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Saturday 26 July 2014

Famous faces feature in the 'Signs of Life'

Published 25/09/2013|05:20

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Author Roddy Doyle signs the letter ‘L’ in the Signs of Life exhibition which opens at the County Museuem on September 16.

THE Irish Deaf Society with Dundalk and Drogheda Deaf Groups are hosting the 'Signs of Life' photography exhibition featuring images of Irish celebrities from the worlds of art, music, media, sport, and more, signing a letter of the Irish Sign Language (ISL) alphabet.

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The series of 26 beautiful photographs, taken by deaf photographer Johnny Corcoran, is the first of its kind in the world and is bringing Irish Sign Language (ISL) to Louth in a new and exciting way.

ISL is the first language of the Irish Deaf community and is used daily by more than 40,000 people. It is not officially recognised in this country meaning that many deaf people struggle to access basic services.

Due to the success of the 'Signs of Life' exhibition during the IDS 30th anniversary in 2011, the society is showcasing the exhibition around the country and invites the public to join them to celebrate our unique language and gain an awareness of ISL and deaf culture in Ireland.

The exhibition will be open from Octber 16 and the official opening takes place on Thursday October 17 at the County Museum in Dundalk at 6 p.m.

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