Entries by Emmet O'Connell

Speaking up for stammerers!

Aged 17 this bright lad, full of enthusiasm for his history project about the Crusades, slides at the ready, opened his mouth… and nothing happened.

“I didn’t speak a single word, not one single word left my mouth. My mum was upset. Everything tensed in my throat. They just ended up showing the slides in silence. I felt really low. I think I might have cried when I got home.”

Fear Is Fine – Embrace It, Don’t Dodge It.

Have you ever suffered from fear of change, fear of failing, fear of decisions or fear itself? Like many or all people who stutter, we feel fear and that fear is the ‘fear of stuttering’ not the fear of talking. An important point to remember here is that this fear will not go away. This fear will always be with you.

Spring Has Sprung And We Had Fun!

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.

Dealing with a stutter in the GAA

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.

Why Was It So Hard To Get The Words Out?

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!

Kara’s Leap Of Faith To Deal With Her Stammer / Stutter

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.

How Embracing My Stutter Gave Me a New Lease on Life

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…”