ISA Walk and Talk: November 3rd 2019

LocationKilmainham Gaol, Dublin

Meeting Point: 2.40pm, Sunday November 3rd at the entrance to Kilmainham Courthouse, Dublin 8

Length of Walk: A leisurely 2 hours.

Getting there: Please visit for transport and parking options

What is the Walk and Talk? This will be a social gathering and will provide an opportunity for those who stammer, their family and friends, or those with an interest in stammering to Walk and Talk as they take a tour of Kilmainham Gaol with a guide who stammers! We will visit a café afterwards for refreshments. The walk is open to adults and children over 10 years old. Children should be accompanied by an adult

How do I take part? This Walk and Talk tour is free to all but please express your interest by contacting before November 1st 2019 to secure a place

Please contact  for further details.

NSAD 2019

Growth through Speaking

The 13th National Stammering Awareness Day will take place on Saturday October 19th in the Hilton Kilmainham Hotel, Dublin 8. This year’s theme is ‘Growth through speaking’. The event starts at 10 a.m. and continues until 4.30 p.m.

As well as having our regular presentations from Irish Stammering Association and Irish McGuire Programme we’ll have a range of speakers to encourage, inspire and get you thinking.

Speakers include:

  • Dr Maria Stuart (UCD) will look at representation of stuttering in the arts and media
  • Doctoral candidate Jessica O Donoghue reports on her research of music therapy and stuttering
  • Speech and Language Therapist Vincent Johnson reflects on the impact of Camp: Dream Speak Live for kids who stutter
  • California based stand up comedian Nina G talks about stuttering, advocacy and her new book “Stutterer interrupted: The Comedian Who Almost Didn’t Happen”

A drama workshop for kids and teens who stutter will take place from 11 a.m. The ISAYiT! group will perform a short showcase in the afternoon.

ISA’s Parents’ Support Network will meet at 1 p.m. The group gives parents an opportunity to share their experiences of stuttering and offer support to one another.  The session is facilitated by parents and speech and language therapists.

National Stammering Awareness Day is free to attend and all are welcome. Refreshments will be served in the morning session.

Parking and Public Transport

Hilton Kilmainham Hotel has a preferential all day parking rate of €7. This operates on a first come fist service; you must pay for this parking at reception to avail of the special rate. Alternative parking can be found at the Irish Museum of Modern Art.

Public transport serves Hilton Kilmainham with LUAS stops at Heuston Station and Suir Road, and several Dublin Bus routes. The Transport for Ireland website gives real time information to assist your travel.

Keep an eye on for the schedule of events.

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Employment opportunity with the ISA

Irish Stammering AssociationEmployment Support Officer (part time)

Job Description

You will be joining the staff team of the Irish Stammering Association (ISA). The role will offer a specialist support service for people who stammer who are in employment or looking to get into employment.

Purpose of the role

The purpose of this role is to design, develop and implement a sustainable model of support for adults who stammer entering the workplace and for those already in the workplace.

It will involve building up contacts and networks and developing and maintaining good working relationships with employers, adults who stammer who contact the ISA on employment matters, and other organisations that could collaborate with the ISA in offering an employment support service for people who stammer.

The role will bring specialist information on stammering to local generalised services and should deliver specific practical support to people who stammer.

Hours of work: 15 hours per week (2 days[1]). Overtime will be claimed as time off in lieu. Flexible working arrangements can be agreed.

Salary:  The salary scale will begin at the pro-rata equivalent of €29,609 p.a., being €12,004. Subject to a yearly performance review, there will yearly increments up this scale.

Leave:   Annual leave will be calculated on the basis of 8% of hours worked per year with a pro-rata addition for public holidays. This works out as 90 hours, being just over 12 days.

Place of work: Carmichael Centre, North Brunswick Street, Dublin 7 and remotely / at events around Ireland

Accountability: Reports directly to Development Manager


To develop an Employment Support Network, building relationships with companies and relevant organisations to increase understanding of stammering in the workplace

Organise events for the Employment Support Network and deliver specific practical support to people who stammer

Be the visible contact for Employment Support Network

Deal with enquiries from the Irish stammering community on employment matters, investigating their needs and requirements, and developing the ISA employment support function and programmes in line with these. Maintain a database of people who stammer who have contacted the ISA seeking support on employment issues in line with data protection law and build and maintain relationships with these people.

