Kerry Deaf Resource Centre Update 08.07.13

We would like to thank everyone who supported the Ambo Ramble Cycle
fundraiser last weekend in Cork. The 1st cycle for more experienced cyclists
was 120km and the 2nd cycle was 40km long.

We had a huge turn out of both Deaf and hearing cyclists from all over
Ireland. We would especially like to thank all the Deaf and hearing cyclists
from Kerry who came to support us too. Our sincere thanks to all the,
organisers, volunteers, sponsors, and cyclists. We couldn’t have done it
without your support. A special word of thanks to Miriam and Patrick O’Regan
for proposing the cycle and for their trojan work leading up to the event.

Photos of the event which were taken by John Duggan, a well known member of
the Deaf community are available to see at

We would like to thank CDA’s Smiley Camp for visiting Co. Kerry during the
week. The Smiley Summer Camp takes place over one week in July every year.
It involves a range of activities and outings for deaf and hard of hearing
children and children with Deaf and hard of hearing people in their

On Wednesday, the younger camp members aged 4-7 visited the Coolwood
Wildlife Park in Killarney and older members walked Tomies Wood and
O’Sullivan’s Cascade.

Our thanks to Susan O Callaghan (CDA) for including our service, deaf and
hard of hearing kids, their parents and Deaf volunteers from Co. Kerry. Our
thanks also to Susan her team of volunteers for their hard work on the day.
Susan also provided training to volunteers recently and our own Geraldine
Broderick and Patrick Doody attending the training and are now approved
Smiley volunteers.

If your child would like to participate in future camps, you can contact
Susan O’ Callaghan in the Cork Deaf Association. Alternatively, send us your
details and we will pass them onto Susan. If you would like to know more
about CDA, more information is available at

Concise ISL is a new app for Android phones has been developed by two young,
Irish engineers, one of whom is Michael Kelliher from Co. Kerry, who is Deaf
and a life-long practitioner of Irish Sign Language. The app was developed
in conjunction with Kevin Doherty

The Concise Irish Sign Language Dictionary is an Irish Sign Language (ISL)
video dictionary, currently containing over 750 signs. The app developer’s
aim is to provide a comprehensive ISL dictionary system in an easy-to-use
form. Each word is portrayed in video form and accompanied by high quality
images of the letters used in each hand to form the sign.

To download the app, go to Google Play and look for The Concise Irish Sign
Language Dictionary or click on the following link

Congrats to the Irish Deaf Society (IDS) and their onward & upward campaign
on getting recognition on ISL as an official language. Dundalk Town
Councillor Jennifer Greene (Sinn Fein) recently proposed a motion “That this
council calls on the Government to give official recognition status to Irish
Sign Language which would improve the lives and well being of our deaf and
heard of hearing citizens” and it was passed!

Congrats to the IDS and sincere appreciation to Jennifer Greene for putting
forward the proposal. Hopefully, other County Councils throughout Ireland
will follow suit.

A gathering of Children of Deaf Adults (CODA) will be held in Cornwall
from the 27th – 30th September. The cost is only 55 sterling per person and
that includes 3nights accommodation. Transport and Food is to be arranged
individually, however car sharing can be arranged if required. Many CODA’s
from Kerry and from Ireland have attended get-togethers in the past.
Guaranteed to be a weekend full of fun with other CODA’s.

CODA UK & IRL provides information, guidance and support for hearing
individuals with Deaf parent/s”. Our own Catherine White is a Director of
CODA UK & IRL. If you would like more information on the get-together, more
information is available at or by e- mail:
[email protected]

Best wishes to everyone involved in the event.

Kerry Deaf Resource Centre
4 Gas Tce, Tralee

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

Mobile (text): 087 633 4687
E-mail: [email protected]

Fax: 066 712 0386
Tel: 066 712 0399