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3 August 2006 (VOL 4 WEEK 31)

Hello and welcome to our weekly notes section. We would like to send our best wishes to one of our younger deaf members Roy Maguire from Tralee who flew out to Denmark this week for the first World Federation of the Deaf camp for deaf children in Denmark. A total of 19 countries will be represented at this exciting camp. It will be on from the 29th of July to the 5th of August. The theme is "Many Nations - One Dream".

We would also like to send our congratulations to Irish in Dublin. They recently opened up an Internet cafe. It will be open on Mondays from 12pm - 6pm and Tuesdays and Wednesdays 11am - 7pm. (closed lunch 1.30pm to 2.30pm). If you would like to avail of this new service, call to Irish, 1st Floor, 386 North Circular Road, Dublin 7. You can also contact them by text: 085 726 3511, or email: For more information, go to their website at

As you may know we had a very successful Youth Exchange with the RAD in the UK. We are in the process of carrying out an evaluation of the exchange. If you were involved in any way and would like to add your comments / evaluation, please contact us as soon as possible. We would also like to thank Tony Sheill in the RAD for his commitment to the project. Tony has moved to a new organisation and we wish him the best with his new job.

The Open Door Network will be holding an event on the 8th of September. The theme will be "Exploring the effect on children of violence in the family - using puppets as a therapeutic medium when working with abused children." If you would like to attend and require access, please contact us. The venue will be Siamsa Tire in Tralee from 9.30am - 4 pm.

Lastly, our office will close for annual leave for the month of August and will re-open on the 1st of September.

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10 August 2006 (VOL 4 WEEK 32)

Hello and welcome to our weekly selection of news from the Deaf world. Although our office is closed for annual leave until the 1st of September, we will still attempt to bring you news on a weekly basis.

Deaf Action Group (DAG) will hold bag packing in Dunnes Stores in Ballyvolane in Cork on the 17th, 18th, and 19th of August. Would you be willing to volunteer on any of these days. The income raised in the bag packing will enable DAG to send delegates to the World Federation of the Deaf congress in Spain in 2007. If you're interested? you can contact us by text 087 633 4687.

If any of you are interested in seeing what happened in the World Federation of the Deaf camp in Denmark, you can view photos on the following website: Look out for photos of the Irish group, including our own Roy Maguire from Tralee. The Irish Deaf Youth Association (IDYA) was the group that sent the 4 youths out to Denmark along with 2 leaders. Big thanks to the IDYA, they did alot of fundraising, preparation and research which enabled Roy and the other youths to attend.

In addition to this, if you want to see photos of our recent Youth Exchange to the UK, go to the following site:

Last week we told you about in Dublin setting up an Internet cafe. This week they announced that they will be providing even more services to the Deaf community. Commencing on the 6th of October, they will have reflexology sessions on the 1st and 3rd Friday of each month. For appointment, contact Mary Regan by text 086 3557950.

In addition to this, they will offer Beauty Treatments starting on the 6th October every Friday from 5 to 9 pm. Beauty Treatments will include Facials, Manicure, Pedicure, File and Paint, Eyelash, Eyebrow Tinting and Eyebrow shaping. They will also specialising in waxing for both men and women. For an appointment: contact Beauty Therapist Louise Moran at 087 7798005 by text only.

Congrats and best wishes to, its great to see services being offered to the Deaf community by Deaf professionals.

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17 August 2006 (VOL 4 WEEK 33)

Hello and welcome to our weekly notes section. We would like to send our best wishes to all the students who sat their Level 1 Sign Language exams at the weekend. Successful candidates will receive accreditation via CACDP in the UK.

Our thanks to Bernadette O' Connor for organising everything on Saturday and a word of thanks to the external CACDP assessor who travelled to Kerry to assess the students. There will be another group of students sitting their exams in September and we send them our best wishes also.

