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6 October 2005 (VOL 3 WEEK 40)

Hello and welcome to our weekly news section. As the nights are getting shorter and colder, hopefully some of these events will keep you busy.

Our EEI project will have a weekend training workshop with Dee Dunne. The training will focus on how to become a professional ISL tutor. For more information, contact the EEI Co-ordinator.

Our monthly mass will be held this Sunday in our Centre at 3pm. An interpreter will be provided. Tea and coffee will also be provided after the Mass.

Irish Association of Sign Language Interpreters (IASLI) will have a Computer training workshop with Steven Smith for their members this Saturday. This will be followed by an AGM. For more information, contact IASLI. They also have a new website

The Munster Deaf Sports Council will hold its AGM on the 8th of October in Hayes Hotel in Thurles, Co. Tipperary.

Hands That Talk in Northern Ireland will hold its Halloween Party on the 28th of October. Prizes will be awarded for the Best Fancy Dress. Music, raffles and refreshments will also be provided. For more information, check out their website

The Irish Deaf Sports Association (IDSA) will hold an International Deaf Water Polo Tournament in the National Aquatic Centre in Dublin on the 29th of Oct from 10am to 5pm. This will be followed by presentations and a Buffet at 8pm in the Royal Dublin Hotel. The buffet will cost €20 euro per person.

The National Chaplaincy have a range of cards for sale at €1 each. The cards have an hand image which says "Jesus" in sign language on the front. You can purchase "Get well", "Sympathy" or blank cards from our service.

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13 October 2005 (VOL 3 WEEK 41)

Hello and welcome to our weekly news section. First of all, we would like to thank all those who turned up for the official opening of our Centre last Sunday. We would especially like to thank one of our youngest Deaf members Roy Maguire (11 years old) for cutting the ribbon. Roy took a very active interest in the renovations over the summer and we thought it would be appropriate for him to do the task.

We would also like to thank Fr. Placid Nolan for blessing the Centre and for all the work that we carry out here. We had a good attendance at our monthly mass and again thanks to all those who support this event. Our next mass is on the 2nd Sunday of November.

This Friday, a number of our EEI students will attend an event in Tralee with President Mc Aleese. We hope they all will have an enjoyable afternoon.

We would like to wish Shane Hamilton the very best of luck with his new job with the NAD in Killarney. Shane is an active member of our service and will bring alot of skills and experience to the job. We would like to give our best wishes to Pauline Heffernan who is leaving the position. We would also like to wish Aileen Curtayne all the best with her studies in Cork over the next two years. Aileen has been the Family Support worker with the NAD for a number of years. Both Pauline and Aileen will be missed as they have done great work locally.

Our Church collections will be held through-out Kerry in November and we are appealing for volunteers. Unfortunately, we cannot get permits for Tralee or Killarney but if you live in any other parish, we would really appreciate your help. Contact us for dates and Church locations.

Community Development Course (Tralee)
Are you involved in a local group? Would you like to learn more about community development? Would you like your learning to be accredited? Kerry Education Service is offering a two-year course in community development in Tralee starting in October 2005. The course is accredited to FETAC Level 2 and contains two modules:

  • Understanding Community Development
  • Community Development Practice.
The course will run on Tuesday evenings from 7.00 to 9.30 pm and will cover topics such as:
  • History of Community Development
  • Community Development Principles and Practice
  • Participating in Community Development
  • Community Consultation and Profiling
  • Community Development Skills.
To get the most from the course, you will need to be involved in a community/local group as some of the assessments involve community work 'on-the-ground' with a group. You would also need to commit to 2 years. As the course is accredited by FETAC, you will be doing community based assignments and projects.

If you would like more information or are interested in participating in the course, phone Sheila Egan on 087-9046 864 or Shivaun Shanahan of Kerry Education Service on 066-719 3969. Start Date: Tuesday 11th October 2005. Venue: Yet to be confirmed

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20 October 2005 (VOL 3 WEEK 42)

Hello to our weekly news section. We've had a busy week with different events. The highlight of the week for some of our members was meeting with President Mc Aleese on Friday in the Tralee Community College. The event was organised by the Kerry Education Service, so big thanks to them for the invite. When the President arrived, she met with our Deaf members and they were thrilled to see her use sign language when she communicated with them.

