This site uses cookies to improve your experience and to provide services and advertising. By continuing to browse, you agree to the use of cookies described in our Cookies Policy. You may change your settings at any time but this may impact on the functionality of the site. To learn more see our Cookies Policy.
OK
Dublin: 11 °C Friday 19 October, 2018
Advertisement

First Dates Ireland's first ever sign language date was absolutely lovely

Tortoise!

LAST NIGHT’S EPISODE of First Dates Ireland featured the show’s first-ever date carried out using sign language, and it went down a treat.

stephenjames Source: RTÉ Player

Twenty-five year old Stephen, a HR professional who is the reigning Mr Gay Ireland, grew up with a severe speech impediment.

Through this, he became interested in other forms of communication, and is now fluent in Irish Sign Language:

I knew exactly what I wanted to say, I’d talk all the time but people couldn’t understand me. It meant that I was really interested in… if one way of communication wasn’t working for you, you could just choose an alternative.

His date was 27-year-old design student John Charles, who is a member of the deaf community. As it turns out, they had actually met before, and immediately started chatting away in sign language.

As they went about their evening, viewers learned loads about ISL – for example, people have ‘sign names’ that refer to a physical or personality trait of theirs (Stephen’s is inspired by his hair):

stephen Source: RTÉ Player

Also, the sign for ‘tortoise’ is pretty cute:

tortoise Source: RTÉ Player

John Charles gave an insight into dating as a deaf person, saying that he usually communicates with hearing dates by passing a phone back and forth.

This isn’t ideal, as you might imagine, so he was delighted to be able to sign with Stephen:

sign1 Source: RTÉ Player

At the end of the night, they both agreed they’d like to see each other again – sadly, Stephen has since decided to emigrate to London, so John Charles is back on the dating scene.

While it didn’t have the fairytale ending we all hoped for, viewers were excited to see Irish Sign Language being represented on television.

Makes a lovely change from Tallafornia Phil doing his McGregor walk out of the lift, doesn’t it? More of this, please!

DailyEdge is on Instagram!

More: Phil from Tallafornia was on First Dates Ireland and well, he hasn’t changed a bit>

  • Share on Facebook
  • Email this article
  •  

Read next:

COMMENTS (1)

This is YOUR comments community. Stay civil, stay constructive, stay on topic. Please familiarise yourself with our comments policy here before taking part.
write a comment

    Leave a commentcancel