Kerry Deaf Resource Centre Update 10.02.14

Over the past few weeks, we’ve had enquiries on the availability and quality of loop systems in local churches in Tralee. Sandra Kearney and Frances Woodley from our service approached four local churches and met with staff/clergy members there and assessed what facilities were in place for hearing aid users.

We are pleased to say that the following churches have a loop system in place and as of this month were in good working order:

Our Lady and St. Brendan’s Parish Church, Upper Rock Street.
St. John The Baptist Roman Catholic Parish Church, Castle Street.
Dominican Holy Cross Church, Day Place.

To avail of the loop system, turn your hearing aid on to the ‘T’
switch/button when you enter the church. If at any stage, the loops are not
working, please inform us and we will pass on the information to the
appropriate person in the church.

With the recent stormy weather conditions, a number of our clients have
informed us of issues accessing subtitles on Irish television channels. The
TV companies would be happy to hear from you if you are experiencing any
difficulties with subtitles.

Here are the contact details if you want to report an issue:
RTE 1 and RTE only, text (free): 087 7989128; Email: [email protected]
A list of subtitled programmes is available on Teletext page 344.
TV3 only, text: SUBS to 53131 Cost: 0.30cent per text; Email:
[email protected]
A list of subtitled programmes is available on Teletext page 886.

The following information MUST be included in the report.
1. What channel is having problem? 2. What the problem is?  3. Date.  4.
Time problem started.  5. Name of programme.  6. Area you live.  7. What
cable you use (SKY/UPC/SAORVIEW)

In a previous update, we gave information about a new service called
CARANUA. This service provides support to people who received compensation
through the Redress Board.  A leaflet on the service is available at

The support provided by CARANUA will depend on the needs and circumstances
of the individual who applies, but the areas they can help with are:
Health and medical services GP, dental treatment, chiropody, physiotherapy,
occupational therapy, hearing aids, glasses, walking aids, wheelchairs,
nursing care, home care.
Mental well being counselling, psychological and psychiatric services,
complementary therapies, help with addiction.
Housing Insulation, extensions, adaptations, aids (ramps, rails) tenancy
support, home help.
Education Formal education courses leading to qualifications, life skills,
and other short courses.

Cork Deaf Association has brought to our attention the great work some of
the students at Ballincollig Community School have done through their
involvement in the Young Social Innovators project.  The students have been
teaching Irish Sign Language (ISL) to teachers and fellow students and
organising a petition to campaign for ISL to be recognised in Ireland.  They
were given funding as part of their involvement in the Young Social
Innovators project, which they called ‘Project Rita’ after one of the boy’s
Deaf parents, which have enabled them to do more work. Congratulations and
well done to all the students.

The Irish Deaf Women’s Group will be holding their 21st AGM on Saturday 22
February at 2 pm at Cabragh Hall, Deaf Village Ireland. A buffet will be
available afterwards at 5 pm.   The cost to members is 8euro and for
non-members 10euro.  If you are interested please pay the 5euro deposit
before 18 February.  To avail of the vegetarian/gluten free option and for
more information, please text Kathleen Crowley on  086 171 9570.

The European Forum of Sign Language Interpreters (EFSLI) is holding a spring
school in Parobrod, Belgrade, Serbia from the 11th – 13th of April. The
school’s topic is SL Interpreting Research.  The aim is that attendees
should be able to design and conduct a real, small-scale research project
without any support of a University or academic study centre.  Including:
The research process; Interpreting research methods and tools; Analysis of
research data; Theoretical constructs; and How to write a research report.
The course will be presented in English or International Sign (IS) and
correspondence with EFSLI and official documents will be in English.

The deadline for registration is 1st of March and it is open to all sign
language interpreters and/or trainers interested in this topic. For more
information visit: or email: [email protected]

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


Kerry Deaf Resource Centre
4 Gas Tce, Tralee

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