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30 September 2013 (VOL 10 WEEK 39)

Veronica White and NCDP.
On Sunday afternoon, a huge crowd turned up in St. John's Pastoral Centre in Tralee to say a big thank you to Veronica White before she finishes up in her role with the National Chaplaincy for Deaf People this week. We were delighted to welcome visitors from Limerick, Cork and Dublin. Frankie Berry and Fr. Gerard Tyrell from the NCDP in Dublin also made the journey to Kerry.

Veronica has worked with the NCDP full time for the past 9 years and freelanced before that for a number of years. As of the 1st of October, she will return to freelance work and will be sadly missed by all those who had the pleasure of working with her. Our sincere thanks to Veronica and to the NCDP team for their hard work and commitment to the Deaf community in Co. Kerry and Co. Cork. We wish her the very best for the future. If you would like to book Veronica for freelance sign language interpreting work, she can be booked via our service.

Farewell TO CE workers.
We will also be saying a fond farewell to 3 Community Employment staff at the start of November. Patrick Doody has been with us for the past 4 years and has been an incredible worker. We would like to thank him for his hard work and commitment to our service & clients. All our staff and clients will sorely miss Patrick. Our thanks to An Riocht Castleisland for sponsoring his position and in particular to An Riocht's supervisor Denny Mc Sweeney.

We will also be saying a fond farewell to Johnny Prendergast and Rebecca O'Donoghue who have been with us for the past year. We would like to thank them for their hard work and commitment. We would also like to thank their CE supervisor Sheila Cronin and NEKD for sponsoring their position.

With the new academic year starting again, so are our DALS classes. Unfortunately due to funding cuts, DALS had to reduce the number of subjects in Co. Kerry to 2 subjects.

The first course will be Computers and the tutor for this course will be Christina O'Donoghue. Her classes will run on Tuesdays from 11-1pm and will commence on the 8th of October. Christina has been a DALS tutor for the past few years and her classes are always very popular.

The 2nd course starting will be Personal Development/English. The tutor for this course will be Mary Duggan. Her class will run on Wednesday from 3-5pm starting the 9th of October. We would like to welcome back Mary as a DALS tutor and look forward to working with her again.

If you would like to register for these classes, you can contact Susan Whelan by email or send us your details and we will forward them to DALS.

John Patrick Doherty is a recent graduate of the Centre for Deaf Studies in Trinity College. He will be starting beginner sign language classes the week of the 7th of October. Students may be able to register for FETAC Level 3 in Irish Sign Language.

For more information on class times, location and course fees, you can contact John Patrick by text at 087 906 2947 or by email at

It's that time of year again for outdoor sports and adventures with the Health and Leisure Dept in the Institute of Technology in Tralee. Last week, our group had great fun surfing in Banna Beach.

Over the coming months, a range of other activities including canoeing, kayaking, outdoor rope climbing & indoor rock climbing will take place. If you would like to participate in these events, please send us your mobile number and we will text you details on location, time and date. New participants will also need to sign an indemnity form before they can participate in any event.

IDH is an independent website, which intends to provide comprehensive information about the Deaf community in Ireland and abroad. It aims to generate a better understanding of the Deaf community from a cultural and linguistic perspective and provide a shared knowledge of Irish Deaf community as wide as possible. The latest edition is available online at and has an update on the campaign to support St Joseph's House for Deaf and Deaf/Blind in light of the new HSE policy on congregated settings.

KDRC provides services to Deaf and hard of hearing people at county level and contributes to national issues of equality, access and rights.
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23 September 2013 (VOL 10 WEEK 38)

Congratulations to Dr. Noel O'Connell.
We would like to extend our best wishes and congratulations to Noel O'Connell who has just been awarded a PhD. As far as we are aware, Noel is the 2nd Deaf sign language user in Ireland to be awarded a PhD. This is a fantastic achievement for Noel and confirms again that Deaf people can compete at the highest educational and academic levels.

We believe the Centre for Deaf Studies may ask Dr. O'Connell to present his findings from his thesis at one of their evening lecture series. More information will be available in due course..

UN high level meeting on disability and Development.
Heads of State and Government gathered at United Nations Headquarters in New York on 23 September 2013, to reaffirm their resolve to work together for disability inclusive development and the commitment of the international community to the advancement of the rights of all persons with disabilities which is deeply rooted in the goals of the United Nations Charter and the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

There is concerns that this commitment has yet to be fully translated into the inclusion of disability in internationally agreed development goals, including the Millennium Development Goals and, as 2015 approaches, the UN strongly reiterate their determination to ensure the timely realization of the Millennium Development Goals and other internationally agreed development goals for persons with disabilities who make up an estimated 15 per cent of the world's population, or 1 billion people of whom an estimated 80 per cent live in developing countries.

