Shoppers on Grafton Street in Dublin were treated to a rare street performance on Christmas Eve by some of Ireland’s most illustrious pop musicians. U2 frontman Bono, oscar-winning singer/songwriter Glen Hansard, Liam O’ Maonlai of Hothouse Flowers, Mundy, and Declan O’Rourke gathered on the famous shopping street to spread holiday cheer and raise money for the homeless.
It was the third straight year of Christmas Eve busking for Bono and Hansard. A large group of fans showed up in anticipation, having been tipped off the day before by Hansard. “Busking with some friends tomorrow on Grafton St.,” he wrote on Twitter. “Come and throw a coin in the box for Simon Community and the Peter McVerry trust.” The crowd grew so big that the police moved the performance to the gate of St. Stephen’s Green, at the end of the street.
The group performed a rousing, sing-along version of the Mic Christopher song “Heyday” (above), and some holiday favorites, including the 1960s hit “Christmas (Baby Please Come Home),” which can be seen on YouTube here and here.