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24 December 2009 (VOL 7 WEEK 52)

Closing for Christmas Holidays
As we are winding down for Christmas, we only have a very brief update for you this week. We would like to inform our clients and supporters that we will close for Christmas Holidays from the 23rd of December to the 4th of January.

Emergency Cover
In the event of a medical or legal emergency, please do not hesitate to contact our staff during the Christmas period. Most of our clients will have contact numbers for local interpreters.

SLIS Emergency Cover
In addition, the National Sign Language Interpreting Service (SLIS) will provide an emergency service over the Christmas period from 5pm Wednesday 23rd December 2009 to 9am Monday the 4th January 2010. The new emergency phone line is: 087 6725179. This out of hours service is intended for medical and legal emergencies.

SLIS looks forward to extending this service in the New Year.

Thank You
We would like to say a huge thanks to all our staff for their commitment and hard work in 2009. We would also like to thank all the individuals, interpreters, tutors, organisations, and services that worked closely with us for the past year. We really appreciate all your support and hard work. We could not have done without your support.

Happy Christmas & Happy New Year
We would like to wish all our staff and clients a very happy Christmas. Best wishes from all of us for 2010. We will re-open on the 4th of January and hope to have a more comprehensive newsletter then with news from the Deaf world. Best wishes for a happy and safe Christmas.
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17 December 2009 (VOL 7 WEEK 51)

KDRC supporter of the year awards
Last Sunday we held our Christmas party and mass for clients and staff in the Meadowlands Hotel, Tralee. We would like to thank hotel staff for their hard work on the day. Approximately 70 members of our service attended from all over Kerry. Special thanks go to Fr. Placid for saying mass again this year and to Santa who met with the younger members. A great day was had by all with many prizes given out through the raffle and the KDRC Support of the Year awards. Many thanks to all the KDRC staff making the day so successful, and to all the businesses in throughout Kerry that donated prizes for the raffle.

Supporter of the year awards
At the party, we announced our annual Supporter of the Year Awards. These awards are given to both Deaf and hearing individuals and organisations who support our service throughout the year. Each award recipient will receive a framed certificate, a box of chocolates and a bottle of wine.

Geraldine Broderick & Noelle Reidy
We want to acknowledge the hard work and commitment to the service made by both Geraldine Broderick and Noelle Reidy over the years.

Our sincere thanks go to Geraldine for your commitment to KDRC over the years. In particular we appreciate your work and organisational skills as ISL co-ordinator and tutor. It is a pleasure to share an office with you. We appreciate your sense of humour and friendliness.

Noelle has been a member of service for many years. We are grateful to you for your hard work and commitment to KDRC. We especially want to recognise your work as ISL tutor and examiner and your help with fundraising! Your fun and friendly manner is always appreciated.

St. Oliver’s National School, Killarney
Our sincere thanks to all the staff of St. Oliver’s National School for your support of Deaf issues over the years. Your support is greatly appreciated by our service and our Deaf clients who had children attending St. Oliver’s.

Sign Language Interpreting Service
We want to acknowledge the work carried out by SLIS in the recent Sign Language interpreter accreditation. In particular we congratulate you for promoting the development of the profession and professional standards in interpreting. And we congratulate the interpreters who completed the accreditation process.

Rebecca O’donoghue, Johnny Prendergast & Nicola Walsh
We would like to thank Rebecca, Johnny and Nicolas you for your great effort in art and literacy classes. We would like to thank you for your commitment to KDRC, as well as he support of your families. We appreciate the time you spend time in our office. It is always nice to chat with you.

Trevor Jones
We are grateful for all the work you have done since you joined our service. Your technical knowledge and support is appreciated by all Deaf and hard of hearing clients and staff. Your sense of humour and friendliness is also appreciated.

Tom McEllistrim, TD
Thanks for your support in enabling us to get a refurbishment grant a number of years ago. We would also like to thank you for the donation you made recently. This enables us to continue to provide services to Deaf and hard of hearing people in Kerry.

New literacy TV series looking for participants
Animo TV, in association with NALA (National Adult Literacy Agency),is beginning production on a new documentary series 'Stuck for Words'. The series is due to broadcast on RTÉ One in May and June 2010. This is the third television production with NALA, which has answered over 4,000 phonecalls from potential learners since the last programme.

Stuck for Words will follow the lives of 6 adults who have decided to return to education or who may be thinking of looking for help with their literacy. Animo is very interested in doing an episode with a member of the d/Deaf community who has had/ has literacy difficulties.