A clip in international sign with printed information can be viewed at and

IDYA workshop.
The Irish Deaf Youth Association would like to inform you of upcoming workshops they are running in Co. Kerry.

The 1st workshop will be 'Personal Development', which will be held on the 12th of October. The 2nd workshop will be focussed on 'Careers' and this will run on the 23rd of November.

These workshops are about discovering what life is about; regain your identity, rediscover your motivation, rebuilt your self-esteem and make a positive and independence difference in your life. For the better!"

Workshops will be held in Deafhear Killarney from 9.30-5pm and open to those aged 18-30. For more information, you can contact Ruth by email at or check out the IDYA website at

Workshop for parents of children with cochlear implants.
DeafHear in conjunction with Our New Ears parents group is hosting a seminar aimed at parents/guardians of pre-school children with a cochlear implant.  The weekend will be held on Saturday 2nd to Sunday 3rd November 2013 in The Heritage Hotel, Portlaoise.

The topics they hope to cover are as follows:
Empowering parents to make choices, Preparing child for preschool, School issues, Role of visiting teacher, Positive parenting including 3 topics. Examples include discipline, toilet training and tantrums. DeafHear role, their role in parenting a deaf child and how they can help, Communication in the home, Talk from adult/ older teen with CI, Group sessions and discussions, Technical session – loop system, developments etc. 

Booking is essential! For more information or to send the booking form, please contact Siobhán Egan, Family Resource Worker,, Pery Street, Limerick. Tel: 061 467494, Fax: 061 467497, Mob: 086 6052205, Email:

Sign language interpreted Performance of 'Wicked'.
The Bord Gais Energy Theatre in Dublin will stage an ISL Signed Performance of the well-known Broadway and West End show 'Wicked' on Tuesday 10th December at 7.30pm. Discounted tickets will be available for 55 euro and there is no booking fee. For more information or to book tickets please contact the groups department at 01 677 7770 or email

For more information, you can also check out
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16 September 2013 (VOL 10 WEEK 37)

Monthly mass in sign language.
Our next mass in sign language will be held on the 29th of September in St. John's Pastoral Centre in Tralee. The mass will be held at 3pm.

Veronica White has interpreted this mass for the past 13 years. Over the last 9 years, Veronica was also employed by the NCDP as Lay Chaplain and greatly enhanced access for the local Deaf community to religious events and training. Veronica will be finishing up with her role in NCDP at the end of September so this will be her last mass. If you would like to meet with Veronica before she finishes up, come along to the mass or afterwards when tea and coffee is served.

Access to future religious events and training.
At this stage, we are unsure what access will be available locally to religious events in Co. Kerry once Veronica finishes up in her role with the NCDP. We would recommend that you contact your local religious provider and inform them of your access needs.

In addition, the NCDP may be able to support you. For more information, contact Fr. Gerard Tyrell, Director NCDP, Deaf Village Ireland, Ratoath Rd, Dublin. Mobile: 087 286 0704, Fax: 01 8600284, Email:

Deaf Adult literacy (DALS) classes.
We have been informed by DALS that classes will be available in Co. Kerry over the coming weeks. Tutors are being sourced at the moment and a timetable will be available in due course. Due to cuts, there will be a reduction in the number of subjects available. Instead of 3 subjects, students will be able to apply for computers or English/personal development.

Thank you to Supervalu Killarney.
We would like to say a big thank you to Supervalu Killarney for allowing us to fundraise at their store in August. A particular word of thanks to Helen O'Donoghue for organising the event on the day and for recruiting volunteers. We really appreciate their support and the support from customers of Supervalu Killarney.

Thank you to Castleisland Street Collection.
We would like to extend a huge thank you to the volunteers who organised a Street Collection on Friday in Castleisland. We are very grateful for your hard work and support. Our sincere thanks also to all those who contributed financially on the day.

Deaf Village Ireland one year review.
The Chairman & the Board of Directors are inviting the Deaf Community to discuss how has the Deaf community experienced Deaf Village Ireland during its first year? What development would the Deaf community like to see during the next two years in Deaf Village Ireland?

The meeting will be held on Thursday 3rd October in Cabragh Hall at 7-9pm.

Cork Deaf Association, (CDA) night at the Races.
CDA are having a Night at the Races at Curraheen Park Greyhound Track on September 20th at 7.30 pm. Tickets cost 10euro with free admission for children under 16. Tickets available in advance ONLY from the Cork Deaf Association, 5 MacCurtain Street, Cork City.

During the event, there will be the opportunity to win the prize for best dressed lady and gentleman, where the style king and queen will be selected by a very special judging panel of Cork's most fashionable women:  Cork Rose Edel Buckley and Miss Cork Jessica Hayes.

