Deaf players wanted for Ireland football team

Don’t forget this Sunday’s football trial with the Ireland Men’s football team (3rd December 2017).

The session will be at the Oscar Traynor Coaching & Development Centre, Coolock, Dublin 5.

Arrive at 12noon.

Training will start at 1pm and finish at 3pm. The session will be overseen by highly qualified football coaches.

If you are interested, get in touch with me. You can message me in private if you have any queries.

Stuart Hayden, the Ireland manager and I want to look at every possible deaf footballer. You will need to be born in Ireland (Northern Ireland/Republic of Ireland) or in receipt of an Irish passport and have a hearing loss, at least 55 decibels (bilateral – both ears) to be eligible to play for Ireland.

We welcome players from all backgrounds including those who do not communicate in Sign Language.


Michael Johnston
Ireland Assistant Manager

She’s a familiar face from BBC NI where she signs the news for deaf people, but few know her own inspiring story

She has been a familiar face on BBC Northern Ireland News screens for 21 years, but Mary Kyle has managed to keep under the publicity radar throughout her career.

Indeed, the majority of viewers would be hard-pressed to name her. Yet, the Omagh-born presenter provides an invaluable service to the 3,500 sign language users who tune in for the daytime news at 1.40pm, a popular slot before Doctors.

Further read at:

New players wanted for Belfast Deaf United

Belfast Deaf United is looking to strengthen the squad. We currently play in the Belfast District Football League Premier Division and if you think you have the qualities and attributes to complete for a place in the first eleven, get in touch. You can send a private message on this Facebook page.

We train at Belvoir every Wednesday evening 7pm-9pm. You are welcome to train and see how it goes.

You do not need to have a hearing loss to join the club. We welcome individuals from different backgrounds.

Tinnitus Awareness Events

Action on Hearing Loss are running Tinnitus Awareness Events throughout Northern Ireland.

If you have tinnitus or know someone who does, please come along and find out more about understanding tinnitus, how it affects you and learn techniques to help minimise the distressing effect of tinnitus. Reflexology and relaxation techniques will be available on the night.

Tinnitus Awareness Events dates and venues

  • Tuesday 5/9/17 from 6pm to 7.30 Lurgan Library, 1 Carnegie Street, Lurgan
  • Monday 11/9/17 from 6pm to 7.30 Ballymena Library, 5 Pats Brae Ballymena
  • Wednesday 20/9/17 from 7.30pm to 9.30pm Downshire Hospital,
  • Wednesday 11/10/17 from 2pm to 4pm WHSCT Old Bridge House, Derry/LDerry

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UN committee paves the way for a BSL Act

British Deaf Association: PRESS RELEASE: UK Government needs to grant deaf people “the right to educated high-quality sign language interpretation”: leading UN committee paves the way for a British Sign Language Act

In a landmark moment for deaf people in the UK, the UK government has been told by a leading UN committee that it must “ensure that legislation provides for the right to educated high-quality sign language interpretation…in all spheres of life”, highlighting a key loophole in current UK law.

The announcement came as part of the Concluding Observations of the UN Committee of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (CRPD) whose chairperson, Theresia Degener, was unfaltering in her clear criticism of the UK Government’s ‘grave and systematic violations’ of deaf and disabled people’s human rights.

Read the full Press Release on our site at:

UN committee paves the way for a BSL Act

Review of communications support services

In June 2016 a consultation on the recommendations from the regional review of communication support services for people who are deaf or hard of hearing across Northern Ireland was launched by the Health and Social Care Board. The purpose of the consultation was to ensure that people who rely on Communication Support Services had opportunities to influence the development of the service regionally. A series of meetings, facilitated by the British Deaf Association NI, were held to enable people who are deaf or hard of hearing to express their views on a regional service model which would provide a balance of face to face interpreting and, where appropriate, non face to face interpreting. Click on this link to view all documentation related to the public consultation process.

See the reports with both BSL & ISL sign language versions –