Kerry Deaf Resource Centre Update 10.10.11

Due to bad weather, our surfing event with the Health and Leisure Dept in
the Inst. of Technology, Tralee was cancelled. However, this did not put a
damper on the day. Our group stopped off for a very informative tour of
Ardfert Cathedral. Our thanks to the staff there for being so welcoming.
This was followed by cream scones and tea in Kate Brown’s Bar. We finished
the day by going for a Thai lunch to say a big thanks and goodbye to John
Patrick Doherty who finished up on summer work experience with our service.

Last week, the weather was in our favour and we participated in the High
Ropes activities in Dingle. This is a very challenging course, which our
group thoroughly enjoyed. Our thanks to the ITT staff and students for being
so welcoming and supportive.

We finished the day by going to the Dingle Waterworld Centre and were lucky
enough to see the feeding session with their penguins.

The next events with the ITT will be:
Water activities (kayaking/canoeing) in Cappanalea on the 19th of Oct.
Orienteering on the 23rd of Oct.
Indoor rock climbing in Dingle on the 7th of Dec.

If you would like to participate in any of these events, please let us know.
If you do not want to take part, you can come along to observe.

Would you be interested in filling out a “Survey of Physical Activity and
Outdoor Adventure Activities of People who are Deaf/Hard of Hearing”? If so,
please let us know and we will forward you a copy. 4th year Health and
Leisure students who worked with us last year on our sporting activities are
carrying out the survey.

The questionnaire includes questions such as:
What level of physical activity do you consider you take?
What makes it difficulty or are there any barriers for you to participate in
physical activity?
Are there any additional barriers to taking part in outdoor adventure
activities as opposed to other physical activities?
What would you like to see occur so that there would be more opportunities
available for people Deaf/hard of hearing to participate in physical
activities and or outdoor activities?

The Munster Deaf Sports Council will hold their annual regional meeting on
the 22nd of Oct in Hayes Hotel, Thurles. The meeting will be held from 1-4
The meeting is open to members and non-members. On the day, you will also
have the opportunity to take up membership and to order an MDSC polo shirt.

For more information, you can email [email protected]

The Minister for Social Protection, Joan Burton TD recently officially
launched a new instant chat information service called ‘Live Advisor’
specifically for people with hearing and speech difficulties.  The Citizens
Information Board funds the service.

‘Live Advisor’ is a free, confidential, one-to-one service, which provides
information on a wide range of social and civil rights and entitlements. The
Live Advisor service, which is user friendly in design, is available between
the hours of 9am and 5pm (Monday to Friday) and can be accessed by logging
on to

Commenting at the launch Minister Joan Burton TD said, “The importance of
information provision cannot be over emphasized as it is a key element in
assisting people to participate in society.  I am very familiar with the
fact that people’s rights and entitlements can so often stand or fall on the
quality of information available to them and on the level of access to

“The Citizens Information Phone Service team is very proud to now be in a
position to assist people that previously had difficulty accessing our
service.  It is a step forward in our philosophy of inclusion for all” said
Deirdre Power, Manager of the Citizens Information Phone Service (CIPS).

The service was actively promoted in 2010 with relevant voluntary bodies
like the Sign Language Interpreting Service (SLIS) Irish Deaf Society,
DeafHear, Cork Deaf Association, DFI and MS Ireland.

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