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23 December 2010 (VOL 8 WEEK 50)

Supporter of the year awards
Unfortunately due to snow and icy roads, we had to cancel our Christmas party this weekend. Our apologies to everyone for the short cancellation notice. Safety was a major concern for us. At our party, we usually announce the Supporter of the Year Awards. However, we thought it would be nice to inform everyone of the winners before Christmas. We have two categories Deaf Supporter Awards, and Hearing Supporter Awards.

Deaf supporter of the year
  • John Bosco Conama Phd
    "For your commitment to the Deaf community over the years. You have been involved in many Deaf related committees and working groups in Ireland. You have campaigned on Deaf issues and Deaf rights on a national and international level. You have worked tirelessly to improve the lives of Deaf people in Ireland. You have been an excellent role model on a personal, academic and professional level. We would also like to congratulate you on being the 1st Deaf person in Ireland to be awarded a PhD."

  • Christina O Donoghue
    We would like to thank you for all the work you have done in the past year for our clients and service. Our clients benefit greatly from the literacy, computers and art classes you provide to them. We appreciate all your hard work.

  • Patrick Doody
    We would like to thank you for all the work you have done in the past year for our clients and service. You have been a great worker – you work well on your own and in groups. You work in a very professional and courteous manner. Your ability to engage with our clients is remarkable. Your personality is liked by all those who meet you.
Hearing supporter of the year awards
  • Christina O’Driscoll
    Hearing parent of a deaf daughter with a cochlear implant.
    "For your commitment to learning about Deaf issues. For your positive attitude to learning sign language and for including family members in classes. For assisting with fundraising activities for our service."

  • Ann Sheehan
    Care Group Co-ordinator for Disability (HSE).
    "For your support and commitment to Deaf issues and to the Deaf Community in Kerry. For actively working with our service in developing a “Sign Language Interpreting Access Policy” to enable Deaf people access GP services. For co-ordinating inter-agency meetings on behalf of our clients. For being a direct link between our service and the Health Service Executive."

  • Institute of Technology Tralee
    Health & Leisure Department- staff and students.
    "For including Deaf people in a range of sporting activities – this included surfing, adventure games, canoeing & kayaking, outdoor high ropes activities and indoor wall climbing. We thoroughly enjoyed all the activities. Staff and students worked very hard to ensure all of us enjoyed each event. Their hospitality and friendliness was appreciated by everyone that participated."

  • HSE Hearing Services (Tralee).
    "For your commitment and support of people with a hearing loss. In particular we would like to thank Marian and Joanne for all their hard work– it is greatly appreciated. The advice, information and support provided to our service and clients is greatly appreciated."
Happy christmas and happy new year
On behalf of our service, we would like to wish everyone a happy Christmas and happy New Year. To our clients, staff and supporters - a big thank you for all your hard work and support in 2010. We will close for holidays at lunch time on the 22nd of December and will re-open on the 5th of January.

In the meantime, with this icy and snowy weather - keep safe on the roads and keep warm. Look forward to working with everyone again in 2011.

Christmas eve mass
Lastly, if you would like to attend a sign language interpreted Mass on Christmas Eve, Veronica White will be interpreting in The Dominican Church in Tralee at 7.30pm.
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16 December 2010 (VOL 8 WEEK 49)

Christmas Party- Final Reminder
Our Christmas party is on this Sunday the 19th of December in the Ballyroe Hotel Tralee. If you would like to attend, please send us your names as soon as possible as we need to inform the hotel of final numbers.

We will have a 4-course meal and spot prizes. It will cost €20 per adult and €10 per child. It will be on from 2-6pm.

In addition, we will have our Supporter of the Year Awards. Do you know of a person, organisation or a service that has been supportive of Deaf issues in the past year? Has someone contributed to improving the lives of Deaf people in Kerry? Has access improved in a particular service?

If so, send us their names and we will consider them for an award. The successful people will be announced at our Christmas party on the 19th of December and will be presented with a framed certificate, a box of chocolates and a bottle of wine.

Emergency SMS Call Service
In 2008, "Hands On" the TV programme for the Deaf community in Ireland highlighted the problems Deaf people were experiencing in contacting emergency services. This week, they aired an update from the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources:

"The new Emergency Call Answering Service for Ireland was launched in late November this year. The SMS service will be operational in March 2011 and users will be able to register early next year through the Department of Communications, Energy & Natural Resources website

As well as this, a dedicated website for the 112 service will also be established".

