Hozier & Saoirse Ronan Team Up For a Very Important Cause


Hozier is set to donate proceeds from Valentine’s Day video ‘Cherry Wine’, starring Saoirse Ronan, to domestic abuse charities all over the world.


Grammy nominee Hozier is set to release a powerful video, highlighting the horrific reality of domestic violence against women. Hozier, along with Columbia Records, Island Records and Sony/ATV Music Publishing will donate their respective proceeds from downloads of this special single to a series of international domestic abuse charity organisations.

Cherry Wine is set to premiere on February 14 and will star Oscar nominee Saoirse Ronan, alongside Moe Dunford (Game of Thrones, Vikings) and will tell the story of a young woman trapped in an abusive relationship. Cherry Wine is directed by Irish Emmy winner, Dearbhla Walsh.

According to a recent Safe Ireland report into domestic violence, 1 in 4 women experience physical and sexual violence from a male partner. The report also shows that 79% of women in Ireland never disclosed serious Physical or Sexual violence by a partner to anyone and 1 in 3 women experience severe psychological abuse from a male partner.


Speaking of his decision to lead this charity campaign Hozier said, “Domestic violence is an ongoing issue in our society, the statistics of which are shocking and the effects of which damage whole families, communities and span generations.  With the song Cherry Wine, I tried to get across the difficulty of coming to terms with and facing up to domestic violence and the dynamic of an abusive relationship. I’m honoured to be joined by Saoirse Ronan, Dearbhla Walsh and Moe Dunford in spreading awareness on this issue.”


Saoirse Ronan added, “I am equally honoured to join Hozier to create awareness for the #FaceUpToDomesticViolence campaign with the release of Cherry Wine as a charity single.  The song has always been one of my favourite tracks on his album.


“I hope through the video and song we can shine light on the issue and complexity of domestic abuse and in doing so help those caught up in the cycle of domestic violence”.


Listen to a live version of ‘Cherry Wine’ below. The video will premiere on February 14.


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