The Hospital Saturday Fund makes donation to Irish Stammering Association

The Hospital Saturday Fund makes donation to Irish Stammering Association
Standing Left to Right: Mr Peter Jackson Chief Executive, The Hospital Saturday Fund, Ms Lesley Garrett CBE, FRAM, Patron HSF, Veronica Lynch Chairman & The Lord Mayor of Dublin, Oisín Quinn.
At a special reception held by The Hospital Saturday Fund at the Mansion House in Dublin on the 20th February 2014, ISA received €3,000 to support adults who stammer improve their communication skills. In total 30 charities and organisations received donations totaling €100,000 at the event which was hosted by the Lord Mayor of Dublin, Oisín Quinn, Vice-President of The Hospital Saturday Fund.

The Lord Mayor, speaking at the reception acknowledged the extraordinary work of all the charities receiving funds from Hospital Saturday Fund. Paul Jackson, Chief Executive, Hospital Saturday Fund said: “We are delighted to continue the tradition of supporting many charities in Ireland, many of which are less well-known. The Hospital Saturday Fund is honoured to support the efforts of such deserving charities and help in some way towards the exceptional, tireless work that they do.” ISA would like to thank most sincerely The Hospital Saturday Fund for its generous support

Survey for Adults who Stammer

Irish Stammering Association are helping researchers at University of
East Anglia, UK,  to run a questionnaire  participation in research by
adults who stammer…

“We are interested in the reasons why people agree or decline to take
part in research studies about stammering. If you are an adult who
stammers (18 years or older), we would be grateful if you would answer
the questions in this short survey.

All of your answers will be treated confidentially and will be pooled
with answers from other people for analysis. The results of the
analysis will be written up in a report and academic papers. You will
be able to access a summary of the results on the British Stammering
Association Website (

Previous research has given us some idea about the kinds of issues
that affect whether people decide to take part in research studies.
The questions that we ask in this survey are based on what researchers
have previously found. We want to know whether the same factors affect
people who stammer.

The survey should take around 15 minutes to complete. There is a
progress bar at the top of each page to show you how much of the
survey you have completed. Remember to click the ‘Submit’ button when
you have completed your survey.

Here is the link:

A Christmas Message from ISA

Nollaig Shona

The ISA committee and staff would like to take this opportunity to wish all you all a happy Christmas and the very best for the year ahead. We look forward to meeting up with you in 2014 and working together for the benefit of people in Ireland who stammer

As it is a new year soon, the regular self help group dates may suffer some disruption in January. Please check the website regularly for the latest information on your local self help group

ISA ‘Walk & Talk’

Join us for a Dublin city Walk & Talk on Sunday 10th November 2013.

Meet at the front gate at Trinity College at 12.45pm. The walk takes about 2 hours and our guide for the day will be Joe Cully an
experienced guide and archaeologist.

Our Walk and Talk event is a social gathering which provides an opportunity for those who stammer their family and friends or those
with an interest in stammering to Walk and Talk with others in a welcoming environment while enjoying the outdoors. Please note under 16’s should be accompanied a parent/guardian.

This event is free but to help us estimate numbers attending please register your interest by email to or by text message to 086 073 6328.  Please see our website for updates on this event

Looking forward to seeing you all there, keeping our fingers crossed for some nice weather

National Stammering Awareness Day 2013

National Stammering Awareness Day 2013

The seventh National Stammering Awareness Day took place on Saturday 19th October with attendees from all over Ireland meeting in the Hilton Kilmainham Hotel in Dublin.

The theme of “People Who Stutter Supporting Each Other” carried throughout the day with inspirational speakers of all ages.  A message that stuttering can be a positive part of who you are was evident.  Links to some of the presentations will shortly be available on

Irish Stammering Association facilitated a number of breakout sessions including a Parents’ Support Network meeting, a group for teenagers to talk and ISAYIT! drama with Gaiety School of Acting.

The day was also kindly sponsored by ‘Speak Soon 
Communications’ with proceeds from book sales of ‘Why I called my sister Harry’ by Michael O’Shea.

ISA on the road – Portlaoise and Letterkenny

ISA on the road – Portlaoise and Letterkenny 

ISA will be running two open day events during the month of November.  We’ll be visiting Portlaoise on Saturday November 16th, and we’ll be in Letterkenny on Saturday November 23rd.  The days will feature talks from people who stutter, speech and language therapists as well as offering a chance for adults who stutter to take part in one of our support groups.  For families, we’ll be running a youngISA event on the day while parents can take part in our Parents’ Support Network.

The venue for the Portlaoise open day will be the Maldron Hotel, and Letterkenny will be the Radisson Blu hotel.

If you’ve any questions send us an email at

youngISA online support group

youngISA online support group

Following the success of ISA’s drama group ISAYiT! and our youngISA social events, we’ll be running a monthly online support group for young people who stutter.  Anyone who is aged 12 – 18 can take part in the groups for free.  The groups are designed to offer young people who stutter from all over Ireland the opportunity to talk with others and share experiences.  The groups will be facilitated by speech and language therapists and, while having a structure and format, will be flexible and hopefully… fun!

You’ll need to have a good internet connection and Skype installed on your computer to take part.

The groups will be running on November 19th and December 10th

If you’d like more information please contact us by emailing

National Stammering Awareness Day 2013

National Stammering Awareness Day (NSAD) will take place in the Hilton
Kilmainham Hotel on Saturday 19th October this year.

The 2013 National Stammering Awareness Day will be in its 7th year and
once again it is being kindly sponsored by ‘Speak Soon

“People Who Stutter Supporting Each Other” is this year’s theme. This
is a great opportunity for all who are interested in stammering to
attend (family & friends are very welcome) and get involved.

There will be a range of speakers throughout the day including people
who stutter and professionals who work in the field including speech
and language therapists.

The day will also feature a breakout session for parents and an
ISAYiT! drama group for young people who stutter facilitated by the
Gaiety School of Acting.  For the first time at NSAD there will also
be a group running for teenagers to meet and talk about stammering.

The day starts at 10 a.m. and runs until 5 p.m. Admission is free;
refreshments will be served.

For more information go to


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‘Diary of a Stutterer’ shortlisted for Blog Awards

The blog ‘Diary of a Stutterer‘ has been shortlisted for ‘Best Health and Wellbeing Blog’ for the Blog Awards Ireland 2013. The awards take place on 12th October with the finalists being revealed on the 29th September.

‘Diary of a Stutterer’ is the blog of Simon Walsh, a final year journalism student. It is an honest portrayal of what life is like with a stutter and is a very interesting and enjoyable read.

We at ISA will be watching with interest on 29th September to see if Simon makes it to the final list.

You can Vote

Diary of a Stutterer is also nominated in the ‘Best Blog Post’ Category. The post nominated is Do you use a crutch? 

You can vote for this post by visiting