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.

Summer Walk and Talk

ISA is hosting its Summer Walk and Talk on Sunday 23rd July in South County Dublin. We’d be delighted if you would join us for a stroll and a chat.

Location: Hellfire Club, Co. Dublin
Date and time: 2pm on 23rd July 2017
Meeting Point: Hellfire Club car park, 4kms south of Ballyboden in County Dublin
Length of walk: A leisurely 1½ hours

Who is it for?
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 up through the forest towards the old Hellfire Club. The Hellfire Club is one of the best- preserved 18th century hunting lodges in Ireland. Originally built in 1726, the lodge was burnt in a fire and abandoned sometime in the 1750s, but not before it had taken on the name the Hellfire Club. This walk offers spectacular views across Dublin city. After returning to the car park, we will finish our Walk and Talk by driving the short distance to Timbertrove café for refreshments. As the group will walk for 1½ hours, it is not suitable for children under the age of 10. Children under 16 should be accompanied by an adult.

How do I take part?
Please express your interest in this event before Wednesday July 19th 2017 by contacting

What should I bring?
Please ensure to bring: Walking boots, raingear, snack and fluid.

Please contact for further details.


Summer drama camps for young people who stammer

Irish Stammering Association will be hosting its ISAYiT! Summer Camp for young people from 10th to 14th July in Dublin.

The camp offers a 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. Cost is €100 for week.

ISAYiT! one day workshop will take place in Dublin on Sunday June 25th (11 a.m. – 4 p.m.).

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. Financial assistance with fee is available.


A night of stuttering stand up comedy


Irish Stammering Association presents a night of stand up comedy featuring three acts who – as well as being funny – also stutter. Conor O’Toole hosts our evening with these three fine acts:

– Aidan Green – “(500) Days of Stammer”

– Nina G – “San Francisco Bay Area’s favorite female stuttering stand up comedian*” [*granted she is the only one]

– Mark Noonan – “the king of intersectionality and the man for whom sorry isn’t always the hardest word”

The event takes place on Tuesday 20th June in the Workmans Club (Vintage Room), Wellington Quay, Dublin 2. Doors open at 8 p.m.

€10 pay on the door. All proceeds to ISAYiT! drama group for young people who stutter.

We would love to see you there!

Conor O’Toole has been bringing his offbeat comedy stylings to Dublin audiences for over eight years. An Edinburgh Fringe favourite, his shows have garnered numerous four and five star reviews. Whether compressing the history of fonts into a light show for children, playing songs about dying professions on his trusty spring-on-a-stick, or eating half of a poisonious dosage of cloves, Conor attempts to entertain people in ways they haven’t been entertained before, and usually succeeds.

Aidan Greene is a multi award-winning Comedian from Cavan. He’s a regular across all of Ireland’s top comedy clubs and festivals. Among other awards he has won the Chortle Student Comedy People’s Choice award and the prestigious Moth Storyslam. Come see him before he heads to the Edinburgh Festival with his show (500) Days of Stammer. He’s an act not to be missed.

Nina G is the San Francisco Bay Area’s favorite female stuttering stand up comedian (granted she is the only one). She is a comedian, disability activist, storyteller, children’s book author and educator. She brings her humor to help people confront and understand social justice issues such as disability, diversity, and equity. Nina shares her wit and wisdom with corporations, colleges, community/Disability awareness events and media interviews.

Mark lives in Kildare with his lovely wife and grown-up children (humans and canine) where he devotes his time to promoting world peace. Mark has a long association with ISA and has performed comedy and drama with the Gaiety School of Acting.

Galway Open Day – May 2017

Irish Stammering Association is hosting an Open Day in Galway on 20th May 2017 in the Harbour Hotel, New Dock Road, Galway City. ISA’s Annual General Meeting will also take place on the day.

We will have a range of talks including:
• Chairman’s Address from new ISA Chair David Heney
• Galway support group members talk about the benefits of joining a group
• Opportunity to ‘Ask the expert’ with Dr. Triona Lanigan (counselling psychologist who stutters) and Callum Wells (speech and language therapist who stutters)
• James McCormack – psychotherapist who works with young people in higher education
• Patricia Collins – speech and language therapist who works with kids and teens
• The event starts at 1 p.m. with tea and coffee.
• The day is free to attend and will finish around 3 p.m.

For more details please contact

Travel details are below the poster.


