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29 October 2009 (VOL 7 WEEK 44)

Cork's stars take the halloween challenge for Cork deaf association
The only place to be on Halloween Night is the Imperial Hotel at 8pm. The Halloween Challenge Quiz Show, in the aid of CDA kicks off with a spectacular celebrity round featuring:

Sean Og hAilipin - Cork hurling and football legend Sinead Shepperd - Local Councillor from Cobh, TV Personality and former six singer Lisa Cummins - The 1st woman to complete a two way crossing of the English Channel Neal Horgan - Cork City Soccer Star Valerie Mulcahy - All Ireland Football Champion.

The Halloween Challenge Quiz is a TV style gameshow based on the American show, Jeopardy. The Quiz is hosted by Gameshow Ireland, who specialise in producing high quality entertainment with state of the art equipment for every event. Although the local celebrities take to the podiums for the 1st round, up to 20 more contestants will be randomly drawn from the audience.

Audience members also have the opportunity to win a selection of raffle prizes and there's even a prize for the best fancy dress! This night promises to be one of big energy and big fun. Tickets cost €12 and €10 for OAP, unemployment, and students. Text/Fax - 021 4506190, email: and Phone - 021 4505944. There'll be ISL interpreter, speedtext operator and loop system available on the night.

Please download 'Cork’s Brightest Stars take the Halloween Challenge for the Cork Deaf Association' in word doc Download (size 40KB)

National chaplaincy for deaf people (NCDP)
The NCDP would like to inform you of upcoming masses in November in Dublin, Dundalk, Kerry, Cork and Nth Ireland. These masses are held to remember those who have passed away.
  • Dublin: Family Mass will be on 1st November at 3.30pm, Mass of Remembrance on 14th November 2009 @ 7.30pm for family and friends of those Deaf people who died during 2008-2009 year, Mass for Deceased Past pupils of St Joseph’s in ST JOSEPH’S SCHOOL, Navan Road, on 15th November @ 11.30am & Mass for Deceased Past pupils of St Mary’s in Emmaus Chapel on 28th November 2009.
  • Dundalk: Mass for Deaf people and Friends living in surrounding areas of Dundalk on 8th November @3pm in St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dundalk,
  • Kerry: Mass in Kerry - 8th November at St.John's parish Centre, Tralee @ 3pm, email:
  • Cork: Mass In Cork - 10th November at Cork Deaf Association, MacCurtain St. Cork @8pm, email:
  • Northern Ireland: Masses will be organised under the NCDP in Northern Ireland by Denise Flack, email:

    Irish Tinnitus Association - Annual Autumn meeting
    The speaker at the ITA's Annual Autumn meeting will be Professor Deb Hall, Member of the British Tinnitus Association’s Professional Advisers Committee. For the last number of years, Professor Hall has worked as a research scientist at the MRC Institute of Hearing Research in Nottingham. The research is mainly focused on trying to understand how different types of sounds are processed and where in the brain these processes take place.

    The talk will be held in The Clarion Hotel IFSC, Excise Walk, Dublin 1 on Saturday 28th November at 10:30a.m. Registration commences at 9:45am. If you would like to attend or would like further information, you can email: Tel: 01 8175700/Fax: 01 872 3816/ Text messages 01 8783629

    Fota Island With Santa
    The Cork University Hospital has invited the Cork Deaf Assoc to bring a group of deaf, hard of hearing and children of Deaf parents to participate in a fun filed morning for Christmas in Fota House. In turn, the CDA have opened this up to kids from Kerry. The event promises to be very magical and full of excitement.

    It will take place on Thursday, 3rd December from approximately 2pm-4pm. Children will travel by Limousine, Royals Royce or Vintage Car to Fota House where they will get refreshments, a very special good-bag and the chance to meet Santa.

    If your child is interested in attending, please let us know, as they need to fill in a form. Closing dates for completed forms is Tuesday, 3rd November.

    Interpreted performances at the Abbey Theatre
    Sign language interpreted performances are programmed on both the Abbey and Peacock stages. Specific seats with a clear view of the signer are reserved for audience members availing of this service, so please specify that you are booking for the signed performance when you contact the Box Office.
    • Upcoming sign language interpreted performances
    • Tales of Ballycumber: Saturday 31 October 2pm
    • Ages of the Moon: Saturday 21 November 2pm
    • Terminus: Saturday 28 November 2.30pm
    • The Seafarer: Saturday 23 January 2pm
    • Little Gem: Saturday 20 February 2.30pm
    • Christ Deliver Us: Saturday 6 March
    To book a ticket:
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    22 October 2009 (VOL 7 WEEK 43)

    IDS National Council (NC) meeting
    The Irish Deaf Society will hold its 32nd National Council meeting on Saturday 7th November at 2.00pm at Dublin Deaf Club.

