By day he goes by Peter Kirwan, but by night he is the plastic wielding vigilante that is ensuring no bale goes unwrapped. He is the Plastic man.
You may have all seen or heard of the videos circulating on social media of a new ag-themed superhero, saving baling contractors from the hardship of running out of Plastic silage wrap. This comedic venture was the brainchild of Cork native, Peter Kirwan otherwise known as Plastic man.
But Who is Plastic Man?
Peter Kirwan is a typical Corkonian, hailing from near Milford in the Rebel County. It is here near Milford, that the legend that is Plastic man was born and this is also the area where the majority of the now viral videos were filmed.
Peter himself was not brought up on a farm, though he does admit to having been “brought up” around machinery, with many evenings spent in the tractor cab alongside his uncle.
“We were always brought up around tractors, diggers, and machinery.” Peter told Kevin of That’sFarming.
“The uncle used to call to us in the evenings when we got home from school and take us off up to the silage.” He continued.
This marked the beginning of what has been a lifelong involvement with machinery and the agricultural industry for Peter, who soon moved onto working behind the wheel himself.
“Once a fella got the licence then, sure he (I) was off gallivanting, drawing silage, drawing bales and that.” Peter laughed.
“I actually have two friends, one of them is a silage contractor and one is a baling contractor. I am in between the two of them.” He told That’sFarming.
The two contracting friends are also farmers in their spare time, meaning Peter or Plastic man, also lends his hand with the livestock when needed.
“If you’re not contracting you could be farming.” He added.
If being the only agricultural superhero and a part-time contractor was not enough to keep Peter on his toes, he also works full-time as a Loader operator for McCabe Earthworks in his home county. This is where the majority of Peter’s days are spent, with evenings split between contracting duties, local events AND keeping silage bales safe from the elements, in his role as Plastic man.
The foundation of comedic adventure -
A self-proclaimed ‘messer’, Peter’s journey into the comedic world truly began in 2017, when the Milford man began posting videos on his PK Laughs Snapchat account.
“I suppose I was always kind of a messer in school.” Peter explained.
“Then when Snapchat came around, I was known for sending the odd funny Snapchat or doing some sort of messing.” Peter added.
It was then upon the receipt of some of these many Snapchat videos, that Peter’s close group of friends began encouraging him to further commit to producing comedic materials for social media. Despite his original hesitation due to time constraints, Peter then decided to give it “one good lash” to see how it would pan out.
“Then I plucked up the courage and said I would give it one good lash and see what happens.” He told That’sFarming.
After his Snapchats began gaining some traction, Peter then decided to set up the ‘PK Laughs’ Facebook page, posting his Snapchat content on it as he did.
“I threw up a few videos of me messing on Facebook, around the site, and around home doing a few bits.” Peter said.
“People then started liking the page and the videos, then the name started getting out there.” He continued.
Although beginning to gain some attention countrywide for his hilarious and original content, It was at this time that Peter decided to take in a working trip to Scotland, with PK Laughs sidelined for a short period.
“I couldn’t really find the time to fit everything in with work and that…I was working seven days a week in Scotland.” Peter noted.
“I came home then during the summer and that’s when Plastic man came around.” He added.
The Birth of Plastic Man -
Upon his return home, Peter recommenced his career in comedy, recording numerous sketches over the next few weeks for use on his social media accounts.
One such sketch was a Bear Grylls impersonation video, which Peter says marked the beginning of his mini-revival.
“I did a video of Bear Grylls…That kind of got the word out there again.” He noted.
It was after the recording of this video that Peter began thinking about what project to next focus himself upon. It was then that Plastic man was born and the farming world changed for the better, forever.
“Plastic man really though was like the comeback…It was what got the name out there again”. Peter said.
The idea, Peter admits, just came to him one day and the rest, as they say, is history. After posting the original Plastic man video, it soon went viral with many pages picking up on the hilarious new superhero and even McHale sharing it online, something which Peter couldn’t believe.
“McHale sharing it, I couldn’t get over it…I got a bit of a hop,” Peter admitted.
So successful was the original installment of Plastic Man, that it has since been viewed in excess of 92,000 times, while Peter also followed this video up with yet another from our favourite Plastic wielding superhero, Plastic Man Take 2, where we get to see the plastic-mobile behind our new favourite comedy character. Peter also recently became a brand ambassador for crop cruisers, such was the success of his videos.
“The Snapchat really took off then and the Facebook as well with likes, comments and shares.” Peter told Kevin.
The videos kept flowing for the Milford native and Peter/Pudge stuck to the agricultural theme for his first follow-up video to the Plastic man ‘franchise’, with a hilarious sketch about the fodder crisis. This video, which you can check out below, again went viral and gained traction throughout Ireland and racked up in excess of 47,000 views in the process.
“I did the fodder crisis then…It took a couple of takes now I won’t lie.” Peter laughed.
“That was done over a couple of weekends, with a couple of different takes, endings and starts...It came together nicely…But I will have to put the head down again and get another one going.” He explained.
Other ventures -
The ever-busy Peter Kirwan somehow finds the time for a full-time career, part-time contracting and farming work AND his fast-growing social media accounts.
Not only this, but the Milford man is heavily involved in events occurring in his locality. He is currently involved in a fundraising event in his local parish, for Milford GAA club, which will also showcase Peter’s acting talents. Peter will also be the resident MC on the night of the event, November 2nd.
“I am also involved in a fundraiser for our local GAA…It is a fundraiser for an Astroturf pitch.” Peter said.
“We are having a massive fundraiser on November 2nd in the Charleville Park Hotel. It is called Milford GAA night at the OSKARS. We had to make up seven short films and I am actually starring in Man about Dog” he explained.
Picture of Peter with the Milford GAA OSKAR team- Skyview Photography
As well as this, 27-year-old Peter was also recently involved in the Castletown festival where he was involved in the Promo video for the event, which you can watch here.
Does the future look Plastic?
As mentioned, Peter recently became a brand ambassador for Crop Cruisers and could be set to star in one of their upcoming DVD’s. Otherwise, the Corkman has a mind brimming with ideas, with further videos in the pipeline for the coming months, meaning we have not seen the end of Plastic Man just yet.
“I have a few more in line...I am not going away yet.” Peter laughed.
The details, however, will remain under wraps until all of the work is done and dusted, with fans urged to keep an eye out on Peter’s Facebook and Snapchat accounts for further updates.
“We will see. I will keep tight-lipped at the moment…You will have to bear with me on that one.” Peter said.
The Cork man has come along way in the comedic world in twelve short months, let’s hope for the sake of baling contractors throughout the Emerald Isle, that our new resident hero continues the fight against wasting bales for many years to come.
Do you want to keep up to date with the antics and hilarity of Peter Kirwan/Plastic Man? You can do so by following his Facebook page here or on Snapchat at @PKLaughs.