Filming of the first story in January but Animo will continue to look for participants in the New Year. They are looking for people from all over the country, at all different levels of literacy. They may focus on episode on a group of people and or a centre where learning is taking place.

For more information or if you are interested in participating contact

Please download 'Animo TV poster 2010' in Publisher Download (size 72KB)

Closure of GADHOH-Ireland
The committee of the group that was formerly known as GADHOH Ireland (Gambia deaf and hard of hearing – Ireland) has had to make a very difficult decision to close down the group due to the recession. However, there is still some money left in the bank and it is planned that this will be used to go towards the building of a community hall for GADHOH. As the group is now defunct, the email address for GADHOH-Ireland is now also closed. A separate address will be set up, so that interested people could discuss the building of the community hall. To see this information in ISL, go to:

Employment Vacancy At EUD
The European Union of the Deaf wishes to a Project Officer for the SignSpeak consortia. This is a part-time position based in Brussels, Belgium.

Candidates are expected to have a knowledge and understanding of Deaf culture and Deaf issues in addition to excellent sign as well as other communication and negotiation skills.

For more information about this job see:
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10 December 2009 (VOL 7 WEEK 50)

Vacancy for Maintenance Person
St Mary's Residence for Deaf Girls, Navan Road, Dublin 7 has a vacancy for Maintenance Person. Main Duties include routine plumbing, painting, gardening and general maintenance. A plumbing and/or electrical qualification experience in general maintenance and sign language would be an advantage. Hours: Monday to Friday - 9am to 5pm. Salary: HSE salary rates apply. Position: Full time for a contract of 3 years initially. Job Description available on request.

Please forward CV by Post: Ada Kelly, 28 Ashington Rise, Navan Road 7 or by email: Please note that short listing may apply. Closing date: Thursday 10th December 2009. Interviews will be held on Monday 14th December 2009.

Swine flu vaccination clinic
The Swine flu vaccination is currently being made available to people working with our service. The vaccination venue is the Education Centre at Kerry General Hospital. It is anticipated that each person will need to attend for approx 30 minutes (consent time / queue time and observation time post vaccination).

The next clinics will be held on Fri 11th & 18th of December. If you would like an appointment, please contact us. For more information on Swine flu and Swine flu vaccination, go to

Centre for deaf studies public lecture
The CDS will hold a public lecture on Thurs, 10th of December at 7pm. The theme will be "Language Learning, Teaching and Assessment: Insights into the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). It will be held in the Maxwell Hall, Hamilton Building, Trinity College Dublin.

Gloria concert
Gloria – Dublin’s Lesbian and Gay Choir invites you to their annual Christmas Concert 'All I want for Christmas'. This choir will have signers so the concert will be accessible in sign language. The Christmas Concert is a community event where friends and family come together to celebrate Christmas and sing favourite carols and Christmas classics. It will be held in St Ann's Church, Dawson St, Dublin 2 on Mon 14th + Tue 15th of December at 8pm. Free tickets available on the door from 6pm. If you have been before, you'll know to get there for your tickets early!! For more information, go to

After the concert, Gloria will be going to Buswells hotel for a drink or two afterwards so feel free to join them there.

Vatican conference addressing the role of the deaf
In November, a number of Deaf people from Ireland had the honour of attending a conference in Rome with Pope Benedict XVI. The National Chaplaincy for Deaf People in Ireland facilitated the inclusion of people from Ireland. Maura Buckley, a well-known and much loved member of the Deaf community had the privilege of meeting the Pope in person. Our own Veronica White from Kerry also attended the event.

The conference was held from the 19th-21st of November and was organised by the Pontifical Council for Health Care Ministry and was dedicated to “The Deaf Person in the Life of the Church.” Over 400 delegates from around the world attended the conference, which addressed the role of the Deaf in the church. Pope Benedict XVI lamented the serious lack of public programs and measures to address the needs of deaf people and a lack of even basic health care.

The Pope said it is impossible to forget “the grave situation in which the deaf still live today in developing countries, both for the lack of adequate policies and legislation and for the difficulty in gaining access to basic health care.”

Archbishop Zygmunt Zimowski, President of the Health Care Ministry Council, said making the Mass and pastoral activities accessible to deaf people necessitates having someone on hand who can translate the spoken word into sign language. Without sign language, a deaf person risks being isolated behind “an invisible and impenetrable wall of silence. He also said the Church has much to do to improve the kind of pastoral care it offers them. For more information, go to

Irish deaf news on youtube
In this weeks edition of Deaf News, Sinead Smith talks about the Public Service Strikes, Calls for Bishops to resign due to the Murphy Report, Flooding Update, Information on the Budget next week and the World Cup Draw. The clip can be viewed at
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3 December 2009 (VOL 7 WEEK 49)

KDRC art classes
Our last craft class before Christmas will be held this Thursday 3rd of December at 2.30pm. We would like to thank the class tutor Priscilla for all her hard work. Participants had the opportunity to learn about flower arranging, mirror etching, and plate painting. Our thanks also to Michelle Ann Houlihan and the Kerry Education Service for supporting this initiative.