    The NC is an umbrella group comprising of local Deaf organisations in Ireland. The aim of the NC is to maintain a network of local and national organisations. The Council looks at issues affecting the Deaf Community and in turn develop policies and lobby for equality and rights for Deaf people.

    We have been invited to send a representative to this meeting. If you would like to attend on our behalf, please contact us ASAP.

    Protect Human Rights and Equality in Ireland
    Niall Crowley, former CEO of the Equality Authority has written an article in the Irish Times to mark the 10th anniversary of Equality legislation in Ireland. The article believes Ireland stands accused of breaching EU Equal Treatment Directives.

    In the article, Niall says, "The 10th anniversary of the equality legislation is marked by an absence of the political ambition that accompanied its enactment. Minister for Justice, Equality and Law Reform Dermot Ahern rendered the authority unviable when he cut its 2009 budget by 43 per cent. In November 2008 he was asked in the Dáil by Pat Rabbitte why he had “decided to kill off the Equality Authority”? He said his priority for 2009 “will be to tackle crime” and that he had “decided to focus on some of the more soft issues in the department to achieve a significant reduction”.

    The Employment Equality Act and the Equal Status Act placed Ireland in a leadership position on the issue of equality within the European Union. On this 10th anniversary of the legislation, Ireland stands accused before the European Commission of being in breach of the EU equal treatment directives. These require member states to have an equality body to provide assistance to people who experience discrimination.

    The Equality and Rights Alliance has lodged a complaint with the commission that the cutback to the funding of the authority means that it is unable to fulfil its

    functions. The complaint is signed by 63 civil society organisations, including community groups and trade unions. A similar petition to the European Parliament has been supported by all Fine Gael, Labour, Socialist Party and independent MEPs"

    With the current recession and cuts coming up in the December budget- we must make sure that rights are not further eroded in Ireland. If you would like to support the ERA petition, go to:

    Niall's article can be read:

    1st deaf male nurse graduates from university of Salford
    A student from the University of Salford has become the first Deaf male nurse to enter the nursing register using British Sign Language (BSL) as his first language. Andrew Maxim graduated with a Diploma in Mental Health Nursing, making him only the tenth deaf nursing graduate nationally in the UK.

    Mr. Maxim said “To other people who are considering a university course – both Deaf and hearing, I would say do it. It’s never too late for a career change and it’s been the best thing that has happened to me.”

    Andrew’s personal tutor, Naomi Sharples, also Director of Mental Health and Learning Disability Nursing, said his achievement is remarkable. “Andrew was a very calm and focused student – we were fortunate to have him on board. “He had good rapport with his fellow hearing students, tutors, colleagues as well as clients. He is a sensitive and committed nurse who will be an asset to the team at the John Denmark Unit and to the Deaf community.”

    It was not until 2003 that the first deaf person qualified as a nurse in the UK; before 1999 deaf students were not able to study nursing because of the lack of learning and teaching support within universities.

    We'd like to congratulate Andrew and the Mental Health Nursing Department. It's great to see more professions open up to members of the Deaf community. Let's hope Ireland will take note of this and ensure Deaf people have the same opportunities here. If you would like to read the full article, go to
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    15 October 2009 (VOL 7 WEEK 42)

    KDRC Craft Classes
    Our service is commencing a new round of craft classes starting on the 15th of October at 2.30pm. The 1st class will be on Glass Etching. If you are interested in attending, please send a text to 087 633 4687. There will be a maximum of 10 people per class. For the 1st class, all participants must bring a small sized mirror with them. A big thanks to Veronica White for organising the classes and to Michelle Anne Houlihan (KES) for her continued support.

    President Mc Aleese, Anne Coogan & Willie White
    President Mc Aleese, Anne Coogan & Willie White.

    KDRC Monthly Mass
    Our next monthly mass will be on the 18th of October in St. John's Pastoral Centre, Tralee. As usual, Veronica from the National Chaplaincy will interpret the mass. It will be held at 3pm. Tea and coffee will be served afterwards. If you require accessible transport for the event, please contact us immediately.

