IT’S GOOD TO TALK: Margaret O’Brien who has successfully overcome her stammer. Picture: Dan Linehan

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.

Brian Dempsey instructing the February 2018 course in Dublin

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Liam Pogson of Mirfield, who has managed to take control of his stammer and is to appear on a TV programme about the affliction.

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Liam Pogson talking about The McGuire Programme and ITVs new show ‘School for Stammerers’ to be broadcast on TV3 10.01.2018

Stammerer Ashley Guerin. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

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Shannen McEwen

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