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18th century ruin becomes stylish low-energy home

Homeowners Anne and Patrick Jordan’s ambitious upgrade and extension project in County Kildare took the shell of an 18th century farmhouse and transformed it into an elegant family home with a striking-yet-sensitive modern extension — all while embracing a healthy and fabric-first approach to retrofit combined with clever heating system design that has brought them […]
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Hit the road to cheap motoring by switching to an electric car

Ditching traditional diesel and petrol vehicles and charging your electric car at home could wind up saving you thousands   If you’re in the market for a new or nearly new car and low running costs are a priority, the chances are you’ll probably plump for a diesel. However, the image of diesel has come […]
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Overcoming disability as a barrier to college education

University may be daunting if you have a disability but there are plenty of services there to support you If you have a disability and want to pursue third-level education, it’s widely acknowledged there are fewer barriers in your way than there would have been 10 or 20 years ago. College choices for would-be students […]
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Irish Sign Language in schools for deaf children

The following article is a longer-form version of the one that appeared in the Irish Times on Oct 9/10, 2017. It was supported by the Mary Raftery Journalism Fund    In 1901, when Cornelius Geary was filling out the census form for that year, he wrote the words ‘deaf and dumb’ next to his name among […]
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Connected: How a Cochlear Implant Made Me More Deaf

  I’ve finally published a book. It’s a shortish ebook about my experience of getting a cochlear implant, parts of which I’ve written about in the past for this blog. It’s been some five years in the works, although I left my first draft to gather dust for a while before revisiting it and re-writing […]
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When signing is singing

  It’s often assumed that when profoundly deaf children are involved in any kind of musical performance it’s mainly for their therapeutic benefit: a worthy attempt at confidence-building or something that might help with their speech development. But watching the teenagers of St Mary’s School for Deaf Girls choir perform the traditional Irish song May the […]
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Classic cars and the NCT

This is a longer version of an article that appeared in the Irish Times Nov 12 Most classic car enthusiasts in Ireland are hoping the Government will continue to exempt their vehicles from NCT tests following a public consultation on the issue that is due to end this Friday. A new EU directive on roadworthiness testing due […]
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IT conversion courses – not all employers are converts

Conversion courses have mushroomed since the IT industry complained it couldn’t find enough graduates to fill jobs. But some say the tech sector is reluctant to take on conversion graduates proposition seems simple – even compelling – at a time when the tech industry here is crying out for new blood: if you are currently […]
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Open Days: smoothing the way to third level

The Better Options fair in Dublin aims to be a one-stop shop for would-be students with disabilities, with all the information they need about facilities, supports and navigating a path to a college of their choice. Finding out about the options for third-level study can be a hugely interesting, stimulating and even enjoyable experience for […]
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Live captioning phone app on the way

Advances in automatic voice recognition technology have spurred a Paris-based start-up to launch a crowd-fund campaign to bring to market the first worldwide service that offers captioned telephone calls for deaf people. For the past two years, RogerVoice has been working on developing a subscription-based app that combines a Voice-over-IP telephone platform with streaming automated […]
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