24th August 2017 - Conor Cahill and Mike McGrath


Conor Cahill is planning to walk 260 Kilometres of The Camino de Santiago (the Way of St. James), from Porto to Camino de Santiago over 10 days across the ancient pilgrim route in North West of Spain. On Conor’s return, Mike McGrath will head to Spain also, to undertake the Ironman Barcelona Challenge on September 30th, consisting of a 3.9 km swim, 180 km cycle and a marathon 42 km run. Further more news 

3rd August 2017 - Deaf Enterprise 30th Anniversary


Deaf Enterprise 30th Anniversary

We are organising for Deaf Enterprises 30th Anniversary near the future.  We would like to ask anyone who was a former with Deaf Enterprises, in general like driving tutor, french polish, upholstery, sewing, office administrator.

Please contact at

Thank you

21st December 2016 - Closed for our Christmas holidays.


Closed for our Christmas holidays.  

Deaf Enterprises will be closed from 12 Noon on Friday 23rd December 2016 until 9am on Thursday 5th January 2017.  We would like to thank everyone for supporting us this year.   Happy Holidays.

17th August 2016 - Job Title: Business Development/ Sales Associate


Job Title: Business Development/ Sales Associate

Reports to: Senior Admin.

We are looking for someone part-time who cares about the quality workmanship of Cork Deaf Enterprises and their Services, our customers, and our co-workers. We are seeking someone who is self-motivated, energized, customer service, marketing and sales focused. We need someone who is passionate, relentless, professional, and a “people-person,” who is driven, positive, resilient, and achievement-focused –who has excellent time-management and has Strong interpersonal and communication skills.

Their priority is to assist their Cork Deaf Enterprises acquire new customers and sell additional products or services to existing ones; this means the role is a crucial one for Cork Deaf Enterprises with the ambition of Identifying new sales leads

Interested applicants to email CV details to before Fri 26th August 2016. Ref: Business Development/Sales Associate position

12th July 2016 - Job Vacancy: Part time sewing machinist required.


Job Vacancy:  Part time sewing machinist required.

Qualified sewing machinist ideally with up upholstery Experience.  A trainee may suit.  Working 23.4 hours three days a week.  This may lead to full time employment 39 hours a week to a suitable person.  Irish Sign Language is an advantage.

Send CV to

21st June 2016 We are continuing our  “Mobile Refurbishment Drive”  We say a big thank you to all who supported us in Carrigaline and we now move on to the Douglas area.  We would be delighted if we could gain your support by donating any unused, old or broken Smart Phones or other IT items.  This can be done in our showroom in Ballinlough or give to the rep at the door.  This will allow us to raise much needed funding to continue our work.

19th April 2016 - Winner: Alice Brown



We have a winner Alice Brown. Alice is happy with her new Mini Chaise Longue.

15th March 2016 - Deaf Enterprises Facebook Competition


Facebook Competition

Win a Mini Chaise Longue November 2015 Deaf Enterprises has been published on Better Together > > We now have until 20 November 2015 to get as many votes as possible for our entry so please click on the link above. Better Together is a nationwide campaign which aims to build support for hundreds of charities, community groups, clubs and associations across the country by encouraging the public to support these good causes and make a difference in their communities.

July 28th - August 1st 2015 - World Federation of the Deaf Youth Section


World Federation of the Deaf Youth Section

World Federation of the Deaf Youth Section (WFDYS) Istanbul We are pleased to announce that Michael Kelliher from Kerry and Fiona Landers from Cork have been selected to participate the WFDYS Youth Camp (World Federation of the Deaf Youth Section), WFDYS General Assembly and WFD Congress in Istanbul, Turkey 2015 representing Irish Deaf Youths. Congratulations Michael and Fiona from all at Cork Deaf Enterprises, training and employment providers in high end furniture restoration.

14th July 2015 - RTE presents "The Sound Barrier" RTE presents "The Sound Barrier"


RTE presents “The Sound Barrier” RTE presents “The Sound Barrier”

RTE presents “The Sound Barrier” RTE presents “The Sound Barrier” 14th July information and facts about Deafness in Ireland. The documentary follows the unique stories as they individually prepare and undergo cochlear implant surgery with unprecedented access to the corridors and operating theatres of Beaumont Hospital to capture this uplifting story from the front line of the Irish health system.

