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24 September 2009 (VOL 7 WEEK 39)

Hello and welcome to another edition of news of interest to the Deaf Community.

Accreditation Awards
We would like to send our best wishes to all the interpreters that went through the recent National Sign Language Interpreting Service Accreditation Process. They will be presented with their Accreditation Awards at an event with President Mc Aleese on the 1st of October in Dublin. Willie White, Manager of our service was a member of the Accreditation Panel.

We would like to extend our congratulations to Suzanne Carey who works full time with our service who will receive R1 status. To Susan O Callaghan from Cork who will receive accreditation as a Deaf interpreter and to the hearing and Deaf members of Sign Language Interpreter Munster (SLIM). Lastly, best wishes to Ray Greene who worked with us on a regular basis. Ray is travelling around the world for a year and won't be at the event in person. However, she will receive R1 status also. Hope all the successful candidates enjoy the day and best wishes for your careers.

Lisbon Treaty DVD In Sign Language
On Friday 2 October 2009, voters will be asked to decide whether or not Ireland should ratify the Lisbon Treaty.

To enable Deaf voters understand the Treaty, a DVD in sign language is available. If you would like a copy of this, please contact us. The DVD was funded and supported by the Referendum Commission. In addition, has two clips in sign language entitled "Lisbon Treaty 2009 - Part 1 of 2"

The first Lisbon referendum was held on Friday 13 June 2008. Fifty-three percent of the electorate voted. Of that number, 53.4 percent said "no" and 46.6 percent said "yes".

Since then, the Government has negotiated guarantees with the European Council, which it hopes will reassure those opposed to the Lisbon Treaty. But campaigners against the Treaty continue to argue that signing up to it would be bad for the country.

Volunteer Interpreter Required
A number of Deaf people are interested in becoming peer sexual health trainers. They have made contact with the Dublin AIDS Alliance and hope to complete their FETAC Level 5 Training for Trainers Programme on Sexual Health and Drug Awareness, with a view to developing and delivering this type of training and workshops within the Deaf community.

Due to funding restrictions, the Dublin Aids Alliance is unable to fund the interperting supports and are looking for interpreters to volunteer their services for the training. The training programme runs for one day a week over eight weeks (next course commencing on 8 th October).

If you are willing to volunteer, you can contact Susan Donlon, Prevention Education & Training (PET) by email: Further information is also available at

Simply Signing
Simply Signing provides childcare staff, parents and children with a colourful and educational access to Irish Sign Language through workshops and publications. They specialise in Irish Sign Language education for children, by introducing valuable resources to all teachers and childcare staff across Ireland. All their resources are library appropriate for Deaf learners and also reflect an awareness of deafness for young children. Their publications demonstrate a positive attitude to deafness and in addition help support hearing children's literacy.

We hope to offer training to our staff and to local Deaf tutors in conjunction with Simply Signing in the near future. This will allow them to give Simply Signing presentations to hearing childcare services using Simply Signing materials. If you are interested in this training, please send us a copy of your CV.

If you would like more information on the service, go to

Simply Signing

Irish Deaf Photographers is a free online photographic resource aimed at the amateur, semi-professional and professional photographer primarily based in Ireland, those wishing to visit Ireland and of course photographers interested in Ireland from all over the world.

They are aiming to create a friendly online community for all members. You can visit the site as a guest, or become a member. Its costs nothing and you will definitely get something out of it. The site has sections on general and digital photography, frequently asked questions, events of interest to Deaf photographers and reviews of photography equipment.

The type of camera you have is not important, its what you want to achieve with it that matters
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17 September 2009 (VOL 7 WEEK 38)

Hello and welcome to our weekly newsletter from a very sunny southwest of Ireland (at least it was when we typed it).

Deaf and Hard of Hearing Students
Deaf and hard of hearing students are significantly under-represented in third level education in Ireland. Trinity College Dublin as part of their commitment to increasing the participation of under-represented students such as Deaf students has a national project called DS3 (Deaf Support in Third Level - formally DNA). This was established in 2005 originally funded by the HEA Strategic Initiatives fund and continues to be funded by College funds.

