ISAYiT! Summer Camp – July 2018

Irish Stammering Association will be hosting its ISAYiT! Summer Camp for young people from 9 -13th July in Dublin. The camp offers young people an opportunity to meet other people who stammer in a safe, fun environment. ISAYiT! is open to young people who stammer between the ages of 8 and 17 years; they can express themselves creatively among a group of their peers in an environment where they will not be judged by how they speak.

All camps are supervised by experienced staff in collaboration with the Gaiety School of Acting.

You can register your interest by emailing: You can also text or call Veronica on 086 0736328 or Jonathon on 083 8830001 for more information.

Cost is €100 for week. Financial assistance with fee is available.


An Evening with Dr David Shapiro



David is the Robert Lee Madison Distinguished Professor of Communication Sciences
and Disorders at Western Carolina University (North Carolina, USA). He is a speech-language pathologist and a person who stutters. He is a past president of the International Fluency Association and the author of Stuttering Intervention: A Collaborative Journey to Fluency Freedom (2nd ed., 2011, PRO-ED).

David will share his story informally and is interested in hearing ours, so there should b a good discussion that evening. You may want to take a look at a few of his writings to become familiar with him as a person and as a professional:

I walk the line: Being a person who stutters and a speech-language pathologist (2015):

Stories of people who stutter: Beacons of hope, portraits of success (2011):

Being real (2007):

As always, everyone over eighteen is welcome to attend the Dublin Support Group, and you can you can let us know you are going to be there by contacting the ISA Office or emailing; this will help us get an idea of numbers. However, you can just turn up on the night too. The venue as usual will be Carmichael House.

Extraordinary General Meeting – 22nd October 2016

In line with the requirements of the Companies Act 2014, the Irish Stammering Association proposes to replace their existing Memorandum and Articles of Association with a constitution encompassing both of these documents. In order to do this, there will be an extraordinary general meeting of the Irish Stammering Association at the National Stammering Awareness Day at 1 p.m. on 22 nd October in the Hilton Kilmainham Hotel, Dublin 8. The sole purpose of this meeting will be to deal with the adoption of the following special resolution: “That, following a review of the Memorandum and Articles of Association of Irish Stammering Association, and in order to update same for reasons of best practice and to ensure continued corporate compliance with the Companies Act, that the amended Constitution, but subject to the approval of the Charities Regulator, the Revenue Commissioners, the Registrar of Companies, the Company adopt the Constitution attached to this notice in submission for the existing Memorandum and Articles of Association of the Company”.

The test of the constitution can be found below Proposed-Constitution-of-the-ISA

Presentation Skills course June 2016


ISA is running another Presentation Skills course for adults who stutter. It will be delivered by Donal Courtney from Gaiety School of Acting

on Saturday 18th & 25th June from 11 a.m. – 2.30 p.m. in Dublin City Centre.

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. Financial assistance with fee & travel is available.

For information on Donal see

For more information send an email to or text or call 0871210044

We are going to the Zoo (Part 2)

YoungISA are going to the zoo! (you can come too)
We’re going on a trip to Dublin Zoo on Sunday May 29th.
We went last year and had a fun time. Once again, we’ll be getting a special tour where we go behind the scenes with the zookeepers. We’ll getting close up with some of the animals – but not too close!
The zoo has over 400 animals and is one of the world’s oldest and popular zoos. We’ll be learning about wild animals and those which are endangered.
The trip will be subsidised and is open from children aged 8-16 years. If you’d like more information, please email us at or contact 0871210044



Walk and Talk Summer 2016






This will be a social gathering and will provide an opportunity for those who stammer, their family and friends, or those with an interest in stammering to Walk and Talk as they make their way through Dalkey village and up Killiney Hill. A walk up Killiney Hill offers panoramic views of Dublin city and environs. As the group will walk for 2 hours, it is not suitable for children under the age of 10. Children under 16 should be accompanied by an adult. ŽHow do I take part? Please express your interest in this event before May 22nd 2016 by contacting ŽWhat should I bring? Please ensure to bring: Walking boots, raingear, snack and fluid. ŽPlease contact for further details.

Caint gan Eagla – 2016

Caint gan Eagla

Talk without fear

ISA Conference Day 2016

April 16th 1 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Hilton Hotel, Kilmainham


Mix and mingle – tea and coffee at 1 p.m.

ISA Chairman’s address: Michael Ryan

Dr. Triona Lanigan & Sarah McCormack

“Breaking down the iceberg; tips for coping with the psychological impact of stammering”

Aisling Keogh, speech and language therapist

“Practical tips for parents of children who stammer”.

Free for ISA members, or €20 to attend for non-members.

You can join ISA for €20 on the day.



Representatives of Irish Stammering Association visited Áras an Uachtaráin

Representatives of Irish Stammering Association visited Áras an Uachtaráin on Tuesday 1st December to meet with President Michael D. Higgins.

ISA Chairman Michael Ryan said, “It was an honour to meet with President Higgins and talk about the work of the Irish Stammering Association.  We were made most welcome by the President and his staff on ISA’s first visit to Áras an Uachtaráin.  We were pleased to be able to share the experiences of people who stammer and the work that ISA carries out to support them.  This invitation underlines the importance that all voices in our society can have a place to be listened to.”

President Michael D. Higgins (seated centre) with Michael Ryan ISA Chair (seated left) and representatives of Irish Stammering Association

President Higgins addressed the group with the following words:

You are all most welcome here today to Áras an Uachtaráin.

