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Official opening of the new
Deaf Village Ireland (DVI) campus
in Cabra Dublin.

 

On Monday March 4th 2013 Minister for Transport, Tourism and Sport, Mr Leo Varadkar T.D. officially opened the new Deaf Village Ireland (DVI) campus in Cabra Dublin.

DeafHear.ie Official opening of the new Deaf Village Ireland 2013

The DVI campus includes state of the art sports facilities, which are used by the local hearing community and the Deaf Community. Already the sports centre has well over 2,000 members, of whom 300 are Deaf people. DVI also includes a wide range of community facilities, including accommodation for Deaf organisations, a cafe, a church and a heritage centre. The opening day was a great success with a huge attendance from the Deaf Community. Many people travelled long distances to be there, including a man aged 90 years who had flown over from the UK to be there on the day.

DeafHear.ie Official opening of the new Deaf Village Ireland 2013

Official opening of the new
Deaf Village Ireland (DVI) campus
in Cabra Dublin.

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The large number of Deaf people of all ages who attended the official opening is a testament to the succcess of the DVI project. Although it has been open for just six months, it is already clear that the Village has had a very positive influence on the lives of many Deaf people. The surge in new activites and initiatives that have already begun demonstrate that the Village is acting as a natural community support that is benefitting many people. The way that the Village has been embraced by the Deaf Community should reassure those who may have been concerned that the DVI project was contrary to government policy in terms of either mainstreaming or self-determination.

The DVI project is still only in its infancy, but it has already had a very successful beginning. DeafHear, along with all the other Deaf organisations, looks forward to playing its part in continuing to develop the Village’s potential as a community resource to all Deaf, Hard of Hearing people and the local hearing community.

 

 

    


 

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