International Stuttering Awareness Day – Budget 2016 response

October 22nd is International Stuttering Awareness Day.  The Irish Stammering Association (ISA) welcomes last week’s Budget 2016 announcement by Minister Howlin that funding will be made available for children’s speech and language therapy services.

Around 5% of children will stammer; a condition characterized by sound repetitions, prolongations and blocks in its early stages. Some children will recover from stammering but around 1% of adults continue to stammer.  Stammering can lead to avoidance of speaking situations, embarrassment, frustration and people not fulfilling their potential; whatever their age.


Commenting on the Budget announcement ISA Chairperson Michael Ryan said: “While we welcome increased investment into speech and language therapy services, we note that waiting lists for both assessment and treatment have been problematic around the country for many years. Funding reductions and recruitment embargos have far reaching consequences. Delays in access to services for children who stammer reduce their chances of recovery. Services for adults who stammer are limited or non-existent in many areas; research shows that adults who are supported can contribute more positively to society and to the economy.”

“Irish Stammering Association calls for investment in services to support people who stammer throughout their lives. Services in the early years of stammering offer the best chance of recovery. However, it is also important to offer services for those who are older, to give them the best possible support to their education and employment, allowing them to contribute fully to society,” said Mr Ryan.


This year’s theme for International Stuttering Awareness Day is ‘Spread the Word – Education, Cooperation, Communication’.  By working together we can reduce the isolation associated with stuttering and see people who stammer playing a positive role.  Irish Stammering Association will continue to monitor services for children and adults who stutter over the coming months to ensure that those who find it difficult to speak up are still listened to.

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

Walk and Talk Summer 2015

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 the Howth Coastal Path. As the group will walk for between 2-3 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 13th of September 2015 by contacting

What should I bring?

Please ensure to bring: Walking boots, raingear, snack and fluids.

Please contact for further details.



April Newsletter

In the April 2015 edition of the Irish Stammering Association’s Newsletter, some of our contributors’ names were not credited for the articles they wrote.  ISA wishes to convey its sincere apologies to these writers.  All contributions to ISA’s newsletters are greatly appreciated.  It is our hope that these authors will continue to support ISA through sharing their research and insights into stammering.  In this way ISA can keep its members informed and updated on new studies and experiences of stuttering in Ireland and further afield.  An updated version of our newsletter is now available on our website.  The articles and their authors’ names are listed below:
Chairman’s Address- written by Veronica Lynch, outgoing ISA Chairperson and continuing ISAYiT! coordinator.
“A Broad Overview of Stuttering and The Growing Up in Ireland Longitudinal Study:  Encouraging results regarding prevalence of and academic achievement”.  written by:  Kathleen McTiernan and Margaret M. Leahy, Trinity College Dublin. 
Best wishes,
Irish Stammering Association

ISA visits the Houses of the Oireachtas

CHDmHBaXIAA3XU6Irish Stammering Association Chair Michael Ryan and Development Manager Jonathon Linklater visited the Houses of the Oireachtas on Tuesday 9th June.

Michael and Jonathon followed up with public representatives to call for continued funding of Irish Stammering Association’s work to support people who stammer.

The Department of Environment, Community and Local Government recently announced bridging funding for ISA until June 2016 under the Scheme to Support National Organisations; further funding is unclear.

ISA is the only charitable organisation working in Ireland on behalf of people who stutter.  ISA provides support and information to people who stutter, their families and friends, and professionals who work with stuttering.

Without sustainable funding, ISA services will be under threat.  ISA offers support groups around the country as well as telephone networks for parents, men and women who stutter.  ISA operates ISAYiT! drama groups and young ISA social events for young people who stutter as well as a Skype group for teenagers. Events such as Walk and Talk and Caint gan Eagla Conference Day give people an opportunity to come together to reduce isolation often caused by stuttering.

