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6 July 2006 (VOL 4 WEEK 27)

Hello and welcome to our weekly news section. Firstly, we would like to extend our best wishes to Niamh White who is moving back home to Cork. Niamh has worked tirelessly for our service since we opened. She has been a fantastic worker and a great supporter of our service. We would like to thank her for her great work and support. If Niamh ever returns to Kerry, there will always be an open door for her here.

We'd also like to extend a welcome to Suzanne Carey who will be joining us for the summer months. Suzanne has just completed her Interpreting studies in the Centre for Deaf Studies in Trinity College. If you require interpreting support/access Suzanne will be available.

Plans for our Youth Exchange are at the final stages. Training for our Deaf leaders/ interpreters will be held this Saturday at 5.30pm in our Centre. Training will cover child protection and general guidelines for the exchange.

The Annual Mass in Rath Cemetery will be on the 12th of July at 7.30pm. Veronica White (NCDP) will be interpreting the mass.

Dublin Diocesan will be travelling to Lourdes from the 7th-12th of September. This trip is open to members of the Deaf community. Closing date is mid July.

Catholic Deaf Assoc will be holding their annual conference next April in Dublin. The conference will be limited to 250. Information and an application form can be downloaded from the National Chaplaincy for Deaf People at www.ncdp.ie There will be a discount for those who apply before the 20th of December.

If you would like to attend any of the above events, please contact Veronica White (NCDP) at 086 890 1359

Are you a sign language interpreter? Are you available to volunteer for 1 or 2 days from the 31st of July to the 10th of August This will be an opportunity to do some fun work in wide and varied surrounding with the Dublin Deaf scouts at the international campsite in Larch Hill. If you are free, text or ring Claudia on ger mobile: 087 7423688.

Lastly, we would like to send our best wishes to all the sign language interpreters who recently sat their accreditation exams. The results are expected this week. Our fingers will be crossed for you all. Good luck from all of us here in Kerry.

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13 July 2006 (VOL 4 WEEK 28)

No notes this week as a group from Kerry Deaf Resource Centre went to visit President Mc Aleese for a garden party in Áras an Uachtaráin. Also, involved in last minute plans for KDRC/RAD Youth Exchange on the 16th of July. Full notes will be available next week.

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20 July 2006 (VOL 4 WEEK 29)

Hello and welcome to a very sunny Kerry. The weather has been glorious here the past few days.

Our apologies to our members and our readers for not having notes last week. We were busy with training and events and were unable to get our notes done in time.

Our EEI students and staff members had a weekend training workshop on Deaf Community and Culture. Our thanks to Catherine and Suzanne Carey for their hard work. All the participants sat an exam at the end of the training and the results should be available in the next few weeks.

Some of our members had the pleasure of visiting President Mc Aleese in Áras an Uachtaráin as part of the President's Garden parties. It sounds like the day was full of surprises and entertainment. This is always a highlight of our social calendar, lets hope there are many more to come.Áras an Uachtaráin

Our Youth Exchange finally commenced this week. A group of twelve deaf youth, four Deaf leaders and three sign language interpreters flew out to the UK on Sunday. They will be there until the 24th of July on an exchange with the RAD and will visit a wide range of services and educational settings. Ireland lags behind countries like the UK in terms of services for Deaf people and this trip will be very informative. We hope this learning will translate into better services here in the future.

A huge thanks to Therese Gallant and Noreen Cronin for organising a fundraising event in the Sliabh Luachra area recently. Our thanks to all the volunteers who assisted on the day. In total, €1,860 was collected. This funding will be spent on supporting elderly people with a hearing loss in the Sliabh Luachra area. We are grateful to all the volunteers and to those who supported the initiative on the day.

A reminder that our Golf Classic will be held on the 25th of August in Dooks new 18 hole course in Killorglin. This is guaranteed to be a great day out and will include a barbeque and spot prizes. This event is being organised by Enda Curtayne, a parent of a deaf child. He has been a fantastic supporter of our service. If you would like to register a team, please contact Enda on 086 192 6160.

Lastly, we'd like to send our best wishes and congratulations to Sinead Kelly who recently won the Lily of Killarney. Although Sinead is hearing, she comes from a very well know Deaf family in Kerry.

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27 July 2006 (VOL 4 WEEK 30)

Hello and welcome again to our weekly news section. Our deaf Youth Exchange team fly home this week after an eventful nine days in the UK. The group visited a range of service providers and Deaf clubs/ schools. It wasn't all hard work, they also had the chance to go swimming in Brighton, a fun day in Thorpe Park, bowling, cycling, canoeing and orienteering. A huge thanks to our Deaf/ hearing leaders. They worked very hard this week and we appreciate their commitment to the project. A huge thanks also to the RAD and to our funding partners in Ireland.

Our EEI project Co-ordinator Catherine White flies back from two weeks voluntary work in Kosovo. She has asked us to thank all those who donated money and other items. A particular word of thanks to one donor who sponsored a laptop computer and printer.

Irish Signlink Interpreting Agency is pleased to announce a new "out of hours" phone number. The number is 087 980 6996. This number can be used after 5.30 pm and if you can't get the office phone.

KDRC has pens/ biro for sale at 2 euro each. The pens have the address and website details for KDRC. We are selling the pens as a fundraiser to help with overheads associated with running our service.

For all those students who have registered for CACDP Level 1 exams in sign language, the timetable for exams has been finalised for August andSeptember. If you have not received your timetable, please contact us. Good luck to all those taking their exams- this is the first time hearing students learning sign language in Kerry will sit the CACDP exams.

As we have had a very busy year with training, events and our youth exchange, we will not have an annual tour this year. We hope to have one sometime next summer.

Lastly, a reminder that our office will be closed for the month of August for annual leave/ holidays. We will re-open on the 1st of September. In the event of an emergency, you can contact us by mobile 087 633 4687.
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