you would like to attend the launch as we need to let them know by next Tuesday morning.

Dr. Rachel Sutton-Spence, a senior lecturer in the Centre of the Deaf Studies in Bristol University will give a lecture on "Analysing Sign Language Poetry" on Tuesday night, 3rd May from 7.30 to 9pm. The venue will be the Emmet Theatre, Room 2037, Arts Building, Trinity College. ISL/English interpreters will be provided. Admission is free of charge.

The Kerry Rose Selection is on again this year. Our entrant will be Maria Moynihan, a student of journalism in Dublin City University. Maria is hearing and she has a physical disability. The Rose Ball will be on Saturday the 7th of May in the Brandon Hotel. If you would like to come and support Maria Moynihan, please contact or email us: immediately. Tickets costs €60 and need to be booked as soon as possible.

Are you interested in taking part in the mini marathon in Dublin on the 6th of June. If so, would you like to fundraise for Deaf Action Group (DAG) or for our service. Closing date for applications is the 29th of April.

Finally we would like to thank Martina Lynch for all the work she has done for us on her placement for the past 3 months. We'd like to wish her the best of luck in the future. Martina is a student in the Social Studies course in the ITT and was on placement with our EEI project.

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28 April 2005 (VOL 3 WEEK 17)

Hello and welcome to our weekly newsletter. Hello to all our members and their families too.

We'd like to start off by congratulating our members Niamh White, Noelle Reidy, Bernadette O'Connor and Martina Lynch for completing their "Community Representation" training last week. The training took place every Wednesday morning for eight weeks. The students were presented with certificates during the week. A huge thanks to Catherine White for ensuring their access requirements were met during the course. The course was funded by the Kerry Education Service and organised by Partnership Trali. Another course will be organised by Partnership on the 11th May for 8 weeks. If you are interested in attending, please let us know or email us: as soon as possible.

We also would like to congratulate our EEI students who received their results last Thursday for their ISL Level 1 + Level 2. The success rate was very high. A huge thanks to the EEI tutors and to all those involved in the project. We hope to have formal presentation of the certificates on 13th or 14th May during our CACDP weekend training workshop.

Our EEI project will have their final session with John McGrath on the 28th of April from 2 to 5pm. Thereafter, they will have more training with CACDP and with local tutors on a range of subjects.

The National Chaplaincy for Deaf People have set up a new website. The Website address is: Well done to those involved in the development of the website. The Chaplaincy hopes it will be useful for people seeking information about them.

The Disability Bill requires that each of the six sectoral Departments undertake consultation with stakeholders before plans are finalised for submission to the Oireachtas. The National Disability Authority is arranging a series of regional meetings to facilitate public information and consultation. A number of meetings will be held in Dublin, Cork, Carrick on Shannon and Limerick. Meetings will be open to people with disabilities and their families, carers, advocates and service providers. If you want to attend any of these meeting, please contact Rachel Morragh:

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