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28 June 2007 (VOL 5 WEEK 26)

Welcome Hello and welcome to another edition of our news update.

New BEBO page for Kerrydeaf (KDRC) Bebo is an online networking site where people can stay in touch friends, colleagues, share photos, and share news. We have just set up our own BEBO page for our service. If you would like to see our page, click on the following links or

Interpreter available in CISs Mid West Alona Troy from Enhancing Disability Services has informed us that an interpreter will be available in Nenagh Citizens Information Centre on the 25th of June from 10.30am to 13.30pm. An interpreter will also be available at the Ennis Citizens Information Centre on the 27th of June from 9.30am to 11.30am & again in the Limerick Citizens Information Centre on the 29th of June 9.30am to 13.30pm. This is a free and confidential service.

SLIM The next SLIM training will be held on Sunday, 8th July at the KDRC. The theme of the next session is Religious interpreting and it will be facilitated by Veronica White. Big thanks to Mairead Hegarty who organised the inaugural training on Fingerspelling. All the participants enjoyed and benefited from the session. For more information about SLIM please contact Suzanne Carey at the KDRC.

European Deaf Football Championships Congratulations to the Irish Deaf Football who attained 3rd Place in the European Football Championships in Portugal at the weekend. The Irish started their campaign with 3-1 win over the Ukraine and subsequent victories over Belgium and Russia. The team progressed to the semi-final where they lost against the UK. In the playoff for 3rd/4th place Ireland faced Germany. The score at fulltime was 2:2 so the match eventually went to penalties, with Ireland winning by 4:3. The top goal scorer for Ireland was Joseph Watson, with 4 goals over the tournament. The final was France versus the UK, with a win by France (2:1). Well done to all the Irish players and supporters who travelled with them.

Cork / Kerry Eldery Group The KDRC in conjunction with the Cork Deaf Association and NAD Killarney are organising a day trip this week for the Deaf Elderly Group. The excursion is to Muckross House and Gardens in Killarney. The date is Wednesday, 27th June 2007, from 11am to 4pm. There will be a guided tour (cost: €2.35 each) and restaurant facilities are available on site. The Group will meet at the Killarney train station at 11am. Please contact Veronica White if you need more information (086 890 1359).

BAR CODE A new craze is sweeping the nation! "BAR CODE - The non-verbal language for meeting, flirting and contacting with anyone, anytime, anywhere!" Bar Code was devised by two American girls to help people who are too shy to flirt. It consists of a series of hand gestures used to communicate messages such as "you're cute", "I'm with someone, maybe later" or "not interested". See the Belfast Telegraph and for more information!

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21 June 2007 (VOL 5 WEEK 25)

Welcome Hello and welcome to our weekly editions of Deaf related news.

Deaf Trip to Muckross House, Killarney Veronica White (NCDP) and Susan O Callaghan (CDA) are organising an outing to Muckross House in Killarney on Wednesday the 27th of June. This event is open to Deaf people from Kerry and Cork. If you are interested in attending please contact Veronica or Susan directly. If you do not have their contact details, let us know and we will forward your details to them.

Limerick Deaf Sports Day Mid West Deaf Youth Club / Mid West Deaf Association are running a Sport’s Day on Saturday 30th June 2007 at Rosbrien School, Limerick, from 2pm to 5pm. Admission is €5 for adults, €3 for children and €4 for students and OAPs. There is a social night that evening at Dolan Pub, Dock Road, Limerick at 8pm till late (over 18 years old). Contact MWDA 086 2030817 Text only.

Sign Language Services North West The aim of SISNW is to provide Sign Language Interpreter services to all sectors: individuals, businesses, schools, colleges, employment services and government departments throughout the North West of Ireland: The service is based in Sligo and it's aim is to primarily provide services in the surrounding counties of Sligo, Mayo, Leitrim, Roscommon, Donegal as well as counties Fermanagh, Derry and Tyrone. The co-ordinator is Sean Gilligan, he is a member of IASLI and is registered with the Sign Language Interpreter Service (SLIS). To contact the service by Telephone/text: 086 397 4992, Video call: 0833347951, email:, Website:

Irish Translators and Interpreters Association Do you work as an interpreter? In Garda stations, Courts or Hospitals? The ITIA Community Interpreting Sub Committee is organising a meeting of interpreters. This will be an opportunity to share information. The meeting will be held in the Irish Writers' Centre, 19 Parnell Square, Dublin 1 from 7pm to 9pm on Wednesday, 20th June 2007.

