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25 June 2009 (VOL 7 WEEK 26)

Thanks to CDA/NCDP
We would like to send our thanks to the Cork Deaf Assoc and the National Chaplaincy for Deaf People. Over the past few weeks, a number of our younger clients have had the pleasure of going to Disneyland with Cork City Hospitals. Older clients have travelled for a few nights to Galway and to masses in Cork. At the end of June, a few clients will go for a day trip to Wales to a theme park. Our clients have really enjoyed these events. We are grateful for all the work that has been done and especially for including Deaf/CODA's from Kerry. If you would like to be informed of further events, please send us your text number.

Go-Karting With MWDA
The Mid West Deaf Association will hold a Go-Karting event on Saturday 27th June at sharp in Kilcornan, Co Limerick (20 minutes drive from the City). If you would like to attend, text your name to MWDA on 086 2030817. Everyone is welcome for a great fun evening out!!!

MWDA will also text you if a social night is being planned. Let us know if you intend to travel, as you may be able to travel with other Deaf from Kerry.

Please download 'Mid West Deaf Association Go Karting'
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Irish Deaf News on You Tube
The Irish Deaf Society has released their first Irish Deaf News on You Tube recently. The clip is in sign language and presented by Brian Crean. They are hoping to formal and informal news on a weekly basis on Fridays. This week's edition talks about the march in Dublin in response to the Ryan Report on Institutional Abuse, a bank robbery in Kilkenny which was opposite a Garda Station and lastly the sale of Cristiano Ronaldo to Madrid. If you would like to see the 1st clip, go to

Signature Awards
There is only two weeks left to get your nominations in for the Signature (CACDP) Awards. Signature Annual Awards. Signature wants to celebrate the exceptional commitment and efforts made by many individuals and organisations who, through their drive and enthusiasm, deserve recognition for their dedicated efforts to overcome barriers to communication between deaf and hearing people. The following award categories are open for nominations:
  • Organisational Achievement – This award recognises an organisation in the public, private or voluntary sector, which, through leadership or endeavour, have made a significant contribution to achieving a society in which deaf people have full access.
  • Joseph Maitland Robinson Award – This award can acknowledge passion, long-term commitment, or a timely intervention, service provision, teaching, learning, awareness raising, or campaigning. If you know someone who has made an outstanding contribution toward achieving a society in which deaf people have full access, we want to hear from you.
  • Communication Professional of the Year – This award recognises registered communication professionals who have provided consistent, positive contributions to high-quality language access services.
Nominations close 28 June 2009. So, nominate now and help make the awards a celebration to remember. Full details of the awards and how to nominate can be found at

President Mc Aleese Reception for Survivors of Institutional Abuse
President Mc Aleese will host a reception for survivors of institutional abuse this Sunday 28th of June. The President's Office contacted our service and is very keen to ensure members of the Deaf Community are represented at this event.

If you are a survivor or represent survivors and would like to attend, please contact William White ASAP (numbers are very limited). The event will be held this Sunday at 2:30 p.m. Áras an Uachtaráin.

William White has been asked to attend the event and will interpret if required.
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18 June 2009 (VOL 7 WEEK 25)

Open Meeting On TV Access For Deaf Community
The Broadcasting Commission of Ireland (BCI) is holding an open meeting to get the views of the Deaf community on TV access. Do you think there is enough Irish Sign Language on TV? Are you satisfied with the subtitling on Irish TV? What do you think of the access to television available at the moment? Some clips with examples of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ subtitling/ISL will be shown and the BCD will ask for your feedback on these clips. The meeting will held on Saturday June 20th, at the Mercer Hotel (off Grafton St) from 11am to 1pm. Refreshments and interpreters will be provided. If you wish to attend please email:

Summerfest, the annual sports day organised by the IDS in conjunction with IDYA, Greenbow, MDSP, IDWG and IDSA, will be run again this year on Sunday, 19th July, from 12pm until late St Joseph’s Grounds, Navan Road (beside Swimming Pool, Dublin 7. Activities will include tug-o-war, Wellington boots, children and adults races, bouncy castle, water slide and many more. It is advised that kids bring spare clothes, and please note that parents are responsible for looking after their own children. All Welcome and admission is FREE!

Volunteers needed: If you want to volunteer at the Summerfest please contact IDS before 19th June at 086 3847023 (text only), email: or call 01 8601987

Four Deaf Parliament Members in Europe
Following recent EU elections we would like to congratulate Dr Adam Kosa, a Deaf candidate for the Hungarian party Fidesz (Civic Union) who won a seat in the European elections. Dr. Kosa is the first Deaf Sign Language user to be elected to the European Parliament. However, there are another three Deaf national parliament members around Europe: Helga Stevens, a member of the Belgian parliament who was recently re-elected and was the most popular candidate for her party in that constituency; Dimitra Arapoglu is a Deaf member of the Greek Parliament; and Helene Jarmer was elected for the Green Party in Austria. As the European Union of the Deaf noted this "clearly proves that sign language is no barrier in the world of politics. It will serve as an inspiration for all Deaf Europeans to follow their historical paths to serve their countries through their Parliaments."

For more information about each of the parliamentarians see the EUD's website:

Deaf Film Night: Through Deaf Eyes
A documentary about Deaf life in America, Through Deaf Eyes, recently screened on RTE, will be shown at the Dublin Deaf Association, on Saturday, 27th June 2009 at 8 pm sharp. Refreshments will be provided. The Deaf Community and friends of the Deaf Community are invited to the screening.

