Bono To Hold Annual Christmas Busking Session Online Due To Covid


Featuring Glen Hansard and Damien Rice, Bono will hold the annual Christmas busking session online again this year due to Covid-19.

This event helps to raise €1million for the Simon Community. It has been moved to a virtual event for the second year running due to the pandemic.

It will be streamed via the Simon Community’s social media account, with people urged to donate.

This show will feature Bono, alongside Lisa O’Neill, Glen Hansard and Damien Rice.

Busking Event Featuring Bono “a Christmas miracle”

The busking sessions will also include interviews and performances from the artists.

“In a lot of ways this year has been an even more challenging year for fundraising than last. The public has been stretched so much”, said Emma Kilkenny of the Simon Community. 

Kilkenny also added, “Many of our clients are experiencing serious mental and physical health issues and we are also seeing a new cohort of older people coming to us for help”.

“As we faced closing out 2021 with a €1.5million shortfall, Mark, Damian and Glen came through with a Christmas miracle”. 

Mark Logan also had this to say.

“To have been able to show up at this strange and painful time to produce and direct this film has been a privilege and honour”. 

“Homelessness in Ireland resides deep within the inherent & structural classism in our society. It’s time we dismantled that”.

“build friendships”

“In making the film we got to create and build friendships with our country’s musical leaders, who I believe use their voice for humanity and see music as a vehicle to raise the voices of those who often go unheard”. 

On this event led by U2 frontman Bono, Logan also added, “When we got the call from Dublin Simon, we knew we had to do something, and with only 12 days until Christmas Eve, we had to act fast”.

“The goodwill and determination of people in pulling this event together has been truly inspiring. We’re nearly at the finish line now and we’re so excited to see this come to life to raise vital funds and awareness for the men, women and children experiencing homelessness across Ireland this Christmas”.