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.