The McGuire Programme welcomed 8 courageous people who came together for an intensive course in Salthill, Galway on 21st-24th June 2017 to confront their stutter and overcome their fear of stammering.
About Emmet O'Connell
Course Instructor, Staff Trainer & Regional Director of Germany.
Entries by Emmet O'Connell
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…”
A Corkman who overcame a debilitating stammer to become a confident public speaker wants to help others do the same.
Since he was five years old, Jamie Googan has struggled with a stammer: “Growing up, I always wondered why other people would laugh at me when I tried desperately to pronounce my own name or any other words,” he said. “I suppose that one of the biggest things for me when I was growing up was I have never met anyone else had a stammer, so there was always that feeling of isolation there,” Jamie added.
[rt_reading_time label=”Reading Time:” postfix=”minutes”] Oscar-winning film raising awareness of stutters and stammers With the recent Oscar success of the Irish short film ‘Stutterer’, listener Ciaran McGonagle got in touch in the hope that people who have a stutter know there is help available. He dropped into the studio to talk to Anton […]
James Googan always avoided social situations and, if he had to turn up, would be described afterwards as ‘the shy’ or ‘quiet’ one. He wasn’t, he says. He was just terrified of stammering James Googan, who works at CIT and has a stammer, couldn’t have imagined previously enjoying the communication role of his job. Picture:Des Barry Presentation was supposed to last five minutes but […]