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Glen Hansard leads stars busking in Dublin for charity

Irish stars Glen Hansard and Mundy take part in Dublin's annual charity busking session. Credit: PA

A host of Irish musicians have once again taken to the streets of Dublin for a Christmas Eve busking session in aid of charity.

An expectant crowd gathered outside the Gaiety Theatre for the long-running event, which supports the Simon Community and raises funds and awareness of homelessness.

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According to the charity, more than 10,500 people are currently trapped in emergency accommodation in Ireland – not including those such as rough sleepers, so-called ‘hidden homeless’ or those seeking refuge as a result of domestic abuse.

The figure includes more than 3,800 children.

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Last year’s busking session saw U2’s Bono and The Edge take part.

While they have long supported the event, they were unavailable this time around.

However, a host of other regulars – including Glen Hansard, Imelda May, Hudson Taylor, and Danny O’Reilly from the Coronas – kept those gathered well entertained.

The Coronas' Danny O'Reilly takes part in the popular busking session. Credit: PA

"Whatever you think this gig is worth then donate it to the Simon Community," Imelda May told the crowd.

"I've donated, I always do.

"We all deserve a home."

Imelda May and Glen Hansard led a rendition of Fairytale of New York. Credit: PA

Performances included a closing rendition of The Pogues’ classic Christmas offering Fairytale of New York, led by Glen Hansard and Imelda May.

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The busking session used to be held on Grafton Street, but had to be moved to outside the Gaiety in recent years due to an issue with over-crowding.

Hundreds of people once again enjoyed the Christmas Eve busking session in Dublin. Credit: PA