This is great news for the Deaf community in Ireland BUT it is long overdue. It is shocking in modern Ireland, that Deaf people still cannot access emergency services. A consultation on handling calls from persons with disabilities and other possible call handling enhancements was held in August 2009. The Department expected to finalise its views on the matter in 2010, following discussions with the relevant state and commercial organisations.

Is the roll out of this service guaranteed for March 2011? Contact your local TD or Government Minister to ensure this deadline is met and Deaf people are no longer discriminated and their lives put in danger!!!

New Facebook For Ethiopia Deaf Project Ambo
Earlier this year, a number of people from the Irish Deaf community travelled to Ethiopia to work with the Deaf community in Ambo. This trip was in collaboration with the Vincentian Lay Missionaries. The project will support and assist the local Deaf community in their efforts to establish a Centre for the Deaf.

The group has now set up a new facebook page for the project and has uploaded videos and photographs from their trip. If you are registered with facebook and would like to view these, go to

On behalf of the group, we'd like to thank everyone who has supported the project to date and we will use the facebook page to give updates of any future development work in Ambo.

Deaf Village Competition
As many of you will know a new Deaf Village will be built in the grounds of St. Joseph's School for the Deaf in Cabra, Dublin. Up to now the project has been called the Deaf Village Project. The Catholic Institute for Deaf People is now inviting the Deaf community and Deaf organisations to suggest an alternative name for the Village.

The name chosen should reflect the activities that will be located in the Village- Administration, Heritage, Social, Sports, Education and Residential. The prize will be a voucher for €300 and there will also be a second prize of €100.

The final decision on the name for the Village will be referred back to the Deaf community / organisations at an open meeting in January or February 2011 and the name to be used will be reached by consensus. There is no limit to the number of entries per person that can be sent in but each entry must have the name and address of the person sending in the entry or else it will not be accepted.

Entries for the competition will close on the 14th of January 2011 and should be sent to: Nuala Byrne, CIDP, 40 Lwr Drumcondra Rd, Dublin 9

Fax: 01-8825541 Email:
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9 December 2010 (VOL 8 WEEK 48)

Deafhood Workshops in Limerick and Cork
John Bosco Conama (Ph.D, M. Litt, BA) will present/ facilitate a series of all day workshops "What is Deafhood" How can we see ourselves in the world? Why are our experiences as Deaf people important in understanding our struggles / presence in the society?

John Bosco Conama is the former chairperson of the Irish Deaf Society, and Higher Executive Officer in the Training Branch of the Revenue Commissioners (currently on career leave). John Bosco completed his PhD and graduated last June. He is currently working as the Acting Director of Centre for Deaf Studies, Trinity College Dublin.

Two workshops will be held in Limerick on Saturday 15th and Sunday 16th January 2011 in the Deaf Community Centre, 96A O’Connell St.

Two workshops will also be held in Cork on Saturday 29th and Sunday 30th January 2011 at Cork Deaf Centre, 5 McCurtain St.

Admission is 150 euro for both workshops including lunch. Spaces are limited so book early. Deadline for bookings is the 7th of January, 2011. For more information, email

Establishment of New Sign Language Interpreter Council (CISLI).
We would like to send our best wishes to the newly established Council of Irish Sign Language Interpreters (CISLI).

This body will be a forum for hearing and Deaf sign language interpreters working in Ireland. CISLI has been established in working partnership with the Irish Deaf Society (IDS). The IDS has two representatives and they are Fiona Foley /IDS Board Member and Eddie Redmond/HR Manager IDS.

Interpreters and the Deaf community will now have representation and full access to information on ISL Interpreters and interpreting matters. If you would like more information or for your details to be added to the CISLI database, you can e-mail

International Journal of Interpreter Education - Call for Manuscripts
The International Journal of Interpreter Education, published by the Conference of Interpreter Trainers, is a refereed journal that specialises in the education of spoken and signed language interpreters for the purpose of promoting dialogue through evidence and practice-based research.

Manuscripts are sought from translation and interpreting pedagogy scholars on the following topics:
  • Interpreter Education and Training.
  • Second Language Learning;
  • Educational Theory;
  • Programming and Administration;
  • Interpreting Research;
  • Interpreting Practice.
Notes for specific requirements on submitting a manuscript for publication consideration are available at

Manuscripts can be submitted by email to:

Closing Dates For Christmas Holidays
Just to inform all our clients, we will close for our annual Christmas holidays at 1pm on Wednesday 22nd of Dec and will reopen in the New Year on the 5th of January.

We would like to extend a huge thank you to everyone for their support in 2010. A big thanks to all our staff for their hard work and commitment to Deaf issues.

We look forward to working with all our clients, service providers and supporters in 2011.
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