Travel information:

Parking is available at the Harbour Hotel. The first 90 minutes are free, and parking is charged at €2.00 per hour thereafter. Overnight or full day car parking is charged at a maximum of €8.00. have buses from Dublin to Galway every hour starting from 6:45. They leave from Aston/Crampton Quay. They also go from Cork to Galway and from Limerick (Henry Street Garda Station) to Galway though not as regularly as the Dublin buses. also have buses running every hour from the city centre starting from 7:15

Bus Eireann and Irish Rail have services from Dublin to Galway. Bus Eireann also provides services from from Letterkenny to Galway and from Cork to Galway.

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

ISAYiT! workshops for young people who stutter

Irish Stammering Association and Gaiety School or Acting are running three workshops for young people who stutter. Charlie Hughes will be the tutor for these workshops which will be held in Temple Bar, Dublin. There will be games, activities, drama, people to meet and lots of fun of course!

ISAYiT! will run from 11am to 4pm on a series of three Sundays; January 22nd, February 19th and March 12th.

ISAYiT! offers young people who stammer an opportunity to express themselves creatively among a group of their peers in an environment where they will not be judged by how they speak.

Feedback from young people and parents from previous groups has been positive.

From ISAYiT! participants…

“I can be myself”

“I was able to talk in front of an audience”

“Don’t worry, it doesn’t have to be perfect”

“I had a great time and met lots of new friends

Parents said, my child learned…

“that she can do things and not to assume she can’t”

“to take risks and relax”

“that he’s not the only one and he’s more confident in himself”

The cost is €50 for the three sessions for ISA members – or €20 for each individual session.

Text or call Veronica on 086 073 6328 or Jonathon on 083 883 0001 for more information or to book a place. Financial assistance with fee is available. You can also email



The 10th National Stammering Awareness Day

Stuttering Pride – Respect, Dignity, Recognition

The 10th National Stammering Awareness Day takes place on October 22nd 2016 in the Hilton Kilmainham Hotel, Dublin.
 The theme for this year is: Stuttering Pride – Respect, Dignity, Recognition.
 NSAD was established
 by Michael O’Shea and Jonathon Linklater in 2007. In its 10 years NSAD has enjoyed many international and homegrown speakers, run workshops for children and parents and brought closer together the community of people who stammer. NSAD has featured informative and enjoyable sessions including face painting for kids, drama with ISAYiT! and the
 Gaiety School of Acting, student presentations, research studies, academic presentations and inspiring stories from hundreds of people who stammer. These people who stammer (possibly including you) have come together to
 use their voices, listen to others, meet up and to support other people who stammer. NSAD has been generously funded by Speak Soon Communications. Additional support has come from Irish Stammering Association – who have operated workshops for parents, children and teenagers who stutter – as well as Irish McGuire Programme. ISA extends a special invitation to you for this 10th National Stammering Awareness Day. Entry
 is free and people who stutter, their friends and families are invited to learn more about stammering 
in a supportive and 
safe environment. The provisional programme can be found below. We hope that you can make this special event.

Saturday October 22nd 2016 (10 a.m. – 4.30 p.m.), Hilton Hotel, Kilmainham, Dublin 8.

The day starts at 10 a.m. and runs until 4.30 p.m. Admission is free; refreshments will be served.

Time Speaker
10 Opening Welcome – Michael O’Shea & Jonathon Linklater
10:05 Icebreaker
10:15 Callum Wells (person who stutters and speech and language therapist)
10:30 Patrick O’Hanlon (Person who stutters)
11:00 Coffee Tea & coffee break
11:30 Keynote: Michael Ryan (Chairman, Irish Stammering Association)
12:00 Karen Nelligan (Person who stutters)
12:15 Ray Croke (Person who stutters)
12:30 Keynote: Mary Moorehead (Irish McGuire Programme)

13:00 Lunch

14:00 Keynote: Dr. Triona Lanigan (Talk Title: Beyond words, a psychological approach to stammering)
14.30 Madeleine Foley (parent of teenager who stutters)
14:45 Mary O’Dwyer (speech and language therapist)
15:00 Keynote: Dr. Shelly Jo Kraft (Wayne State University, USA)
15:30 Robert O’Brien (Person who stutters)
15:45 Ian Hickey and Patrick Campbell (Irish Stammering Association and British Stammering Association)
16:10 Closing comments – Michael O’Shea & Jonathon Linklater
16:30 Close

ISA sessions

11:00 – 13:45 : Breakout room: ISAYiT! drama group facilitated by Gaiety School of Acting

13:00 – 13:10 : Irish Stammering Association – Extraordinary General Meeting
13:10 – 13.50 : Main Room: ISA Parent Support Network meeting (all parents welcome)