Deaf cultures and Sign Languages of the world: Ireland (Eire)

Created 10 April 2000, links updated monthly with the help of LinkAlarm.

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map of Ireland

Flag: World flag database.
Map: Maps.com - "search" for country, then "Digital Map Graphics").

For a quick, interesting resource for facts about this and other countries,
try Mystic Planet - The New Age directory of Planet Earth.

Note: A flag next to a link shows what language the website is in. If it is followed by this icon: (video camera: This links to a video), it is a video in that spoken language. A flag followed by Sign Language iconmeans it is in the sign language of that country. globe (international icon)Sign Language iconmeans there is International Gesture.

Addiction and recovery Artistic interpreting: Music, poetry, literature, and theater Books on deafness CDs and videotapes Cochlear implants
Deaf advocacy and politics Deaf and social services Deafblind Deaf clubs Deaf culture
Deaf education and youth Deaf events Deaf film Deaf health Deaf history and current events
Deaf oppression & liberation Deaf painting and sculpture Deaf performing arts Deaf photography Deaf poetry
Deaf sports & recreation Educational interpreting Ethics Interpreter education Interpreting agencies and organizations
Interpreting legislation (Educational, health sciences and legal) Irish Sign Language Irish Sign Language dictionaries Oral and deafened people Organizations
Periodicals Religion & Deafness Text messaging User groups

Addiction and recovery

Doyle, P. Lega; drug addiction.

Artistic interpreting: Music, poetry, literature, and theater

Hands On Celebrity Last Christmas.Irish flagSign Language iconRTE presenters and celebrities perform the song Last Christmas in Irish Sign Language for Hands On.

Books on deafness

The Forest Bookshop is a publishing house that specialises in books on deaf-related issues and topics. Visit the Deafness and Deaf Issues online catalogue.

Irish Deaf.com Shop - Books.

Monaghan, L, Nakamura, K., Schmaling, C. & Turner, G. H. (Eds.) (May 2003). Many ways to be Deaf: International variation in Deaf communities. Twenty-four international scholars have contributed their findings from studying Deaf communities in Japan, Thailand, Viet Nam, Taiwan, Russia, Sweden, Austria, Switzerland, Great Britain, Ireland, Nigeria, South Africa, Brazil, Nicaragua, and the United States. Sixteen chapters consider the various antecedents of each country1s native signed language, taking into account the historical background for their development and also the effects of foreign influences and changes in philosophies by the larger, dominant hearing societies. ISBN 1-56368-135-8

CDs and videotapes

Dalep Interactive DVD's.

MicroBooks.org. Sign Language products. Extensive list of products. Scroll down for Irish Sign Language.

Deaf advocacy and politics

MicroBooks.org. Deaforward Advocacy Issues. The IDS used to be the voluntary service for the Deaf community, but they realised it was too much to handle as Deaf people need and want more information and access to public services. Many Deaf people live in areas of social exclusion, poverty and most of them are oppressed by society. The IDS decided to apply for funding to set up a project dedicated to advocacy. The Department of Community, Rural & Gaeltacht Affairs gave funding to set up this advocacy service.

Deaf and social services

Deaf Enterprises was established in 1987 as a response to the high rates of unemployment that existed amongst the Deaf Community at that time. Since that time the organisation has grown from having just one employee to our present level of fifteen. The organisation is Community based and the members of the voluntary board of directors bring with them expertise from many areas including business, IT, and community work.

Hands That Talk was set up in early 2000 as a direct response to the enormous gap in provision for those people in our community who are either deaf or have some form of hearing impairment. It is a Registered Charity, peopled by volunteers from all sections of the community and, since its establishment, and has grown to be the largest Deaf Community in Northern Ireland and the second largest in all Ireland.

St Vincents Deaf Citizens Information Centre. To provide information, advice and advocacy for Deaf people on all State services.

Deafblind

Deaf clubs

IrishDeaf.com. Deaf clubs.

Deaf culture

About.com. Deaf community - Ireland.

Cead Mile Failte - Irish Deaf buddies.

Centre for Deaf Studies, Trinity College Dublin.

