19 December 2016 (VOL 12 WEEK 51)
Successful and enjoyable Christmas lunch.
We would like to thank everyone who joined us for a very enjoyable Christmas lunch on Sunday.
Due to larger numbers than we expected, we had to change venue at the last minute. Thankfully, The Brehon Hotel in Killarney were able to accommodate our group comfortably.
We would like to thank the staff there for a warm welcome and excellent service. The food was super and we all enjoyed our afternoon there immensely.
Hands In Harmony Sign Language Choir Performance.
We would like to extend a sincere thank you to 'Hands In Harmony' Sign Language Choir who performed in St. Mary's Cathedral in Killarney on Sunday.
The group is made up of Deaf and hearing members who perform songs in Irish Sign Language (ISL).
The Choir joined us afterwards in The Brehon Hotel. We really enjoyed their performance and their company afterwards.
Supporter of The Year Awards.
We would like to thank everyone who sent us their nominations for Supporter of the Year Awards. Every year we like to honour those who have made a positive contribution to the Deaf community. Winners will receive a framed certificate, a bottle of wine and chocolates.
The Award Winners Are:
First Stage: The initiation of a Bill.
- Hands In Harmony ISL Choir are being recognised for the unique way they have brought the Deaf and hearing community together through Irish Sign Language (ISL).
The Choir are being recognised for their work in promoting awareness of ISL, Deaf Culture and the Deaf Community.
- The Irish Sign Language (ISL) Official Recognition Campaign which has been led by the Irish Deaf Society (IDS) and supported by Senator Mark Daly from Co. Kerry.
The campaign has been working closely with the Government and The Senate to secure official recognition of ISL.
An ISL Bill has passed a number of stages of Government debates to date which is great credit to everyone involved in the ISL campaign.
- Sgt Andrew Geary is a parent of a deaf child and this year organised a hugely successful Deaf Education conference in Portlaoise.
The conference included well known presenters from the Deaf community in Ireland and internationally.
Andrew has also been very active in the ISL Official Recognition Campaign. The award also recognises his wife Helen and their family who provide huge support to Andrew in his work.
- Dr Lorraine Leeson is the Director of The Centre for Deaf Studies in Trinity College and an accredited sign language interpreter.
Lorraine is well known nationally and internationally. The award recognises Lorraine for her outstanding contribution to the academic world in relation to Deaf Studies and Sign Language Interpreting in Ireland and abroad.
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