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The stars turn out to busk on Grafton Street

Bono, Ronan Keating, Hozier and Glenn Hansard were just some of the musicians to lend their support to the Simon Community yesterday...

Christmas eve busking
Glen Hansard, Bono and Hozier were later joined by Ronan Keating for the annual singalong

 

It was Christmas Eve, babe, outside Dunnes Stores…

Shane McGowan may not have been there to give us the greatest Christmas tune of all time, but a host of Irish musicians did turn out for the now traditional Christmas Eve busking session outside Dunnes Stores, at the top of Grafton Street.

By 6pm, a large crowd had gathered in anticipation of this annual event, and even the biting cold wind that howled up Dublin’s main shopping street couldn’t dampen the spirits, as The Frames’ front man Glen Hansard – this year sporting a very festive, Santa Claus-type white beard – took centre stage, as he does every year.

Bono usually turn up as well, though his absence last year due to his cycling accident in New York’s Central Park prompted fears that he may forget to show up. Those fears were unfounded, however, as the kind-hearted U2 front man once again gave up his time to help raise money for the Simon Community, who do such great work for the homeless of Dublin.

Other musicians who donated their time included Ronan Keating, as well as various members of The Script and Kodaline, while man of the moment Hozier also joined in the fun.

Happy Christmas guys, and good on you!

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