Greenbow Karaoke Night
Greenbow, the Deaf Gay, Lesbian and Bisexual and Transgender Society of Ireland, are holding a Karaoke Night at Pantibar, Capel Street, Dublin 1 on Wednesday, 24th June 2009 at 8pm. There will be spot prizes! And interpreters will be provided! Please bring your Straight/LGBT friends and family. Everyone is welcome and admission is free! For information contact or text: 086 3671375.

Street Performance World Championships This Weekend
Final reminder to everyone that the Street Performance World Championship is on this week in Merrion Square, Dublin. This is a free family festival which brings the best circus entertainers in the world to Ireland. There will be a sign language interpreted performance area (Pitch 1) on Saturday 20th and Sunday 21st, supported by the Centre for Deaf Studies, TCD.

SLIS Accreditation
Finally we would like to extend our best wishes to all the hearing and Deaf candidates who completed the SLIS accreditation process last week. Congratulations to the members of the exam and planning committees and to the administrator Ailish Finnegan for their hard work throughout the week. The results will be out in July - Good luck to all the candidates!
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11 June 2009 (VOL 7 WEEK 24)

Hello & Welcome to the Kerry Deaf Update!

Update Delay
Apologies to all our readers for the delay in sending out this week's update. This was due to a technical error, which we have now resolved. We are only sending a brief update this week, however normal updates will resume next week, June 15th 2009. Many thanks for your continued support.

Kerry Deaf Get-Together
The next social event for Deaf people in Kerry will be held on June 13th. The group are looking for ideas on future events and activities. They hope to organise canoeing, mountain climbing and hill walking around Killorglin in July. If you are interested in joining the group or participating in activities, let them know on their facebook group: Kerry Sign Pub.

Basketball Fundraiser
The Irish Deaf Youth Association will host a Basketball Fundraiser this Saturday, June 13. The Ireland Deaf Basketball team are making their first appearance at the Under 20s European Deaf Basketball Championships on the 21st-28th June 2009. The theme of the fundraiser is "Give the youth a helping hand" and it will be held in the Dublin Deaf Association in Drumcondra, Dublin from 7-11pm. The event will include a table quiz, sale of work, cake sale, and raffle with lots of good quality prizes to be won!

Irish Deaf Womens Group
The IDWG are having a Pyjamas Party on 19th June 2009 at 8pm Dublin Deaf Association, 40 Lower Drumcondra Road, Dublin 9. All are welcome. Hot finger food and wine will be served. For more information contact Irish Deaf Women’s Group, 30 Blessington St, Dublin 7; email: or text: 0861719570.

Our sympathies go to the family of Joan O'Connor from Castleisland who passed away recently. Joan's son Michael O'Connor is Deaf. She was a great supporter of the Deaf Community. May she rest in peace.
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4 June 2009 (VOL 7 WEEK 23)

AIB Street Performance World Championships (Dublin)
The Street Performance World Championship is a free family festival which brings the best circus entertainers in the world to Ireland. Due to the very nature of street performance (juggling, mime artists, acrobats etc.) it makes the event particularly accessible to the Deaf community. As part of the event this year, there will be a sign language interpreted performance area (with the Centre of Deaf Studies) which will open the entire festival to the Deaf community. The festival is 100% free to the public. There is no cover charge as it is supported by AIB and Dublin City Council. While the Championship will take place from the 18th to 21st of June this year, in Merrion Square, Dublin, the sign language interpreters will be there on the 20th and 21st.

Please download 'Street Performace World Championship'
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Signature (CACDP) teacher training programme
To our sign language tutors- the Signature Teacher Training Programme for September 2009 to July 2010 is now available on our website at This contains information on all of the training courses for Signature qualifications. If you would like to attend any of the events or require further information, contact Joanne Wears, Administration Officer-Training and Support email: or fax: 0044 191 383 7914

Deaf History Workshop In DCC
The Deaf Community Centre in Limerick will hold a Deaf History Workshop on Saturday 6th of June. The workshop will be organised by the IDS Deaf Adult Literacy Service (DALS). It is free to Deaf people. It will start at and finish at 4.30pm. At the end of the workshop, there will be a short presentation about DALS and their free evening courses (on computer, English, etc) which will be available from this September. Booking for these courses can be accepted at end of this workshop. This workshop is not 100% confirmed at time of writing. Please text Ger Boyce on 086-7348641 to check and book your place in this exciting and interesting event.

DCC Men's Group Health Talk
The DCC will also hold a talk on Men's Health on the 9th of June from 7.30pm. The Irish Cancer Society will visit DCC to discuss Men’s health and Cancer, please text Ger on 086 7348641 to book your place. (A male ISL interpreter will be present).

Adaptive Technology Exhibition In TCD, Dublin
The Hamilton Building in Trinity College, Dublin will host an Adaptive Technology Exhibition on July 8th, 2009 from 9am to 5pm. To enter the building, take the Lincoln Place Gate entrance. Admission is FREE For further information on exhibitors and the conference itself go to:

Arts & Disability Awards Ireland 2009
The 1st round of the bursary programme for individual disabled artists living N. Ireland and Republic of Ireland has closed. The closing date for the next round of applications will be the 2nd of November. The award supports creativity, experimentation and artistic excellence for artists working in ALL art forms.

How much could be awarded? £5000 sterling or euro equivalent

Application packs available by email, in standard print,Braille, large print and CD format. For more information e-mail or tel: (ROI 048) (UK 028) 90239450. Alternatively, you can write to The Arts & Disability Forum, Ground Floor, 109-113 Royal Avenue, Belfast BT1 1FF

Sign Language Interpreting Accreditation
This years accreditation process with the National Sign Language Interpreting Service (SLIS)will commence on the 8th of June. Information on the standards and rationale is available on their website at We would like to send our best wishes to all the interpreters who are going forward for accreditation. Best of luck from all of us in KDRC.
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