International Women’s Day – Let’s celebrate!

1% of the world’s population stammer yet women who stammer are outnumbered by about 4 or 5 to 1 by men. That makes us very special indeed.

Today is International Women’s Day and to mark it Irish Stammering Association want to celebrate some famous women who have at some point in their lives stammered. These women can inspire us to reach our potential as women who stammer.

The following women made their mark on the world and showed us that stammering does not have to limit us.

Marilyn Monroe – actress, singer & BAFTA nominated & Golden Globe award winner

Carly Simon – singer & Grammy, Academy & Golden Globe award winner

Margaret Drabble – novelist, biographer & critic

Emily Blunt – actress & BAFTA nominated & Golden Globe award winner

Peggy Lipton – actress & Golden Globe Award winner

Michelle Williams – singer with Destiny’s Child & theatre actress

So, let’s celebrate these women but let us also celebrate our own lives too. As women who stammer, remember, we are daughters, sisters, friends, wives, partners, mothers, work colleagues and so much more and every day we inspire those who know us by our determination and unwillingness to give in despite the difficulties we experience through stammering.

Here are few things you can do if you are a woman who stammers

– Sign up for ISA women’s telephone support group

– Join the ISA and help support adults & children who stammer

Do the Women’s Mini Marathon with other women who stammer to raise money for ISA

– Take part in research to help better understand the causes and treatments for stammering

Enjoy International Women’s Day!

Portlaoise Information Night – Tuesday 6th March

The Irish Stammering Association are running another information night (with a view to setting up support/self-help groups) next week in Laois.

Tuesday, 6th March 2012, 8pm in the Maldron Hotel, Portlaoise, Co. Laois.

Speakers on both nights -ISA Committee Members, Councillor Michael Ryan, Templemore and Sarah McCormack, Portlaoise, both people who stammer.
We know it can be hard to come into a room of strangers, but we are all in the same boat and we know how it feels. So if you stammer or know someone who stammers and want more information we’d be delighted to meet you.

The ISA self-help groups provides valuable emotional and social support for people who stutter, in a non-judgemental, relaxed environment. The burden of stuttering can be considerable, and you don’t need to carry this alone. Also a great way to make new friends!

All warmly welcome.

Northern Ireland Support Group

The Northern Ireland Support for Stammering and Dysfluency are meeting in Ten Square, Donegall Square South (corner of Adelaide St) Belfast, every 1st Monday from 6-9pm.

People who stammer as well as family and friends of those who stammer are welcome to attend

For details contact… Mandy at: / +447743572047

Templemore Information Night

A very enjoyable meeting took place in Templemore last night!

Thanks to Councillor Michael Ryan, who made all feel very welcome at the first of our Midlands Support Groups.

People who stuttered attended the event and spoke about how stammering impacted on their lives. There was a very positive atmosphere and those who attended spoke of the support that they gained from speaking freely among other people who stutter.

Parents of young people who stammer also attended the group and gained information as well as being able to hear that there is hope to be an effective communicator and achieve your goals in life even if you do stammer.

It can be a big step for a person who stutters to walk into a room of strangers, so if you are reading this don’t hesitate (!) to call in to a future event…

Sarah McCormack spoke about another ISA Information meeting coming up in Portlaoise, Tuesday 6th March, 8pm in the Maldron Hotel.

Anyone who stammers or who would like more information are warmly invited to attend!

Telephone Support Group for Women who Stutter

Irish Stammering Association are delighted to announce that they have
secured funding from The Ireland Funds ( to set up a
special Telephone Support Group for Women who Stutter. When it comes to
stuttering behaviour, women are in the minority as nearly 4 times as many
males as females stutter. Women with children may also find it hard to
travel to regular support groups.

Any woman who stutters is invited to join in – you will need to provide us
with a landline number. The call is free of charge to participants. Please
email us at with your landline number or to register your interest for future calls.

ISAYiT is back!

ISAYiT! drama group for young people who stammer is back!

We start up again Wednesday 15th Feb with Gaiety School of Acting (5.30-7p.m.) for 7 weeks (€60).

New members welcome! For details drop us a line…

0851857721 /

Information Night in Templemore

Do you stammer?
Or know someone who stammers?

Why not come along to our informal Information Night In

Templemore Arms Hotel


Tuesday 21st Feb. 2012

At 8pm Sharp

All Welcome

Speakers on the night will include;
Cllr.Michael C. Ryan Templemore & Sarah McCormack Portlaoise.
Organised by the Irish Stammering Association Carmichael Hse, Nth Brunswick St, Dublin 01 872 4405,

National Stammering Awareness Day, 2011

National Stammering Awareness Day 2011 takes place on October 22nd in the Aisling Hotel Dublin.

This year’s theme is ‘Sharing Stories, Changing Perceptions’.

Irish Stammering Association is proud to be taking part in the day and encourages all those challenged by stammering to attend. Families and friends of are also welcome to attend; a special invitation is extended to those who work with people who are challenged by stammering.

This is the 5th NSAD in Ireland and brings together all members of the stammering community to share experiences and support each other around a communication disorder that is becoming more talked about!

ISA Newsletter, Issue #5

The eagerly awaited Issue #5 of ISA’s newsletter is out now!

This edition of the newsletter contains an address by our chairman, Stephen Greene.

National Stammering Awareness Day will take place on October 22nd and we preview this annual event, which is always a great success.

ISAYiT! have been busy, even producing a movie! Aisling Keogh reports on the recent ISAYiT! summer camp.

The findings from a recent survey on Self Help groups are detailed and we have a report and photos from Young ISA’s recent Viking Splash tour in Dublin

All of the above, and more, are featured in the newsletter which you can download here:

ISA Newsletter, Issue #5