Friday 23 February 2018

Take me to the áras: Hozier sings for the President and guests

President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina with singer Hozier at Áras an Uachtaráin yesterday. Photo: Colin Keegan
President Michael D Higgins and his wife Sabina with singer Hozier at Áras an Uachtaráin yesterday. Photo: Colin Keegan
Allison Bray

Allison Bray

Global superstar Hozier sang out about domestic violence as a special guest of President Michael D Higgins at Áras an Uachtaráin.

The multi-award-winning singer-songwriter from Bray, Co Wicklow, performed a haunting rendition of his charity single 'Cherry Wine' at a special ceremony yesterday recognising the role of men in promoting women's rights and denouncing domestic violence.

A chilling video of the song written by Hozier from the abusers' perspective and starring Oscar-nominated actress Saoirse Ronan and Moe Dunford was released on Valentine's Day. It is part of the 25-year-old singer's global campaign #FaceUpToDomesticViolence to raise funds and support for more than 20 domestic violence organisations around the world.

His low-key, acoustic performance preceded an appearance on 'The Late Late Show'.

Ryan Tubridy was also a guest of honour at the event, along with FAI chief executive John Delaney, union chiefs and Vice-Admiral Mark Mellett from the Defence Forces.

Irish Independent

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