Irish Sign Language Awareness Week

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ISL Awareness Week’ from 16th to 24th September


The Irish Deaf Society (IDS) is calling on the Government to end years of discrimination against those whose first language is Irish Sign Language (ISL) in employment, education, and in access to public services.

The organisation has been leading negotiations with the Government over the passage of an Oireachtas Bill that would officially recognise ISL.

If passed, the Bill would give Deaf ISL users the legal right to access information in their preferred, accessible language.

Under the theme of ‘Full Inclusion with Sign Language’, the week aims to highlight the importance of gaining official recognition for ISL to help break down barriers and increase public accessibility for Deaf people.

ISL awareness week is also part of a global celebration of Deaf communities and sign languages worldwide.

Eddie Redmond, CEO of the Irish Deaf Society said;

“We need to create a society that gives Deaf people the same access and opportunities as hearing people, and this can only be done if ISL as recognised as an official language, but also that this recognition is backed up by meaningful supports and services in the language.”

Did you know?

– Irish Sign Language is recognised in Northern Ireland but not in the Republic of Ireland.

Events include a games night in the Brick Lane on Tuesday 19th September.

and another games night Thursday 21st September at 7:30 PM in Sober Lane.

If you’re in Velo Café on Saturday 23rd, you’ll get to see how to communicate with deaf people.

Lots to do this week so people are encouraged to get involved.

These events are for everyone and we would encourage you to attend them during the week.

Cork City Hall is also turning blue to help raise awareness for ISL!!

If you would like to find out more contact:

The Cork Deaf Association,
5 Mac Curtain Street,

Cork City,


Telephone: (021) 450 5944
Fax: (021) 450 6190
Text:  086 853 5574
Email: [email protected]