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1916 PROCLAMATION IN IRISH SIGN LANGUAGE

Posted: 15th March 2016

 

The 1916 Easter Rising was an important event in Irish history and is generally regarded as a key milestone leading to Ireland’s independence a number of years later.

2016 marks the centenary of the Rising, and a number of celebrations are planned in the weeks leading up to Easter. The 1916 Proclamation of the Republic has remained an inspiration for the Irish Republic through generations, and the core rights of ‘religious and civil liberty’, and ‘equal rights and equal opportunities of all its citizens’ are still relevant today in a society that has not yet delivered fully on all of these rights. Certainly many members of the Irish Deaf Community can claim that they have not been granted equal citizen opportunities, and the ongoing campaign for the recognition of Irish Sign Language is a good example. DeafHear welcomes the initiative of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme to commission the translation of the 1916 Proclamation into Irish Sign Language and hopes that it provides a spark towards ensuring Deaf people can enjoy equal citizenship rights during the next 100 years of the Irish Republic…

 

To mark the centenary commemoration of the 1916 Proclamation, Interesource Group (Ireland) Limited was commissioned by the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme to lead the project and produce the translation of the 1916 Proclamation into Irish Sign Language (ISL).

This is the first time that the 1916 Proclamation has been translated into Irish Sign Language. Alvean Jones translated and presented the Proclamation in Irish Sign Language, with Nora Duggan assisting as ISL monitor.

Interesource Group (Ireland) Limited were delighted to work on this project in partnership with the Irish Deaf Society, the Centre for Deaf Studies at Trinity College Dublin and the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme. The translation will be available by the 15th March in honour of Proclamation Day, a day when all schools and educational centres around Ireland will raise the National Flag and read the 1916 Proclamation of the Republic.

Irish Sign Language is the first language of the Irish Deaf community in Ireland. By ensuring that information is made available through Irish Sign Language on websites, at live events through ISL interpretation and through subtitling in broadcasting and media channels - Ireland’s linguistic and cultural minority can benefit from equal citizenship and participation in our society.

 

 

 

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