THE lights of City Hall will turn blue to mark Irish Sign Language Awareness Week which runs until Sunday.
This year the theme of the week is "Full Inclusion with Sign Language".
Irish Sign Language (ISL) is the language used by the Deaf community here. The Irish Deaf Society is leading the campaign to have ISL recognised as an official language of the state.
At present, the Recognition of Irish Sign Language for the Deaf Community Bill is making its way through the Seanad. It is expected to pass the fourth stage in the coming months.
Sign languages have official status in many European countries. Greece is the most recent country to grant legal recognition to its sign language. ISL is recognised in the UK as part of the Good Friday Agreement.
Cork Deaf Club (affiliated to the Irish Deaf Society) is running a number of events for ISL Awareness Week. They include; a games night in Brick Lane this evening; a games night on Thursday at Sober Lane; and on Saturday, Deaf waiters will be working at Velo Café, showing hearing customers how to communicate effectively with Deaf people.
These events are accessible and open to everyone: sign language interpretation will be provided.
Other ISL Awareness events happening in Cork this week include a performance by the Cork Deaf Community Choir at Cork City Central Library on Saturday afternoon and the Cork Deaf Women’s Group coffee morning at Greene's Restaurant also on Saturday.