- 03 Feb 17
Poet Emmet Kirwan’s viral hit ‘Heartbreak’ is a powerful comment on the struggles faced by working class Irish women.
Taking social media by storm, playwright and spoken word poet Emmet Kirwan’s latest video ‘Heartbreak’ tells the story of a young working class woman – narrated simply as “young one” – who finds herself faced with an unwanted pregnancy.
Subsequently, she struggles to navigate being a self-sufficient provider for her child in a structurally sexist environment. In doing so, the gripping narrative of Kirwan’s poem tackles many of the major issues currently confronting people in Ireland.
“This is not a personal story,” Emmet tells me straight off the bat when I ask him about the inspiration for ‘Heartbreak’. Those who have watched the video would be forgiven for thinking otherwise, considering the power and conviction that the Tallaght man puts into his performance.