You can help!  Talk to your local TD or Senator about how stammering has affected you or someone who you know.  Send them an email or a letter; you can find your representatives’ contact details to by clicking here 

ISAYiT! Summer drama camps 2015

10am to 2pm

6th to 10th July

Temple Bar, Dublin 2


summer drama camps for young people who stammer!

Led by the Gaiety School of Acting,

provides a place for young people who stammer

from age 8 to 17 to try acting and stagecraft.

There will be plenty of fun, games and activities

during the week and new friends to be made.


The cost for the week is €100 per child to attend

which is part funded by HSE / National Lottery grant.

Financial assistance with fee is available.

Text or call 086 0736328 for

more information or to book a place.

ISAYiT! summer drama camps 2015

Michael Ryan elected Chair of Irish Stammering Association

ISA Board 2015

Michael Ryan was elected Chair of Irish Stammering Association at May’s Board meeting.  Michael has been involved with ISA since 2009.  He is keen to meet with members of the association and will be visiting support groups around the country over the next 12 months.

Michael served as Mayor of Templemore Town Council and has been raising the profile of stammering with public representatives.  Earlier this year Michael presented in Dáil Eireann with ISA colleagues Veronica Lynch and Jonathon Linklater to highlight the work that the association carries out.

Michael and the Board would like to thank Veronica Lynch, outgoing Chair, for her considerable efforts with Irish Stammering Association.  Veronica has been instrumental in establishing many services, notably the Parents’ Support Network and ISAYiT! drama group, as well as overseeing and taking part in events such as Caint gan Eagla and National Stammering Awareness Day.

David Heney takes over as ISA’s Vice Chair and continues in his role as Company Secretary.


Presentation Skills Course for Adults

Presentation Skills course coming up in May.

It will delivered by Donal Courtney from Gaiety School of Acting
on Sunday 10th & 17th May from 2pm – 5 pm in Temple Bar.

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. This course will take
place in Gaiety School of Acting, Temple Bar. Financial assistance
with fee & travel is available.

( for information on Donal see )

For more information send an email to or text/
call 086 0736328

Conference Day 2015 Schedule

ISA is pleased to announce the schedule for Conference Day 2015 taking place on Saturday April 18th.  Registration begins at 9.30 a.m.  A full schedule is presented below. 

Our day ‘caint gan eagla’ meaning ‘talk without fear’. is a reminder that no one needs to fear speaking – including those who stammer.  The day is open to everyone connected by stammering including adults who stammer, young people who stammer, and parents of those who stammer.

Attendance is FREE to ISA members.  If you’re not a member, you can join ISA on the day for €20.

Looking forward to seeing you there!


Registration begins at 9.30 a.m.

10:00           ISA Chairperson’s address: Veronica Lynch

10:30           Challenge Yourself: Diary of a Stutterer : Simon Walsh

10:40           Icebreaker (Icemelter!) session

11:00           Ian Hickey : Stammering and the Quarter-Life Crisis: the realities of being a young adult with a stammer.

11:20           Radio Ga Ga: Jonathon Linklater

11:30           Tea & Coffee

11:50           Reflections on presentation skills workshop: David Heney

12:00           Genetics, stuttering, and what it means to you : Dr Shelly Jo Kraft

12:30           Lunch

13:15           Breakout sessions:

– Adults session

                  – Young people session

– Parents’ Support Network (Callum Wells & Aisling Keogh SLTs)

14:45           Coping with stuttering: Dr Triona Lanigan

15:15           Closing session : Challenge Yourself!

15:30           ISA Annual General Meeting

16:00           Close


Venue: Hilton Kilmainham Hotel, Inchicore Road, Dublin 8 (see map)

Date: Saturday 18th April 2015

Time: 9.30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Cost: FREE to ISA members (€20 to join ISA for the year)

Car parking: Car parking is available at the Hilton Kilmainaham.

The first 1.5hr is complimentary and €3 per hour thereafter or €7 per day; delegates will pay their own accounts.

For more details drop us a line: