Kerry Deaf Resource Centre Update 14.10.13

RTE have informed us that they intend to air a number of programmes starting
in October that will be interpreted into sign language. The programmes are
currently being recorded in the UK by Sign Post productions.

The programmes will be shown very early in the morning so we would recommend
people to set their Sky TV, videos or DVD systems to record. The first
programmes will be aired on the 18th of October and will include:

Don’t Tell the Bride (1.25am).
Dirty Old Town (2.25am).
The Takeover (3.15am).

This is the first time RTE will be showing programmes of this type with sign
language. This will start to bring RTE in line with TV Broadcasting Access
Rules that obligates RTE to show 1.25% of programmes with sign language.
Hopefully in the future, they will also show them at a later time to attract
a wider audience.

As part of the IDS campaign to get official recognition of Irish Sign
Language (ISL), Seanad Eireann (Senate In Irish) passed a motion unanimously
calling on the government to recognise ISL.

The motion called on the Government to:
Recognise unequivocally Irish Sign Language as the preferred sign language
of the deaf community in the State: Recognise Irish Sign Language as an
expression of culture and an instrument for access to education and equal
opportunities; Notes and commends the work of the many State and
non-governmental organisations to support and promote the use of Irish Sign
Language in the State; Calls on the Government in partnership with the
representatives of the deaf community to develop ideas for improving access
to public services by users of Irish Sign Language; and Calls on the
Government to target initiatives which would enhance the effective
availability of interpreters and interpretation solutions such as using
technology for remote access to services.”.

A transcript of the debates is available online at

The closing date for applications for our two CE positions has been extended
until the end of October. Both positions are Office admin jobs. The
successful candidates will be working closely with Deaf & hard of hearing
staff and clients. A knowledge and Deaf issues and sign language is a
distinct advantage. Duties will include general office duties, including
computer work filing, photocopying & dealing with client queries.

Contact your local FAS office for eligibility criteria and payment queries.
To apply, you can apply in writing to North & East Kerry Development, Clash,
Tralee, Co Kerry or by email to [email protected]

Over the years, there has been significant debate on whether Deaf people
should be able to serve on Juries. Professor Jemina Napier Chair of
Intercultural Communication in the Department of Languages & Intercultural
Studies in the School of Management and Languages
Heriot-Watt University has released an edited version of a recent
presentation she gave on Deaf Juror Research projects that she has been
running since 2006. The presentation will be of interest to those who want
to sit on juries in Ireland or who have campaigned to allow Deaf people sit
on juries.

The presentation is in British Sign Language with voice-over and copies of
powerpoint presentations and can be viewed at

We are pleased to announce a number of fundraising events for the Ethiopia
Deaf Project. Monies raised go towards a Deaf school that was opened in
Ambo, Ethiopia in December 2012 and for further development work including a
Deaf Centre and Vocational skills training centre.

A Cake sale in Deaf Village Ireland by Noleen Cunningham will take place on
the 3rd of November.

A Coffee Morning will be organised on the 15 of Nov in Bishopstown Community
School Coffee Morning by Denise Dowling & Emma.

On the 30th of Nov in The Lough Hall, ‘Children Bake to Care’ will see local
children taught to bake and then have the opportunity to sell the cakes.
This will be organised by Therese & Miriam.

On the 8th of Dec, a Christmas Fair will be held in the Ballyphehane
Community Centre. This follows on from a very successful fair held last
year. A mass in sign language will also be said at 12oc in the Lough Hall.

On the 8th of Feb, well known radio presenter Ronan Collin will be singing
songs by Joe Dolan in the Celtic Ross Hotel Rosscarbery, Co. Cork. Tickets
cost 22.50euro per person. There will also be a special offer of 77.50euro
for B&B, pre show dinner (3 courses) wine reception and show tickets.
Contact the Celtic Ross hotel for details.

On the 28th of June, we will hold the 2nd Ambo Ramble cycle. The first cycle
will follow a 40kn route and the 2nd cycle will be for more advanced
cyclists and this will cover 120km. This will be followed by a social
get-together in the Bishopstown Bar in Cork.

A number of locally run Coffee mornings are in the pipeline also. We would
also appreciate it if anyone could host a Coffee Morning on our behalf.

Our sincere thanks to everyone who has supported the project to date and in
particular to thank Miriam & Patrick O’Regan for their support in organising
the Christmas Fair, Ronan Collins gig and the Ambo Ramble cycle.

For more information on any of the events, you can 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