5th February 2015 - Article by Brian Hayes Curtin - Cork Independent


Article by Brian Hayes Curtin 

Cork Independent What do global giant IKEA and local furniture upcylcer Cork Deaf Enterprises have in common? Apart from selling furniture, they are both part of the SMILE Resource Exchange, whose aim is to link companies across Ireland that can share by-products, rather than send them to landfill. The new initiative aims to help companies help each other. One of the standard bearers for this could be the Cork Deaf Enterprises which, largely employing deaf people who can find it hard to get employment, upcycle and repair old furniture and save it from the landfill.

Cork Deaf Enterprises is one of over 1,000 members nationwide. Cork Deaf Enterprises is something of an institution. Manager Liam McGrath explains how they began. “Cork Deaf Enterprises was founded back in 1987/1988. One of the main founders was Father Bill Clark, chaplain to the deaf in Cork. He was aware of the high rates of unemployment among deaf people. He and some of his friends who were in business started off a furniture restoration business, initially with one trainer and one trainee. 12 people now work for the business, 10 of whom are deaf and two who are not. After initially renting a premises, they then moved to their current home on the Ballinlough Road, where they remain. Training became FÁS accredited, even though the training was done at Cork Deaf Enterprises. “25 years years down the road, we are still here!

Our main business is furniture restoration, French polishing and making some small furniture pieces. We would be fairly well-known for a high quality finish when restoring furniture,” he says. They restore three piece suites, armchairs and kitchen chairs; as well as doing upholstery work for bars, hotels, nursing homes, schools and play schools. Cork Deaf Enterprises also provide a recovery service for boat and caravan seating, as well as car and motorbike seats. They also do repairs for all types of furniture and they provide free estimates. Their showroom on the Ballinlough Road has a selection of restored and reupholstered furniture. One of the problems with high quality restoration is that there is “a lot of cheap furniture out there,” Liam explains. “People will find they won’t have the same quality,” he adds. Liam says that they recently did a suite for a woman in Dublin. She got the suite restored for sentimental reasons. Her sister had gotten work done by them and she liked it, so they gained another customer. Liam says he is not an expert but thinks that opportunities for deaf people are probably a bit better now than when the charity was founded. Education opportunities are better now, he thinks. “Some people are working with us long-term, some for 20 years or so. “A lot of our business would be repeat business. People come back to us every few years but we get a lot of referrals.” SMILE Resource Exchange links up Irish businesses to make financial savings while reducing waste destined for landfill and developing new business opportunities. “A couple of years ago, they contacted us knowing that we are in the business we are in. To a certain extent, we are recycling furniture. We would have some offcuts of cloth that other business might use.” Some fabric companies have passed on material to them, especially as they are a charity, Liam says.

Cork Deaf Enterprises continue to fundraise as much as they can. Late last year, Taoiseach Enda Kenny launched SMILE Resource Exchange, saying: “SMILE provides a great free service to businesses and allows them to network with other companies to find opportunities of mutual benefit and help the environment. I hope more Irish companies will be able to find new efficiencies and make new connections through the SMILE network.” In October 2013, SMILE welcomed its 1000th member and through its national launch, aims to attract and foster new business relationships on a wider scale throughout the country. “The growth of SMILE from a small local project over the last three years illustrates a conscious move in Irish business towards greater resource efficiency,” said SMILE Project Manager, Michelle Green. “We’re looking forward to welcoming additional members from County Meath through our new website, while offering technical support and connecting more businesses around Ireland. “No matter what size company you have, this is an opportunity to engage with SMILE Resource Exchange and its members. We are part of an emerging trend across Europe to approach waste in new and innovative ways, connecting companies while sharing skills and experience, as well as materials. SMILE will be working with the industrial symbiosis programmes across the members states through the European Industrial Symbiosis Association (EUR-ISA).” Recently, SMILE has welcomed multinationals such as IKEA to its membership and has piloted bespoke exchanges between these and smaller Irish companies under their corporate social responsibility policies. SMILE’s new national platform hopes to develop further similar relationships and encourage greater symbiosis between Irish businesses of all sizes.