Musician, Mental Health Ambassador & Speaker
Niall Breslin, known as Bressie, is an Irish musician and former professional rugby player and Westmeath Gaelic footballer. Breslin found success as the lead singer, guitarist and songwriter with pop band The Blizzards, as a co-writer and producer with XIX Entertainment and as a solo artist. He was the winning coach on the first and third seasons of The Voice of Ireland. Breslin is outspoken on the topic of mental health issues and is an ambassador for Cycle Against Suicide, an organisation that seeks to raise awareness and bring support to those dealing with mental health issues.
Breslin attended University College Dublin on a sports scholarship, graduating with a 1st class honours degree in Economics.
Niall represented his native county team, Westmeath, in Gaelic football at Minor, Under-21 and Senior Championship. He won a Leinster Under-21 Football Championship medal with Westmeath in 2000. He was also a professional rugby player with Leinster Rugby. He had a scholarship in UCD for rugby and also represented Ireland at Under21 level in the Six nations and the World Cup.
With childhood friends, Breslin formed The Blizzards in 2004. They released two albums that achieved commercial success, A Public Display of Affection in 2006 and Domino Effect in 2008. The band split up in 2009. Following the band's split, Breslin joined Simon Fuller's XIX Entertainment as a songwriter and producer in 2010.
In 2012, he was a coach on the inaugural season of The Voice of Ireland, mentoring the winner Pat Byrne and going on to Produce and co write the winners album. In 2014 he also mentored the winner Brendan McCahey.
In late March 2013, Breslin opened up on his blog about his struggles with 'generalised anxiety disorder'. Breslin wrote an honest and insightful blog opening up about his panic attacks, in an attempt to dispel the stigma surrounding mental health issues.
In April and May 2013, Breslin participated as a cyclist with Cycle Against Suicide, in a series of legs around Ireland, stopping at local schools to give mental health-related talks.
Breslin has discussed Mental Health Awareness during his Cycle Against Suicide promotional trip on RTÉ's 'The Late Late Show', as well as appearing on RTÉ's 'Prime Time' and Brendan O'Connor's 'Saturday Night Show'.
Niall Breslin has a story which many people would have never imagined. From having a career in professional rugby for Leinster, which led him to representing Ireland in the under 21s World Cup, to being the frontman of multiple award-winning band The Blizzards, before embarking on a solo career and coaching on The Voice of Ireland. Niall is available for motivational talks, photo call and media days.
"In my capacity as C.E.O. of Cycle Against Suicide I have had the opportunity to hear Niall speak on Numerous occasions. What never ceases to amaze me is Niall's ability to connect with an audience. Regardless of the setting, time constraints or demographics Niall speaks with a candor and power that gives his words a weight of resonance.
A good speakers gift is their ability to connect with those listening. An ability to communicate a shared trait, emotion or idea in a way that makes the listener feel that the speaker is expressing it for both of them. A good speaker will work constantly trying to forge this connection. A great speaker does it subconsciously. Niall is a great speaker."
(Cycle Against Suicide)
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