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

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

‘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




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.

ISAYiT! drama news

ISAYiT! is running a Dublin drama day for young people who stutter. The one off workshop will take place on Sunday 26th May from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

The group will give young people a taster of what’s involved in ISAYiT! drama groups. Parents and young people who have attended ISAYiT! report learning new skills, increasing confidence, as well as having fun! It’s open to children who stammer aged 7 years and upwards.

The group will be facilitated by Clare Maguire of the Gaiety School of Acting. ISA is subsidising the workshop and it will cost €20 for the day.

Over the summer we’ll be running week-long drama camps in Dublin, Galway and Cork.

If you’d like more info, please contact us on 085 185 7721

Running order – Caint gan eagla – ISA Conference Day – 2013

ISA is pleased to announce a running order for Conference Day 2013. Our day ‘caint gan eagla’ meaning ‘talk without fear’. is a reminder that no one needs to fear speaking – including those who stammer.

Venue: Hilton Kilmainham Hotel, Dublin (see map)
Date: Saturday 27th April 2013
Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Cost: FREE to ISA members
(€20 to join ISA for the year)

The day is for everyone connected by stammering including adults who stammer, young people who stammer, and parents of those who stammer. Here’s the lineup…

09:30 Registration

10:00 ISA Chairperson’s address: Veronica Lynch
10:30 A family perspective on stammering: Maria Crotty
10:45 The changing stammering iceberg: Bevin Murphy
10:50 Icebreaker (Icemelter?!) session: How has your stammering changed?
11:10 World Congress for people who stutter – beyond Ireland: Michael O’Shea

11:30 Tea and Coffee

11:50 Reflections on ISA’s MBTI workshop: Aidan Duffy and Mark Noonan
12:10 Michael Palin Centre – Therapy for children who stammer:
Aisling Keogh, Speech and Language Therapist
12:25 Women’s phone group: Sarah McCormack
12:40 Diary of a stutterer: Simon Walsh

13:00 Lunch

13:45 Breakout sessions
• Support groups for adults (facilitated by ISA group leaders)
• ISAYiT! drama introduction for young people who stutter facilitated by Gaiety School of Acting (John Delaney)
• Parents’ Support Network (Callum Wells and Aisling Keogh, SLTs)

15:15 Closing session
15:30 ISA Annual General Meeting
16:00 Close

Here’s a downloadable running order…
Irish Stammering Association – Conference Day 2013 running order

Hope to see you there!

Caint gan eagla – ISA Conference Day – Talk without fear – 2013

ISA is pleased to announce details of Conference Day 2013 for everyone connected by stammering including adults who stammer, young people who stammer, and parents of those who stammer.

Our day ‘caint gan eagla’ meaning ‘talk without fear’. is a reminder that no one needs to fear speaking – including those who stammer.

You’ll have the opportunity to listen to some great speakers and to meet other people who stammer. There will be facilitated sessions for adults who stammer, young people, and a group for parents too.

Some of the talks include:

• Looking at how your stammering has changed
• Hear about how a family member feels about stammering
• Find out what people gained from our new ISA workshop
• Sharing experiences of the women’s telephone support group

ISA AGM will take place in the afternoon too.

We’ll have a full timetable to share with you before the event. In the meantime, make a note…

Venue: Hilton Kilmainham Hotel, Inchicore Road, Dublin 8 (see map)

Date: Saturday 27th April 2013

Time: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Cost: FREE to ISA members (€20 to join ISA for the year)

Looking forward to seeing you there!

For more details drop us a line: