Department of Speech and Hearing at UCC invite you to an Exhibition

The Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences at UCC invite you to the opening of an exhibition in the Jennings Gallery:

‘Give me the flowing line: Celebrating the life of Fr O’Flynn (1881-1962) of The Loft and his work with people in Cork who stammered’

Date: Thursday 6th October at 6.00 p.m.

There will be brief talks in Brookfield Health Sciences Complex (G10) about Fr O’Flynn, his life and work, and about speech and language therapy in Cork today.

The exhibition will then be officially opened by Donncha Ó Dúlaing, the broadcaster from Cork who is known country-wide for his sports and traditional music programmes. He currently presents Fáilte Isteach, Saturday evenings, on RTÉ Radio 1.

There will follow a reception in the Jennings Gallery.

New Self Help Group at NUIG

A new self help group has been setup at NUIG (National University of Ireland, Galway). The group will meet for the first time on October 13th.

Support group for People Who Stutter (PWS)

This support group is for people who stutter (or stammer if you prefer), to discuss issues around stuttering, as well as providing mutual support. As a PWS myself, I know how stuttering can be embarrassing and difficult to live with. However, meeting with others who stutter can make it easier to manage – and who knows you might even enjoy yourself too!

If you would like to attend the support group, just turn up, there’s no need to call ahead.

If you’d like to talk to a group member before you attend, let us know and we’ll put you in touch. Contact James at jms.mccormack@yahoo.com.

Here are some comments from people who attend support groups:

• “Before coming to the support group I very rarely spoke about my stammer, now I find it easier and it helps my confidence. It’s so much better to have it out in the open. Talking always HELPS!”

• It’s very helpful to meet up with other people who stammer and to exchange experiences and feelings. It’s important to know that there are other people who have felt the same way.”

• Facing up to your stammering and working on improving your relationship with it takes a long time, so it is great to have a regular meeting to chart your progress [as well as] receive and offer support.”

• I have learned that I am not the only one with this problem, this gives me a little bit of confidence.”

Win Copies of ‘The Kings Speech’ DVD

Up for grabs are 2 copies of ‘The Kings Speech’ on DVD with thanks to Xtra-Vision.

The question is:

In what year did King George VI become King?

A. 1936
B. 1956
C. 1996

Send your answer along with your name and address to mail@stammeringireland.ie

Competition open to anyone in Ireland and United Kingdom. Entrants must be 16 or over. The competition closes at midnight 7th August. The winners will be announced on Monday 8th August.

Good luck!

ISAYiT! Summer Camp 2011

Irish Stammering Association are delighted to announce another ISAYiT! summer camp.

The camp will run from Tuesday 19th July to Friday 22nd July in Temple Bar, Dublin (10 a.m. – 2 p.m.)

Led by Seamus Quinn of the Gaiety School of Acting, ISAYiT! will be producing a movie. With opportunities to be in front of and behind the camera, you get to run the show! Shoot the film, set the lighting, record the sound and of course be the star of the show, or have a cameo walk on role. There will be plenty of fun and games for the week.

All participants will receive a professionally edited copy of the movie after the week finishes.

The cost for the week is subsidised at €80. Places are limited so get in touch as soon as possible. Participants can be aged 7 and up.

Contact us on 085 185 7721 or email us… youngisa@stammeringireland.ie

You can read all about how last year’s group got on. Here’s what the participants and parents had to say

ISA Compete in Women’s Mini Marathon

Team ISA put in a fantastic performance at the Women’s Mini Marathon in June,

The picture of Veronica Lynch was taken after completing the mini marathon in under 2
hours………..all technically true, it was taken several days after completing the event in 1 hour 59 minutes & 55 seconds.

Veronica was raising money for ISA. Our current total is over €150. Remember that your money goes directly to support ISA events and can have a big impact on those who attend.

Our next event is ISAYiT! summer camp. You can click here to donate to ISA.

ISA Newsletter, Issue #4

Issue #4 of ISA’s newsletter is out now.

This edition of the newsletter contains a forward by our chairman, Stephen Greene, a piece on funding for 2011, a report on the very successful National Stammering Awareness Day that took place in 2010.

We include a report from the ISA’s most recent AGM, and also an introduction to ISAYiT! which is our drama group for YoungISA members.

Following the release of The King’s Speech, the ISA has featured prominently in the Irish media, and we give a run down of the different radio shows and press articles where ISA members featured.

You can download the newsletter here:

ISA Newsletter, Issue #4

Agenda for Caint Gan Eagla 2011

Here is the agenda for ‘Caint gan Eagla’ 2011.

Saturday 16th April 2011, Hilton Hotel Kilmainham:

11 a.m. Chairman’s address – Stephen Greene
11.15 a.m. Quiz – Jonathon Linklater and Veronica Lynch
11.40 a.m. Aisling Keogh – Media and ISA
12 p.m. Joe O’Donnell – Irish McGuire Programme
12.30 p.m. Ciarán Kenny – Speech and Language Therapist
1 p.m. AGM
2 p.m. Breakout sessions
– Self Help Groups
– Parents Support Network
– YoungISA! R.E.S.P.E.C.T.
3. p.m. Young ISA presentations – Cathal Quinn and ISAYiT
3.20 p.m. Summary and Close

Click here to view the Agenda for the AGM, which takes place at 1pm. and includes a resolution to incorporate the ISA as a company limited by guarantee