The project aims to increase the numbers and retention of deaf and hard of hearing students in third level education in Ireland. If you would like more information on this project, check out their website at

IDYA and DS3
On the 17th of September, the Irish Deaf Youth Assoc and DS3 will have a get-together in Porterhouse Central in Grafton St in Dublin from 7pm onwards. For more information on the IDYA or to sign up for their newsletters, go to

KODA Bowling in Cork
Kids of Deaf Adults (KODA) will organise a bowling night on the 26th of Sept in the Planet Entertainment Centre in Blackpool, Cork.

It will cost 100 euro for a team of four and starts at 7.30pm. 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.

Irish Deaf News
Irish Deaf News on Youtube is going from strength to strength. It's fantastic to see current news presented in sign language. The news is signed by a variety of Deaf people of all ages and is very informative and entertaining.

In edition 13 they cover unemployment and the live register, baby boom births, Government cuts, and the Deaflympics. You can view this video at

In their latest edition, Susan Whelan covers the latest news from the Deaflympics in Taipei, the proposed establishment of NAMA, the newly set up Dublin bike scheme and the Lisbon Treaty. This video can be viewed at

Tallaght Deaf Club (TDC)
TDC have a new website which provides all the latest information about their Club, news and upcoming events throughout the year. One of their big events will happen in the new year on the 20th of February when they celebrate their 20th anniversary with a dinner and dance.

They also have a range of events coming up over the next few months. If you would like to know more about the TDC, go to their website at

CODA UK + Ireland Facebook
This is a group for hearing people with Deaf parents living in the UK and Ireland. The facebook site is of an organisation that is in its infancy, so anyone interested is invited to contribute.

If you have facebook and would like to join - type in CODA UK & Ireland and you should come across the page. Alternatively, you can email to:
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10 September 2009 (VOL 7 WEEK 37)

KDRC re-opens after summer break
Hello and welcome back to our weekly news update. Our service was closed for the month of August for annual leave. We re-opened on the 1st of September and here is our 1st newsletter of news from the Deaf world.

Monthly mass
Our monthly mass will be held this Sunday at 3pm in St. John's Pastoral Centre. As usual, an interpreter will be present. If you require transport for the mass, please inform us ASAP so we can arrange taxis. Tea and coffee will be served afterwards.

Deaflympics in Taipei
The 21st Deaf Olympics are currently being held in Taipei. 85 countries with 4262 athletes and officials confirmed participation in Taipei. The event is being held from the 5th to the 15th of Sept.

The International Committee of Sports for the Deaf (ICSD) who administer the World Games confirmed that there were 1670 new first-time Deaflympics participants, with 1003 returning athletes. Athletes are to compete in 177 different events in seventeen sports with twenty disciplines.

The ICSD has been working closely with the Taipei Deaflympics Organising Committee since 2003. While in Taipei, the ICSD also held their Congress from the 3rd - 4th of September at Sheraton Hotel Taipei.

There is a large media representation in Taipei, with over 40 media companies. Deaf websites and Deaf blogs are updated daily with results from the various events. If you would like updates on any of the Irish athletes including Jason Maguire originally from Kerry, go to or to the Irish Deaf Sports Association at

Lisbon Treaty in sign language
In edition 13 of the Irish Deaf News, they have information in sign language on the Lisbon Treaty. The Referendum Commission of Ireland has provided the information. It is delivered in 2 parts.
Part one can be viewed at
Part two can be seen at

If you would like to see previous versions of the Irish Deaf News, go to the following link

South east deaf women's group (SEDW) 1st anniversary
We would like to send our best wishes to the SEDW who celebrate their 1st anniversary with an AGM, Dinner, Entertainment and Spa treatments.

