Activists featured in the Nina Cried Power video


I’m very proud to present the video for 'Nina Cried Power', directed by Jon Hozier-Byrne and Patrick Ryan.
This song was intended as a thank you note to the spirit and legacy of protest; to the artists who imbued their work with the vigour of dissent, and a reflection on the importance of that tradition in the context of the rights, and lives, we enjoy today. My hope for this video is much the same.

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.

Thank you to Christina Noble, for showing the limitlessness of human kindness, and its ability to achieve the seemingly impossible.

Thank you to Bernadette McAliskey and Eamon McCann, who fought for the bitterly-resisted equal right to vote, and who bore witness to atrocity and would not be silenced.

Thank you to Joe Caslin, who literally coated Dublin city itself with reflections on our capacity for compassion as a people.

Thank you to Saoirse Long, whose honesty revealed not only our own failures as a people, but laid bare the true face of what barred the way of progress for women’s reproductive rights.

Thank you to Panti Bliss, who remains a leading voice advocating for inclusion, and a standard-bearer for the new Ireland we are watching unfold.

Thank you to Victoria Chihumura for fighting tirelessly for equal opportunities in education.

Thank you to Anna Cosgrave, who provided real leadership to my generation, and brought new widespread visibility to the issue of reproductive rights.

Thank you to Simone George for her indelible spirit, and for fighting injustice in its many forms.

Thank you to Grace Dyas whose decisions in work and life give to us an example of bravery and conscience.

Thank you to Sinéad Burke for pushing tirelessly for inclusivity in her industry and beyond.

Thank you to Maria Walsh for using her platform to promote gender equality, and the right for everyone to love who they love.

Thank you to Colm O’Gorman, for his unwavering dedication to human rights and his fearless speaking of truth to power.

Thank you to Ellie Kisyombe for reminding us of the meaning of home.

Thank you to Stephen Rea for the work he does both for UNICEF, and for Ireland itself.

Thank you to Sam Blanckensee for their important work on gender recognition legislation.

Thank you to Florence Adebambo and Aaron Edo for reminding us of the bright future that awaits those who have joined us from afar, and how that future needs to be fought for.

Thank you to Blessings Moyo and Lucky Khambule for reminding us how much further we have to go, and how we must strive to do better.

Thank you to Mavis Staples, for giving to the world a timeless example of how worthwhile the raising of one’s voice is, in song and in protest.

Thank you to you all for your work, for joining us on set and allowing us to play you the song for the first time. You are all truly inspirational figures, and this video is for you.

christina noble

Christina Noble

CHILDREN’S RIGHTS CAMPAIGNER Christina Noble (OBE) is internationally recognised as a passionate advocate for children’s rights. She has dedicated her life to stopping the exploitation of street children and impoverished kids everywhere to show the world they are a vital part of...
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bernadette devlin

Bernadette McAliskey

N.I. CIVIL RIGHTS VETERAN “I care passionately about justice, about ideas, about principles....” The name Bernadette McAliskey is synonymous with the struggle for civil rights in Northern Ireland over the last fifty years. An iconic figure, she came to public attention...
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Eamonn McCann

POLITICIAN AND DERRYMAN ABROAD A socialist, trade unionist and civil rights activist, Eamonn McCann has campaigned for social justice in his native Derry, and beyond, since the 1960s. He was educated in the city’s famous school, St.  Columb’s College, where among his contemporaries...
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joe caslin

Joe Caslin

ARTIST FOR CHANGE Born in Roscommon, Joe Caslin is an Irish street artist, art teacher and activist. Best known for his beautifully rendered pencil drawings, which manifest as towering pieces of street art. His highly accessible work engages directly with...
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saorise long

Saoirse Long

A STORY THAT CHANGED NATIONAL DEBATE Saoirse Long is a young radio presenter with the Dublin station FM104 who says her first encounter with activism came in the lead-up to the Marriage Equality referendum in Ireland in 2015. Watching friends...
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Panti Bliss

REBEL WITH A CAUSE Panti Bliss would describe herself as “an accidental activist” pushed to the forefront of Ireland’s LGBT rights movement. She’s the Drag Queen alter ego of Rory O’Neill, who has described drag as both an art form...
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Victoria Moyo