Dublin Deaf Scout.

International Bibliography of Sign Language - Ireland.

IrishDeaf.com.

RTÉ Television - Hands On.

The University of Dublin, Trinity College. The Diploma in Deaf Studies can be taken full-time over a period of two years or for appropriately qualified candidates, part-time over a period of three years. It provides a comprehensive introduction to the Deaf Community and Irish Sign Language for those wishing to work in or with the Deaf Community.

Deaf education and youth

AHEAD, the Association for Higher Education Access and Disability, is an independent non-profit organisation working to promote full access to and participation in third level education for students with disabilities in Ireland.

Education Equality Initiative 2 - The Kerry Deaf Adult Learning Programme.

Fulbright Commission invites applications from Deaf students for the Deaf Studies Award to attend Gallaudet University in Washington, USA. Gallaudet University is the only liberal arts college in the world to cater exclusively for deaf undergraduate students and offers a unique opportunity and environment for Irish deaf students to undertake third level studies. To date six Irish students have successfully completed their studies at Gallaudet University. The Deaf Studies award is advertisied in Late September with a closing date of mid-November.

IDYA - Irish Deaf Youth Association.Irish flagSign Language icon

Model School for the Deaf.

St. Joseph's School for Deaf Boys.

St. Mary's School for Deaf Girls.

Deaf events

Greenbow. Events & social.

Irish Deaf.com. Click on "Events".

Irish Deaf Sports Association. Click on "Upcoming events" and select your sport.

Irish Deaf Youth Association: Events.

Deaf film

Escape (2000), Directed by Steven Benedict. The story is based on a young deaf girl who feels like a fish out of water in her own home. And so decides to run away. Centering the story on a deaf character allows the director to envelope us in sound which creates a unique experience and for me at least helped me imagine for the first time what it must be like to be without hearing.

kmorgan255. YouTube videos.Irish flagSign Language icon

Deaf health

Bonavox. This web page has been designed for those experiencing partial or full hearing loss, and its main aim is to give you all the information you are likely to require before purchasing a hearing aid.

Hearing Advice Ireland.

Hidden Hearing.

Deaf history and current events

DeafTODAY.

golden marble bullet(2004, November 26). Archbishop apologises over exclusion of disabled. The Catholic Archbishop of Dublin Dr Diarmuid Martin frankly admitted that issues to do with access and participation in the Church "never even crossed the minds" of authorities.

golden marble bullet(2004, November 2). Deaf people demand more subtitles for Deaf in Ireland. Deaf people from around the world, help bring subtitles to your local cinema! Irish Deaf people demand more subtitles for the Deaf in Ireland. Help us here in Ireland- Sign the petition!

golden marble bullet(2004, June 11). Online directory of deaf services launched. Ireland's first online directory of services for the deaf and hard of hearing was launched today. The website (www.irishdeaf.com) is the first online resource in Ireland designed as a one-stop-shop for the Irish deaf community.

golden marble bullet(2003, December 22). Irish sign-language interpreting centre rescued. Republic's only sign-language interpreting service is facing closure if it cannot secure the funding it needs to ensure its future. Irish Sign Link is a non-profit organisation established to help deaf people access essential services.

golden marble bullet(2003, December 11). Victory For The Deaf In New Broadcasting Bill - Coveney. Fine Gael Spokesperson on Communications Simon Coveney TD speaking today (Thursday) on the final stages of the new Broadcasting Funding Bill 2003, welcomed the fact that the Government has agreed to include an amendment on his proposal in the Bill on the provision of subtitling.

golden marble bullet(2003, November 22). Deaf Centre performs a valuable community role. The Waterford Deaf Centre is the latest monthly recipient of the Waterford News & Star/AIB Community Award. The Centre, which is situated off Henrietta Street, beside the Viking Hostel, was established in 1986 and now has 60 members hailing from a widespread area that includes Ballymacaw to Dungarvan to Piltown.

golden marble bullet(2003, October 24). New course for deaf parents. The course will provide practical tips and support to deaf parents about communicating with their child, their development and family relationships.

