May Walk and Talk

ISA is hosting its May Walk and Talk on Sunday 27th May along the Grand Canal in Co. Kildare. We’d be delighted if you would join us for a stroll and a chat.

Location: Grand Canal Way, Hazelhatch to Sallins, Co. Kildare
Meeting Point: 12.45pm, Sunday May 27th at Hazelhatch Train Station, Co. Kildare Getting there by car: take the N4 and then the R148 to Hazelhatch
Getting there by public transport from the Dublin area: Buy a return ticket from Dublin Heuston to Sallins, Co. Kildare. Catch the 12:15pm train from Dublin Heuston to Sallins and hop off at the Hazelhatch stop. We’ll get you back in time to catch the 3:48pm train from Sallins to Dublin Heuston
Length of Walk: Approx. 2 hours.

What is the Walk and Talk? 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 walk along one of the most picturesque sections of the famous Grand Canal. As the group will walk for approx 2 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 the May 24th 2018 by contacting

What should I bring? Please ensure to bring: Walking boots, raingear, snack and fluids. Please contact for further details.


Waterford Open Day and AGM

Irish Stammering Association is hosting an Open Day on Saturday 12th May 2018 in Treacys Hotel, Merchants Quay, Waterford. ISA’s Annual General Meeting will also take place on the day.

We will have a range of talks including:
• Chairman’s Address from ISA Chair David Heney
• Waterford support group members talk about the benefits of joining a group
• Michael O’Shea – person who stutters
• Fiona Ryan – speech and language therapist
• Nora Trench Bowles – person who stutters
• Dr Jonathon Linklater – speech and language therapist who stutters
• The event starts at 12.30 p.m. with tea, coffee and scones.
• 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:

Pay and Display parking is available across the street as well as Treacys Hotel’s own car park 2 minutes walk away. Details can be found here.

Coach and Rail services to Waterford can be found on Bus Eireann and Irish Rail. and may also provide services depending on your departure location.

Women’s Phone Group

The Telephone Group for Women Who Stammer is free to join from a mobile or landline, lasts around an hour and is very informal, you can say as much as you like or just listen. If you are an active member on the list, you will get a text invite as usual.

Our next groups take place on Wednesday 22nd March and Tuesday 29th May 2018.

If you are interested in joining the list, or would like more info please contact the ISA at

Parents’ Support Meeting – February

ISA will be hosting a parent get together on Sun 11th Feb from 11am to 1pm in Dublin City Centre. You can meet and chat with other parents to share experiences around stuttering.

Veronica Lynch and Speech and Language Therapist Aisling Keogh will host the meeting to answer questions you may have. The meeting is free to attend and open to all parents/relatives of young people who stammer. Text or call 0860736328 or email for more information.

Spring Walk and Talk – Sunday 18th February

ISA is hosting its Spring Walk and Talk on Sunday 18th February in the Phoenix Park. We’d be delighted if you would join us for a stroll and a chat.

Location: Phoenix Park, Dublin
Date and time: 12 pm, 18th February 2018
Meeting Point: Conyngham Rd Gate, Near the Criminal Courts of Justice
Length of walk: A leisurely 2- 3 hour 10K walk including a refreshment stop

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 take in the pleasant scenery of the Phoenix. We will meet at the Conyngham Rd Gate and walk up Chesterfield Avenue passing the zoo, cricket grounds, polo grounds, Áras an Uachtaráin, past the Phoenix monument and on to Farmleigh where you can grab a coffee and snack.We will return down Chesterfield Avenue turning at the Phoenix monument by the American Ambassadors residence by the Papal Cross and down towards the Magazine Fort and turn back up Wellington Rd to rejoin Chesterfield Ave and finish back at the Conynham Rd Gate. The return walk is about 5 – 5.5K.

Transport to the Phoenix Park is by bus (46a) or Luas red line to Heuston or Museum. Parking the Phoenix Park is free.

How do I take part?
Please express your interest in this event before the 15th February by contacting or texting 0860736328

What should I bring?
Please ensure to bring: Make sure to dress for the weather and we suggest you bring snacks and water. Contact for further details.

Children are welcome but under 16’s must be accompanied by an adult.

ISA Christmas Social


ISA Christmas social takes place on Thursday 7th December in Dublin.

Call in for a Christmas drink with the Irish stammering community. Catch up with people youʼve met at the Dublin support group or at an ISA event and maybe make some new friends! If you havenʼt attended anything in the past, come along to learn about the ISA and meet other people who stammer in an informal environment.
You can hear first hand about the recent ISA events such as the Comedy Night and Walk and Talks. Youʼll get a chance to meet other people who stammer in an informal environment.

Location: The Church, Junction of Mary St and Jervis St, Dublin 1
Time: 8 p.m.

Finger food will be provided, but drinks are not included.

The Christmas social closes off 2017 for the ISA
and looks forward to 2018. Help us mark the season and join us for the final ISA social event of the year.

