Hozier’s Powerful New Music Video Pays Tribute To Some Incredible Irish Activists

Panti, Maria Walsh and Sinéad Burke are amongst the brilliant Irish people honoured.

We were getting a bit impatient for new music from Hozier, so it was quite the relief when the Wicklow native dropped a new EP, Nina Cried Power, last week.

The lead single features soul legend Mavis Staples and is a celebration of singers who were also political activists, from the titular Nina Simone to Joni Mitchell, Billie Holiday, Patti Smith and Bob Dylan.

It’s fitting then that the music video – directed by the singer’s brother, filmmaker Jon Hozier-Byrne – would pay tribute to 20 Irish activists, including:

  • Anna Cosgrave of the Repeal Project;
  • Theatre maker Grace Dyas;
  • Disability advocate Sinéad Burke;
  • Colm O’Gorman, director of Amnesty International Ireland;
  • Bernadette Devlin McAliskey, who was a leading figure in the fight for civil rights in Northern Ireland;
  • Former Rose of Tralee Maria Walsh;
  • Children’s rights campaigner Christina Noble;
  • Actor Stephen Rea;
  • Radio presenter Saoirse Long, who powerfully spoke out about her decision to have an abortion before the referendum on the Eighth Amendment in May;
  • The iconic Panti Bliss;
  • And Ellie Kisyombe, a campaigner against Direct Provision in Ireland and founder of the OurTable project.

Explaining the inspiration behind the video, Hozier wrote:

Ireland has undergone a socio-cultural sea change, the results of which will benefit generations to come. We are witness to a new Ireland waking to the consciousness of itself; a kinder, more inclusive nation. This video is an attempt to acknowledge just a handful of those who have fought for this new Ireland, and whose work continues to inspire me.

To find out more about all the incredible people involved, click here.