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In this Issue ISSUE - 001 NOVEMBER 2010

Say Hello to the IDYA’s new Committee... On 21st of October 2010, the IDYA arranged it’s Annual General Meeting - AGM. The IDYA’s constitution under went lots of change. Congratulations to the IDYA’s new Committee for the year of 2010 - 2011. The IDYA would like to say thanks to Maeve Dermody and Nicolas Dowling for their hard work and support to the IDYA over 2 years! The IDYA also would like to say thanks to Micheal Killeher for his hard work and support over the last few months. Caroline McGrotty as the Chairperson and Robert Archer as the Vice-Chairperson are in their 2nd term for 2010-2011. Ronan is elected as Secretary but before he was a board member of 20092010. Paul Ryder is treasurer now, replacing Nicolas Dowling’s position. Carmel Duggan was co-operation for the last few months but she has been elected as a board member. Ronan Dunne and Sally Byrne were elected as board members also. Again congratulations! The IDYA is looking forward to working with you all in the future!

Also - Say hello to new staff, Kathy! Last August Nigel left his position as Deaf Youth Advocate for the IDYA. We wish him the best of luck with his new job. If you are trying to contact him by e-mail. He won’t able to assist you anymore, however please direct your e-mails to to get a response. We miss you, Nigel!

New IDYA’s Committee


New Deaf Youth Advocate


Chairperson Report


General News


Upcoming Events


Youth Club - IDT


Important Notice


About Us The Irish Deaf Youth Association was set up on the 18th October 1986 by a group of Deaf youths in Athlone, Co. Westmeath. This midland location was chosen to allow youths from all over Ireland to attend a conference to set the IDYA up on the road of representing Deaf youths in Ireland.


you would like to visit us in our

office for information or our service, please try to make an appointment to avoid disappointment or wasting your time if we are not available.

Contact Us Irish Deaf Youth Association 30 Blessingtion Street, Dublin 7. Telephone:- 01 860 1878 Fax:- 01 860 1960 Mob: 085 198 4166

Board Members The IDYA would like to welcome Kathy Baker! She will replace Nigel’s position. We are looking forward to working with her over the next few months! She works in the IDYA office on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday at 9am - 5pm. You can e-mail her if you have any questions. Contact her by e-mail at


Caroline McGrotty

Vice-Chairperson: Robert Archer Secretary:

Ronan Lowry


Paul Ryder

Board Member:

Carmel Duggan

Board Member:

Ronan Dunne

Board Member:

Sally Byrne

Message from the Chairperson Hi everyone!

Caroline Mc Grotty

Well, this is our first newsletter and my first message to you all! Recently we held our AGM where 4 new members were elected onto the board, this is exciting for us, as fresh meat means fresh and new ideas for the IDYA in 2011! We held the Halloween Party in MessRs Maguire for the first time in four years and pleased to say it was a great success with over 100 people attending the night. The best dressed went to Keenan Byrne from Dublin for his Beeltejuice and Aoife Blaney for her Corpse Maid. You can see all the pics of the party on our Facebook page. This month is very exciting cos we are in the process of launching our calendar for 2011 which features our board and other members. The proceeds from the calendar will go the charity Cystic Fibrosis. Also for CF we are having a fundraiser night which there will be womens and men's head shaves and also leg and chest waxing so make sure you are there to see it all in action! That's all for now, see you in my next message! :)

The IDYA would like to congratulate Ronan Lowry for completing his Child Protection Training Level 2 in Galway last October 2010. He is hoping to become the Designated Person for Child Protection. We wish him the best of luck doing the courses in the next few months. :)

Did you know that IUK Deaf Camp will return again? Can you guess where it will be held? Of course, IRELAND! We are looking forward to having the IUK Deaf Camp again in Ireland! Please contact Robert Archer if you have any questions. His e-mail address is

IDYA has set up an on-line donatation for the CF - Cystic Fibrosis?

-Please click this linkThe money raised will go to the Cork CF Unit. We want to raise as much as we can, our target was €2,000, was €5,000 but now we have a set target for €10,000! HELP US REACH IT! You can also send a cheque made out to; ' Irish Deaf Youth Association' or a postal order and send it to Carmel Duggan, IDYA, 30 Blessington Street, Dublin 7

The IDYA participated in Sexual Health Training which was provided free of charge by the Dublin Aids Alliance. This course was a 6 week long course once a week and was very informative and fun with lots of games and interactive ways of learning. The IDYA will be starting a series of workshops on Sexual Health in 2011 so keep watching for more information!

Do you know that Youth Club has reopened again last September? Our Youth Club Co-Ordinator is Ronan Lowry. If you have any questions about the Youth Club, please contact him by e-mail. In 2011 we will try to arrange to get new volunteers to help us out with the Youth Club on every Monday. The application forms will be ready in January 2011. GardaĂ­ vetting forms is required to apply for the IDYA.

In the future….. The IDYA hopes that you are aware we had to shut down the IDYA’s old Facebook account because we have set up the new Fan Page for the IDYA. Make sure that you have clicked the “Like” button! Please keep an eye on our next event! Check our Facebook for an up date of all the IDYA's latest news on our Fan Page! -----------------We want you to be aware about that IDYA are planning to introduce a new membership fee which will be brought into effect on the 1st January 2011. This motion was agreed and passed at the AGM in October. Remember if you have paid the membership, you will receive the IDYA’s monthly newsletter like this, discounts into events, priority of information and LOADS MORE! Remember, if you have are not a member, you will not receive this newsletter or get any discounts into events or heard of our information first :( If you want more information about the membership, please contact the IDYA’s Secretary; -------------------

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Irish Deaf Youth Association's E-Newsletter - November 2010. If you have any questions, please do contact me by e-mail at ronan@irishdeafyo...

IDYA E-Newsletter  

Irish Deaf Youth Association's E-Newsletter - November 2010. If you have any questions, please do contact me by e-mail at ronan@irishdeafyo...