Kerry Deaf Resource Centre Update 02.09.13

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 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 & 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 a…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.

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 [email protected]

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 [email protected]

KDRC provides services to Deaf and hard of hearing at county level and contributes to national issues of equality, access and rights.

Kerry Deaf Resource Centre (KDRC)
4 Gas Tce, Tralee, Co. Kerry, IRELAND

Mobile (text) 087 633 4687
E-mail: [email protected]
Fax: 066 712 0386
Tel: 066 712 0399