Irish Deaf Youth Association

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30 Blessingtion Street, Dublin, Ireland Dublin 7

The Irish Deaf Youth Association was set up on the 18th October 1986 by a group of Deaf youths in Athlone, Co. Westmeath.

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The Irish Deaf Youth Association was set up on the 18th of October 1986 by a group of Deaf youths in Athlone, Co. Westmeath. This midland location was chosen to allow youths from all over Ireland to attend a conference to set up the IDYA up on the road of representing Deaf youths in Ireland.

With support from the Irish Deaf Society, the founding members embarked on leadership courses and gathering information with limited resources. The founding members also gathered a network of Deaf youths which allowed them to participate on a board of management.

To broaden the IDYA’s access to the Deaf youth of Ireland the Irish Deaf Teens committee was founded in 2007 for young people aged 13 – 17. The aim of the organisation is to encourage the younger members of the community to get involved in the work of the IDYA and to participate more into the Deaf culture.

The IDYA strives to represent all Deaf 18-35 year old throughout Ireland. The early years of the IDYA focused on the building up and foundations of the IDYA to the extent it is now an organisation which is more involved with its members. We are a voluntary organisation and we continually to raise money and apply for grants to ensure our ideas are met. We are always open to suggestions and welcome new members. Our office is based at the Irish Deaf Society building in 30 Blessingtion Street, Dublin 7.

IDYA’s Board

The Board

The Irish Deaf Youth Association’s board member is elected at the Annual General Meeting. The IDYA’s Annual General Meeting will be on at one time in per year. Once a board member is elected, he or she then has a two year term. In conjunction with the IDYA’s constitution, you must be age of 18 when elected onto the board and you must be no older than 35 when your term is finished.

All the board members are voluntary and are made up of 7 people as follows:

· Chairperson – Caroline McGrotty

· Vice Chairperson – Robert Archer

· Secretary – Ronan Lowry

· Treasurer – Paul Ryder

· Board member – Carmel Duggan

· Board member – Ronan Dunne

· Board member – Sally Byrne

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