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17 December 2012 (VOL 10 WEEK 51)

Supporter of the year awards.
We would like to thank everyone who submitted nominations for our Supporter Awards.

The following were acknowledged for their support of our service and our clients during 2013. All the award recipients were presented with a framed certificate, a box of chocolates and a bottle of wine.
  1. Students & staff of the ITT health and leisure dept (2012).
    For including Deaf and hard of hearing clients in a range of indoor and outdoor sporting activities. The commitment and dedication of ITT staff and students ensured all our participants enjoyed each event. Everyone appreciated their hospitality and friendliness. Activities included surfing, adventure games, canoeing & kayaking, outdoor high ropes, orienteering, indoor wall climbing and gym sessions.

  2. Sean Conlon (ITT).
    For teaching and facilitating a group of Deaf and hard of hearing clients from our service in a range of gym activities as part of the Health and Leisure programme with the Tralee Institute of Technology. His commitment, enthusiasm and professionalism was greatly appreciated by all the participants.

  3. Conor Keane (ITT).
    For also teaching and facilitating a group of Deaf and hard of hearing clients from our service in a range of gym activities as part of the Health and Leisure programme with the Tralee Institute of Technology. His commitment, enthusiasm and professionalism was also greatly appreciated by all the participants.

  4. Cork City Hospitals Children’s Club.
    For including deaf and hard of hearing children and hearing children of Deaf parents in trips to Eurodisney and Santa’s Kingdom in Fota House. The children have enjoyed these events immensely. A huge thank you to everyone involved over the years.

  5. Anthony (Anto) Griffin (ITT).
    For his hard work and commitment during a 13 week placement programme with our service as part of his Social Care studies with the Tralee Institute of Technology. His ability to engage with our staff and clients was remarkable. He worked in a very professional and courteous manner. His personality was liked by all those who met him.
Christmas get-together in Dingle.
On Friday night, we had a Christmas get-together for our staff and CE workers. The event was also open to a number of professionals that supported us throughout 2013 and included a Kerry based DALS tutor, NCDP outreach worker and freelance sign language interpreters.

We would like to thank the Skellig Hotel in Dingle for their wonderful hospitality and amazing food. Everyone stayed in the hotel overnight and had the luxury of the leisure and spa facilities too. It was a great way to relax and unwind after a very busy and hectic year. Our thanks to everyone who made it on the night and a huge thank you for all your support throughout 2013.

Sign Language Interpreters Munster get-together.
This week also sees sign language interpreters from Munster having a Christmas get-together in Mallow including interpreters from Co. Kerry.

A big thank you to the interpreters who worked with our service and clients in 2013. A special word of thanks to Suzanne Carey who commuted from Cork and to April Drew who commuted from Limerick to ensure Deaf clients had local interpreting access.

Christmas greetings.
On behalf of our Board and staff, we would like to wish all our clients and supporters a very Happy Christmas. Best wishes for a Happy and prosperous New Year. We look forward to working with you all again when we re-open on the 7th of January, 2013.

Job Vacancy.
World Federation of the Deaf job opening - Human Rights Officer. For further enquiries or to apply, please email Ms Torun Eklund, Team Leader: torun.eklund@kl-deaf.fi All application materials close at 17.00 on Tuesday, 15 January, 2013 (Helsinki, Finland). A short list applicants should be available for an interview on 6 and 7 February, 2013.

Please download 'Human Rights Officer position description' in PDF Download (size 131KB) and 'WFD job advertisement' in PDF Download (size 521KB).
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10 December 2012 (VOL 10 WEEK 50)

Successful christmas party.
We would like to thank everyone who turned up for our Christmas Party in Stokers Lodge on Sunday. We had a much higher turn-out than expected. We would like to thank all the staff in Stokers Lodge for their hospitality and hard work. The food was amazing and enjoyed by everyone. The function room was decked out in beautiful Christmas decorations and this created a lovely festive feeling for all the kids and adults in attendance.

We were lucky to have Santa turn up too. Luckily for our deaf kids, Santa had sign language and our deaf kids were able to chat with Santa and tell them what they wanted for Christmas in sign language.

A special word of thanks to the Gleneagle Hotel who donated a voucher for a meal for two for our spot prizes. In addition, the 5 star Killarney Park Hotel gave us a lovely voucher for Afternoon Tea for 2 and The Lake Hotel also gave us a voucher for Afternoon Tea for 2. Our sincere thanks to all the shops and businesses in Tralee that sponsored spot prizes. It has been a challenging year for alot of businesses with the current recession and we really appreciate their continued support.

We would also like to thank Fr. Nolan who said Mass before the party at 1pm and to Veronica White for interpreting. Our sincere thanks to everyone that helped us organise the party and help out on the day.