    Trips Locally & Abroad
    Since September, a number of our Kerry based members have had the opportunity to travel to Lourdes and Manchester with the National Chaplaincy and to Poland with the Cork Deaf Club. Our thanks to both groups for including Kerry Deaf people in their trips. A special thanks to Veronica for her work in organising transport and for informing members of the trips. If you would like to know of any upcoming trips in 2010, please send us your details.

    Irish Deaf Women's History-Herstory
    Are you a past pupil at St Mary's School in Cabra, Dublin and/or interested in Deaf Women's history? If yes, Alvean Jones and Wendy Murray are looking at developing a project specifically to record Deaf Women's History in Ireland.

    Although there is a Deaf Heritage Centre - this has mainly focused on St Joseph's School for Deaf Boys. Liam Breen of the Heritage Centre is willing to gather documentation and artifacts from St Mary's before it is too late, but Alvean and Wendy believe it a matter for Deaf women to do this. This way, it will be "HERstory" rather than "HIStory".

    If you would like more information- there is a clip in sign language about the project at

    The Irish Deaf Youth Association will hold their AGM on the 16th of October. It will be held in the Dublin Deaf Association in Drumcondra, Dublin at 6pm. Nominations for Chairperson and Vice-Chairperson are being accepted. The IDYA are urging people to come along and show support.

    After the AGM - members of the IDYA will head out for a pub crawl. A free drink shot will be given to those who attended the AGM. For more information, log on to the IDYA website or their Facebook page.

    National Art Gallery Of Ireland Sign Language Tours
    The National Art Gallery of Ireland is continuing their series of tours in sign language. David Breslin, a well-known Deaf Art Collector and researcher present the tours in sign language. There is no charge for the tour and it is very informative. No advance bookings are required either. If you would like to know when the next tour is on- send your details to the Outreach Officer by fax at Fax: 01 661 0099. Alternatively, you can send your details by post to the ISL Tours, c/o Outreach Officer, National Gallery of Ireland, Merrion Square West, Dublin 2.

    BT Community Connections Laptop Scheme
    BT Community Connections is open for groups/organisations to apply for a free laptop and a year’s broadband connection. To date over 6,000 community groups and projects have benefited from the scheme. There are approximately 500 award packages on offer in this round.

    The closing date for the next round of applications is:
    • Postal applications - Tuesday 5 January 2010 at 17.30pm
    • Online applications - Thursday 7 January 2010 at 17.30pm
    There is information available on 'application rules' along with guidance notes to help you fill out your application. These contain hints and tips to help you answer the questions fully. To find out more about the scheme, read case studies or to apply online, log on to
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    8 October 2009 (VOL 7 WEEK 41)

    President Mc Aleese at Interpreter Accreditation Awards
    President Mary McAleese, Patron of the Sign Language Interpreting Service (SLIS), attended the SLIS Accreditation Award Ceremony on the 1st of October, at the Citizens Information Board, Dublin. She was welcomed by Tony McQuinn, CEO, Citizens Information Board, Anne Coogan, Chairperson, SLIS and Cora Pollard, Manager, SLIS.

    The President presented Suzanne Carey, a sign language interpreter from Kerry with her R1 Accreditation. Willie White, Manager of our service had the honour of presenting the President with a bouquet of flowers. To read more about the event, go to

    Speaking at her first function as patron of SLIS the President said: “The interpreters who receive accreditation here today are an important resource to Deaf people and to our society generally. Their skill and fluency ensure that the great diversity within the Deaf community will be given its best voice and that the dignity and right to equality of each Deaf person will be more than mere words.” Speaking from personal experience she added: “growing up with a profoundly Deaf brother, a stand-out memory is of him tugging at my sleeve at noisy family gatherings, to say “remember me - I’m here too” as he struggled to be included in a hearing world that made little concession to those who could not hear.”

    Munster Deaf Sports Council A.R.M.
    MDSC will hold their 30th Annual Regional Meeting on Saturday, 10th October 2009. Elections will also be held for new MDSC committee (2 years term 2009 - 2011) along with nomination for the Irish Deaf Sports Association (IDSA) Executive Committee (4 years term 2009 - 2013).

    It will be held in the Deaf Community Centre, 96A, O'Connell Street, Limerick at 2pm. All are Welcome. For more information, contact Bernadette O Connor (Secretary) at

    Social Networking for the Deaf Community
    A seminar and workshop on Social Networking for the Deaf Community will be held on the 12th and 13th of October in Dublin. This workshop will be free to participants as the Catholic Inst. for Deaf People will cover the costs of the event.

    There will be three sessions each lasting three hours to explore Social Networking and whether it can deliver benefits to the Deaf community and organisations working with the Deaf.

