Kerry Deaf Resource Centre Update 27.02.12

Our service has benefited from sporting activities with the Health and
Leisure Dept of the ITT over the past number of years. A number of the 3rd
year students are hosting a 5k fun run on Thursday 1st March at 1 o’clock
starting from the front gates of the south campus. All proceeds will go to
Campabilities – a residential sports camp held annually in Fossa for
children with vision impairments, which the students will be volunteering on
over the Easter holidays. The cost of participating is €2 for students and
€5 for staff. Registration will take place on both campuses at lunchtime on
Wednesday 29th February. Sponsorship cards are available on request. A video
on Campabilities 2011 is available at:

Sighted guides are available for any participants with sight issues – please
let the ITT know in advance if this is required. Spot prizes will be given
to participants on the day. Please come and support the event as a
participant or spectator.

If you would like to participate on the day, send us your details.

Deirdre Byrne-Dunne will be giving a presentation on language acquisition of
a deaf child on Saturday 10th of March. The event will be held in the Deaf
Community Centre, 96a O’Connell St in Limerick. It will be held from 11am to
12 noon and 12.30 to 1.30pm.

A sign language interpreter will be provided. If you are interesting in
attending the talk, the deadline is Wed 7th of March.

Deirdre Byrne- Dunne is well known in the Irish Deaf community and holds a
Dip. in ISL Teaching; M.Phil. in Applied Linguistics and a Postgraduate
Diploma in Education & currently doing BA in Humanities (Literature) in
Humanities (Literature).

For more information, you can contact the DCC by tel: 061-469854, text:
086-7348641, e-mail: [email protected]

Further information on the DCC is also available on their website:

The International Eucharistic congress will be held in Ireland in June.
During the week long Congress, there will be Deaf Track for the three days
out of 7 days (14th – 17th June). Deaf people will be coming from various
parts of the World to participate in seminars, workshops and socialising and
interacting with other people. There will be several evenings for social
gatherings and cultural events taking place during that week. The organisers
are looking for as many Deaf & hearing volunteers who can give their time
during the week, half day/full day, or 2/ 4/ 7 days.

The range of roles that are required will cover workshops, seminar, Deaf
interpreting, communicating & socialising with hearing and Deaf
participants. Volunteers are also required for Deafblind interpreting.

For those who wish to be volunteers, an application form needs to be
submitted by February 29th as they to be sent onto the Volunteering section
in early March. For more information, contact Frankie Berry, National
Chaplaincy for Deaf People, Tel: 01 8305 744, Mob: 087 940 0333, Website:

Conor Patrick O’Beirne a 3rd year sign language interpreting student from
the Centre for Deaf Studies will be on placement with our service this week.
This is an opportunity for students to work with an experienced interpreter
and to learn about issues that are relevant to the Deaf community. If you
would like to meet with Conor, please let us know.

In a number of weeks, we will have a 2nd student and his name is Anthony
Claffey- again an interpreting student from CDS. If you would like to meet
with him too, let us know. This is a good opportunity for the students to
meet Deaf people from different backgrounds and to become familiar with the
wealth of sign language skills that we have in the Kerry Deaf community.

The Medisigns project ran a very successful workshop over the weekend “The
Practise Profession Approach to Healthcare Interpreting”. The presenter was
Robyn Dean of Herriot Watt University, Scotland.

A further workshop will be held on Friday 13 April in the Centre for Deaf
Studies, Trinity College Dublin, from 10am to 5pm. The theme will be
“Interpreting in Mental Health Settings” and is being sponsored by MEDISIGNS
& SIGNALL 3. The workshop is limited to 20 participants and there is no
charge for it.

The presentation will be given by Dr. Hanneke BOT (Lessius University
College, Belgium). Dr. Bot is a Dutch registered psychotherapist who has
been working with asylum seekers and refugees with psychiatric illnesses
since 1995. Her PhD research was on communication with an interpreter in
mental health care. She teaches in the Master in Interpreting programme at
Lessius University College, Antwerp, Belgium and trains health providers and
interpreters in the specific aspects of their cooperation in healthcare
talk. Hanneke Bot has published widely on interpreting in (mental) health
care and on intercultural (psycho)therapy. This full day workshop will focus
on role and relational issues in interpreting in mental health care and
translation problems in therapeutic talk.

For more information and updates, go to

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