Would you like to support a fundraising initiative which will help to build a much needed Deaf centre in Banjul the capital of Gambia. The Gambian Association OF Deaf and Hard of Hearing (GADHOH) is the one and only Deaf run organisation and is a member of WFD. Deaf Gambians use Gambian Sign Language (GSL) and actively campaign, educate and promote equality, access and inclusion for Deaf Gambians in all spheres of life.

Tickets are €3 each and a book of twelve is €30 (£20). To buy or sell tickets in your own area contact Sean Gilligan 086 3974992 or email him at

First prize is a trip to the Gambia. 2nd prize is a mini digital camcorder. For 3rd prize, there are 4 sets of beautiful traditional tye-dyed handmade African shirts made by Deaf workers in Serekunda, Gambia.

Lastly, we would like to thank our Deaf professionals who carried out work on the front of our building, we have a nice new shop front and it completes the renovations on the Centre.

Although we are closed for August for annual leave, if you need to contact us, here are our details: Kerry Deaf Resource Centre Ltd, 4 Gas Terrace, Tralee. IRELAND. Tel: 066 7120399, email:, Mobile (text only) 087 633 4687.

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24 August 2006 (VOL 4 WEEK 34)

Hello and welcome again to our weekly news. As we are closed for annual leave, we will have a short section this week.

The Rose of Tralee was in full swing this week, our thanks to Catherine White for providing interpreting access at a number of events during the celebrations.

Our Golf Classic kicks off on the 25th of August and promises to be a great day.

Our thanks to Enda Curtayne for all his hard work and commitment to this event. Our thanks also to Dooks Golf Club for hosting the event again.

If you are a member of our service or a member of Deaf Action Group and would like to represent us on the day in Dooks, please contact.

We would like to send our best wishes to Susan O' Callaghan who got married at the weekend. Susan is a Resource Officer with the Cork Deaf Association and a great supporter of our service.

Lastly, we would like to send our best wishes to Elena Mc Givney, she was the Dublin Rose in last year's festival. She has just started work as a Sign Language Interpreter/ Information Officer in Limerick. This position is in conjunction with Paul Partnership. Elena has Deaf parents and we would like to wish her all the best with her new career.

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31 August 2006 (VOL 4 WEEK 35)

Hello and welcome to our weekly news section. We had a very successful Golf Classic during the week in Dooks Golf Club in Killorglin. The event ran very smoothly due to the hard work and commitment of Enda Curtayne. He was helped on the day by his sons Eana and Darren. The evening was finished off with a great barbeque, raffles and prize giving. A huge thanks to Dooks for allowing us have the event again this year. The newly renovated course was a pleasure to play on!! A big thanks to all the staff for their hard work. Lastly, thanks to the sponsors for all the prizes and of course to all the teams who played on the day.

To highlight their 25 years of work, the Irish Deaf Society (IDS) will hold a National Seminar on 23rd September 2006, at National College of Ireland, Mayor Street, Dublin 1, called "Reclaiming Our Language". Time: 9.30 am to 5.00 pm.

The IDS state "it is our right as citizens of Ireland to have equality in society. Deaf people do not always have equal rights and experience discrimination, which denies us of our basic human rights. Irish Sign Language (ISL) is the preferred language of the Deaf. Yet, it is not recognised in Ireland and has been actively discouraged. The Irish Deaf Society is seeking to reclaim ISL back to Deaf community and their right to use it as means of equal access and participation. The National Seminar as per title is a platform to achieve equality and human rights of the Deaf in all aspect of their lives without barriers".

A Gala Ball will take place to celebrate the milestone anniversaries of the Irish Deaf Society, the Irish Deaf Youth Association and Greenbow. It will take place in O'Callaghan Davenport Hotel, Merrion Square in Dublin. Saturday 14th October 2006 (7pm until late) Tickets cost €60 for a 4 course meal (champagne on arrival) The dress code is Formal wear and strictly over 18.

We get many queries on which programmes are subtitled on TV3. If you have access to the internet, go to This will give you the weekly listing of subtitled programmes. This week, the following programmes will have subtitles: Emmerdale, Family Affairs, The Royal, All Saints, Coronation Street, Chicago Hope and Wild At Heart.
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