Stutterer wins Oscar


Stutterer, an Irish/UK co-production won an Oscar for best live action short film at the 88th Academy Awards in 2016. Dublin-born Benjamin Cleary, wrote, directed and edited the film, accepted the award last night.  Producers Serena Armitage and Shan Christopher Ogilvie, and director of photography Michael Paleodimos were also present to collect the statuette.  Irish Stammering Association would like to congratulate the cast and crew!

The 12-minute film features a young man who stutters severely.  It gives a glimpse into the everyday experience of his world, his thoughts, and – essentially – portrays what life can be like for someone who stutters.

Stuttering (or stammering) is a communication difficulty characterised by sound repetitions, prolongations and blocks.  It can lead to anxiety around speaking and speaking situations; it can lead to social isolation and it can limit opportunities both educationally and professionally.  Irish Stammering Association offers a range of support groups for both children and adults who stutter; details are on our website.

For media enquiries, please contact 0871210044 or email ISA


Website update

isaisbeingupdated-01The ISA website is being updated, starting with a new style. We hope you like it and find it easier to navigate. Over the coming months you will see a number of changes to the site. We are working on making everything easier for you to find and get the information you need.  We will still be running our support groups around the country and our online groups.

If you’d like to get in touch please drop us an email at

ISA visits the Houses of the Oireachtas

CHDmHBaXIAA3XU6Irish Stammering Association Chair Michael Ryan and Development Manager Jonathon Linklater visited the Houses of the Oireachtas on Tuesday 9th June.

Michael and Jonathon followed up with public representatives to call for continued funding of Irish Stammering Association’s work to support people who stammer.

The Department of Environment, Community and Local Government recently announced bridging funding for ISA until June 2016 under the Scheme to Support National Organisations; further funding is unclear.

ISA is the only charitable organisation working in Ireland on behalf of people who stutter.  ISA provides support and information to people who stutter, their families and friends, and professionals who work with stuttering.

Without sustainable funding, ISA services will be under threat.  ISA offers support groups around the country as well as telephone networks for parents, men and women who stutter.  ISA operates ISAYiT! drama groups and young ISA social events for young people who stutter as well as a Skype group for teenagers. Events such as Walk and Talk and Caint gan Eagla Conference Day give people an opportunity to come together to reduce isolation often caused by stuttering.

You can help!  Talk to your local TD or Senator about how stammering has affected you or someone who you know.  Send them an email or a letter; you can find your representatives’ contact details to by clicking here 

Michael Ryan elected Chair of Irish Stammering Association

ISA Board 2015

Michael Ryan was elected Chair of Irish Stammering Association at May’s Board meeting.  Michael has been involved with ISA since 2009.  He is keen to meet with members of the association and will be visiting support groups around the country over the next 12 months.

Michael served as Mayor of Templemore Town Council and has been raising the profile of stammering with public representatives.  Earlier this year Michael presented in Dáil Eireann with ISA colleagues Veronica Lynch and Jonathon Linklater to highlight the work that the association carries out.

Michael and the Board would like to thank Veronica Lynch, outgoing Chair, for her considerable efforts with Irish Stammering Association.  Veronica has been instrumental in establishing many services, notably the Parents’ Support Network and ISAYiT! drama group, as well as overseeing and taking part in events such as Caint gan Eagla and National Stammering Awareness Day.

David Heney takes over as ISA’s Vice Chair and continues in his role as Company Secretary.


Presentation Skills Course for Adults

Presentation Skills course coming up in May.

It will delivered by Donal Courtney from Gaiety School of Acting
on Sunday 10th & 17th May from 2pm – 5 pm in Temple Bar.

This course is open to adults who stammer and looks at all aspects of
presenting and communicating. The cost is €50 for members or €70 for
non members which includes a year’s membership. This course will take
place in Gaiety School of Acting, Temple Bar. Financial assistance
with fee & travel is available.

( for information on Donal see )

For more information send an email to or text/
call 086 0736328

10K for ISA

Team ISA are taking part in this weekend’s Flora Women’s Mini Marathon in Dublin.

Suzanne, Bevin and Veronica will be braving the elements on Monday 2nd June to raise funds for Irish Stammering Association.

You can support Team ISA by sending in a cheque, postal order or donating online.

Give them a cheer as they fly by!



A Christmas Message from ISA

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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

‘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


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Online survey about drug treatments for stammering

Researchers at the University of Strathclyde are seeking people who stammer to complete an online survey about drug treatments for stammering.

Chief Investigator Dr Allan McGroarty says, “Despite considerable efforts made researching drug treatments for stammering, little is known about how the wider stammering community perceives these treatments. This study will examine the beliefs of people who stammer towards drug treatments for stammering, and will assess how likely stammerers would be to initiate a drug treatment for their stammering, and what factors might influence that decision.”

As a person who stammers, your opinions on this topic are important to us.

The online survey takes approximately 20 minutes to complete and all responses will be anonymous. To participate, you must be a person who stammers aged 18 to 65 years.

You can access the survey by clicking on this link

For further information, please contact Dr Allan McGroarty:

Diary of a Stutterer for Blog Awards

Diary of a Stutterer, a blog written by ISA member Simon Walsh about life with a stutter has been entered in the The Blog Awards Ireland 2013.

Anyone who has read the honest portrayal that Simon shares with us will us all on a weekly basis will know that the Blog is just starting out.

Your support and nomination in the Health and Wellbeing, and Newcomer categories would be a huge help for him and the blog.

Click here to read Simon’s blog.