Kerry Deaf Resource Centre Update 26.03.12

Are you aged 12-18?  Are you d/Deaf or hard-of-hearing? If so Sharing the
Journey would like to invite you to a three day ‘Introduction to Performing
Arts’ on the 10th/11th and 12th April. The programme will include workshops
on making and composing music, physical theatre, dance and rhythm.

Workshops will be presented bilingually Irish Sign Language/ English, by
professional artists and musicians working in the area of Theatre, Music
Performance, Performance Art and Dance. Communication to be supported by
language support personnel.

It will be held in St. Vincent’s Centre, Drumcondra, Dublin 7 from 10am –
3.30pm. All d/Deaf and hard-of-hearing teenagers, their siblings and friends
are welcome. The workshops are free of charge. Booking is essential as
places are limited. If you interested please call or text Theresa on
0879163168 / 0857225659. E-mail [email protected].

A student of Social Work studies in University College Cork is in the
process doing research as part of her thesis on the experiences of Deaf
people’s access to the Health Service in the south of Ireland. She has
conducted a number of interviews in Cork and is looking for a further 3 to 4
Deaf candidates. She is hoping to travel to Kerry within the next fortnight
to carry out interviews. An interpreter will be provided for this part of
her research. If you are over 23 years of age and have accessed the Irish
health service in the last five years, please contact us and we will arrange
for you to meet with her.

We have been very busy over the past academic year with students on
placement/ work experience from various education settings. We would like to
thank the following for choosing to come to our service and for their hard
work and dedication.

Laura Merrigan from the National Learning Network spent a considerable
amount of time with us since last September and was a fantastic resource to
our clients and staff. Ebunoluwa Osinubi is hoping to pursue Social Care and
spent a number of weeks with us in early 2012. Ebunoluwa comes from an
African background and shared with us her interesting cultural background.
Karen Walsh is pursuing a Special Needs course and completed 20 days of
placement. Karen has a Deaf sister and has sign language and proved to be a
great asset to our team.

Recently, we had Conor Patrick O’Beirne and Anthony Claffey both from the
Centre for Deaf Studies (CDS) in Trinity. They are currently in 3rd year of
their interpreter-training programme. We would like to thank Suzanne,
Veronica and Willie for mentoring these students in particular. These
students could potentially be the next generation of interpreters and it’s
so important for them to work with experienced interpreters and to gain
experience in a wide range of Deaf related settings.

We would like to thank all the above students and want to wish them all well
with their future careers.

In this week’s edition of IDN, the following news reports are presented in
sign language.

The Mahon Tribunal Report. Bertie Ahern to be expelled from Fianna Fail.
French man jumped out of window in Toulouse after killing three Jewish
children last week. Whitney Houston – Coroner said she died from accidental
drowning and cocaine found in her body.

These clips are of great interest to the Deaf community and are also an
asset to hearing students learning sign language and have been very useful
to us when we work with students from CDS on placement. To view this week’s
edition, go to


There are a number of Deaf services throughout Ireland that have regular
e-mail newsletters that may be of interest to our clients and supporters in
Kerry. If you would like to receive a copy, you can contact the service
directly or we can forward your details to them. The services include the
Centre for Deaf Studies, Cork Deaf Association, Deaf Community Centre
Limerick, E-info, Tallaght Deaf Club, Irish Deaf Camping and Caravanning
Group, Irish Deaf Women’s Group, South East Deaf Women’s Group, Irish Deaf
Sports Association and related sports groups in Munster, Connacht etc.

These updates are a fantastic resource for those of us working in the Deaf
sector and are very beneficial to families with Deaf members and to
students/academics of Deaf related issues.

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