Victoria Chihumura

EDUCATION IS A RIGHT A final year student in economics, sociology and political science in Galway, Victoria Chihumura came to Ireland from Zimbabwe. Her activism centres on advocating for the right of asylum-seekers to a full education in Ireland. At present, most...
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Anna Cosgrave

THE WOMAN IN THE JUMPER In 2012, at a silent vigil of mourners gathered to remember Savita Halappanavar, a woman who died needlessly because of Ireland’s regressive anti-abortion laws, Anna Cosgrave felt powerless, haunted, and outraged. She decided to do...
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simone george

Simone George

HUMAN RIGHTS LAWYER AND ACTIVIST Simone George is a Human Rights lawyer and activist based in Dublin. Everything she does is driven by a sense of fairness. As a human rights lawyer, she represents women, and through them, their children, who are experiencing...
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grace dyas

Grace Dyas

ARTIST, ACTIVIST, POWER CHANGER Grace Dyas challenges power. An acclaimed artist, activist, writer, theatre director and actor living and working in inner-city Dublin, she makes theatre, film and large-scale participation projects because she wants to change the world - and to...
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sinead burke

Sinéad Burke

CONTRIBUTING EDITOR TO BRITISH VOGUE AND DISABILITY ACTIVIST Sinéad Burke has achondroplasia, the most common form of dwarfism. At 3’5” tall, she’s responsible for introducing the term for a little person, ‘duine beag’, to the Irish language. “Organised, articulate and creative by nature” is...
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maria walsh

Maria Walsh

ROSE OF TRALEE WINNER TO GLOBAL CAMPAIGNER Maria Walsh is an International Rose of Tralee winner. It’s a long-running, uniquely Irish televised festival for young women celebrated by Irish communities around the world. Roses are judged on their personality, their...
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colm ogorman

Colm O’Gorman

JUSTICE CAMPAIGNER Colm is a human rights activist, a leading Irish social justice campaigner, filmmaker and author. As a teenager Colm was abused by a priest. In 1995, he reported that he had been raped and assaulted when he was just fourteen years...
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Ellie Kisyombe

Ellie Kisyombe

FOOD HEALS & BINDS “I need to build something for the future of my family and all asylum-seekers and refugees.” Ellie is one of the new-Irish, with a passion for food believing that it brings people together. It’s how we welcome people into our homes, share...
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Stephen Rea

ACTOR & HUMANITARIAN Stephen Rea received an international Academy-Award-nomination for his role in The Crying Game. He’s an Irish film, television, and stage actor born in Belfast to Protestant parents, and is now based in Dublin.  With a hugely impressive international CV for...
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Sam Blankensee

Sam Blanckensee

MAKING A DIFFERENCE TO TRANS RIGHTS “My activism is all about bodily autonomy and equality.”  Named by Forbes 30 Under 30 Europe as “one of the people who will impact Europe over the next fifty years”, Sam Blanckensee is a young trans rights activist...
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Florence Adeambo

Florence Adebambo

FUTURE STAR Florence is a talented actor born in Dublin to Nigerian parents. The family have been in Ireland for almost twenty years. Before coming to Ireland her parents struggled and took their education seriously so they could raise their children...
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Aaron Edo

RISING TALENT Aaron Edo’s parents came from Nigeria and he was born and grew up in Dublin. His mother travelled to Ireland while pregnant with Aaron in search of a better life and better opportunities for her son. At just three...
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blessing moyo

Blessings Moyo

NO BORDERS Blessings Moyo has lived in Ireland for ten years, spending many years of that time in a Galway Direct Provision Centre. She describes those years as the worst of her life. Originally from Zimbabwe, she’s not comfortable describing herself...
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Lucky Khambule

Lucky Khambule

END DIRECT PROVISION South African activist Lucky Khambule has called Ireland home for the last five years. For three of those years, he lived in the Direct Provision system. His personal experience left a profound impression. Seeing it as an attack on...
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mavis staples

Mavis Staples

WALKING IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF MARTIN LUTHER KING A lifelong American Civil Rights campaigner and singer, Mavis said in a recent interview “All that progress we made – and now we have a liar in the White House who just...
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