Autumn Walk and Talk

ISA is hosting its Autumn Walk and Talk on Sunday 5th November in North County Dublin. We’d be delighted if you would join us for a stroll and a chat.

Location: Howth Head, Dublin
Date and time: 12 pm, November 5th 2017
Meeting Point: Marine Hotel, Sutton Cross
Length of walk: A leisurely two 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 take in the stunning views of a less trodden section of the Howth Coastal Path. We will meet outside the main door of the Marine Hotel in Sutton which is a short walk from Sutton Dart station. We will then drive down Strand Road towards Red Rock, where our walk begins. Transport will be provided to anyone travelling by public transport. As the group will walk for around 2 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 the November 2nd 2017 by contacting

What should I bring?
Please ensure to bring: Walking boots, raingear, snack and fluids. Contact for further details.


National Stammering Awareness Day – Schedule

The 11th National Stammering Awareness Day will take place on Saturday October 21st in the Hilton Kilmainham Hotel, Dublin from 10 a.m. This year’s theme is ‘A world that understands stuttering’. The day is free to attend and all are welcome.

A full schedule of speakers and breakout sessions can be found below along with biographies for each of our invited speakers.


Breakout sessions : Irish Stammering Association will be running a Parent Support Network meeting at 1 pm. in the Main Room.

ISAYiT! drama group will be facilitated by Charlie Hughes (Gaiety School of Acting) from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Conor Foran’s work ‘The Curious Paradox’ will be exhibited at the rear of the main room.

Schedule :

10 : Welcome – Dr Jonathon Linklater & David Heney
10:05 : Icebreaker
10:15 : Conor Foran
10:30 : Grant Meredith

11:00 : Tea & coffee break

11:30 : Brian Dempsey (Irish McGuire Programme)
12:00 : Dr Mary O’Dwyer
12:30 : David Heney (Chairman, Irish Stammering Association)

13:00 : Lunch break

14:00 : Shannen McEwen
14:15 : Dr Jonathon Linklater
14:45 : Bevin Murphy and Veronica Lynch
15:00 : Charlie Hughes – Gaiety School of Acting – presentation skills for people who stutter
16:00 : Aidan Greene
16:30 : Jamie Googan
16:45 : Nina G
17:15 : Closing comments – Dr Jonathon Linklater & David Heney
: Wine reception

Speaker biographies :

Conor Foran :

Conor Foran is a recent graduate of the National College of Art & Design, with a degree in Visual Communication and Visual Culture. Being a stammerer all his life, Conor chose to explore his speech impediment through book design and typography for his graduate work. His publication, The Curious Paradox, aims to shed light upon the presence of stammering in our society through a series of interviews. The work uses a customised font which stretches and repeats to mimic the voice of the stammerer. The publication has since reached the finals for the Best Student Book Category in the British Book Design and Production Awards 2017, with the ceremony taking place in London this November.

Grant Meredith :

Grant Meredith lectures in Information Technology and is the Associate Dean of Student Retention and Success for the Faculty of Science and Technology. Grant leads the Technologies for Empowering People for Participation in Society programme which aims to enable the lives of people the world over through the radical design of free software solutions. Grant is an active researcher and presenter within the fields of educational equity, assertive technologies and emerging technologies. He has been named best lecturer of the year for his university 3 times and in 2015 was named the Alumnus of the Year. Grant is actively engaged within the stuttering world advocating stuttering pride and sits as a community representative on Speech Pathology Australia’s Ethics Board. In the stuttering world he is seen as a “triple threat” as he blocks, repeats and also prolongs.

Brian Dempsey :

I’m a car mechanic from Dublin and I’m a graduate of the McGuire Programme. I’ve had a stammer for as long as I have remembered. Growing up with a stammer was extremely frustrating as my whole life was being controlled by it. I could never do what I wanted to do and manipulated people to do as much for me as possible so I could speak as little as possible. I joined the McGuire programme in 2011 and I am a coach and a course instructor on the programme. Since then me as a person I’ve completely change by accepting myself as a person who stammers and I’ve made that apart of who I am and just given me the confidence to speak. For I’m in control on how I speak and not letting my stammer control me. I finally have a voice and now able to go about work and life without having the fear of stammering and caring what people think of me if I do stutter on a word.

Dr Mary O’Dwyer :

Mary works as a Speech and Language Therapist with HSE (South). Mary has a particular interest in working with children and adults who stutter and their families. Mary views stuttering as a complex phenomenon involving behavior, thoughts, and feelings, while the importance of each of these varies from person to person. Her current interests include developing the use of mindfulness and narrative therapy in her work with children and adults who stutter. She has undertaken the European Clinical Specialization in Fluency Disorders post graduate qualification and has recently completed her PhD at Trinity College, Dublin.