Always a thrilling evening at Curraheen race track, people are invited to come along, place their bets, look their best where they might just finish up being the top dog! For further information telephone (021) 4505944, text (086) 8535574 or email

Best wishes to Mary Stringer and Paul Redmond.
We would like to extend our best wishes to a well-known sign language interpreter Mary Stringer who got married over the weekend. Mary is also well known in the CODA (Children of Deaf Adults) community. We wish Mary & Paul have many years of happiness together.
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9 September 2013 (VOL 10 WEEK 36)

Veronica White finishing up with NCDP.
After 13 years of dedicated service with the National Chaplaincy for Deaf People, Veronica White is saying a fond farewell to the NCDP at the end of September and returning to freelance sign language interpreting. Veronica's role saw her interpret at countless religious events including christenings, holy communions, confirmations, pre marriage courses, weddings, funerals, months mind masses and religious related training courses & workshops.

As part of her role, she provided support to people in hospitals and in residential care settings. While her work was mainly in Co. Kerry & Co. Cork, she also travelled and worked in places such as Lourdes, Rome, Medjugorje & Ethiopia.

Veronica received great support from her team in NCDP and in particular from Joe Jones, Frankie Berry, Gerard Tyrell, and the NCDP admin staff. Over the years, many of our Deaf clients travelled frequently with Veronica to religious related events in Cork and we would like to thank Susan O'Callaghan and Cork Deaf Association for their support also.

We would like to extend a sincere thank you to Veronica & the NCDP team for their support to the Deaf community in Co. Kerry. Our service and clients have benefited greatly from Veronica's hard work and dedication. We would like to wish her the very best for the future.

If you require access for religious related events in the future, you can contact the Fr. Gerard Tyrell, Director NCDP, Deaf Village Ireland, Ratoath Rd, Dublin. Mobile: 087 286 0704, Fax: 01 8600284, Email:

Tralee Town Council support ISL recognition.
We are delighted and thrilled to hear that Tralee Town Council supported a motion last week calling on the Government to officially recognise Irish Sign Language (ISL).

We would like to thank all the Town Councillors & TD's who supported the motion. We received a large number of emails, phone calls and letters from locally elected officials offering their support and we really appreciate their commitment to this issue.

Kerry Co. Council vote this week on ISL recognition.
Kerry Co. Council will be also be voting this week on a motion calling for official recognition of ISL. Again, we are thrilled with the amount of support we have received from Co. Councillors and TD's. We look forward to the outcome of their discussions at this weeks Council meeting.

Parliamentary question on ISL recognition.
In addition to supporting ISL recognition at Tralee and County level, a number of Kerry based TD's have submitted Parliamentary Questions calling on the Government and Ministers to outline their commitment to recognising ISL as an official language. We hope to have an update for you in the next few weeks. Our sincere thanks to the TD's who have submitted PQ's to date.

A particular word of thanks to Geraldine Broderick and John Patrick Doherty for their work on the ISL Recognition campaign in Co. Kerry.

Best wishes to April Drew launching 'Brides of Limerick'.
We would like to send our best wishes to Kerry born sign language interpreter April Drew. As well as being a busy interpreter in Limerick, April is now the founder and editor of a new magazine called 'Brides of Limerick'. The first edition of the magazine will be launched on the 12th of October. We hope the magazine will be a great success and we would like to send our congratulations and best wishes to April.

Vacancies with DCC Limerick.
The Deaf Community Centre (DCC) is currently accepting applications for two part time positions. Applicants many be registered under Tus- community placement initiative or the CE employment scheme or apply as a volunteer.

Community Officer (part time)
The role of the Community Officer is to deal liaise with the local, regional and national Deaf organisations to promote the activities of DCC and develop working relationships to share information to the Mid-west Deaf community. The applicant must have a strong desire to involve the Deaf community in DCC by encouraging Deaf citizens to participate in DCC's social, educational, advocacy, health, research, sporting and information sessions. The candidate should have a desire to support activities to promote Irish Sign Language use and recognition and must be able to provide information in ISL through DCC's social media network such as Facebook.

The candidate must be fluent in ISL and be an excellent communicator to ensure that the Deaf community have direct access to information at DCC. The candidate should ideally have experience in working with the Deaf community.

Development Officer (part-time)
The role of the Development Officer is to manage the development of DCC's strategic position within the Deaf community at local, regional and national level. In addition, the role will focus on the administrative functions of DCC as well as attracting funding and managing fundraising activities to increase the profile of DCC. The ideal candidate should have excellent office administration skills including IT literacy.

