Tuesday 20 February 2018

Lenny Abrahamson and Bressie receive Honorary Fellow Awards from IADT

Graduation selfie: Lenny Abrahamson and Niall 'Bressie' Breslin
Graduation selfie: Lenny Abrahamson and Niall 'Bressie' Breslin
Daire Courtney

Daire Courtney

Director Lenny Abrahamson and musician and mental health advocate Niall Breslin, also known as Bressie, have received Honorary Fellow Awards from the Institute of Art, Design + Technology in Dun Laoghaire.

Lenny Abrahamson was nominated for an Academy Award for his direction of Room, the 2015 film adaptation of Emma Donoghue’s novel. He is also known for What Richard Did (2012) and Frank (2014).

He was described in a statement as a “great supporter and friend of IADT for more than a decade.”

Niall Breslin was the lead singer, guitarist and songwriter with pop band The Blizzards. He has also found success as a co-writer and producer with XIX Entertainment, and as a solo artist and music producer.

Bressie is a graduate of IADT; the college said that he received his award “for bringing to the fore of the public agenda the issue of positive mental health.”

He has been a prominent advocate and activist in the area of mental health since opening up about his own struggles with anxiety in 2013. 

IADT is an Institute of art, design and technology with a specific focus on the creative cultural and technological sectors.

The Honorary Fellow Award recognises a person’s contributing to the arts and association with IADT.

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