David Heney :

David Heney has been involved in the Irish Stammering Association since 2006 when he first attended the Dublin Support Group. He has been on the Board of the ISA since 2010, and took over as chair of the ISA from Michael Ryan earlier this year. David has stammered all his life but didn’t undertake any speech therapy as a child. Since discovering the Irish Stammering Community he has undertaken the Dublin Adult Stuttering programme and currently facilitates the ISA Dublin Support Group. He has made many friends in the stammering community and believes that meeting other people who stammer and sharing experiences has been an important aspect to working on his speech. It has also shown him that having a stammer does not need to hold you back, whatever you want to do! He is married to Jennifer and works as a civil servant in Dublin.

Shannen McEwen :

Shannen McEwen is my name, I’m from Letterkenny in Co. Donegal and I am a Primary Coach on the McGuire Programme. I have had a stammer since I was 3 years old and growing up, I was controlled by my stammer and it frustrated me as I could not say what I wanted to say. The fear of stammering in front of people had always held me back from various speaking situations and in June 2016, I finally had enough of it and I joined the McGuire Programme. The McGuire programme has given me so much confidence in myself. A year ago I couldn’t say my own name or where I was from without stammering and now I can actually say what I want and not hold back. It’s finally given me a voice, a voice that I’ve kept quiet for 23 years because I was too scared to speak. I now control my stammer, rather than letting it control me.

Dr Jonathon Linklater :

Dr Jonathon Linklater, a speech and language therapist, stutters himself. Specializing in fluency disorders, he established an intensive therapy program called the Dublin Adult Stuttering (DAS) course in 2005. Jonathon co-founded the private practice in Dublin in 2011. He has been involved with the Irish Stammering Association since 2003 and is currently the Development Manager for the charity. Since completing the European Clinical Specialism in Fluency Disorders in 2009, Jonathon has completed his PhD at the University of Limerick, with guidance from Trinity College Dublin’s School of Clinical Speech and Language Studies. He is past chair of the Irish Association of Speech and Language Therapists; the professional body for Speech and Language Therapists. He likes to make the occasional film.

Bevin Murphy :

Hello, my name is Bevin and I’m 19 years old. I am currently a student at IADT and I’m studying English, Media and Cultural Studies. I have been a member of the ISA for as long as I can remember and I fully support everything that they do. I am also a member of the ISAYiT! group that is within the ISA and I love it! My presentation today is about my transition from Secondary School to College and how my stammer has impacted on this change. Through my experience of having a stammer I want to help people find their voice. That is something I truly believe in too! I believe we all have a voice that is worth sharing.

Veronica Lynch :

Veronica is a person who stammers and a parent of a young adult who stammers. She has been an active member of Irish Stammering Association for over 9 years and served on the Board as Treasurer and Chairman. Veronica has a special interest in young people who stammer and their parents and is involved in supporting both through ISA’s projects such as ISAYiT! And Parent Support Network. Although Veronica has stammered for as long as she can remember, her stammer and her attitude to it has changed considerably. Doing speech therapy for the first time 12 years ago and becoming involved with ISA have both played a major part in those changes. Her presentation today will offer some ideas on supporting young people who stammer in education.

Aidan Greene :

Aidan Greene is a multi award-winning Comedian from Cavan. He’s a regular across all of Ireland’s top comedy clubs and festivals and is just back from an acclaimed sold out run at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival with his show (500) Days of Stammer. As featured on the Moth Podcast.

Nina G :

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.

Coming soon and worth waiting for…

Jamie Googan
Charlie Hughes

National Stammering Awareness Day 2017

The 11th National Stammering Awareness Day will take place on Saturday October 21st in the Hilton Kilmainham Hotel, Dublin from 10 a.m. This year’s theme is ‘A world that understands stuttering’.


As you may recall, at last year’s NSAD, Michael O’Shea stood down from his involvement in the event that he and Jonathon Linklater had coordinated together since 2007. Michael was keen for Irish Stammering Association to take over the running of NSAD. We acknowledge and thank Michael and Monica O’Shea for their hard work and dedication to 10 years of NSAD.

As well as having our traditional speakers from Irish Stammering Association and Irish McGuire Programme we’ll have a range of speakers to encourage, inspire and get you thinking. Keeping with this year’s global theme, we will have two Skype speakers including Nina G stuttering stand up comedian and activist who joins us from San Francisco. Closer to home, NCAD graduate Conor Foran will exhibit his design work ‘The Curious Paradox’ – nominated for the 2017 British Book Design and Production Awards Shortlist.

ISA Parents’ Support Network will take place at 1.00 p.m. where family members can share experiences and chat informally. ISAYiT! drama group for young people will run from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. In addition, Charlie Hughes from the Gaiety School of Acting will be giving a talk on presentation skills for adults in the afternoon.

Our day will close with a drinks reception that all are welcome to attend. A full timetable can be found here.

Parking and public transport

Hilton Kilmainham Hotel has a preferential all day parking rate of €7. This operates on a first come fist service; you must pay for this parking at reception to avail of the special rate. Alternative parking can be found at the Irish Museum of Modern Art.

Public transport serves Hilton Kilmainham with LUAS stops at Heuston Station and Suir Road, and several Dublin Bus routes. The Transport for Ireland website gives real time information to assist your travel.

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.