PRESIDENT USES SIGN LANGUAGE AT QUEEN’S VISIT
President Mary McAleese welcomed Queen Elizabeth II on her visit to Ireland
last week. As part of the visit a tree was planted at Áras an Uachtaráin to
mark the occasion and the Peace Bell was rung by two young deaf people
16-year-old Danny Rea, who attends the Northern Ireland Jordanstown School
for the Deaf and Leah Ennis McLoughlin, who attends St Mary’s School for
Deaf Girls in Cabra.
President McAleese chatted with them both asking where they were from and
telling them that they did a great job! She also introduced them to the
Queen. In an interview with the Evening Herald newspaper Leah said, “I felt
honoured and proud to represent my school and all the deaf girls here.”
The ceremony was shown on television and got great coverage in all the
media. Listeners to the Joe Duffy radio show in particular were taken by
President McAleese’s sign language skills. The President’s sister, Clare
Connolly, came on the show to explain that they have a Deaf brother who uses
Sign Language. The President has been a great supporter of the Deaf
Community throughout her time in office and is patron of Sign Language
Interpreting Service (SLIS).
INTERPRETER AVAILABLE AT CDA EVERY FRIDAY
A Sign Language interpreter will be available from 2.30pm to 4.30pm at the
Cork Deaf Association on the last Friday of every month, starting Friday
27th May. A private room will be provided for the interpreter. You can use
the interpreter to make a phone call, for a private meeting or to interpret
a letter etc. This is provided by CDA free of charge. If you want more
information, please contact CDA at text/fax 021 4506190 or email
VINCENTIAN LAY MISSIONARIES GALA BALL
Following the great success of this event last year the 2nd Annual Gala Ball
in aid of Vincentian Lay Missionaries (VLM) will take place at Clontarf
Castle on Saturday the 11th June 2011. Tickets are 100 euro each and dress
code is black tie. Please contact the office if you are interested in
attending contact Fr. Stephen Monaghan or tel: 01 8102 570.
This is an opportunity to celebrate the work of VLM, its volunteers and to
raise much needed funds to sustain the organisation into the future. For
information about VLM’s work with the Deaf community in Ethiopia on the
Facebook page: http://www.facebook.com/ethiopiadeafprojectambo
DEAF LESBIAN FESTIVAL DUBLIN
The 1st European Deaf Lesbian Festival (DLF) will take place in Dublin from
the 22–26 June 2011. The Festival will include events such as workshops,
games, social networking and lots of sightseeing to many of Ireland’s hot
spots! The theme of the festival is empowering Deaf lesbian and bisexual
women about their multicultural status, and building social networks. The
festival aims to raise awareness about discrimination.
The festival has its origins from a Deaf Women United (DWU) event in USA in
1998 and their drive to celebrate “herstory”! This led to the first DLF in
Washington DC and then others in Texas, San Francisco and Long Island. The
next DLF will be held in Chicago in 2012. This is a one of a kind festival,
a celebration of the global cultural identify of being Deaf and
lesbian/bisexual women while reclaiming Deaf culture and promoting the
linguistic use of sign language and the respect of Deaf lesbian and bisexual
You can get more information www.irishdlf.ie.
IRISH DEAF WOMEN’S GROUP (IDWG): CANAL BARGE CRUISE
The IDWG’s next event will be a cruise on La Peniche, a barge boat. The
cruise is on 24th June 2011, from 9pm-1am at Grand Canal, Dublin. For more
information about the boat see: www.lapeniche.ie.
Places are limited to 55 women. The deadline to book your place is 3rd June.
The cost is 25 euros for members and 30 euro for non-members, including spin
and finger food. If you are interested, please pay a 10-euro deposit or full
amount to Irish Deaf Women Group, C/O IDS, 30 Blessington St, Dublin 7. Make
the cheque/postal order payable to Irish Deaf Women group.
OUR CONTACT DETAILS:
Kerry Deaf Resource Centre
4 Gas Tce, Tralee
Mobile (text): 087 633 4687
Fax: 066 712 0386
Tel: 066 712 0399