We are delighted to launch The London Irish Lectures series.

Through 2018, we will bring you a diverse and engaging mix of speakers to talk on areas of Irish social, cultural and creative interest.

More 'talks' than lectures, each event will offer the opportunity for engagement and interaction, and an evening of lively conversation and learning.

Our first speaker will be Niall Breslin (aka Bressie) - musician, former Westmeath GAA and Leinster Rugby player and founder of mental health organisation Lust for Life.

NIALL BRESLIN

BIOGRAPHY 

An award-winning musician, mental health advocate, music producer, television presenter, songwriter, bestselling author, Niall ‘Bressie’ Breslin defies both stereotypes and categorisation. He is multitalented and focused, leading a new kind of conversation on mental health and selling out gigs, managing his own music studio and winning awards for his writing, competing in Iron Man competitions and presenting acclaimed documentaries. A passionate speaker, advocate, writer, musician, sportsman and campaigner, he is a leading voice in contemporary Irish life. 

As the lead singer, songwriter, and guitarist with The Blizzards, Bressie ushered in a new appreciation for pop-rock radio hits in Ireland, before the band went on hiatus in 2010. As a solo musician signed to Sony Music, he released two albums, with the second Rage and Romance going to number one in Ireland. After a successful reunion tour and a handful of singles in 2017, The Blizzards are now back together and gearing up for the release of their third album in 2018. 

Bressie was a coach on the massively successful The Voice Of Ireland television show for 5 years. Other television projects include the documentary series Bressie’s Teenage Kicks, as well earning his first acting credit in Chris O’Dowd's sitcom series Moone Boy.

His sports career is as multifaceted as his wider achievements, having represented his home county Westmeath in Gaelic football at minor, under-21, and senior levels. He is also a former professional rugby player with Leinster, one of the finest clubs in the world. After winning a rugby scholarship to University College Dublin, he represented Ireland at under-21 level in the World Cup. Since then, his approach towards fitness and its positive impact on mental health has led him to compete in marathons, triathlons, and Iron Man competitions, bringing his positive learnings to television with Bressie’s Ironmind, the acclaimed RTE documentary.

His Social Enterprise A Lust For Life is an award-winning national wellbeing movement created to transform how we talk about and treat mental health. Since its launch in October 2015, the website www.alustforlife.com has reached millions of people in Ireland and throughout the world. They have cultivated a growing, passionate and active community online, and have attracted thousands of people to their events as well as advocating for policy change at a national level. An activist for mental health and education reform, Bressie’s vision is to transform and humanise how we view mental health in Ireland, working together in solidarity with key people and organisations in the health sector.

Bressie’s debut book Me and My Mate Jeffrey, which dealt bravely and openly with his struggle with depression and battle to overcome it, won the Popular Non-Fiction Book of the Year award at the 2015 Irish Book Awards.

By challenging stigma, leading by example, and possessing remarkable talent across several disciplines, Bressie is a force to be reckoned with, a unique artistic individual with astute business and creative acumen, whose attitude and influence continues to inspire and lead.

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