I am very grateful to have this valuable opportunity to both commend you for  the important work of the Irish Stammering Association, and to learn more about the issues facing citizens living with a stammer.

This year you marked the 21st anniversary since you were first established. During those twenty one years, the Association has admirably honored your mission to “ provide  a nationally recognised voice for people affected by stammering. “

You have made remarkable strides in raising public awareness of stammering. For example, last month saw Ireland’s eighth National Stammering Awareness Day; a day which brought together an impressive array of expertise to discuss the theme of Education, Cooperation, and Communication.

Throughout the year your work in encouraging self-help groups including Skype groups for teens who stammer, and phone groups for men and women is invaluable, allowing people from all over the country to avail of your important service.

I was also deeply impressed to learn of the camps you organise, including your very successful drama camp, ensuring that the lives of young people  with stammers will not be impoverished by lack of opportunities, or lack of outlets for creative expression.

There can be no doubt that the stigma surrounding those with stammers has reduced significantly in recent years. Today there is greater understanding of the issue and a greatly increased ability to hear beyond the stammer, and to appreciate the important and equal voice of all members of our society.

Parents whose small children stammer are no longer advised to simply ignore the issue, in the hopes that it will ‘go away’.  Those who stammer themselves are less likely to find themselves subjected to the insensitivity that once marked a general ignorance about the condition.

This is all very positive, and the Irish Stammering Association can claim considerable credit for the many encouraging developments we have witnessed in this area.

I am deeply aware, however, that while the landscape has improved for those who stammer, there is still considerable work to be done if real equality is to be achieved for those living with this distressing challenge.

We know, for instance, that early intervention is key to helping the five per cent of children in Ireland who stammer.  But sadly, such intervention can be dependent on which part of the country you live in, with waiting lengths varying and lasting up to a year and a half in some instances.

The lack of availability of services for adults who stammer is an issue of which I am very aware, and is one which must concern any society who wishes to be founded on equality and respect for all. In this regard I must commend your Association for the non therapy support you provide through, for example, your women’s leadership programme which enables the development of a positive self image and recognition of leadership qualities.

There can be no doubt that despite the strides that have been made in creating a more positive environment for citizens living with a stammer, challenges still remain.

It is most helpful to meet with you all today and to learn more about those challenges as we strive to create a society in which all our citizens can flourish and participate and make their individual and important contributions.

So may I thank you for coming here today and for the vital work you do.


Presentation Skills course for young people who stammer

Presentation Skills course for young people who stammer

Irish Stammering Association is running a Presentation Skills course for young people who stammer from ages 12 to 18 in Dublin. It will be run in cooperation with the Gaiety School of Acting and will use drama to help them to find the skills to be more confident about speaking in front of a group e.g. answering a question in class or making a presentation.

The course is run over 2 days Sat 21st Nov and Sat 5th Dec from 11am to 2.30pm each day.

Cost is €20 for the 2 days. Financial assistance available.

Contact for more information.

National Stammering Awareness Day Schedule 2015

This year’s National Stammering Awareness Day (NSAD) will take place in the Hilton Kilmainham Hotel, Dublin on Saturday 17th October.

The 2015 National Stammering Awareness Day will be in its 9th year and once again it is being kindly sponsored by ‘Speak Soon Communications’ with additional assistance from Irish Stammering Association.  Irish McGuire Programme also provide financial support to the event.

Spread the Word – Education, Cooperation, Communication is this year’s theme. This is a great opportunity for all who are interested in stammering to attend and get involved.  Family & friends are very welcome.  It’s free to attend.

ISA breakout sessions take place for for children (11 a.m.), parents at (1 p.m.) and teens at (2.40 p.m.)
The full schedule is as follows;

10:00 a.m. Welcome – Michael O’Shea & Jonathon Linklater
10:05 a.m. Icebreaker
10:15 a.m. Deirdre McCabe (Person who stutters)
10:30 a.m. Timmy Hammersley (Person who stutters)
10:45 a.m. Ciara Gleeson (Speech and Language Therapist)

11:00 a.m. Tea & coffee break

11:15 a.m. Keynote: Michael Ryan (Chairman, Irish Stammering Association)
11:45 a.m. Cathy Cooling (Person who stutters)
12:00 p.m. Anthony Fowler (Person who stutters)
12:15 p.m. Dominic Sutton (Person who stutters)
12:30 p.m. Keynote: Alan Badmington (Person who stutters)
1:00 p.m. Lunch

2:00 p.m. Ian Hickey (Person who stutters)
2:20 p.m. Keynote: Veronica Lynch (Person who stutters)
2:50 p.m. Keynote: Ciarán Kenny (Speech and Language Therapist)
3:15 p.m. Michael Donnelly (Person who stutters)
3:30 p.m. Jamie Googan (Person who stutters)
3:45 p.m. Keynote: Pamela Mertz (Person who stutters)
4:15 p.m. Open mic
4:25 p.m. Closing comments – Michael O’Shea & Jonathon Linklater
4:30 p.m. Close
Parallel sessions

11:00 a.m. – 1:45 p.m.
Breakout room 2: ISAYiT! drama group facilitated by Gaiety School of Acting
1:00 p.m. – 1.45 p.m.
Main Room: ISA Parent Support Network meeting (all parents welcome)
2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Breakout room 2 McGuire Programme information session

2:40 p.m. – 3:25 p.m.
Breakout room 2: ISA teenager session

All talks in main room unless otherwise stated