Doyle, P. The God Squad.

Irish Deaf buddies.

golden marble bullet1916, The Easter Rising - The Irish War for Independence.

golden marble bulletBrian Boru, 940-1014.

golden marble bulletDaniel O'Connell, 1775-1847, Politician.

golden marble bulletEamon DeValera, 1882-1975.

golden marble bulletThe Great Famine.

golden marble bulletSt. Patrick.

golden marble bulletTheobald Wolfe Tones, 1763-1798.

Irish Deaf.com - News.

Deaf oppression & liberation

Kerry Deaf Resource Centre provides all types of services to Deaf sign language users and Hard of Hearing in a culturally and language safe environment. Can provide all types of awareness training using the social model of deafness.

Tithe an Oireachtais, Houses of the Oireachtas. Broadcasting (Funding) Bill 2003 [Seanad], An Bille Craolacháin (Maoiniú) 2003 [Seanad].UK flag,Irish flagBill entitled an Act to provide that the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland prepare a scheme or schemes for the funding of grants to support certain television and radio programmes and projects out of an amount of 5 per cent of net receipts for television licence fees, to outline the objectives of a scheme and to provide for related matters. Bille dá ngairtear Acht do dhéanamh socrú go n-ullmhóidh Coimisiún Craolacháin na hÉireann scéim nó scéimeanna chun deontais a mhaoiniú d'fhonn tacú le cláir agus tionscadail teilifíse agus raidió áirithe as méid 5 faoin gcéad de ghlanfháltais i leith táillí ceadúnais teilifíse, do leagan amach cuspóirí scéime agus do dhéanamh socrú i dtaobh nithe gaolmhara

Deaf painting and sculpture

Niall McCormack. The austere stark style of my paintings is informed by surrealist and minimalist movements. My work is a response to my take on architectural structures and their surroundings and shows an exploration of diverse architectural forms: monastic, romanesque, classical and minimalist modern and the institutionalised setting.

Deaf performing arts

Hands OnIrish flagSign Language iconis the magazine programme for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing in Ireland. The programme goes out twice a month on RTE 1 on Sundays at 10.40am and is produced by a mixed Deaf and hearing team. Our Deaf producer/director Senan Dunne also works as presenter/reporter on the programme, along with regulars Julianne Gillen, Eddie Redmond, Teresa Lynch, Caroline Worthington and Sean Herlihy. The programme covers a broad range of issues relevant to the Deaf community such as education, health, sport & festivals.

Tithe an Oireachtais, Houses of the Oireachtas. Broadcasting (Funding) Bill 2003 [Seanad], An Bille Craolacháin (Maoiniú) 2003 [Seanad].UK flag,Irish flagBill entitled an Act to provide that the Broadcasting Commission of Ireland prepare a scheme or schemes for the funding of grants to support certain television and radio programmes and projects out of an amount of 5 per cent of net receipts for television licence fees, to outline the objectives of a scheme and to provide for related matters. Bille dá ngairtear Acht do dhéanamh socrú go n-ullmhóidh Coimisiún Craolacháin na hÉireann scéim nó scéimeanna chun deontais a mhaoiniú d'fhonn tacú le cláir agus tionscadail teilifíse agus raidió áirithe as méid 5 faoin gcéad de ghlanfháltais i leith táillí ceadúnais teilifíse, do leagan amach cuspóirí scéime agus do dhéanamh socrú i dtaobh nithe gaolmhara

Deaf photography

Lette's Blog. Views from a Deaf art student & photographer.

Deaf poetry

Lette's Blog

golden marble bulletPoems, Creative Scribbles!

golden marble bulletArchive for the 'Poetry and writing' Category.

Deaf sports & recreation

donegalgirl28. (2007, June 28). Irish Deaf Team - 3rd Place Portugal 2007 EDSO Championship. Ireland Deaf Team got the bronze medal after beating Germany 4-3 on penailites. They celebrated by throwing their manager Rino in the air! LOL

Irish Deaf Karting Club.

