After a whirlwind tour of Ireland that began in Dublin two years ago and which has already taken in counties Monaghan, Mayo, Kildare, Limerick, Cork, Donegal, Meath and Waterford a star-studded photography exhibition focused on Irish Sign Language (ISL) is to make a welcome to “wee” Louth!
“Signs of life” is organised by the Irish Deaf society (IDS) and features photos of 26 Irish celebrities, including footballer Robbie Keane, novelist Roddy Doyle, cook Rachel Allen, TV presenter Eamonn Holmes, musician Andrea Corr, and our Irish Champion Surfer, Stephen Kilfeather
These photos, snapped by Dublin Deaf photographer Johnny Corcoran, provide a glimpse of the beauty of ISL through the eyes of the celebrities, who each sign a letter of the ISL alphabet.
The aim of the exhibition is to encourage public awareness and appreciation of one of only two unique lrish languages. ISL is the native language of the Irish Deaf Community and is used every day by more than 40,000 people.
The show has also made a Commenting on the exhibition, Chairperson of Dundalk Deaf Group Coco Kilkenny said “Signs of Life for the past two years had been such a great event across Ireland. I am delighted to have in Louth as it is aimed to increase in the region. We see a lot of Deaf and Hard of Hearing facing communication barriers and accessibility issues especially in the public services, hospitals, schools and so on. Our language is the first and preferred language of the Deaf community and it would need to be recognised by our government to overcome barriers and allow Deaf people full participation as citizens in their own country”
The Sign of Life Exhibit opens on 17th October 7.30pm at the County Museum and is free.