Kerry Deaf Resource Centre Update 14.02.11

In a very unique awareness-raising event, two Deafblind musicians will
perform a gig on guitar and piano on Friday, 4th March. Russ Palmer, a music
therapist and songwriter, will travel from Finland to Cork to perform with
Orla O’Sullivan, the world’s first Deafblind music teacher, pianist &
performer, in the Cornstore Bar & Restaurant (Cornmarket Street, 7 to

The duo will also present a Masterclass, entitled “Two Musical Journeys – a
Deafblind Perspective”, in the Cork School of Music on Saturday, 5th March
(2 – 4pm). Both events are open to the public but the Masterclass may be of
particular interest to students of music, disability studies, music therapy
or psychology.

The Minister for Social Protection has announced a new work placement
programme, known as Tús. This will provide 5,000 short-term working
opportunities in community organisations for people unemployed for over a

The placements will help community sector organisations by supporting the
delivery of their services. Tús, which will operate in rural and urban
areas, will be delivered using the infrastructure developed for the Rural
Social Scheme.

In specific circumstances funding will be provided from a material budget
maintained by the Local Development Company/Údarás na Gaeltachta in each
area to participating community and voluntary organisations. €30 million
will be committed in 2011 to establish Tús with an increased investment of
€100 million expected in 2012. More information is available at

The National Sign Language Interpreting Service (SLIS) is seeking a Manager,
based in Dublin, who will be responsible for the development and

delivery of core strategic objectives and initiatives.

An in-depth knowledge of issues pertaining to the Deaf community as well as
to Irish Sign Language is desirable.

The successful appointee must have:
Experience in a management role and the capacity to work with and support
the SLIS Board of Management.
Ability to manage budgets and have knowledge of financial/budgetary
Excellent communication, presentation, negotiation, relationship and
team-building skills.

SLIS is the national agency for the provision of sign language interpreting
services in Ireland. SLIS is committed to the Deaf community and their needs
in terms of interpreting and related services. SLIS’s role is to promote,
represent, advocate and ensure the availability of quality interpretation

The role offers a competitive salary and comprehensive benefits package.
Apply in confidence to:  Seamus Farrelly, HRM Search & Selection, 47
Fitzwilliam Square, Dublin 2.n Tel (+353 1) 632 1818 or e-mail:
[email protected]

Please apply by sending a hard copy of your CV by post or a soft copy by
email before 5pm on Friday 19th February 2011. Your application should
include the names of two referees and a short cover letter. A full job
description is available on or

We like to bring you interesting news from around the Deaf world from time
to time. In the States, South Dakota has elected a new Governor; he is the
first child of Deaf parents and was elected into his position on the 8th of
January. He knows American Sign Language and he is well known in the Deaf
community. Here is a clip on Youtube where he mentions his parents-
underneath there is a button with “cc”- click on this and subtitles will
come on.

Kerry Deaf Resource Centre
4 Gas Tce, Tralee

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