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27 November 2017 (VOL 13 WEEK 48)

Thank you to Church Collections and volunteers.
We would like to extend a sincere thank you to the following Churches for allowing our service hold Church Collections over the weekend: Ballymac, Firies, Ballyhar and Lyreacrompane.

Our thanks and appreciation also to all those who donated to our collection. A special word of thanks to all our volunteers. We appreciate their time and support especially when they are volunteering during these cold winter days.

Supporter of the Year Awards.
It's that time of year again where we are looking for names 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 and hard of hearing issues in the past year? If so, send us their names and we will consider them for an award. Each winner will be presented with a framed certificate, a box of chocolates and a bottle of wine.

Update on Irish Sign Language (ISL) Recognition Campaign.
As many of you will know the campaign to get official recognition of ISL passed the final stages in the Seanad a few weeks ago. The ISL Bill was then sent over to The Dáil where it needs to pass a similar amount of stages before being signed into Law.

We have been informed by Dr. John Bosco Conama that a provisional date has been agreed for the 14th of December. It is hoped that all stages will be voted on in one day. As a result, a lot of work is going on in the background to prepare for this day. We will keep our fingers crossed here in KDRC that the current Government stays in place until after the 14th of December. Let's hope the Bill gets voted on and becomes Law very soon.
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20 November 2017 (VOL 13 WEEK 47)

Killarney Church Collection - Thank You.
Our service would like to say a huge thank you to everyone who supported our Church Collection in Killarney over the weekend. Sincere thanks to our staff members and volunteers who helped out on Saturday night and Sunday morning. A special word of thanks to all the parishioners who donated and to all the Churches who allowed us to hold collections outside their Churches.

Cake Sale for Ethiopia Deaf Project (EDP).
Our friends in the Ethiopia Deaf Project are holding a Cake Sale on the 26th of November after all masses in the Holy Trinity Church in Cork city. This event will raise money for the Ambo Lazarist Deaf School (ALDS) in Ethiopia which EDP helped to get built.

If you would like to bake something and donate it to EDP, we know they would love your support. Otherwise, we know they would appreciate it if you could turn up on the day and buy some of their delicious cakes. This will also be a fantastic opportunity to learn about the great work of EDP and the ALDS school in Ambo. For more information on EDP and ALDS, check out their Facebook page at:

Gallaudet University Masters Student coming to KDRC in 2018.
Our service will be hosting a Masters in Social Work student from the world-famous Gallaudet University in the New Year. Patti Canne is also a Deaf sign language user and we are delighted that she has chosen our service for her international internship.

Patti will be based in our service for 3 months. We know Patti is keen to work closely with the Kerry Deaf community. We look forward to welcoming Patti and working with her in 2018.
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13 November 2017 (VOL 13 WEEK 46)

Volunteers required for Killarney Church collections.
Our service will be holding Church Collections in Killarney this weekend. We are looking for volunteers to support us with these collections on Saturday night and Sunday morning. If you are interested, please let us know. We would really appreciate your support.

Kerry Deaf Womens Group (KDWG) Social Lunch.
The Kerry Deaf Women's Group (KDWG) will be holding a social lunch on Wednesday, the 29th of November. It will be held at 12.30pm in Stokers Lodge, Edward Street, Tralee.

This venue is just a few minutes walk from the train and bus station in Tralee. The event is open to all women. If you have any any dietary needs, please let the organisers or Stokers Lodge know in advance.

'Car Maintenance' workshop with the IDS.
The Irish Deaf Society is hoping to run a 'Car Maintenance' course in Co. Kerry in December. It will be held on the 2nd of December from 10am - 4pm.

The workshop will be free and lunch is also provided. Details of the venue will be available soon. If you would like to attend or would like more info, please text Susan Whelan in the IDS 085 2841884 or email:
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6 November 2017 (VOL 13 WEEK 45)

Irish Sign Language (ISL) Linguistics Class.
As many of you may know our Centre provides DALS adult literacy and personal development classes in our Centre Tuesday and Thursday morning.

We are delighted to let you know that our service is now providing introductory classes in linguistics in Irish Sign Language (ISL). These classes will run every Tuesday from now until Christmas.

Our sincere thanks to our Manager Willie White has agreed to tutor the classes. Our thanks also to the students who expressed an interest in learning more about the grammar and linguistic features of ISL. We would like to wish them all the very best and hope they benefit greatly from the classes.

Thank you to Grainne Meehan - PhD research student.
We would like to extend a sincere thank you to Grainne Meehan, who spent time with us last week as part of her PhD studies and research.

We would also like to thank Mary Duggan, Grainne Moloney, Aileen Curtayne and our Manager, Willie White for meeting with Grainne in our Centre. This was a great opportunity for them to learn about Grainne's research which is looking at the area of: Relationships/Accessing Services for Sexual Health/ Accessing Information for Sexual Health.

The meeting also gave them an opportunity to share their learning from the recent HSE Sexual Health Promotion course that they participated in earlier this year. While in Co. Kerry, Grainne also got to meet other members of the Deaf and hard of hearing communities to get a personal insight into this important subject.

We would like to thank Grainne for taking the time to travel to Co. Kerry and to meet with so many of us here. We wish her well with the remainder of her research and we look forward to learning more from her as her research progresses.

Thank you to Robyn White - student on placement.
Last week, we had the pleasure of welcoming Robyn White on placement to our Centre for the week. This was a great opportunity for Robyn to learn about the supports and services we provide to the Deaf and hard of hearing community in our Centre.

Our sincere thanks to our staff and clients for the warm welcome shown to Robyn. Huge thanks also to Robyn for all her hard work. Our thanks also to her school for allowing Robyn, the opportunity to have her placement with our service.

CODA volunteers wanted for CODA UK and Ireland Summer Camp 2018.
CODA UK and Ireland will be holding their annual summer camp in Mold, North Wales from the 16th -20th of August 2018.

They are now looking for CODA volunteers to join their team for this fantastic camp that caters to CODAs (Children of Deaf Adults) aged 7-17 years. Our own Veronica White volunteered as a leader for the 2017 camp and can vouch it was a fantastic camp to be a part of!!

Here is what CODA UK and Ireland are looking for: A team of enthusiastic volunteers who are confident in supervising young people and can create a safe environment for them to explore 'CODA'. Volunteers should be able to use their initiative, be energetic and ensure campers have lots of fun! It would also be desirable if applicants have experience of working with children.

What you get: All accommodation, food and travel expenses will be covered and you get to take part in all the adventure activities too. You will also receive full training, including safeguarding and DBS checks will be undertaken.

The 2018 camp will be welcoming 75 CODA children aged 7-17yrs to take part in a jam-packed weekend of outdoors activities. The campers will be learning skills such as teamwork, leadership, communication and most importantly discovering more about their CODA identity.

If the above sounds like something you would like to get involved in, please send an email to Debbie at for an application form or to ask any questions. Deadline for applications: 1st Jan 2018.

Thank you to volunteers for Tralee street collection.
Finally, we would like to extend a big thank you to all the volunteers who assisted with our Street Collection in Tralee last Friday. We are grateful for all your support.
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