For those of you who are attending the International Deaf Water Polo Tournament on Saturday, 29th October, we have been e-mailed the timetable for the event. If you would like a copy, please contact us by email:

A number of our members have contacted us about the new 3G mobile phones which allow you to see the person you are calling. We contacted 3 Ireland Mobile and asked them for their opinion on the best mobile. Here is what they had to say "I would recommend to you the Nokia 6680. It has a 1.3 megapixel camera, and a large high quality screen. All of our video phones run at the same speed of 11 frames per second, and so I am basing my recommendation on the quality of screen and camera. The Nokia also has the Symbian operating system, which would allow you compatibility with 3rd party software, as the handset runs like a computer. It also benefits from the longest battery life of all our handsets. Should this handset be slightly out with your budget, the Motorola E1000 finishes a close second, with slightly less battery life, marginally poorer camera but a better quality screen resolution. You can compare all of our handsets at

The National Chaplaincy for Deaf People will launch their new DVD for those who want to learn Religious signs. The DVD will be of interest to Interpreters in religious settings/ Teachers of sign language/ Parents of deaf children and for those wanting to learn religious signs. The launch will be in St. Vincent's Centre for Deaf People in Drumcondra, Dublin on the 18th of Oct at 8pm. Best wishes to the Chaplaincy on this DVD. It is hoped to have a regional launch in Kerry/ Cork later in the year.

The Kerry Rape and Sexual Abuse Centre invite you to a training day with Dr. Aine Tubridy of "When Panic Attacks". The training will be on the 11th of November in the Manor West Hotel in Tralee. If you would like to attend please contact us by email: and let us know your access requirements. The cost for the day will be €90.

Access All Areas is a new course in Deaf Studies set up in Tralee. This is the first time this course has been held in Ireland & it has created a lot of interest among deaf people. The project is funded by the Department of Education & Science with Leargas. You can download a newspaper clipping here (pdf size 400KB). If you don't have Acrobat® Reader software. You can view & print Adobe PDF files here.

Lastly, we hope everyone has a safe and happy Halloween. As fireworks are being set off already, please bear in mind the dangers associated with these devices. Many Deaf and hard of hearing people can be affected by fireworks and may be hit by falling debris if they do not hear the fireworks being set off.

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28 October 2005 (VOL 3 WEEK 43)

Hello and welcome to our weekly notes. It's getting cold and wet so you can tell winter is slowly approaching.

We'd like to start by thanking Aaron Spencer for giving a presentation on Neways products to our members last Friday. Aaron worked with our service for a number of years before returning to live in the UK. Aaron gave his presentation with two of his two Deaf colleagues and we would like to thank them for an informative meeting.

Hands On is back on our screens for the autumn. They had a very informative show last Sunday with items on dieting, testicular cancer and a photography exhibition from St. Mary's and St. Joseph's schools. If you have any stories you would like to see on Hands On please contact them at: Mind The Gap Films, 6 Wilton Place, Dublin 2. Email: Website: Fax: 01 6624758, Sms: 086 1736131 or Tel: 01 6624742.

The Institute of Technology in Tralee is having its Graduations Award Ceremony on the 28th of October in the Brandon Hotel in Tralee. If you're Deaf or hard of hearing and are graduating on the day, please contact us by email: so we can ensure your access requirements are met. We'd like to thank the ITT and its Access Officer for all the work they did to enable these students complete their studies. Thanks also to the interpreters and other support workers for all their input too.

Our next mass will be on the 2nd Sunday in November at 3pm in our office. If you require transport or additional support, please contact Veronica White (NCDP) Tea and coffee will be served as usual.

Lastly, if you are available for our Church collections in November, can you please let us know as we are short of volunteers this year. We are reliant on the income for these collections to pay for our overheads during the year. We would really appreciate your support on the day.

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