Promote a positive perspective towards people who stammer in the workplace

Develop documentation and resources (with ISA team)

Person Specification:

Education and qualifications

Education to a degree level or equivalent would be an advantage but not essential

Desirable experience

Experience of working for or volunteering with a charity

Experience of working in or with a corporate environment

Experience of diversity and inclusion policies and practice

Experience of event organisation

Knowledge or experience of stammering

Knowledge of best practice appropriate to the post

Skills and attributes

  • Self-starter with the enthusiasm, ability and confidence to take on the role
  • Excellent interpersonal skills with an ability to engage and communicate productively with colleagues and a wide range of stakeholders in ways which demonstrate credibility, dignity, empathy and respect
  • Strong written communication skills with the ability to draft clear and comprehensive documents and correspondence.
  • Ability to work effectively alongside the ISA team and ISA volunteers including colleagues in different locations
  • Demonstrate discretion and judgement in decision making in line with the ISA Strategic Plan and its Vision, Mission and Values
  • Excellent time management skills
  • Excellent administration and record keeping skills
  • Comply with ISA policies, guidelines and relevant legislation such as data protection, child protection and equal opportunities in the workplace
  • Strong project management skills and social media awareness

Closing date for applications

Please send cv and cover letter to by 10.00am on Monday 9th September 2019.

[1] Candidates with flexibility to extend their working hours  (if the role expands) are welcome to apply.

ISA Walk and Talk : July 28th 2019

Location: Portmarnock Coastal Path, Co. Dublin

Meeting Point: 12pm on Sunday July 28th at Portmarnock DART station, Portmarnock, Co. Dublin

Length of Walk: A leisurely 2 hours.

Getting there by public transport from Dublin City Centre: Buy a return ticket to Malahide DART station. Hop off at the Portmarnock stop for the Walk and Talk and afterwards you can catch a DART from Malahide back into Dublin City Centre.  Dublin Bus routes can be found at

What is the Walk and Talk?

This will be a social gathering and will provide an opportunity for those who stammer, their family and friends, or those with an interest in stammering to Walk and Talk as they take in the stunning views of one of the most scenic parts of the Dublin coastline. We will meet outside the entrance to Portmarnock DART station and make our way along the coastal path towards Malahide. We will visit a café in Malahide afterwards for refreshments. The walk is open to all ages, although children under 16 should be accompanied by an adult.

What should I bring?

Please ensure to bring: Walking boots, raingear, snack and fluids.

How do I take part?

If you have any questions or would be interested in attending the Walk and Talk, please contact us before July 26th 2019 by email at: or by phone on: 01 8724405

Employment Support Workshops for people who stutter

ISA are running a series of pilot workshops to support people who stutter to get into employment.

We’re delighted to be working with SECAD in Cork for our first workshop. SECAD Partnership supports people into employment in South and East Cork. SECAD’s employment service aims to guide people towards the right supports depending on their needs and circumstances, be it unemployed  or perhaps in need of short term job specific training and help to apply for jobs.

Our first workshop takes place in Cork on Wednesday 26th June.  Places for this initial workshop are very limited so please contact us if you would be interested in attending.

We know that people who stutter can feel there are barriers to working.

  • People feel they have low confidence going into an interview situation or even approaching potential employers in the first place because of their stammer.
  • People may not be getting work even though they have degrees related to the jobs being offered e.g. engineering
  • Some people have no difficulty when performing or public speaking in other situations but they stammer when confronted with an interview situation.
  • Due to low self-esteem some people are reluctant to even attempt a job search

Our Cork workshop in partnership with SECAD will provide participants with information on…

  • An application and interview process
  • What employers are looking for
  • What to say at interview
  • How to talk more comfortably about stuttering in an interview
  • We’ll also have a ‘questions and answers’ session for potential interview candidates – what do you want to know?

A further workshop will take place in Dublin later in the year. If you’d like more information please call us on 01 872 4405 or contact

AGM and Open Day 2019

Irish Stammering Association is hosting an Open Day on Saturday 29th June 2019 in Clayton Whites Hotel, Abbey Street, Wexford. ISA’s Annual General Meeting will also take place on the day.