Irish Deaf Sports Association. Aim & objectives: To be the main voice of Deaf sport in Ireland. To show that sport is for everyone and is a right not a privilege, for Deaf people. To influence providers to include sport in all Deaf grassroots to excellence sports development plans. To campaign for increased sporting choices and opportunities for Deaf people. To expand sporting opportunities for Deaf people and actively increase the number of Deaf people involved in sport. To increase the effectiveness of Deaf sport structuresTo provide professional service in sport for Deaf people.

St Vincent's Deaf Ladies Football Team. It's a sport organisation. We play in the Summer league as well as the Winter league

Ethics

Code of Professional Ethics.

Irish Association of Sign Language Interpreters - Code of Ethics draft.

Interpreter education

The University of Dublin, Trinity College. The Diploma in Irish Sign Language/ English is a two-year full-time programme of studies accredited by Trinity College Dublin. It provides a professional training for those who wish to work as Irish Sign Language/ English interpreters. Central importance is given to the development of (i) proficiency in Irish Sign Language and (ii) interpreting skills. Other course modules deal with such issues as: the linguistics of signed languages, the sociolinguistics of signed languages, deaf people in society, ethics and professional practice.

Interpreting agencies and organizations

Access Translations provides a full range of translation and interpreting services to companies worldwide. We specialise in translating business and commercial documents to the highest standard. We provide a consistently excellent service for our rapidly expanding clientele. Our experienced, skilled language professionals and industry experts make Access Translations the company of choice for the most complex and specialist translation requirements.

IASLI - Irish Association of Sign Language Interpreters: iasli@eircom.net

The Centre for Sign Language Studies. We are a training organisation providing a consultation service, interpreting and translation services and training in ISL, Deaf culture and adaptation of information to suit a Deaf audience. We promote the integration of hearing and Deaf people through mutual accommodation.

Irish Sign Language

Barbara LeMaster's Irish Sign Language Research.

Conroy School of ISL deliver programmes in the field of deaf studies focusing on two main areas; language and culture. Courses include sign language, sign linguistics, working in an intercultural environment, language acquisition and the family, ethics and culture. Deaf Awareness Training, interpretation/translation, individual/group tutorials and consultancy work are our core activities. We specialise in developing courses to facilitate the specific requirements of groups or individuals.

Ethnologue. Irish Sign Language: A language of Ireland.

EUDeaf 2003 (Irish Sign Language).Irish flagSign Language iconA site offering films in various sign languages (here Irish Sign Language is used), explaining the organization, its structure, and its goals.

gawad2007. (2007, January 30). Static Irish Sign Language Recognition System. This is a demo of hand segmentation, tracking and recognition to perform irish SL alphabets. It was done in School of Computing, Dublin City University, Ireland. Produced by Tommy Coogan, George Awad, Jeff Han, & supervised by Dr. Alistair Sutherland.

HandWords was founded in July 1999 with the objective of facilitating the development of expressive and receptive language skills for young deaf children in their home and in their natural environment. Handwords facilitator works with these children and their families to develop these skills either at home or montessori/pre-school and as arranged.

Here's to signing: A video of Irish Sign vocabulary.

International bibliography of sign language - Irish Sign Language.

Irish Deaf.com. Irish Sign Language books.Irish flagSign Language icon

MicroBooks.org. Sign Language products. Extensive list of products. Scroll down for Irish Sign Language.

National Chaplaincy for Deaf People: Videos.Irish flagSign Language iconThese are videos showing ISL with religious vocabulary.

SignWriting in Ireland.

TCD Sign Language Society.

YouTube - mythyka's Videos.Irish flagSign Language iconOnly a few are in ISL.

Irish Sign Language dictionaries

Bar-Tzur, D. Indigenous signs for cities: Ireland.

Fingeralphabet Irland (Irish fingerspelling).

Fingerspelling keyboard, Ireland.

International bibliography of sign language - Irish Sign Language dictionary.

Irish Deaf buddies. Irish fingerspelling alphabet.

Irish fingerspelling alphabet or alternate site.

Irish numbers in sign or alternate site.

SignLanguageIreland.net. Irish Sign handshapes.

