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Irish Sign Language

Irish Sign Language (ISL) is the sign language of Ireland used in the Republic of Ireland by ISL users.

People who use ISL regard themselves as being a linguistic minority. Consequently, ISL users describe themselves as “Deaf” (with a capital D) in the same way as a French or German speaker would. English or Irish is likely to be sign language users’ second language and they may not be fluent in it, and this may have implications for your marketing.

There are around 5,000 users of ISL in the Republic of Ireland, who are mostly people who have been deaf all their lives, or from early childhood.

A sign language interpreter interprets what a person says or signs simultaneously, or immediately afterwards. Sign language makes use of space and involves movement of the hands, body, face and head.

Suitable for live performance, talks, meetings, conferences and online events.

For more information about ISL interpretation contact our ISL provider Bridge Interpreting Ltd. on or 087 904 6594.

ISL interpreter at If These Spasms Could Speak by Robert Softley Gale, Dublin Theatre Festival 2014

Ali Stewart ISL Interpreting at If These Spasms Could Speak by Robert Softley Gale at Dublin Theatre Festival 2014

Jess Thom aka Touretteshero speaks to Niamh Ní Chonchubhair, Programme Manager at axis:Ballymun while Caroline O'Leary ISL interprets the panel at Creative Connections Conference Galway 2016. Photo: Reg Gordon

Caroline O’Leary ISL interpreting at Creative Connections Galway 2016

Photo credit Reg Gordon

Amanda Coogan ISL interpreting at A Nations Voice on Easter Sunday 2016

Amanda Coogan ISL interpreting for A Nations Voice at Collins Barracks on Easter Sunday 2016

Photo credit Barry Cronin

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