New additions to CE staff.
We would like to extend a very warm welcome to our two new Community Employment staff. After open interviews, Johnny Prendegast and Rebecca O’Donoghue were successful and have commenced part time employment with our service. Both Johnny and Rebecca are very well known in the Deaf community in Kerry.

Our thanks also to the North East and Kerry Development (NEKD) who sponsor the CE positions that are based in our service.

New year resolutions.
It’s that time again when we start to think about New Year Resolutions. Many of you will have participated in gym and outdoor activities with us from September to December. These activities have now come to an end.

The Institute of Technology in Tralee is keen to ensure our participants continue to improve on their health and fitness in the New Year. Their gym will be made available to those who participated in activities with us over the past few months from Monday to Thursday 5-9pm at a reduced rate.

In addition, Connor and Sean are willing to develop individual training plans. If you would like to avail of these sessions on an individual basis, please let us know and we will inform the gym instructors.

Our sincere thanks to the ITT for this generous offer. Our participants have benefited greatly from all the activities to date and have thoroughly all the outdoor and indoor sessions.

Budget 2013 in sign language.
The Irish government announced its 2013 budget on Wednesday, with a host of tax reforms and spending cuts. Ireland decided to increase taxes by €1.25 billion this year and cut spending by €2 billion in their sixth austerity budget so far.

€28 billion in austerity measures have been implemented by the government since 2008, which forecasters say will reduce the country's deficit to 7.5per cent in 2013.

In this weeks Irish Deaf News, Eddie Redmond gives a synopsis in sign language of some of the Budget changes. To view the piece, go to www.youtube.com/watch?v=0v9YKA383zk.

Reminder of our christmas & new year holidays.
We will be closing for annual leave on Friday, the 21st of December at 1pm. We will re-open on Monday, the 7th of January.

If you require a sign language interpreter during the holiday period for a legal or medical emergency, you can contact the Sign Language Interpreting Service (SLIS) on their 24hr Emergency Helpline: 087 6725179.

SLIS will do its best to facilitate your interpreting requirements. However, due to the limited number of interpreters on call, it may not be possible to guarantee an interpreter.
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3 December 2012 (VOL 10 WEEK 49)

New visiting teacher of the deaf.
We would like to extend a warm welcome to the new Visiting Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Una O'Neill. We've had the pleasure of working with Una in her previous role as Visiting Teacher for Travellers. Una has a great wealth of experience, which she will be eager to share this with parents and children. In addition, she is very keen to continue the positive and strong working relationship with our service.

As with all new roles, Una will be quite busy getting to grips with her new role. However, she is very keen to meet with parents and children. If you would like to contact her, her email address is una_oneill@education.gov.ie and her mobile is 087 2228 957.

Thank you to Dave O Sullivan.
We would like to wish Dave O'Sullivan a very happy and well deserved early retirement from his role as Visiting Teacher. Dave worked for many many years supporting hearing parents with deaf and hard of hearing children.

He will be sorely missed by parents throughout Co. Kerry. We would like to thank him for his hard work over the years and wish him every success in his future professional and personal life.

Sports Activities with Tralee Inst. Of Technology (ITT).
We've had a busy few months of activities with the Health and Leisure Dept in the ITT. Last week, we had gym sessions in the North Campus and Orienteering in Ballyseedy Woods outside Tralee.

We will have further gym sessions on Tuesdays between now and Christmas break. Our last outdoor sporting activity will be Indoor Rock Climbing in Play at Heights in Dingle. If you would like to join any of these activities, please send us your details. Our sincere thanks to Ursula, Tomas, Trevor and all the students for their hard work and support. It’s been a very energetic and fun time for all of us.

Kickstart - teaching football skills.
Deaf Sports Ireland (DSI) & FAI are organising Kickstart 1 for men & women (individuals, parents, volunteers, teachers etc.) on Saturday 8th December at Deaf Village Ireland in Dublin. This course is for teaching football skills.

This is a great opportunity for anyone to increase their confidence and teach simple football for all ages. A sign language interpreter will be provided.

If you would like to enrol on the course, please send your details ASAP by text to 087 1349877 or email: dmin@deafsportsireland.com. There are limited places available.

Reminder of 'supporter of the year' awards.
It's that time of year again where we are looking for nominations for our Deaf and hearing 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 and will be presented with a framed certificate, a box of chocolates and a bottle of wine. Get your nominations in now.

Closing for christmas & new year holidays.
We will be closing for annual leave on Friday, the 21st of December at 1pm. We will re-open on Monday, the 7th of January.

If you require a sign language interpreter during the holiday period for a legal or medical emergency, you can contact the Sign Language Interpreting Service (SLIS) on their 24hr Emergency Helpline: 087 6725179.

SLIS will do its best to facilitate your interpreting requirements. However, due to the limited number of interpreters on call, it may not be possible to guarantee an interpreter.
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