Niall Fahy

Niall Fahy

My stammer has always been there. I buried it deep within myself when I was a child. I wanted it to go away. I went to speech therapy but it didn't offer me much. We never talked about it in my family so I blocked it out. I was blocking in my speech and blocking it out from my mind. I did an adult stammering course when I was in my twenties and that introduced me to the 'stammering iceberg' concept and I found this very useful for visualising and understanding my own stammer.

Tried and Tested in Cork

Jack Widger receiving his Primary Coach certificate from staff trainer David McNally

Jack Widger receiving his Primary Coach certificate from staff trainer David McNally

Throughout the 3 days we learned, drilled and practiced physical and psychological techniques. Towards the end of the course we tested these powerful techniques in the real world by talking to many strangers on street and in shops. And to top it off we did public speaking on the busiest street in Cork City. Such a jam packed 3 days!

One of the McGuire Programmes biggest strengths is our comprehensive follow up support. On completion of the course each student is assigned a personal coach who works closely with their student on a daily basis.

Megan Gribben

Megan Gribben

My own parents did not know the extent of how my stammer affected my everyday life because I simply never spoke. Silence for years and years.

After years of speech therapy with no results I was 100% certain that my stammer was the worst stammer in the world, I was hopeless. My mum finally came to me about the ‘McGuire Programme’, off we set to Galway! The only people who knew where I was going were my parents, the course was great but I wasn’t ready. I was so deep in denial, there was no way I was going to come home and tell everyone where I was! 

Megan's Turnaround

Megan Gribben

My own parents did not know the extent of how my stammer affected my everyday life because I simply never spoke. Silence for years and years.

After years of speech therapy with no results I was 100% certain that my stammer was the worst stammer in the world, I was hopeless. My mum finally came to me about the ‘McGuire Programme’, off we set to Galway! The only people who knew where I was going were my parents, the course was great but I wasn’t ready. I was so deep in denial, there was no way I was going to come home and tell everyone where I was! 

Simon joins our coaching team

Simon Madden

My mother always said to me "Simon, I'll keep looking until we find something to help your speech." In 2009 she came across the McGuire Programme. I was 14 years of age at the time and had already given up. I accepted the fact that I was going to stammer out of control for the rest of my life. I remember coming home from school and she told me that she rang Joe and there was a course coming up in Cork and that if I wanted to, I could do it. In my head I was saying "I've tried everything else, why is this different, why should this work”? But I was willing to give it a go. This was it.

Simon Madden

Simon Madden

My mother always said to me "Simon, I'll keep looking until we find something to help your speech." In 2009 she came across the McGuire Programme. I was 14 years of age at the time and had already given up. I accepted the fact that I was going to stammer out of control for the rest of my life. I remember coming home from school and she told me that she rang Joe and there was a course coming up in Cork and that if I wanted to, I could do it. In my head I was saying "I've tried everything else, why is this different, why should this work”? But I was willing to give it a go. This was it.

McGuire Programme On Elaine TV Chat Show Via VirginMediaTV

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McGuire Programme member on Elaine Show via VirginMediaTV Stammering

McGuire Programme On Elaine TV Chat Show Via VirginMediaTV

The McGuire Programme brought Clariemarie's journey to a different level.. and gave her the opportunity, thanks to Patrick Hanlon and Joe O Donnell, to appear as a guest on the Elaine Show on VirginMediaTV - speaking about growing up with a stammer and her involvement with the McGuire Programme. Clairemarie wanted to share that she is incredibly grateful for not only the voice the McGuire Programme has given to her but also the confidence and self-belief that she could even consider doing this interview.. She will be forever grateful to the course for this... The support and lifelong friends (husband included Ashley Guerin!!) she has made over my 14 years involvement with the course have given her an immeasurable amount of guidance and encouragement... this interview talked a lot about growing up with a stammer so she couldn't post this without thanking her incredible family & friends for being her voice when she didn't have one...protecting and loving her unconditionally and pushing her to always challenge herself and be more than she ever thought she could be (there are far too many of you to tag in this post!) For family and friends abroad who asked for a link to the video...here it is!

McGuire Programme on Elaine TV Chat Show via VirginMediaTV

McGuire Programme on Elaine TV Chat Show via VirginMediaTV

McGuire Programme on Elaine TV Chat Show via VirginMediaTV

The McGuire Programme brought Clariemarie's journey to a different level.. and gave her the opportunity, thanks to Patrick Hanlon and Joe O Donnell, to appear as a guest on the Elaine Show on VirginMediaTV - speaking about growing up with a stammer and her involvement with the McGuire Programme. Clairemarie wanted to share that she is incredibly grateful for not only the voice the McGuire Programme has given to her but also the confidence and self-belief that she could even consider doing this interview.. She will be forever grateful to the course for this...

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