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About “Sign of the Times”

The primary objective of the “Sign of the Times” project is the promotion of Irish Sign Language (ISL). “Sign of the Times” is a partnership project led by Tipperary Gold Star, partnered by Tipperary County Council, members of the Deaf Community and participation by community and voluntary sector.


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Mary Kiely – Profile

My name is Mary Kiely, I am Deaf, the language I use to communicate is Irish Sign Language (ISL), this is also my preferred language. I am delighted to join this wonderful group of people that hopes to make these books accessible for all Deaf children and their families to share together. Reading is so important, especially for Deaf children as it helps them improve their general literacy as I have seen myself by working in the Midwest Deaf School in Limerick as a Special Needs Assistant. As ISL is now the third recognised language in Ireland these books are a stepping stone to accessibility and inclusion for the Deaf community in Ireland. I hope you all treasure and enjoy these wonderful stories. It is, hopefully, only the beginning.


Story Videos

Tipperary County Council Library Service is delighted to present “The Way Home for Wolf” by Rachel Bright, illustrated by Jim Field, published by Orchard Books and signed by Mary Kiely. The Way Home for Wolf was filmed at Clonmel Library and voiced by Pat Glavin of Tipperary County Council Library Service


Tipperary County Council Library Service is delighted to present “The Lion Inside” by Rachel Bright, illustrated by Jim Field, published by Orchard Books and signed by Mary Kiely. The Lion Inside was filmed at Clonmel Library and voiced by Anne Marie Mullins of Tipperary County Council Library Service.


Tipperary County Council Library Service is delighted to present “The President’s Glasses” by Peter Donnelly, published by Gill Books and signed by Mary Kiely. The President’s Glasses was filmed at Clonmel Library and voiced by Stephanie Woods of Tipperary County Council Library Service.


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