SignPuddle. Dictionary Ireland.

University of Dublin, Trinity College.

golden marble bulletThe Diploma in ISL Teaching is a two-year full-time programme that, in its second year, includes regular teaching practice. It provides professional training for those who wish to teach Irish Sign Language. Central importance is given to the development of proficiency in Irish Sign Language and the design and implementation of Irish Sign Language courses.

golden marble bulletThe School of Linguistic, Speech and Communication Sciences. This School engages in teaching and research in relation to a broad range of theoretical and applied issues in language, speech and communication. It comprises the following academic units: Centre for Language and Communication Studies (CLCS), Department of Clinical Speech and Language Studies (CSLS) and the Centre for Deaf Studies (CDS).

Oral and deafened people

Irish Hard of Hearing Association. Lip Reading Classes, Family Information Help Nights, One to One Counselling, Coping Strategies, Technical Aids, YAH! Young Action on Hearing, Hill Walking, Ambling /Hill Strolling, Golf Society, Social Events, Hearsay Magazine.

Organizations

Art & Cultural Society of the Deaf aims to do the following: To collect, restore, preserve and research all relevant matters about Deaf Culture and History in Ireland. Promote Irish Deaf Culture at Home and abroad. Hold workshops and lectures focussed on Deaf History / Arts & Culture. Exchange ideas and participate in foreign events world-wide.

Greenbow.Irish flagSign Language iconIreland's national organization for deaf gay, lesbian, and transgender people.

IDYA - Irish Deaf Youth Association.Irish flagSign Language icon

IrishDeaf.com. Deaf organizations.

Irish Deaf SocietyIrish flagSign Language icon or alternate site (IDS) is the national representative organisation of Deaf and hard of hearing people, serving the interest and welfare of the Deaf community. It also upholds the status of Irish Sign Language (ISL), which is the first and preferred language of Deaf people in Ireland. It provides a number of services to Deaf and hard of hearing adults, children and their families.

Irish Deaf Sports Association. Aim & objectives: To be the main voice of Deaf sport in Ireland. To show that sport is for everyone and is a right not a privilege, for Deaf people. To influence providers to include sport in all Deaf grassroots to excellence sports development plans. To campaign for increased sporting choices and opportunities for Deaf people. To expand sporting opportunities for Deaf people and actively increase the number of Deaf people involved in sport. To increase the effectiveness of Deaf sport structuresTo provide professional service in sport for Deaf people.

Irish Hard of Hearing Association. Lip Reading Classes, Family Information Help Nights, One to One Counselling, Coping Strategies, Technical Aids, YAH! Young Action on Hearing, Hill Walking, Ambling /Hill Strolling, Golf Society, Social Events, Hearsay Magazine.

Kerry Deaf Resource Centre provides all types of services to Deaf sign language users and Hard of Hearing in a culturally and language safe environment. Can provide all types of awareness training using the social model of deafness. It also has links to other Irish Deaf organizations.

National Association for Deaf People, since 1963, has campaigned for full equality in all aspects of life for deaf and hearing impaired people, and for parents of deaf children to have all appropriate supports and services for their children's developments of services generally. The NAD also provides a wide range of services directly.

The Irish Deaf Youth Association is an organisation which was set up for the 18-30 age group to ensure that young Deaf people were being represented on a national level. We are affiliated to the Irish Deaf Society, European Union of the Deaf Youth and the World Federation of the Deaf Youth (or WFDYs).

Periodicals

Irish Deaf.com Shop - Periodicals.

Religion & Deafness

National Chaplaincy for Deaf People.Irish flagSign Language icon

Text messaging

Phorest is one of Ireland's most innovative and fast growing SMS companies. Our mission is to be passionate about our customers so they can realise their potential and add value to their business. Our innovation will make people's worklife easier, more exciting and enable mutual profitability.

User groups

deaf-ireland. A discussion forum for Deaf people in (and from) Ireland. Deaf people with Irish descent (or any interest in anything Deaf and Irish) are more than welcome. Inform all your Irish friends!

Irish Deaf.com. E-mail groups.

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