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This Week - Sunday 11th March 2007.

  • We have a great show for you this week! Sarah Jane Moloney meets Eoin Nolan, who has recently been crowned the second best athlete in the world of Deaf sports! Senan brings us a report on the new Sign Language Interpreting Service and Teresa Lynch travels to Longford to meet hairsalon owner, Ronan Farrell. We have a brand new episode of Molly and Mr. Milk and all the news from the Deaf world.

Eoin Nolan

  • Having recently been crowned second best Deaf sportsman in the world by organisers of the Deaflympics, CISS, Eoin Nolan tells Sarah Jane about his many recent sporting successes, the ups and downs of the last 12 months, and how he feels about coming second to a rival he beat at the European Swimming Championships!

Sign Language Interpreting Service

  • Following a report titled "Review of Sign Language Interpretation Services and Service Requirements in Ireland", Comhairle (recently renamed Citizen's Information Board) established a new Sign Language Interpreting Service (SLIS). This service is to take responsibility for the provision of interpreting services, a role which, to date, has been held by Irish Sign Link.

    While the increase in funding and resources associated with this move has been viewed as extremely positive by many, some Deaf people and interpreters have concerns about the new service. Senan meets IASLI representative, Darren Byrne, to find out about interpreter concerns and poses these and the concerns of the Deaf community to the chairperson of the new service (and former chairperson of Irish Sign Link), Anne Coogan, and Citizen's Information Board/Comhairle representative Tony McQuinn.

Chatting with Teresa - Ronan Farrell

  • is week, Teresa travels to Longford to meet Ronan Farrell who runs his own hairsalon in Longford town. She asks him about the challenges of training to become a hairdresser and setting up his own business; she finds out where Ronan's love of hairdressing came from, who's hair he'd love to get his scissors at and what advice he has for Teresa's own hairstyle!

News with Senan

  • In the UK an international centre of excellence in Deaf studies has opened at the University of Central Lancashire. The International Sign Language and Deaf Studies Centre will be staffed primarily by Deaf academics and researchers and the centre aims to attract visitors from different communities all over the world. It is also hoped that the centre will influence UK government policy on Deaf education and social services.

    A new Deaf Community Centre (DCC) has been opened in Limerick city. The centre is for both Deaf and Hearing to socialise together and will have free Internet, multi-channel TV, bingo, table quiz, sign language courses, and Deaf adult education.

    Over 50 Irish people have signed up for the Deaf Freedom Cruise this October.  For every 25 people attending from one country, the cruise operator, Royal Caribbean, will provide one interpreter, so 2 ISL interpreters will also be travelling. They also provide a portable kit upon request that includes a TTY (text telephone) Alert Master and Strobe alarm. The Alert Master alarm has a built in clock, and under-mattress or under-pillow bed shaker, a door bell and a built in microphone.

    A total of 4000 Deaf people have signed up to go on the Caribbean Cruise, making it the biggest ever Deaf cruise.  It will be held on the largest cruise ship in the world the "Freedom of the Seas". It looks likely to be the biggest Deaf Event of 2007.

Exclusive Offer

  • are delighted to offer all Hands On viewers ¤100 off per cabin on all Royal Caribbean and Celebrity Cruise sailings up to 1st April 2008 - including the Deaf Cruise in October. To avail of this offer, book your cruise before the 30th March 2007.

    Don't forget to mention 'Hands On' in your email to avail of the offer
    Or call into E-Travel offices:
    5 Bridgecourt Office Park
    Walkinstown Avenue
    Dublin 12

Molly and Mr. Milk - Snow!

  • We have a brand new Molly and Mr Milk adventure this week! Molly and Mr. Milk find themselves in Snowland, where Molly makes friends with some snowflakes. But when she tries to save them from melting the sky gets angry!! Watch on Sunday to see what happens to poor Mr Milk!

    To win a Molly and Mr Milk Jigsaw, all you have to do is draw a picture of Molly & Mr Milk in Snowland!

    Send it with your name, address and age, to:

          Hands On
          6 Wilton Place
          Dublin 2.


  • Eoin Nolan
    Irish Deaf Sports Association
    40 Lower Drumcondra Road,
    Dublin 9
    Fax: 01 8500499
    Text: 087 9512232

    International Committee of Sports for the Deaf (CISS)
    528 Trail Avenue
    Maryland 21701
    Fax: +1 301 620 2990

    National Aquatic Centre
    Snugborough Road,
    Dublin 15
    Tel: 01 6464300

    Sign Language Interpreting Service
    Irish Association of Sign Language Interpreters (IASLI)

    Citizen's Information Board (formerly Comhairle)
    7th Floor,
    Hume House,
    Dublin 4
    Fax: +353 1 605 90 99
    Telephone: +353 1 605 90 00

    Chatting with Teresa - Ronan Farrell
    Hair By Ronan
    12 Kilashee Street,
    Co Longford
    Tel: 043 41861


    International Centre for Sign Languages & Deaf Studies
    (In the University of Lancashire)

    Deaf Community Centre
    96A O'Connell St,
    Tel/Fax: 061-469854
    5 Bridgecourt Office Park
    Walkinstown Avenue
    Dublin 12
    Fax: 01 4652111
    Tel: 01 4081999

    Royal Caribbean