Niall Quinn - Irish Soccer Legend, Television pundit, Media Personality and After Dinner Speaker
Highly regarded and well respected within the broadcasting world, Niall has a wealth of experience throughout the football and indeed business industry in both Ireland and the United Kingdom.
A native of Perrystown, Co. Dublin, he represented his county at underage level before setting out on an extremely successful career in soccer. Niall’s time as a professional footballer included spells at Arsenal, Manchester City and Sunderland, where he has now obtained legendary status from his period as Chairman of the football club.
His television and radio credits include regular punditry and co-commentary work with Sky Sports as well as countless guest appearances on shows including The Late Late Show, The Meaning of Life, The Last Word and Ireland AM.
He has worked, in conjunction with JGA Sports Agency, on many projects including the Dublin Docklands Regeneration Programme, Sports Conditioning Ireland and countless after dinner speaker events.
Niall Quinn on 'The Late Late Show'
Niall released an acclaimed autobiography Niall Quinn – The Autobiography (2002) which was nominated for a William Hill Sports Book of the Year award.
His list of achievements includes a League Cup winner’s medal in 1987, Football League Division 1 winner’s medal in 1999 as well as the North East Football Writers Player of the Year in the same year. He has also received the James Joyce Award of the Literary & Historical Society in University College Dublin and has been honored with an MBE for his charity work.
A natural people person, he is a regular after dinner speaker, captivating audiences up and down the UK and Ireland by recounting memories of his experiences throughout his illustrious career in football.
Niall's goals for Manchester City
Niall is probably best known in Ireland for his pivotal role in the golden era of Irish football. Amassing a total of 92 caps, appearing at 2 world cups (1990 & 2002) and 1 European Championships (1988), he retired as the country’s all-time top goal scorer with 21 goals.
His heading of the Drumaville Consortium of Irish Businessmen, in June 2006, which successfully brokered a deal to buy a controlling stake in Sunderland AFC has cemented his place in folklore in Englands North East, a club he describes as “being under my skin. I love Sunderland”.
Quinn scores against Holland at Euro '88
He continues to gain respect and praise as a media personality as well as for his warmth and versatility. Alongside his media and football career, Niall also runs his own successful satellite broadband company in Ireland and internationally called Q Sat.