The candidate must have working knowledge of the Deaf community and must have basic ISL or be committed to learning ISL at DCC. The candidate must have proficiency in English writing skills for the purposes of drafting grant applications and proposal writing.

If you would like any further information, you can contact: Haaris Sheikh, Director, Deaf Community Centre Ltd by email:
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2 September 2013 (VOL 10 WEEK 35)

Closed for annual leave in August.
Our service re-opened today after our annual holidays in August. We hope all our staff and supporters enjoyed their well deserved break. As we are now going into a busy time of the year- don't forget if you need to meet with a particular staff member, contact us in advance for an appointment.

Hidden Hero Awards 2013.
Hidden Hero Awards are an all-Ireland joint initiative between the Irish Deaf Society and Hidden Hearing. The Awards honour those who are Deaf or hard of hearing and who have made a significant contribution to Irish society, their community, workplace, family or through sporting excellence.

Our service has had the privilege of working with many of the nominees and winners. In particular, we would like to congratulate Abigail and Anna Cahill from Killarney who were presented with the Family Award. Abigail recently ran a series of illustration and art classes in our centre and Anna is well known locally. In addition, we would like to send our best wishes to a great friend and supporter Maura Buckley who we've known for many years. Maura has worked tirelessly in the Deaf community and is a worthy recipient of the award. Lastly, we would like to send our best wishes to Roisin Ormond who has worked with us as a Junior leader in camps organised with the Cork Deaf Association.

Members of the public nominated their 'hero' who they felt deserved to be recognised and worthy winners were presented with their awards by Daniel O'Donnell, well known signer. Here is a synopsis of those who won. Family Award - Abigail Cahill and Anna Cahill (Killarney, Co. Kerry) Sisters Abigail and Anna Cahill have proven to be outstanding support to their family. They both have shown that being Deaf is not a barrier and have proven to be an inspiration to everyone they meet.

Lifetime Achievement - Maura Buckley (Blanchardstown, Dublin) A pioneer of the Irish Deaf Community, Maura is a founding member of the Deaf Action Group, the forerunner to the Irish Deaf Society. Maura was the first Deaf woman to become a qualified teacher. She forged a successful teaching career, teaching for 32 years becoming the first Deaf vice principal at St. Mary's School for Deaf Girls.

Youth Award - 18 year old Roisin Ormond from Kerrpike, Cork is a popular and hard-working Junior Leader with the Cork Deaf Association's Smiley Children's Club and Cool Youth Club. A positive role model for Deaf and Hard of Hearing young people, she shows great awareness of Deaf issues and has worked hard to develop her communication skills by learning Irish Sign Language.

Social Contribution Award - Signs of Life Signs of Life exhibition is a unique photo exhibition featuring some of the biggest names in Irish music, media, arts, sport and entertainment using Irish Sign Language (ISL). The aim of this exhibition is to encourage greater public awareness and appreciation of ISL, the first language of the Irish Deaf community.

Sportsperson Award - Stuart Foy (Glasnevin, Dublin) A sporting legend, footballer Stuart Foy is the most capped Deaf football player in Irish history. He was the first Irish schoolboy player to participate at the World Games for the Deaf in 1989 and has been involved in a host of other tournaments at club, European and international level. At the age of 40, recently lined out in defence for Ireland at the eight Deaflympics.

Workplace Award - Denis Broderick (Belfast) Denis has shown that being Deaf or hard of hearing has not affected him in forging a career in business. He has held many diverse posts including President of the Hotel, Catering and International Management Association and Chairman of the Board of Governors of St. Patrick's College, Maghera. He is also very active in the charity sector and has raised over £65,000 for various charities including the National Deaf Children's Society. His charity work led to his nomination as a Torchbearer for the London Olympics last year.

Ready, steady, sign workshop in Co.Meath.
The workshop is for parents and professionals who wish to learn and develop new skills in teaching ISL to children. This workshop focuses on strategies, multisensory ABC teaching techniques, best practices and practical and engaging ways of involving children and friends also how to encourage a signing environment.

Date 21st September 10-4pm . Cost 129euro includes bespoke materials designed for this workshop. Venue Ashbourne Minor Emergency Department, Co.Meath. For more information, email

Irish Sign Language Interprete in Limerick.
Carri O'Donnell is a qualified English/Irish Sign Language Interpreter and has recently moved from Dublin to Limerick. She will be available for work on a part time basis (due to childcare arrangements). She will be mostly available on Tuesday's, Wednesday's & Thursday's every week, as well as evening & weekend work. Carri has been working in Dublin since her graduation from the Centre for Deaf Studies in 2004 and has experience in many interpreting situations. She is very much looking forward to meeting & mixing with the Deaf communities in Limerick and the surrounding areas." Carri can be contacted by text at 086 3573139 or by email
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