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Niall Breslin has found himself back at home during lockdown Photo: Mark Condren

Niall Breslin has found himself back at home during lockdown Photo: Mark Condren

Niall Breslin has found himself back at home during lockdown Photo: Mark Condren

NIALL ‘Bressie’ Breslin revealed today how he is back living with his parents in his old family home after an apartment sale fell through.

The Mullingar native, who has lived in Dublin since his late teens, at one stage was living in 2FM DJ Eoghan McDermot’s house and before that he shared a love nest with model ex girlfriend Roz Purcell in the city centre.

“I had bought my first apartment the week before I went into lockdown and that fell through,” he reveals.

“I have been at home for 34 weeks,” Bressie said on Virgin Media One' Ireland AM.

“I haven’t lived in Mullingar since I was 18 or 19.

“It’s not something you thought you’d be doing in your late 30s. But it has been amazing. I have very fond memories of my childhood where I grew up, so it was pretty easy for me to go back. I think my parents are sick of me now. I had no where else to go!”

Bressie has just released a new video and track, a cover of the Housemartin's Christmas No 1 Caravan of Love.

The acapella performance of Caravan of Love (or Lockdown Acapella Rockdown), was launched this week on Bressie's podcast, Where is My Mind.

The episode and song is about recognising and celebrating the diversity of this community, carrying a special message of unity and acceptance as we begin to imagine our world post-covid.

The recording features a total of over 250 singers, accompanied by Niall's band The Blizzards.

The podcast episode goes behind the scenes to follow the creation of the “Lockdown Acapella Rockdown” choir, and speaks to local community activists and campaigners from disability groups, traveller rights activists and migrant rights activists about championing the diversity of Mullingar.

The music video features over 2,500 school children around Mullingar singing and performing ‘ a specially choreographed dance to Caravan of Love’, devised by the Mullingar disability theatre group, Across the Boards.

“I found myself thinking more and more during this lockdown about people who feel ‘locked out’ of society every day - people in my own community - and how much harder this must be for them,” said Bressie, who is also a mental health advocate.

“I wanted to create something that shows the power of bringing all our voices together. The project is symbolic for the kind of community spirit I’d like us to carry forward into life post-covid.

"Now more than ever we need each other - we need to take comfort in each other’s unique gifts and presence, and I think we can all recognise the importance of diversity in every town and village around our country and what a more diverse community can give back to society. We’re delighted to release this in support of the brilliant Minding Creative Minds.”

He added: “We were going into schools with drones, because we couldn’t go into the schools, that was all gone on the second on the second lockdown, that was the first week we did it, as the restrictions we so strict. We couldn’t go outside 5k. it started the first week of lockdown and we couldn’t get people into the studio to do it, so it was all done on iphones, people sending in videos of them doing it. I took the audio off it and built the track.

“It was a silly idea, but the thing about creative ideas that they’re sill and you don’t overthink them they can go somewhere and you can let them organically go where they go and it was all based in Mullingar.”

He stressed his latest podcast itself is about inclusion and diversity.

“When I was growing up in Mullingar there was only one like family, a Chinese family, in the town and that was it. Mullingar is now such a multicultural place and it’s just such a better place, more colourful,” he said.

“And it’s about celebrating that inclusion. Inclusion is more than a hashtag. We all have ingrained biases that we have to address ourselves, that’s what the podcast looks at and we just thought that song was perfect for it.”

· If you’d like to support the Minding Creative Minds initiative text SONGS to 50300.

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