On a glorious sunny day in Newry, Northern Ireland, new students from the Galway course in February came together once again along with coaches and other graduates to share knowledge and support one another. At the refresher day there were 31 members of the Irish McGuire Programme in attendance, comprising of 13 primary coaches, 9 experienced graduates and 9 recent members of the programme.
As Fairy Tales have a happy ending, there was also a happy ending on our recent course in Galway (22nd-25th February 2017). A happy ending for 11 students who put their faith is us to help them overcome their life restricting stammer / stutter.
In December 2015, Tiernan McVey was named on the Gaelic Life Team of the week for his performance between the posts for Moortown at the St Paul’s Ulster Club Minor Tournament. It is a moment that he cherishes, as it represented a major achievement for someone who had managed to battle with and conquer a stammer.
A very inspirational and emotional story from Puja Pietarila who did her Refresher Course (her 02. McGuire Course) in Berlin last October! Well done Puja, your presence and positive attitude brings energy to our courses and to the programme in Germany. Thank you for sharing and thank you for joining The McGuire Programme Please read and share!
Over the 20 years, there have been 78 courses in Ireland; Cork, February 2008 being one of these and a special one at that. Having lived with a stammer/stutter for all my life I was used to living with the dread, stress, and humiliation of all speaking situations. As soon as I opened my eyes in the morning my stutter was in my head. It overtook my life and at the time the future of being an out of control stutterer was terrifying but a real prospect.
As my fear escalated, my focus and determination simultaneously vanished. ‘Just take it in your stride,’ I told myself. I was visibly uncomfortable, like always, and was consumed with the fear of being ‘found out’, of being seen as stupid and incompetent, of being pitied, of being a stammerer. Then it came: “Patrick Hanlon, you’re next to speak…”