Kerry Deaf Resource Centre Update 26.11.12 *updated*

Last week, we arranged a visit to the newly opened ‘Deaf Village Ireland’ in Dublin. We would like to thank the 16 individuals that made the trip with us and hope they enjoyed the day.

Phase One of the village is now complete and comprises of a state of the art sporting facility, administration, social, educational, heritage and religious facilities. A range of Deaf services have offices onsite including the Irish Deaf Society, Deaf Adult Literacy Service, Irish Deaf Youth Assoc, and the National Chaplaincy for Deaf People. On the day, we were given a tour of the new facility and the renovated Old Chapel wing.

We would like to thank Liam Breen of the Deaf Heritage Centre for a very interesting and informative tour of DHC. We look forward to returning to see the Centre when all the proposed renovations are complete. Its great to see Deaf Heritage being recorded and preserved for future generations.

Our thanks also to Elfrieda Carroll and the team in SLIS- the Sign Language Interpreting Service for a very informative talk on the service being provided by SLIS. We were given a very friendly welcome along with tea and biscuits too.

Kaveta Sharma from Deafhear gave us a tour of the new Deafhear office. She was a great host and we enjoyed meeting with her on the day.

We also got to visit the Life Skills Programme, which provides social and life skills to Deaf adults. We got to meet the team there and some of the participants. Our thanks to everyone there for hosting us on the day.

We also got to meet with residents and staff from St. Joseph’s House in Brewery Road and others visitors at the DDA Lounge.

Lastly, our thanks to Amanda Dunne for bringing us around the new sports facility and for ensuring we got taxi’s to catch our train back to Kerry.

During our visit, we met countless Deaf people who welcomed us warmly. To everyone who welcomed us on the day or guided us around the village- thank you sincerely. If you would like more information on DVI, go to

The organisers of the Christmas Fair would like to thank everyone who supported the fundraiser in the Ballyphehane Community Centre in Cork over the weekend.

A huge thanks to all the volunteers, stall holders, the face and nail painters, those who donated spot prizes, all those who bought raffle tickets and calendars. Our thanks also to Santa for surprising children on the day, to the singers and musicians and to everyone who supported the event and made it a very worthwhile day. The team really appreciate everyone’s support and input.

A special word of thanks to Miriam O’Regan and her team of volunteers for all their hard work. Thanks also to the Children’s Project Charity Shop in Clonakilty. Lastly, thanks go to Fr. Stephen Monaghan, Willie White, Noeleen Cunningham, Susan O’Callaghan and Denise Dowling for volunteering on the day and representing the Ethiopian Deaf Project team.

We are selling 2013 calendars with all proceeds going to the ongoing costs of the building project in Ambo, Ethiopia. The calendars cost 5euro each. We can also post them for a small fee to cover postage.

Many of you will know that the Deaf School will open on the 30th of December. In addition, land has been secured nearby with 5 buildings. These will be developed into a Vocational Skills Training Centre and a Deaf Centre.

The team really appreciate all the support received to date. For more information, go to

We would like to say a huge thank you to the volunteer fundraisers who carried our Church Collections on our behalf over the weekend.

In addition, we would like to thank the parishioners in Lyracompane, Firies and Farranfore, and Ballymac. We really appreciate everyone’s support.

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