Kerry Deaf Resource Centre Update 25.05.15

As many of you are aware, Irish Water is in the process of issuing customers with their first water bill for the period 1st January to 31st March 2015. They are asking all primary residences to register with them by 30th June 2015 so that householders can qualify for the Government’s water conservation grant of 100 euro per year.

The Department of Social Protection will be contacting those householders, in late August or September, who have registered with Irish Water by 30th June setting out the grant application and payment process for 2015.  There will also be an information campaign giving further details on applying for the grant.

The 100euro grant will not be deducted from or appear on your Irish Water
bill.  The water conservation grant will be payable separately through the
Department of Social Protection and will be paid from September.  For the
latest information on the water conservation grant please visit

Professor Lorraine Leeson, Director of Research, School of Linguistic,
Speech and Communication Sciences, Trinity College, Dublin is part of an
Irish and Swedish Research team who are looking for hearing learners of a
sign language in Europe to complete The Sign Language Acquisition Corpus
(SLAC): Learner Perspectives Survey.

In 2013-14 the research team completed a data collection process at Trinity
College, Dublin in parallel with colleagues in Sweden who collected data
from students at their university.  The research team’s goal is to compile a
digital searchable corpus of language use by second language users.  This is
a significant move forward in the field of teaching and learning sign
languages.  They believe that this project will be the first time that
researchers will approach the question of how sign languages are learned by
hearing adults in this way.

The research team now wishes to consolidate their local data with input from
a wider range of sign language learners across Europe.  Their aim is to
learn more about how adult hearing learners of a sign language experience
the process.  To do this, they have prepared a questionnaire, which draws
heavily on the work of Rico Peterson (2009) who has previously surveyed
American Sign Language learners across North America.  The questionnaire
will take approximately 20 minutes to complete.  The language of the study
is English.  To complete their questionnaire, go to the following link:

The closing date for completion of surveys is: 30 May 2015.

Irish Research Team Professor Lorraine Leeson, Trinity College, Dublin
([email protected]) Patrick A. Matthews, Trinity College, Dublin
([email protected]) Sarah Sheridan, Trinity College, Dublin ([email protected])
Swedish Research Team Dr. Johanna Mesch, University of Stockholm
([email protected]) Dr. Krister Schönström, University of Stockholm
([email protected])

DeafHear is hosting a four day adventure trip for Deaf or hard of hearing
(hoh) teenagers and young people (age 14 – 20 years) to Tramore in Co.
Waterford from    18th to 21st August 2015.

They will be staying at a local hostel, having a BBQ party, team games on
the beach, film night, attending the Dunmore East Adventure Centre and the
local legendary Fun Fair.  The cost of the trip is 175 euro per person and
includes: accommodation, all meals, games and activities, transport to/from
all activities each day.  Travelling from/to the Waterford City meeting
points on the first/last day is also included.

Places are strictly limited to 34 participants on a “first come, first
served” basis.  If you are interested in going they will require a completed
application form along with a 75-euro (non-refundable) deposit.  Closing
date for applications is Friday 10th July 2015.

To download an application form go to:

The Lord Mayor’s Community and Voluntary Awards will take place in Cork City
Hall on Thursday 4th June at 7.15pm.  A Sign Language Interpreter will be
provided.  Members of the Deaf Community are welcome to attend.  The awards
are to recognise the great work of voluntary groups in Cork.

Categories are: Age Friendly Groups; Community and Neighbourhood services;
Sports; Art and Culture; Equality and Social Inclusion; Children and Youth.
Please e-mail Ursula at [email protected] or phone 021 4924703 if
you would like to attend.

Based on Thomas Hardy’s book, “Far from the Madding Crowd” will be screened
on Wednesday 27th May at 8.30 pm.  The film is set In Victorian England,
where the independent and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene attracts three very
different suitors: Gabriel Oak, a sheep farmer; Frank Troy, a reckless
Sergeant; and William Boldwood, a prosperous and mature bachelor.  The film
stars Carey Mulligan, Matthias Schoenaerts and Michael Sheen.

Kerry Deaf Resource Centre.
4 Gas Tce, Tralee, Co. Kerry, IRELAND

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

Charity Number CHY20854

Text     (+353) 87 633 4687
Fax      (+353) 66 712 0386
Tel       (+353) 66 712 0399

E-mail:       [email protected]

Can also be contacted via Facetime, Skype & Glide Video Messaging.