KDRC provides services to deaf and hard of hearing people at county level and contributes to national & international issues of equality, access and rights.

Charity No: CHY20854 4 Gas Terrace Tralee, Co. Kerry Ireland V92 Y409 24.09.18

In our newsletter last week, we mentioned we were working on introducing credit & debit card payments in our Centre. We are delighted to let you know that payments & donations via a range of bank cards are now up & running. Please inform a staff member if you wish to pay by card. If you require a receipt, they can also be emailed or texted to you via our SumUp payment system.

As part of our Data Protection changes, we have now introduced online forms to make it easier for customers to sign up for our newsletter or to cancel them if they are already receiving them. These links will be included in all email correspondence. If you would like to register for our weekly newsletter, you can add your details at: If you already receive our newsletter but wish to cancel it, please go to:

Our Introduction to Linguistics of Irish Sign Language (ISL) classes are back for the upcoming academic term. These classes are ideally suited to students with prior sign language knowledge. They are also suitable for families with a deaf family member or those wishing to pursue Deaf Studies. Classes will be tutored by our Manager, Willie White and will cover subjects such as Placement, Classifiers, Role Shift, Non-Manual Features (NMF’s), Timelines & Referent Points. The course will also look at language registers, handshape articulation, gender & regional sign variations.

For more information, contact our Manager. Tel: 066 712 0399 E-mail:

Kerry Deaf Resource Centre News


We would like to extend a sincere thank you to all the volunteers who supported our Street Collection in Castleisland during the week. A particular word of thanks to Noreen & Therese who organised the event and secured volunteers. As always, we would like to thank everyone who contributed to the collection, we truly value your support. Lastly, our thanks to the business owners in Castleisland for allowing us space to collect outside their premises.

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Kerry Deaf Resource Centre Updates

DEAF ADULT LITERACY SERVICE (DALS) CLASSES BACK AGAIN. Our deaf adult literacy classes are back on for the forthcoming academic term. On Tuesday & Thursday morning from 11am-1pm, we will have QQI Level 2 “Quantity and Numbers & Writing”. Our sincere thanks to the Irish Deaf Society & the Deaf Adult Literacy Service (DALS) for sponsoring these classes. Tuition is provided by professional deaf tutors so classes are fully accessible to deaf sign language users. For more info, go to

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Exciting Opportunity with Action Deaf Youth


Play Ranger x 10 😁

We are looking for 🔟 people to join our team! From all over NI 🌍

⭐️ Work with deaf children in our play groups
⭐️ You choose what age group (0-2 yrs, 2-4 yrs, 4-8 yrs)
⭐️ Inspire the children’s parents
⭐️ 3 hrs every week approx.
⭐️ Full training given

Application pack:

More info? Text or FaceTime 07563 912687

Sign language act: Should it be a ‘bigger priority’ than Irish language?

Every morning, County Antrim woman Wendy Newbronner’s first task is waking up her three children.

Unlike most parents though, she cannot shout into their rooms and tell them to get up. All her sons are deaf.

Mrs Newbronner had to pay to learn sign language after her first child was born, and now supports calls for a sign language act in Northern Ireland.

Scotland is the only part of the UK with an act, but legislation was passed in the Republic of Ireland last year.

The problem is, without a functioning Stormont assembly, legislation for sign language in Northern Ireland cannot be introduced.

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Cecil Frances Alexander: A pioneer of deaf education

“All things bright and beautiful, All creatures great and small…”

The classic hymn by Cecil Frances Alexander has endured the test of time, 200 years after her birth.

But few know of the part both great and small that the hymn played in transforming the education of deaf children in 19th century northern Ireland.

And fewer still know the tragedy that befell its writer’s dream.

Cecil Frances (Humphreys) Alexander and her sister Anne were very involved in local church activities in Strabane, including visits to local families.

It was on one of these visits they encountered a small deaf boy from a poor home.

“They were concerned about the barrenness of his existence and the blank future he faced and also the fact he was cut off from knowledge of the love of God and the Christian way of life,” said Brian Symington.

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