Changes in Housing Grants The DoEHLG Statement on Housing Policy ‘Delivering Homes, Sustaining Communities’ introduces 3 revised schemes, to be rolled out in May / June 2007:
  1. Mobility Aids Grant Scheme (brand new). This new scheme is to cover works aimed at addressing mobility problems, mainly, but not solely aimed at the elderly. Maximum grant of ¤6,000 to cover 100% of the cost of works. It will not require an OT assessment; a GP’s letter will be enough. They estimate that a majority of people with disabilities will apply for this.
  2. 2. Housing Adaptation Grant for People with a Disability- this replaces The Disabled Person’s Grant (DPG). Increases grant from &20,320 to maximum of €30,000.
  3. Housing Aid for Older People- this replaces Essential Repairs Grant (ERG) & Special Scheme of Housing Aid for the Elderly. Aim to make homes of older people habitable. Maximum grant of €10,500 to cover 100% of the cost of works. Available to those with an annual household income of less than €30,000, tapering to 30% for those with annual household incomes of €54,0001 to €65,000.
Please download a revised Housing Grants in Word doc here (size 32k).

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14 June 2007 (VOL 5 WEEK 24)

National Chaplaincy for Deaf People Fr. Joe Jones, Chaplain and Director of the NCDP, has announced that he will be leaving the Chaplaincy for Deaf People this summer. He will be sorely missed by all in the Deaf Community. Fr. Jones has done great work over the past 10 years and is an excellent signer. He has been strongly involved with the Deaf Community, holding regular masses in Sign Language at the Emmaus Chapel; through the schools in Cabra and the Deaf Choir; organising retreats, pre-marriage courses and other events for Deaf people and overseeing the refurbishment of the Chapel, Lounge and Kitchens in St. Vincent's. In particular we greatly appreciate his work in securing a chaplain for the Cork & Kerry area. We wish him every success wherever his path should lead him.

Siamsa Tire The Kerry Deaf Resourcec Centre (KDRC) has been in touch with Siamsa Tire, the National Folk Theatre of Ireland, about access for Deaf and Hard of Hearing people. A loop system is installed in the theatre for hearing aid users. This system works with the T-switch. Furthermore, if you are interested in attending a particular play you can contact Siamsa to get a copy of the script in advance (where available). Siamsa Tire also has an extensive Visual Arts space with regular exhibits. For more information see: or for general queries, contact Catriona Fallon at Siamsa, Tel: 066 7123055; Fax: 066 7127276.

Congratulations on a new job We would like to extend our best wishes and best of luck to Trudy Murphy, former General Manager of the Cork Deaf Association. Over the past number of years we have worked closely with Trudy to improve access for Deaf and Hard of Hearing people in the Munster region; her support has been invaluable. Trudy is moving on to a new job in the HSE where, no doubt, she will be equally successful.

Fundraising in Ireland Today The Wheel, an organisation which offers support, advocacy and leadership for the community and voluntary sector, is launching a new network for fundraisers in Ireland. 'Get Connected' will be held on 20th June in Ballsbridge, Dublin. There will be lectures about the supports and networks available to fundraisers and the future of fundraising in Ireland. A special 'speed networking' session will also be held in the afternoon. The day will end with an informal reception. This event is open to anyone interested in fundraising. Cost: €20 . For more information and registration form, go to: Or contact The Wheel: 01 4548727; Fax 01 4548649.

