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5 January 2005 (VOL 3 WEEK 1)

Hello and happy New Year to all our members and readers. Hope you all had a pleasant Christmas.

Our office has re-opened this week so things will slowly but surely get back to normal.

The new year started with celebrations for two of our members Shane and Deirdre Hamilton. They just had a new baby girl last Friday. We would like to wish them all the best.

We would also like to wish all the Irish Deaf athletes all the best in the Deaf Olympics in Melbourne this month. Let's hope the jetlag doesn't affect them. Hope the weather is also nice for them.

Our monthly mass this Sunday is being cancelled as our local priest Fr. Nolan will not be available. It will be deferred to the third Sunday of this month, the 16th of January. This mass will also include the Month's Mind mass for one of our members Mary Anne White.

Lastly, our thoughts and prayers are with all those affected by the tsunami in Asia.

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13 January 2005 (VOL 3 WEEK 2)

Hello and welcome to our weekly notes section. We hope the new year is good so far to all our readers and members. The weather has been terrible locally the past week. Hopefully it will improve as we approach spring time.

We'd like to start off by sending our best wishes to Willie White who is in Lanzarote for a week. A very nice present for him. Let's hope he has a good time and comes back with renewed spirit for 2005.

Catherine White has also started her journey to Australia and we would like to wish her well too for her three week trip there. As part of her holiday, she will go to some of the Deaf Olympic events so hopefully she will see some of the Irish athletes while she is there.

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

Our mass next monthly mass is this Sunday so we look forward to seeing you all then.

We also hope to have a Deaforward meeting in Kerry over the next few weeks. We will inform you of the date as soon as possible.

Is there anything you would like us to do for you over the next few weeks or months, if so please contact or email us: kdrc@eircom.net.

That's it for now. We hope to have more detailed notes over the next few weeks.

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20 January 2005 (VOL 3 WEEK 3)

Kerry Supported Employment LTD has a vacancy for a full-time Job Coach - Candidates should possess: Prior experience of working with people with disabilities and committed to the principles of Supported Employment. Good communication, negotiation & problem-solving skills are essential. The ability to analyse job skills and to match various jobs to each participants needs. Current clean driving licence and suitable means of transport. The position will suit energetic, self-starter who is capable of working on their own initiative. Sign Language skills would be a distinct advantage. To apply by email: kdrc@eircom.net.

Our service hopes to have Art and Craft classes again on Friday mornings for six weeks. It will cost ten euro and will be held in the St. Brendan's Pastoral Centre. It will be organised by Veronica White (NCDP). As soon as a date has been arranged, we will let you know.

Cork Association for the Deaf had a mass on Tuesday for the countries affected by the tsunami. Veronica White (NCDP) facilitated a small number of Deaf from Kerry to attend the event.

The next mass for the Deaf in Kerry will be on the 13th of February. Look forward to seeing you then.

We like to send our congratulations to the Irish Deaf olympians who have won numerous medals at the Deaf Olympics in Melbourne. Well done to everyone involved.

The Irish Deaf Youth Association (IDYA) has organised a night of BINGO in the Dublin Deaf Club, Friday 28th January, 7pm. All proceeds from BINGO and RAFFLE go to relief agencies for the Tsunami Disaster. Raffle prizes donated by the IDYA Whatever age you are, young or not so young, go and support them.

The Ann Sullivan Centre in Dublin is compiling a development plan for services for people who are Deafblind. Do you know of anyone that could avail of their service or the numbers of people in Kerry that are Deafblind. If yes, contact or email us: kdrc@eircom.net and a co-ordinated response could be sent from the Kerry/Cork region.

Lastly, we'd like to welcome Orla Sayers who is on placement with our service for two weeks.

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27 January 2005 (VOL 3 WEEK 4)

Hello and welcome again to our weekly news.

We'd like to start by welcoming Martina Lynch, who will be on work experience with our Deaf Learning Project for the next 3 months. Martina is a student on the Social Studies course in the Institute of Technology in Tralee.

Art and Crafts classes started in St. Brendan's Pastoral Centre last Friday. They will be held every Friday morning from 10am - 12pm for the next five weeks. If you are interesting in joining the group, contact Veronica White (NCDP) Mobile/Text: 086 890 1359.

Veronica will also be organising a group to attend the Chrism mass in Cork on Holy Thursday, 24th March 2005. All are welcome. This is big event that is part of the Easter celebrations. Interpreting access will be provided by Veronica.

Are you a cinema goer and fed up with the lack of subtitling at cinemas. As far as we are aware, Dublin is the only place where subtitles are provided on general movies. A petition has been set up on-line to lobby for changes in this area. If you have access to the internet, please sign this petition on www.petitiononline.com/idyablog/petition.html

If anyone is interested in joining a basic class in sign language? We will have a class in the Centre on Tuesday afternoons from the 1st of February onwards. Time: 2.30-4pm. That's all for this week.

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