With your hard work, courage & perseverance, & our support, speaking can become FUN! You can start realising your true personal & professional potential.

We help tackle the many fears of speaking experienced by people who stutter, through techniques of concentration, assertiveness & non-avoidance.

We work with people who stutter. We identify & teach the mechanics & dynamics of speaking.

Latest News

Together, They’re Overcoming Their Stammers and Finding Their Voices

Laura Ludmany was scared of being found out, she says. When her phone rang, she’d run out to the street so her former boyfriend couldn’t hear her talk. If a client called at work, her stomach would clench. Sometimes she’d crinkle a piece of paper next to the receiver and pretend the line was bad. […]

‘Finding My Voice’

‘Finding My Voice’ As we sat down at a table in a local café, it was hard to imagine that this confident young lady I was talking to suffers from a severe and debilitating stammer, but this indeed was the case. Now 26,  Ballymoney’s Megan Gribben, was  enrolled in the ‘McGuire Programme’ helping people overcome […]

Tipperary woman overcoming stutter affliction advises others effected to seek help SHELLY RECOMMENDS MCGUIRE PROGRAMME

Tipperary woman overcoming stutter affliction advises others effected to seek help

A thirty year old Carrick-on -Suir woman who has had to battle from a young age with a stutter impediment has appealed to people having to cope with the same problem to seek help.  Shelly Ryan has made huge strides in overcoming her challenges by getting up the courage to enrol in the McGuire Programme […]

16-year-old Callum Wells has lived with a “covert stammer” his entire life. Growing up, he had to make constant efforts to avoid stammering and situations which might induce it.

16-year-old from Upminster, UK to become one of the youngest speech coaches on the McGuire Programme.

A teenager from Upminster, who overcame his own stammer, is now going to help teach others.  16-year-old Callum Wells has lived with a “covert stammer” his entire life. Growing up, he had to make constant efforts to avoid stammering and situations which might induce it.  “It was very exhausting, my mind was constantly alert for […]

Comac King receiving his CII Certificate on the October 2018 course in Newry

Overcoming Stuttering Along The Banks Of The Newry Canal

2018 is closing its doors and what a way to sign off the final Irish McGuire Programme course of the year! The ripple effect from the ‘School for Stammerers’ documentary is still inspiring people to seek the path to articulate eloquence. Seventeen people courageously stepped forward to take control of their stutter in Newry. The […]

Reality TV star Gareth Gates overcame a stammer

The difficulties and lost opportunities of living with a stammer


  • In the media

    Graduates of the McGuire Programme enjoy talking to the media (newspapers/radio/TV) about the remarkable changes in their lives after joining the programme. The following media clips are evidence that the McGuire Programme does work and is a life-changing experience for many people.

  • Free Information Brochure 2016

    Learn how the McGuire Programme can help you move beyond stuttering and speak confidently with the FREE PROGRAMME INFORMATION BOOKLET.

  • How It Works

    The McGuire Programme is a programme developed and run by people who have stuttered but now live full lives free from the fear, anxiety and limitations imposed by stuttering behaviour. We know how you feel, and understand the problems, frustrations and fears associated with stuttering. The McGuire technique is a holistic and multi-faceted programme dealing with the whole person.

  • Meet The Coaches

    Joe O’Donnell – Regional Director

    By 1999, after 30 years of struggling with my speech and dependant on avoidance behaviours, I finally plucked up the courage to address my stammer and joined the McGuire Programme. Stammering controlled all aspects of my life, both on a physical and psychological level. The build up of anxiety and fear before tough (and often not so tough) speaking situations re-enforced the physical struggle to say even the shortest of sentences. My stammer affected my family members/friends in that they were often compelled to speak for me when the words would simply not come!

Changing Lives Since 1994

In 1994 at age 45, after a lifetime of dealing with the debilitating affects of a severe stammer, Dave McGuire developed a method based on breathing done by many opera singers (called “Costal Breathing”) and a traditional psychological approach known as ‘non-avoidance’.

From this, more components, such as sports psychology and ways to counteract the freezing, struggle and distortion (and accompanying tricks and avoidance), were added to refine this physical and mental/emotional approach resulting in a profound improvement in Dave’s own speech.

Soon, the word was out that there was something new and effective available, and those seeking an answer made the trip to Dave’s home in Holland for his 4 day course. Those successful with this new approach would go back to their own countries telling their stories to radio and newspapers.  Before the end of the year, Dave was getting phone calls stating; “There are 10  people here who would like to give this a try! Why don’t you come here?” As time went on those experienced veterans would come back to help with the new recruits and to improve themselves. From this it was obvious that those who have themselves conquered stammering make the best coaches to help others who stammer.

Within 5 years, just by this organic process,  Regions were established in the UK, Ireland, Norway, Holland, Australia, New Zealand,  South Africa, and the United States. Currently, in addition to these, the McGuire Programme is now also in Mexico, Spain, India and the Middle East (Dubai).

What others say about us

Sandra has growing confidence and encouragement to be herself when speaking to others, as well as starting up conversations. The ability to use her techniques from the course and implement her experiences of stammering in relation to a module called Language Development outlined in Sandra’s college course.

KarenSandra Hough’s Friend

I have known Sharon for over 30 years and I have seen a huge change since she joined the McGuire programme. She is more confident and she no longer looks for me to help her finish her words or sentences. She has come such a long way thanks to the McGuire Programme and I’m so proud of her.

Samantha DowdSharon Gavillet’s friend

I have to admit that Juliusz came through total metamorphose if it comes to the level of confidence, assertiveness along with total improvement in his speech, thinking about working to become a McGuire coach in the future. Seeing him working hard everyday – following the programme and techniques, taking up new challenges – makes me the most proud of him than ever before (though I always was).

Grazyna Chyla-KaczmarekJuliusz’s wife

Since our mammy has done the McGuire Programme she has more confidence when she speaks especially when she speaks in a group.

Cian & Robbie Gavillet Sharon Gavillet’s sons