The Hand on Heart Village is a new organisation aimed at developing
innovative businesses and job opportunities for people, including those with
physical and sensory disabilities.  The Founder/Chief Executive, Jamie Regan
CPA has worked in the disability sector for 10 years and is committed to
inclusion.  Jamie is seeking a personal assistant for a 3-month placement
with the view to a 12-month contract to help grow this innovative and
dynamic charity.

As the organisation is committed to promoting employment for people with
disabilities, candidates who are currently unemployed and who are Deaf are
invited to apply.  The only essential requirements are good computer skills
(Microsoft Products, email and internet) and being fluent in sign language.
Telephone & audio communication is not a requirement. If you are interested,
please email your CV to [email protected].
Applications close Friday 30th July 2010.

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We would like to send our best wishes to Orla O Sullivan who recently
launched her music CD. Orla is a Deaf –Blind pianist, performer, and

She has an Associate Diploma in Performance for Piano (A.T.C.L.) by Trinity
College London. She also has Diploma in Youth and Community Work (U.C.C),
Music Performance, Management and Sound, and a teacher’s Cert VCM. She also
studied organ in St. Fin Barr’s Cathedral.

She was taught nursery rhymes and songs by her mother, which stimulated her
musical ear from an early age. She helped her play the piano by holding her
fingers on the keys so that she could feel the vibration and hear the
sounds. She started formal piano lessons at the age of six and through her
school years she got the highest scores in her music Inter and Leaving Cert
exam ear tests. She also learned several instruments including violin,
guitar, piano accordion, electronic keyboard, and organ. For more
information on Orla and her CD launch, go to

Here is another tip for anyone looking for something interesting on their
summer travels. The 19th Prom will be held on July 31st in London.  This
Prom will be the first ever signed Prom.

Dr Paul Whittaker, Artistic Director of Music and the Deaf will guide you
through the music of Stephen Sondheim. It will include excerpts from
horror-opera “Sweeney Todd”; the Ingmar Bergman-inspired “A Little Night
Music” and the fairytale “Into the Woods”, as well as excerpts from “Company
and Sunday in the Park with George”.

You’re advised to get there early and queue. 150 ‘promming spaces’ have been
set aside to make sure that deaf customers get a good chance of seeing the
performance. No more seats are available and you cannot pre-book these
standing only spots. 50% ticket reductions are on offer for all disabled
people at the venue.

Would you be interested in knowing about your Family Tree? If so, the Deaf
Community Centre in Limerick will host a talk with Cormac Leonard. The date
is yet to be confirmed but it will be held between the 20th and the 27th of

Cormac is a sign language interpreter and well known in the Deaf community.

Find out about
· Your parents
· Your grandparents
· Your great grandparents from where?
· Know more information about their past times
· Never knew you had Deaf in previous generations?

Tea and Coffee will be provided. For more information, contact the DCC in

The Equality and Rights Alliance would like you to share your views and
support ERA’s campaign for better equality and human rights. ERA believe
“equality and human rights are everyone’s issues- especially yours. They
determine your home life, your school life, your community, your health or
your work chances”. To send them a message, go to the following website

On the 19th of July, the President of Ireland, Mary McAleese, signed the
Civil Partnership Bill into law. This will now open the way for same sex
couples that are hearing or Deaf to have legal recognition of their
relationship in Ireland.

“This is a great day for Ireland. Lesbian and gay people, their parents,
families, friends neighbours, colleagues can now look forward to celebrating
their civil partnerships in the near future” according to Kieran Rose. “It
is a tribute to the openness and welcoming nature of Irish society and the
commitment of all our legislators and is a major civil rights milestone for
lesbian and gay people”.

The Minster for Justice and Law Reform, in his comments on the signing of
the Bill said, “”This is one of the most important pieces of civil rights
legislation to be enacted since independence. Its legislative advance has
seen an unprecedented degree of unity and support within both Houses of the
Oireachtas. Ireland will be a better place for its enactment. This new law
provides, for the first time, legal recognition for same-sex couples in
Ireland. It is of tremendous social significance, for the couples who can
now register as partners, for their friends and families – ultimately, for
all of us.”

The Bill will deliver a comprehensive set of protections, rights and
obligations for same-sex couples across a wide range of areas including home
protections, pensions, taxation, maintenance, next of kin, social welfare,
domestic violence, inheritance, enduring power of attorney and creation of
joint tenancies.

More information is available from the Gay and Lesbian Equality Network at

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