A Quick 18 with Bressie: “Golf is all about conversation. By the ninth, you’re sharing things you can’t believe you’re sharing.


He’s a massive mental health advocate and a phenomenal musician on The Blizzards. But Bressie – aka Niall Breslin – is also an avid golfer.

He suffers on the court like the rest of us mere mortals, but as he prepares to tee off at next Wednesday’s ISPS Handa World Invitational presented by AVIV Clinics Pro-am at Galgorm Castle, he reminds us that it golf is all about talking and doing golf is about connections that are “the beating heart of our emotional well-being”.

1. How’s your golf?

It’s good. I’ve started taking lessons from fellow Mullingar fellow Liam Grehan at the K Club. That’s when I realized that I really had to practice. Golf is literally the hardest thing I’ve ever done. But that’s what I love about it. I love learning new things and having to really concentrate.

2. How did you get into the game?

My father, Enda, got me my first set of golf clubs and my first game was in Glasgow as my mother is Scottish. Later, as a junior golfer at Mullingar, I was a caddy day and night. Joe Dolan brought out rich Americans and we waited at the door trying to take 20 euros from them.

3. Choose your weapon….driver or putter?

Driver. All day. I’m a terrible putter. The driver is like a punching bag with a club. You can vent all your anger and frustration, but the problem is, the ball will fly 45 million miles to the right or left. It’s actually that controlled rage that I love about the driver. When you hit it well and get the weight of your butt behind it and you get that crunch, there’s no better feeling.

4. Left or Parkland?

Parkland, all day, every day, because I was born and raised in Mullingar. The first Link I played was Bundoran because that’s where my dad is from. I recently played Portmarnock Hotel & Golf Links and it was windy. It was a whole different game. There were boys yelling in front, left and right. It was like a war zone.

5. When were you happiest on the golf course?

For me, golf is all about conversation. People are a bit reluctant on the first four or five holes, but by the ninth you’re sharing things you can’t believe you’re sharing.

6. Who is your sporting hero?

Growing up it was Simon Geoghegan (right). He was a winger but he was just a demon on the wing. Everyone usually says someone like Keith Wood, but I vividly remember Simon Geoghegan scoring against England at Twickenham.

7. Name an artist you particularly admire and why.

The artist who has influenced me the most is Tom Waits. I’ve been obsessed with him my whole life. What I love about him is that you know way too much about your pop star these days. I don’t want to know what they had for breakfast. I want to keep the secret. And there is also a secret to the music and I love that. Record labels these days have to tell everyone everything all the time and you don’t know if you’re a content creator or a musician.

8th. What are your golf ambitions?

I want to be able to play golf almost unconsciously. I play with pros and I don’t think anyone has any idea how skilled these people are or how much work it takes. And I would like to play a round without losing a golf ball. They’re so expensive now too.

9. Name your dream fourball?

I would love to play golf with Frank Sinatra and Dolly Parton. I don’t know if she plays golf but if she did I would imagine it would make you feel so good. And Bruce Springsteen. Everyone says he’s a guy to go out for a drink with, so I’d love to have a drink with Bruce Springsteen and play golf with him.

10 If you could change one thing about the modern music business, what would it be?

We must let musicians be musicians. The idea of ​​them having to do TikTok dances to the song as the first port of call isn’t who we are, and having to do this all the time can be overwhelming. The music industry is incredibly exciting for me, I love it. But it’s at a real tipping point here that we want it. Is it an industry where people create and write songs or what? You have to see that.

11. If I gave you one mulligan in your life, what would it be?

The solo music I started releasing just wasn’t me. That’s not how I grew up and it wasn’t the music I loved. I was skinny to be honest and I was in London writing these songs for other people. I wrote this song as a pitch for Kylie Minogue and sent it to the label and they said we love it but we want you to release it. And I did. The album did well, but it just didn’t feel like me.

12. If you only had one round left to play, where would you play?

Honestly, Mullingar. I would be really pissed off if I died and lost a lot of golf balls and I know I won’t lose balls at Mullingar. I would be heartbroken if I lost three Titleist Pro V1s after playing somewhere like Augusta.

13. What is your favorite par 3?

The 12th in Druid’s Glen. It’s really, really beautiful, but it’s also really playable. i love this hole

14 If you could change one thing about yourself, what would it be?

Sometimes I fall into this thing called an apathy trap. I get demotivated easily and it’s hard to find myself. It’s always been a kind of warning shot for my mental health. When that happens, I’m just incredibly hard on myself. So I just wish I could take it a little easier and say, you know, we’re human and we’re not meant to do things all the time. It’s okay to just sit around and do nothing sometimes without feeling guilty about it.

fifteen. What is your most prized possession?

I have an old ’66 Fender Telecaster, purely for financial reasons, but also because I adore them. I worked so hard to get it. It was something I had dreamed of since I was 12 when I first started playing guitar. It has a lot of cockroach marks on it. Whoever had it before me obviously liked it, but it smells like 15,000 gigs.

16 If you could change one thing about your Golf, what would it be?

It’s the consistency thing. To be honest, I’d rather be shitty all the time than have those weird moments where you’re like, “Oh my god, I’m actually okay.” Ideally, I want to be consistently good at golf. But consistency is what drives me mentally.

17 Who is your favorite golfer of all time?

seve He was like a rock star. Golf can be so limited by etiquette but I just love the way he lets his emotions come through. And I’m pretty sure he wouldn’t have gone to LIV Golf.

18 What is your idea of ​​perfect happiness?

Assumption. I have long believed that sustainable and perfect happiness does not exist. I think we have to realize that life is not a straight line and things happen. How you respond ultimately determines your happiness. I think a lot of our unhappiness comes from believing that we shouldn’t suffer. To me, happiness means accepting the present moment because that’s how I live. Happiness is more than anything connection, relationships. The beating heart of our emotional wellbeing is the people we surround ourselves with. So don’t take them for granted.

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