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30 July 2018 (VOL 14 WEEK 31)

Upcoming international events in 2019.
As we close up for our holidays for the month of August, we have all been thinking about activities to occupy our free time and of course travels near and far.

It also reminded us of a selection of international events in 2019 that may be of interest to you. Interestingly, all these events are on in July in France and a short flight for us all.

Clin D'oeil Festival - Reims France (4th - 7th Of July 2019).
The Clin d'Oeil Festival celebrates sign language in all its diversity, culture and artistic forms. Events will include live performances, street theatre, a film competition, musical and signed concerts, exhibitions including visual arts, educational and artistic workshops, as well as research and development relevant to the cultural heritage of deaf people through seminars, conferences and professional meetings.

Codalove - Fontainebleau France (11th - 14th July 2019).
A conference for adult CODAs (children of deaf adults) will take place in Fontainebleau which is about 1 hour outside of Paris. This event is being hosted by CODA France and will see CODAs from across the world come to celebrate their uniquelinguistic and cultural heritage. The theme for the conference will be CODALove.

WASLI Conference - Paris France (15th - 19th July 2019).
The World Association of Sign Language Interpreters Conference Honouring the Past, Treasuring the Present, Shaping the Future will celebrate the collaboration of interpreters and deaf communities around the world. It will be held in Paris, France.

WFD Congress - Paris France (23rd - 27th July 2019).
Finally, the World Federation of the Deaf will also host their congress in Paris. The theme for 2019 is Sign Language Rights for All. Information on all these events are now available online. We will also share information in future updates.
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23 July 2018 (VOL 14 WEEK 30)

Deaf Sports Ireland - 50th Anniversary Celebrations.
Our friends in Deaf Sports Ireland (DSI) are celebrating a major milestone this year. "Celebrating our Past, Inspiring our Future 1968 - 2018" marks 50 years for DSI.

A host of sporting events are being planned from the 5th - 7th of Oct in DVI. The celebrations will end with a Dinner Party and DJ.
  • Fri 5th - 10am: Football Men 0/35 - Ireland v. Italy v. Great Britain v. Germany (continue into Sat 6th to finish up).
  • Sat 6th - 10am: Football Ladies 5a Side - 8 teams competing.
  • 10am: Badminton- Open doubles and mixed double.
  • 10am: Table Tennis / Children Sports.
  • 3pm: International Men Football- Ireland v Scotland.
  • 7pm: Anniversary Dinner.
Dance and DJ - Crowne Plaza Hotel, Santry. You can book tickets now with DSI: LoLo Clarke: 087 122 4692. Larry Coogan: 086 865 4406. Joey Watson:

Reminder of summer holidays - closed for august.
We wanted to remind everyone that our office will be closing for summer holidays at 5pm on Tuesday, the 31st of July. We will be closed for the month of August and will re-open again on Monday, the 3rd of September.

Interpreting access during office holidays.
If you require sign language interpreting access while we are closed for summer holidays, Bridge Interpreting and the Sign Language Interpreting Service (SLIS) may be able assist you in sourcing a sign language interpreter. Bridge Interpreting: For 'out of hours' emergency bookings, please contact 087 904 6594. For more information on Bridge, check out SLIS: For 'out of hours' emergency bookings, please contact 087 672 5179. For more information on SLIS, you can also check out their website at
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16 July 2018 (VOL 14 WEEK 29)

Documentary on CODAS (Children of Deaf Adults).
Mind the Gap Films - producers of Hands, On and Deafening are making a new documentary about hearing children and adults who grew up in Deaf families that will be shown on RTÉ 1. The producers are hoping to chat with lots of CODAs (Children Of Deaf Adults) living all over Ireland so that they have a wide variety of experiences in mind when they put together the documentary. They hope that some of the people they talk to will appear in the documentary.

The producers would like to talk to adult CODAs and families with CODAs aged 12 and older. If you'd like to find out more or share your experience, please get in touch! Email Anne at or text/WhatsApp/Facetime 086 173 6131 before Monday 23rd July 2018.

Vacancies with SLIS (Sign Language Interpreting Service).
SLIS, the Sign Language Interpreting Service are looking to recruit two new positions. Information is now available on their website along with details on how to apply.

For more information on the IRIS Administrator position, go to:

For more details on the Quality Assurance Officer, go to

Broadcasting access rules - closing date for submissions.
The BAI Access Rules govern the amount of access i.e. subtitling, Irish Sign Language and audio description that Irish TV broadcasters must offer to the public. A formal review is now taking place and the closing date for submissions is the 27th of July, 2018. For more info: subtitling-irish-sign-language-and-audio-description/.
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9 July 2018 (VOL 14 WEEK 28)

Ongoing Policy Review.
Over the past few weeks we have informed you of some changes in our service in terms of policies and procedures.

As part of this process, we are now reviewing and updating all our in-house policies and procedures. This will help to ensure we are compliant with up-to-date guidelines, regulations and legislation. Reviews will take place every 3 years thereafter.

Volunteers for street collections.
Our service is also looking for volunteers for Street Collections that will be taking place in July and September.

These collections are a vital way for our service to raise funds for our Drop in Centre in Tralee and service user supports.

Volunteers are required for the following dates:
  • Friday 20th of July (Tralee).
  • Friday 14th of September (Castleisland).
If you are available to volunteer, please contact Therese or Noreen in our office. We appreciate all the support we receive from volunteers.

Recycling batteries for Barretstown.
Did you know that our service recycles old and used batteries? We accept most types of batteries including AA, AAA, 9-volt (square/rectangular) and hearing aid batteries.

This year all recycled batteries will go towards a fundraising campaign for Barretstown which offers free, specially designed camps and programmes for children and their families living with a serious illness - supported behind the scenes by 24-hour on site medical and nursing care. For more information on Barretstown battery recycling scheme, check out:
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