New Chairperson of ISA – David Heney

My name is David Heney and I have took over as chairperson of the Irish Stammering Association (ISA) at our Board meeting on the 5th February. First of all I would like to thank Michael Ryan, whom I took over from, and who I am glad to say is remaining on the Board of the ISA.

The last two years have been busy ones for the ISA. Our funding situation had been precarious but I am glad to say that we were successful in our application under the Scheme to Support National Organisation (SSNO) which is funded by the Department of Housing, Planning and Local Goverment. This funds the ISA until July 2019 and allows us to plan our activities with a certainty that had been lacking in the past few years.

The ISA Board has implemented an ambitious governance programme, and we were able to sign up as complaint with the Governance Code for Community, Voluntary and Charitable Organisations in Ireland at the end of last year.

The ISA represents the interests of the stammering community in Ireland and I would invite anyone who has an interest in our community to get in contact with us. If you would like to get involved with the ISA, that would be even better. We run a number of support groups, including a number that are run as phone groups, and new members are always welcome. If there isn’t one in your area and you would like to be involved in the setting up of one, we would be very happy to speak to you.

We will be running a number of events over the next few months, both in Dublin and outside. Details will be posted shortly when the arrangements are finalised.


Parents’ Support Network : March meeting

Irish Stammering Association Parents’ Support Network will meet in Dublin on Sunday March 12th at 11.15 a.m.

The parent group offers a place where parents (and family members) can meet informally with other parents of children and teens who stutter. Parents of any aged child are welcome to attend the group. At previous groups parents have shared their experiences and knowledge to support other parents of children who stutter.

ISA member Veronica Lynch will be facilitating the group on the morning and it will last approximately 1 – 1/2 hours. Veronica and her daughter both stutter.

The group is free to attend for ISA members but places must be booked in advance by March 9th.

For more details please or to book a place contact Veronica on 086 073 6328 or email Jonathon on

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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