National ISL Day 2021

Next Tuesday is National ISL Day. It has been a phenomenal four years since the ISL Act 2017 was passed by Dáil Éireann and signed into law by President Higgins on the 24th of December. It has been a whirlwind four years. The IDS have worked vigorously on the implementation of the Act, which commenced in December 2020. We celebrate this on the 14th of December, alongside the 40th anniversary of the IDS which would have been held on the 13th of January 2021.  Unfortunately, due to Covid and the restrictions we couldn’t organise any celebrations such as dinner parties or anything like that. What is important to bear in mind is that the IDS was founded in 1981.  

However, what we can do is enjoy a series of ISL videos about the IDS, National ISL day and the 40th anniversary of the IDS. We will hold these on social media, such as Facebook, Twitter and our website. The series of videos will include the timeline of the achievements which the ideas have attained from 1981 to 2021. Another video will be Fergus Dunne presenting on his experiences on campaigning and lobbying for Deaf education. Teresa Lynch will speak to the meaning and understanding of ISL. Kay Daly will speak about life with the Deaf Community throughout that time frame. It will be interesting viewing. 

If you can at all, wear blue on Tuesday – if you can wear a blue garment, blue nails, any garment with the colour blue, maybe you would even be willing to dye your hair blue! If so, send your photos to 

The meaning of the color blue is that it shows our appreciation of Sign Language. If you would like more information on the meaning of blue, we have a link on our website explaining why we use the colour blue – 


Tuesday 14th December 2021

Opening Address by IDS Chairperson Lianne Quigley

The Irish Deaf Society's 40 Year Timeline can be view here >>> 1982 - 2021

An Interview with Fergus Dunne - Education for Deaf Children
Orla talks to Fergus Dunne about the time he campaigned for 'Education for Deaf Children' in 1985 with the Irish Deaf Society

An Interview with Kay Daly - Deaf Community
Orla asks Kay Daly what was it like 40 years ago in the Deaf community

An Interview with Teresa Lynch - Concept of ISL
Orla asks Teresa Lynch if she remembers when the concept of ISL began and what it meant to the Deaf community.

A message from the Irish Deaf Society's CEO John Sherwin


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