We will have a range of talks including:
• Chairman’s Address from ISA Chair David Heney
• Charlie Hughes – Gaiety School of Acting – lead tutor for ISAYiT! drama group for children who stutter
• Dr. Fiona Ryan – speech and language therapist
• Nora Trench Bowles – person who stutters and ISA board member
• Learn about ISA’s Employment Support Workshops
• The event starts at 12.00 p.m. with tea, coffee and scones.

We’ll also have an ISAYiT! drama workshop for children who stutter aged 7 – 17 which will run from 12.15pm to 2.15pm.

The day and ISAYiT! workshop are free to attend!

For more details please contact or phone 01 872 4405

Women’s Phone Group 2019

The Irish Stammering Association invites you to the Women’s Phone Group, which has been relaunched in 2019.

The Women’s phone group is a monthly support group for women who stammer and is also run by women who stammer. It is a telephone conference call that takes place for approximately 1 hour one evening during the month. 

The phone call is free from a landline or mobile and is very informal, you can say as much as you like or just listen. There are usually 3 to 7 participants on each call. All are women who stammer discussing issues relating to their stammer.

The Women’s phone group is going nearly 8 years now and took a break in 2018. It relaunched in June 2019 with a team of facilitators.

The next Women’s Phone Group support call is Tuesday 22nd October 2019 at 8pm.

There is a Coffee & Cake Afternoon hosted by the ISA Women’s Phone Group on Saturday 14th September 2019 at Christophe’s café, Duck Lane, Smithfield, 2pm to 3.30pm. All are welcome to drop by and meet us.

Could you please let us know if you would be interested in attending the Women’s Telephone Support group and  / or the coffee morning?

Please contact us directly by email at  or by phone on 01 872 4405 where you can leave us a message with your full name and contact details.

Women’s Mini Marathon

Bevin Murphy and Veronica Lynch will be completing the Women’s Mini Marathon on the 2nd of June 2019 and are doing it in aid of the Irish Stammering Association and Young ISA!

Bevin and Veronica have been instrumental in the success of ISAYiT! – our drama group for young people who stammer – and said “This is a very important cause and it has a special place in our hearts – we hope you’ll support us on the day by sponsoring us!” 

“The ISA provides a nationally recognised voice for people affected by stammering. It also provides information, encourages self-help groups throughout Ireland, influences policy, raises public awareness and works towards the improvement of early intervention measures for children. 
Young ISA or ISAYiT! offers young people who stammer a unique opportunity to express themselves creatively among a group of their peers in an environment where they can speak without judgment. The most important thing to ISA and ISAYiT! is that the people who go there get to speak as freely and as openly as they want and they get the support they need. We are raising money to support ISAs mission and also to support the young people of ISAYiT!”

You can donate by following this link

ISA Walk and Talk : June 2019

Location: North Bull Island, Dublin.

Meeting Point: 12 pm, June 9th, at the Peace Tree on Clontarf Road

Length of Walk: A leisurely 2-2½ hours.

What is the Walk and Talk?

This will be a social gathering and will provide an opportunity for those who stammer, their family and friends, or those with an interest in stammering to walk and talk as they make their way around North Bull Island which is a UNESCO designated Biosphere Reserve. North Bull Island is a dune covered sand spit off the coast of Dublin north side and is described as a paradise for birdwatchers and wildlife enthusiasts as well as offering great nature walks and magnificent views of Dublin Bay. We will make our way around the nature reserve taking in the wildlife and enjoying the views. We will visit a local café after the walk for refreshments. The walk is open to all ages, although children under 16 should be accompanied by an adult.

How do I take part?

Please express your interest in this event before the June 7th 2019 by contacting

What should I bring?

Please ensure to bring comfortable walking shoes, raingear and fluids.

How do I get there?

Train: DART from Dublin City to Raheny Station. There is a 1 km walk to the Peace Tree

Bus: Dublin Bus number 130 from the city centre to Clontarf Road and walk approx. 1 km on to the Peace Tree

Car: Parking is possible around St Anne’s Park and is permitted on the causeway over to the Island.

Please contact for further details.