Thursday 22 March 2018

Celebrities raise awareness of Irish sign language in new photo exhibition

On Tuesday, the Irish Deaf Society will open its 'Signs of Life' photography exhibition in Filmbase, Temple Bar, celebrating Irish Sign Language (ISL).

It features celebrities including TV presenter Sinead Desmond, footballer Robbie Keane, novelist Roddy Doyle and musician Andrea Corr to raise awareness of ISL, the language of the 40,000-strong Irish deaf community.

Taken by deaf photographer Johnny Corcoran, they provide a glimpse of the beauty of ISL through the eyes of celebrities; each signing the letter of the ISL alphabet.

Irish missionaries' stories revealed

In the 20th Century, the modern Irish Missionary Outreach saw 7,000 to 8,000 Irish-born missionaries serving in 90 countries. The Irish Missionary Stories project is an attempt to illustrate part of this heritage.

The Irish Missionary Union engaged Maurice O'Keeffe of Irish Life and Lore to record the stories of 150 of these missionaries. The launch of the project is at Wynn's Hotel, Lower Abbey Street, Dublin on Thursday at 12.15pm.

Jedward headlining Poptober today

Ireland's best-known identical twins -- Jedward -- have been announced as the headline act for Poptober, an outdoor family event which is set to rock Waterford city today. It is organised by local radio station Beat 102-103.

Art exhibition: street life is no picnic

Depaul Ireland will launch an art exhibition on World Homeless Day, October 10, in 51 St Stephen's Green, Dublin. The exhibition, entitled 'Life's No Picnic on the Streets', is the culmination of a collaborative art process between people living in the services of Depaul Ireland and a number of artists. It runs until October 25.

Aldi sweeps Blas na hEireann awards

Aldi Stores Ireland's suppliers have won 16 awards at the annual Blas na hEireann National Irish Food Awards.

Aldi's Irish products swept the boards, winning five gold, four silver and seven bronze medal awards, topping the confectionery, bread, sauces and dips, spirits and liqueurs and preserves, conserves and marmalades categories. Niall O'Connor, group buying director, said: "We're delighted the judges have once again recognised the outstanding quality of our Irish product range."

Hughes & Hughes pop-up in Jervis

Hughes & Hughes is embracing the current retail trend by officially opening Ireland's first pop-up bookshop in Dublin's Jervis Centre next Saturday. It is located in the old Waterstones site with storytelling, face-painting and other family-friendly frolics throughout the day.

Vodafone proceeds with online billing

VODAFONE Ireland is pressing ahead with plans to bill customers online rather than by post, despite concerns raised by Communications Minister Pat Rabbitte.

The operator's mobile phone customers will be automatically billed online. Those who want to continue receiving paper bills can contact Vodafone to request the service. Vodafone is following its rival O2, whose move to 'e-billing' last year was criticised by ComReg.

Mr Rabbitte said the "status quo" should be observed until ComReg publishes a consultation paper on e-billing.

Sunday Independent

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