The Irish Deaf Society is the largest Deaf-led organisation in Ireland working with both the Deaf and hard of hearing community. Our work focuses on issues such as achieving equality and access for Deaf people.

Irish Sign Language (ISL) is the language of the Deaf community in Ireland. ISL is a visual, spatial language with its own distinct grammar. It is not only a language of the hands but also of the face and body.

Front cover of the National Guidelines on Accessible Health and Social Care Services

National guidelines on Accessible Health and Social Care services

29th January 2015

Elaine Grehan, Advocacy Manager at the Irish Deaf Society explains about the new guidelines which are available online at If you have further questions, you can contact

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Treacy, Joey and Mary pick a name out of a santa hat

Santa Fun Run – Update

25th November 2014

Treacy (IDS), Joey (DSI) and Mary (Inspire) give an update on the Santa Fun Run Closing deadline registering online is Sunday 30th November The winner of the Facebook LIKES competition…

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RTÉjr Gets Signing! 

RTÉjr Gets Signing! 

21st November 2014

Irish Sign Language (ISL) is now available on RTÉjr which is RTÉ’s children channel for under 7’s. There will be sixty episodes of ‘Storytime’ with ISL and will be on…

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