    Nathalie Mc Dermott from 'On the Road Media' will be deliver the Seminar/Workshop and has vast experience of this area. Nathalie is an acknowledged expert in this field and is based in London.

    If you would like further information, you can e-mail. If you would like to represent our service at this event, please let us know as KDRC can send two representatives.

    Arts & Disability Awards Ireland
    There will be an Advice and Information session on the Arts and Disability Awards on the 14th October from 11am-2pm. The event is free and lunch will be provided. It will be held in the Fire Station Artists’ Studios, 9-11 Lower Buckingham Dublin 1

    If you would like to attend and have communication requirements, please contact

    The Arts & Disability Awards Ireland is a bursary programme for individual disabled artists living in N. Ireland & ROI working in ALL art forms. The closing date for the next round of applications is the 2nd of November. The bursary programme can award 5,000 sterling or the euro equivalent. It is open to residents of N. Ireland and the ROI and working in all Art forms.

    Deafblind Ireland
    Deafblind Ireland will host a training day on Saturday, 21st of November from 9.45-3.30pm. The theme of the training will be “A matter of Communication – exploring a range of communication issues experienced by Deafblind children and adults”

    Overview of Communication with congenitally Deafblind people/ Functional sensory assessments/ Video analysis of programmes with Communication/ Communication and language development/ Communicative Behaviour.

    The training is open to Special Needs teachers/ Support Assistant/ Families and carers/ Disability Organisations/ Representatives of user organisations/ SLTs/ Psychologists

    The training day is free (lunch optional at €10). It will be held in The Dublin Deaf Club, 40 Lower Drumcondra Road. Dublin. For more information, Text: 086 1777200, email: Tel: 043 47636
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    1 October 2009 (VOL 7 WEEK 40)

    Deaf adult literacy (DALS) classes
    We have resumed our DALS classes in our Centre in Tralee. Classes will be held on Tuesday/ Wed/ Thurs from 11.30am to 1pm. We are delighted to welcome back our tutor for the classes, Mary Duggan. We would like to extend our thanks to Susan Whelan and Brian Crean of the Deaf Adult Literacy for supporting this initiative. If you would like more information on DALS, go to the following

    3rd Level education supports
    It's that time of the year when students are starting or returning to college or university. For Deaf and hard of hearing students, this can be a difficult time making sure they access supports. AHEAD - the Assoc for Higher Education Access and Disability provides information to students and graduates with disabilities, teachers, guidance counsellors and parents on disability issues in education. They have a document 'Supports for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students'. To avail of any of these supports - check if your college has an Access Officer or a Disability Officer. The document can be viewed at

    Please download 'Educational Support for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students 2009' in word document Download (size 36KB)

    Irish Deaf News Edition (IDN)
    In edition 16 of the IDN, they have a number of interesting items.

    Ireland celebrates Arthur Guinness - how did the staff of the Irish Deaf Society celebrate?, Lisbon Treaty campaign and a recent Irish Times poll reveals interesting results, Swine Flu update, Recent Hostage involving a Permanent TSB employee and New Garda Initiative bringing in the Pepper Spray

    To view their latest edition, check out the video at

    KODA conference USA.
    The new date for the KODA conference has been announced. It will now be held at Camp Mark 7, Old Forge, New York from June 24 - 27, 2010. This will be a national conference geared for families of Deaf parents with hearing children (commonly referred to as “koda families”). KODA believe that a greater understanding and awareness within families will be achieved and as a result, a deeper, and stronger family bond. Advocacy and development programs for “koda children”, particularly in the critical areas of education and psychosocial development will be another major focus of their conference.

    A group of Irish parents are hoping to travel to the conference - for more information on the event, go to

    KODA bowling in Cork (NEW DATE)
    Kids of Deaf Adults (KODA) have deferred their bowling night till the 21st of November in the Planet Entertainment Centre in Blackpool, Cork.

    The cost is also being reduced to €20 per person, a team of four will cost €80. The aim of the fundraiser is to raise money to bridge the cultural differences between Deaf parents and hearing children. If you would like more information or would like to attend, you can text Lorraine at 086 1269 435 or text Susan at 086 853 5574.

    Action breast cancer DVD in sign language
    We have just received copies of the Action Breast Cancer (ABC) DVD in sign language. This DVD came about from a project between ABC and the Irish Deaf Society. It provides breast cancer information for diagnosed and un-diagnosed women. It is also subtitled. If you would like a copy of this DVD (on loan only), please contact us.
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