Irish celebrities practice their sign language for Limerick exhibition

Nick Rabbitts


Nick Rabbitts

A SPECIAL exhibition featuring work by Limerick’s deaf community has opened in O’Connell Street.

A SPECIAL exhibition featuring work by Limerick’s deaf community has opened in O’Connell Street.

At tea-time last Friday night, a number of works of photographic art were put on display in the Deaf Community Centre (DCC), based in the heart of the city.

Members of the public can visit the site until this Saturday evening to view the pictures, with any proceeds going to the DCC which exists to support Limerick’s deaf community.

The centre is completely reliant on private donations and small pockets of funding for the specific products they organise.

Its primary aim is to promote participation of the deaf community in education, community, social and cultural activities with Irish Sign Language as the main form of communication.

Cllr Maria Byrne, a keen artist herself, launched the exhibition, which features 26 photographs by deaf cameraman Johnny Corcoran.

The unique aspect of the exhibition is that it features some of Ireland’s leading celebrities having a go at Irish sign language - considered to be the State’s third language.

Famous faces include former Tottenham Hotspur forward Robbie Keane, Roddy Doyle, Rachael Allen, Eamonn Holmes, and Limerick’s very own Emma O’Driscoll.

Speaking at the launch of the exhibition, DCC chairman Mary Kiely said: “ISL is a beautiful language. It’s unique to Ireland and I hope the exhibition will encourage people to be aware of it and take pride in it.”

“We have been running for six years many Deaf people in Limerick continue to struggle to access basic services due to language barriers and we hope this exhibition will increase awareness of the importance of ISL as a language”

She pointed out: you do not have to be deaf to learn Irish Sign Language. To this end, the DCC offer many classes to learn it. For more information, contact Anna Bury at DCC on or by SMS text to 086 734 8641.