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Tuesday 17 October 2017

Community games helped with girls - Bressie

Bressie with Hannah Connaughton, left, and Mollie Connaughton
Bressie with Hannah Connaughton, left, and Mollie Connaughton

HE may have won the heart of almost every woman in the country, but Bressie has admitted that he wasn't always so smooth with the ladies.

The Voice of Ireland coach was on hand to launch this year's HSE Community Games Festival, and he said that he owes some of his skills with girls to the national competition.

"It is important that you learn how to integrate," he told the Herald.

"I was in an all-boys school as well, so integration was pretty much… it was like I was allergic to women."

However, the former Blizzards front man seems to have gotten over his fears as he is now in a long term relationship with top model Roz Purcell.

The 33-year-old was finally presented with a coveted gold Community Games medal yesterday from the President of the event, Gerard Davenport.

MEDAL

This was the Mullingar native's first medal from the national competition, despite the fact that he represented his local area in the games at their former iconic home in Mosney, Co Meath.

"It was my first one, I was robbed of one when I was in Mosney. I had come third in the 200 meters, and they gave it to somebody else, so I feel I have earned it," the singer joked.

"It has put a few demons to rest for me now, I can move on with my life. I think it was right, I earned it. And now it will get pride of place with many other medals I don't have."

Adding, that the honour will "surpass" the achievement of being a coach on hit RTE show The Voice, which is set to return to our screens this winter.

The Mullingar native said that he was delighted to be involved with this year's Community Games, which will be held in Athlone over two weekends next month.

Over 8,000 children will compete in a variety of sports in the competition, and Bressie feels that the games instil important values upon the children.

"Ireland is a completely different place now than when I was doing Community Games. There has been a cultural shift towards health and fitness, and I think it is something that we really need to celebrate," he said.

"Culture in Ireland has changed dramatically, and the Community Games has kind of grown with it."

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