KDRC christmas party
A reminder that our annual Christmas Party will be held on the 13th of December in Meadowlands Hotel in Tralee. There will be a four-course meal, spot prizes, Santa and our Deaf & Hearing Supporter of the Year Awards. It will only cost €20 per adult and €10 per child. If you would like to attend, please contact us immediately.

Our December monthly mass will be held on the same day in the Meadowlands Hotel and will start at 1pm.

Please download 'Christmas Party' in Word document Download (size 32KB)

IDYA - travelling and working abroad
The Irish Deaf Youth Association has a number of events coming up that may be of interest to you.

On the 3rd of December, a guest speaker from USIT will be giving a short talk on how to book flights, the J1 visa, the best places to go for information and more. The meeting will be held in the Games Room of Drumcondra Deaf Club @7pm. Robert Archer will be talking about Australia and his experience of working and travelling down the East Coast. Another guest speaker TBC will be talking about Inter-Railing in Europe for 6 weeks.

IDYA - volunteering abroad
Four Deaf people will be giving talks on their experiences. Alvean Jones will be talking about her time on volunteering abroad in The Gambia with the VSO.

IDYA - studying abroad
Wendy Murray will be talking about Gallaudet University in America and how she spent her year there with The Fulbright Scholarship. This night promises to be very informative and it will be your chance to ask questions. This will be a great opportunity to get information especially if you plan to travel abroad for work or leisure. Admission is free.

IDYA pub night
After all the talk about travelling, a Pub Night will be held in Quinn’s pub. This will give people more time to plan future travel, have some drinks and a laugh too. The IDYA hope to see you there from 9pm.

CIDP - social networking seminar
The Catholic Institute for Deaf People would like to give you all a quick reminder of their upcoming Social Networking Seminar which will take place in St. Vincent’s, Drumcondra on Saturday 5th of December 2009. There has been a great response so far. A number of places are still available. This next session is important in terms of keeping the momentum going that was built in the last session. New participants are very welcome, the more ideas the better.

If you would like to register a representative from your organisation please respond by email to More information on the CIDP, go to www.cidp.iet.

SGC cinema Dungarvan screening 'a christmas carol with subtitles
SGC Dungarvan is pleased to announce that they will be screening a special 3D version of Walt Disney `A Christmas Carol' with 3D hard-of-hearing subtitles. This is the first time ever a digital 3D film has ever been made available with subtitles. The movie will be shown on Fri 4th, Sat 5th, Sun 6th, and Tue 8th of Dec @ 5.10 with 3D hard-of-hearing subtitles. For more information on SGC, go to

The Walt Disney Company UK and Ireland is a member of the UK film industry's 'Disability Working Group'. The group aims to ensure that people with hearing or sight loss can enjoy the cinema experience. Since 2000 it has worked to ensure that the UK leads the world in 'accessible' cinema. Most major cinemas now have facilities to screen the latest films with subtitles and audio description (narration) for people with hearing or sight loss. Most popular films are available with these 'access' features and 'accessible' shows are now a regular feature in cinemas nationwide.

It is great to see cinemas in Ireland starting to include Deaf and hard of hearing cinema goers. We have campaigned in Kerry in the past for improved access but have seen no real developments to date. We just heard from Sarah Jane Moloney of the Meath Deaf group that in June, Ashbourne saw the opening of Showtime Cinema at the Ashbourne Retail Park (near Argos). After discussions with the Manager, along with the help of a local TD (Mary Wallace), they are now looking to obtain a 3D digital release of 'A Christmas Carol' and show screenings before Christmas. No dates or times have been agreed yet. However, information may be available in time from Meath Deaf or at

IDYA christmas party
The IDYA will celebrate their Christmas Party on December the 21st in Messer Maguires (Burgh Quay), Dublin from 8pm. The IDSA say, "Yes, this is on a Monday night! It's the season to be jolly isn't it??!?! So why not celebrate Christmas one last time with your mates at the IDYA's Christmas Party :) After the success of last year's party in which over 150 people attended, we decided to have it again this year with more hot food and more raffles and more craic!"
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