The activities will be held in the AmberSprings Hotel, Gorey, Co. Wexford on Saturday 3rd October 2009 AGM from 12 - 2pm (with refreshments)

DINNER from 7.30pm till late

SPA TREATMENTS- €99 for 2 treatments- Half hour face massage- 1 hour back massage

ACCOMMODATION- Two night Bed & Breakfast and one evening meal (this meal is for Saturday only) - €175 per person each. Saturday night Bed & Breakfast, one evening meal - €115 per person each. If you are only coming for the meal and not staying overnight - €35 per person each.

Deaf comedian in Waterford
The Waterford Deaf Centre will host the well-known Deaf comedian John Smith. It will be held in Garter Lane Theatre, O Connell St on the 10th of October.

The show will start at 8pm. Tickets cost €20 including tea/coffee. If you would like to book a ticket, you can book online at or by texting the Waterford Deaf Centre at 087 137 0949

Job advertisement for St Marys and St. Josephs residence for Deaf girls and boys, Cabra
Position of Administration & Operations Manager in St. Mary's. Administration Manager in St. Joseph's Residences for Deaf Girls and Boys Cabra

Applications are now invited for the position of Administration & Operations Manager for St. Mary's Residence for Deaf Girls Cabra and Administration Manager for St. Joseph's Residence for Deaf Boys Cabra. This is a permanent position.

The role of the Administration & Operations Manager is to provide administration services and support to the Director of Care in St. Mary's Residence for Deaf Girls and to ensure that the day to day maintenance of the building and grounds is carried out, together with overseeing the catering and domestic services in St. Mary's Residence for Deaf Girls. Also to provide administration services and support to the Director of Care in St. Joseph's Residence for Deaf Boys Cabra.

Reporting to both Directors of Care in relation to their relevant responsibilities, the key competencies of the job will be the ability to meet deadlines, liaise with staff, supervise domestic and maintenance staff to ensure the delivery of excellent services to residents, the recording of all timesheets and the management and recording of the payrolls and finances of both residences.

Applicants should have a minimum of three years experience in a senior administration role together with proven competency in related areas such as IT and basic accountancy.

The capacity to sign and good written English are advantages. Salary and conditions will be discussed at interview.

Applications in writing to include an up to date Curriculum Vitae and cover letter should be forwarded to:
Ms Alison Flynn
PA to the Chief Executive
Catholic Institute for Deaf People
St. Vincent's Centre
40 Lower Drumcondra Road
Dublin 9

The closing date for the receipt of applications will be Friday the 11th of September 2009

Detailed Job Description Core Administration responsibilities will include;
  • To timely and accurately record all financial transactions in the primary books of accounts.
  • To extract on a periodic basis a trial balance.
  • To manage the procurement function in accordance with best practice.
  • On a monthly basis reconcile all bank accounts, and reconcile trade creditor accounts with supplier statements.
  • To ensure that employees are paid in a timely manner and in accordance with the terms and conditions of their contracts. In addition to accounts for all deductions from payroll on a timely basis.
  • To deal with joiners / leavers and day to day matters relating to the pension scheme,
  • To manage the petty cash.
  • To deal with the other administration issues that may arise.
Main Operations Responsibilities (St. Mary's Residence)
  • Ensuring that the cleanliness of the residence meets the agreed standards.
  • The delivery of catering services to the agreed standards and within budget.
  • The day to day maintenance of the residence.
  • Additional duties that arise due to the nature of this role.
  • Ensure that Health and Safety policy is implemented.
Main Operations Responsibilities (St. Joseph's Residence)
  • Ensuring that the cleanliness of the residence meets the agreed standards.
  • The delivery of catering services to the agreed standards and within budget.
  • The day to day maintenance of the residence.
  • Additional duties that arise due to the nature of this role.
  • Ensure that Health and Safety policy is implemented.
  • To supervise and monitor any maintenance / cleaning programmes arranged during summer closure.
  • To monitor any groups using the residences during the summer period.
  • To ensure that security arrangements are adequate and monitored, especially during periods when school is closed.
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3 September 2009 (VOL 7 WEEK 36)

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