Kerry Deaf Resource Centre Update 10.12.12

We would like to thank everyone who turned up for our Christmas Party in
Stokers Lodge on Sunday. We had a much higher turn-out than expected. We
would like to thank all the staff in Stokers Lodge for their hospitality and
hard work. The food was amazing and enjoyed by everyone. The function room
was decked out in beautiful Christmas decorations and this created a lovely
festive feeling for all the kids and adults in attendance.

We were lucky to have Santa turn up too. Luckily for our deaf kids, Santa
had sign language and our deaf kids were able to chat with Santa and tell
them what they wanted for Christmas in sign language.

A special word of thanks to the Gleneagle Hotel who donated a voucher for a
meal for two for our spot prizes. In addition, the 5 star Killarney Park
Hotel gave us a lovely voucher for Afternoon Tea for 2 and The Lake Hotel
also gave us a voucher for Afternoon Tea for 2. Our sincere thanks to all
the shops and businesses in Tralee that sponsored spot prizes. It has been a
challenging year for alot of businesses with the current recession and we
really appreciate their continued support.

We would also like to thank Fr. Nolan who said Mass before the party at 1pm
and to Veronica White for interpreting. Our sincere thanks to everyone that
helped us organise the party and help out on the day.

We would like to extend a very warm welcome to our two new Community
Employment staff. After open interviews, Johnny Prendegast and Rebecca O’
Donoghue were successful and have commenced part time employment with our
service. Both Johnny and Rebecca are very well known in the Deaf community
in Kerry.

Our thanks also to the North East and Kerry Development (NEKD) who sponsor
the CE positions that are based in our service.

It’s that time again when we start to think about New Year Resolutions. Many
of you will have participated in gym and outdoor activities with us from
September to December. These activities have now come to an end.

The Institute of Technology in Tralee is keen to ensure our participants
continue to improve on their health and fitness in the New Year. Their gym
will be made available to those who participated in activities with us over
the past few months from Monday to Thursday 5-9pm at a reduced rate.

In addition, Connor and Sean are willing to develop individual training
plans. If you would like to avail of these sessions on an individual basis,
please let us know and we will inform the gym instructors.

Our sincere thanks to the ITT for this generous offer. Our participants have
benefited greatly from all the activities to date and have thoroughly all
the outdoor and indoor sessions.

The Irish government announced its 2013 budget on Wednesday, with a host of
tax reforms and spending cuts. Ireland decided to increase taxes by 1.25
billion euro this year and cut spending by 2 billion euro in their sixth
austerity budget so far.

28 billion euro in austerity measures have been implemented by the
government since 2008, which forecasters say will reduce the country’s
deficit to 7.5per cent in 2013.

In this weeks Irish Deaf News, Eddie Redmond gives a synopsis in sign
language of some of the Budget changes. To view the piece, go to

We will be closing for annual leave on Friday, the 21st of December at 1pm.
We will re-open on Monday, the 7th of January.

If you require a sign language interpreter during the holiday period for a
legal or medical emergency, you can contact the Sign Language Interpreting
Service (SLIS) on their 24hr Emergency Helpline: 087 6725179.

SLIS will do its best to facilitate your interpreting requirements. However,
due to the limited number of interpreters on call, it may not be possible to
guarantee an interpreter.

Kerry Deaf Resource Centre
4 Gas Tce, Tralee

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