Entries by Emmet O'Connell

Finding her voice: How a mother of three finally overcame her lifelong stutter – aged 53

A stammer held Margaret O’Brien back for decades until she plucked up the courage to do something about it, writes Margaret Jennings

AT age 53, having hid behind a speech impediment all her life — avoiding social situations, lacking in confidence and unable to hold even a normal phone conversation — Cork mother of three Margaret O’Brien finally found her voice.

Although the Bandon-based head care assistant with the HSE had been working at the local community hospital for over three decades, her world otherwise had always been tightly held in rein by the fact that she stammered.

66,000 Steps To Control In Dublin – Overcoming Stuttering Together

2018 has only just begun and yet the stuttering community has already stamped its mark on the nation. ‘School for Stammerers’ – the ITV documentary which aired (also on TV3 in Ireland) at the beginning of January 2018 – pulled at the heartstrings of everyone that tuned in. It followed the journey of some very brave people learning how to overcome their stutter through the McGuire Programme.