Deaf Support

John Patrick Doherty is the Chaplain with the National Chaplaincy for Deaf People.

He runs Irish Sign Language classes for the Kerry Diocese: clerics, volunteers, pastoral workers, professionals from parish, school, youth service  and other settings.

Irish Sign Language Course – This eight weeks course is designed to give a basic introduction to Irish Sign Language – the first and/or preferred language within the Deaf Community including family, friends and co-workers.

A broad range of topics will be covered in the classes including: personal introduction, greetings, numbers, family, food/ drink, weather, hobbies/ interests, and work/ study. You will also learn about Deaf culture and Deaf issues.

John Patrick is a qualified Irish Sign Language teacher with B.A Honour Degree. He teaches ISL courses through QQI (Formerly known as FETAC) ISL. These are also available to the diocese of Kerry  (free of charge) for those who wish to participate.

For more information please contact John Patrick Doherty

Mobile: 087 9062947 (Text only please)


The National Chaplaincy for Deaf People (NCDP) aims to assist Deaf People and the
Deaf Community by providing liturgical services and pastoral support across Ireland.
The team provide chaplaincy services to Deaf schools in Ireland and support for pupils and their parents in mainstream schools and schools that have deaf units attached. They also provide help, support, and preparation for Deaf People in receiving the Sacraments as requested. Additional pastoral services include:

o Home and Hospital Visits
o Bereavement support and Spiritual support
o Private Counselling
o Deaf Advocating
o Training for Ministry
o Annual lead retreats and pilgrimage to Lourdes and other places of interest
o Interpreting for Baptisms, Holy Communions, Confirmation, Weddings and Funerals

Fr. Gerard Finucane, John Patrick Dohery (Chaplain NCDP) , Eileen Drumgoole (Irish Sign Language Interpreter), Fr. Gerard Tyrell (Chaplain NCDP) and Bishop Ray Browne sign “I love you”