Clin d'Oeil 2007 Festival for Deaf European Artists The Clin d'Oeil Festival is a cultural event for Deaf artists in France and throughout Europe. Deaf artists are invited to attend the Festival to put on shows, artistic exhibitions, professional stands and to screen films. There is a short film competition with films competing from countries such as France, Spain, UK and Norway. A kids' workshop will be run as well. The Festival will take place from 29th June to 1st July 2007 in Rheims, France. For further information see:

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7 June 2007 (VOL 5 WEEK 23)

Summerfest Irish Deaf Society, Irish Deaf Women's Group and Model School for the Deaf Project are organising a Summerfest on 24th June 2007. It will be held at St. Joseph’s School Grounds, Cabra from 1pm to 6pm and All are welcome. Admission is Free! Parents are advised to bring spare clothes in case children get wet! For further information contact Irish Deaf Society:, Tel: 01 8601878 or Fax: 01 8601960.

Irish Deaf Womens GroupOn 10th June, 11am to 1pm, Deaforward will meet host an information morning with the Deaf Womens' Group in the Centre for Deaf Studies. Refreshments provided. The IDWG are running a logo competition. The deadline is 15th June. Please send your logo by post or email before 15th June. The winner will get €100. As a final event before the summer holidays the IDWG are organising an event on 29th June at the Deaf Club in Drumcondra at 8pm. Members are asked to bring along old photographs. Food & Wine will be supplied and admission is €10 per person. For numbers purposes please text your name to IDWG (086 1719570) before 15th June.

European Deaf Football Championship Good luck to the Irish Deaf Football team who are participating in the 6th European Deaf Football Championship in Portugal from 10 to 23 June. The Irish team's first match is against the Ukraine on 11 June. For more information see: Daily results will be posted on:

Leaving Certificate Good luck to all students starting their Leaving Certificate this week!

European Games without Borders for the Deaf The Second European Games without Borders is on in Austria from 7 to 9 June. "Games without Borders" is a three-day outdoor-adventure where Deaf people from all over the world will compete with each other. More information about the Games are on the official homepage: (also see attachment size 64k).

ADAPT Women's Refuge is currently recruiting relief support workers for the refuge. A copy of the advertisement is attached. For more information contact: Annamarie Foley, General Manager. ADAPT Kerry Limited, T/A Kerry Women's Refuge & Support Services. Tel: 353 +66 712 9100; Fax: 353 +66 712 7836.

Congratulations To John McGrath on the launch of his book of poetry, Blue Sky Day, last Thursday. There was a very big crowd there, including representation from the KDRC / KDALP. The book includes a poem, Body Language, which is about and dedicated to the Kerry Deaf Community.

The "Sporting Chance" Programme The National Learning Network Tralee is currently recruiting Nationally 20 participants for an innovative new Training Programme in the sports and leisure industry designed to promote career opportunities for people with disabilities in this sector.

Do you, or does anybody in your organisation, know somebody with a disability who would advance their future career prospects by training as a coach, leader or manager in the sports and leisure industry?

Please see attached file as below for details or send this email to other interested parties. For further information on how you can participate in the Sporting Chance Programme and kick-start your career in the sports and leisure industry, contact: Pat O'Neill, Area Manager, The National Learning Network, Clash, Tralee, Co. Kerry. Tel: (066) 7122533 or email: Please post or email a letter outlining your sporting interests and achievements with contact details to the address above, interviews will be taking place in June.

National Learning Network Limited. Registered in Ireland; Registration number: 248453; Registered Office: Roslyn Park, Sandymount, Dublin 4.
Download Course Content (size 48k).
Download Sport Letter (size 168k).

Employment Opportunity Kerry Women's Refuge & Support Services, Killeen Road, Tralee, County Kerry.

Kerry Women's Refuge & Support Services provide residential care and a range of other supports to women and children who have been affected by domestic violence. We currently have vacancies on our panel of relief support workers within the refuge service. If you are interested in challenging yet rewarding work, and can be available to work day, overnight and weekend shifts, then this position may interest you.

Experience in health or social care is desirable but not essential. For an application form and job description, please contact: Ms. Kate Hattar, Kerry Women's Refuge & Support Services, Tel: (066) 7129100. Closing date for receipt of applications is Friday, 22nd June 2007.
Download Advertisement (size 32k).

Kerry Women's Refuge & Support Services is an Equal Opportunities Employer.
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