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Danny O’Donoghue from The Script performs during the annual Christmas Busk in aid of the Simon Community and Peter McVerry Trust, on Grafton Street in Dublin, on Christmas Eve.

Danny O’Donoghue from The Script performs during the annual Christmas Busk in aid of the Simon Community and Peter McVerry Trust, on Grafton Street in Dublin, on Christmas Eve.

Barbara Lindberg

Damien Rice performs to a crowded audience of last-minute Christmas shoppers during an annual Christmas Busk in aid of the Simon Community and Peter McVerry Trust on Grafton Street in Dublin

Damien Rice performs to a crowded audience of last-minute Christmas shoppers during an annual Christmas Busk in aid of the Simon Community and Peter McVerry Trust on Grafton Street in Dublin

Barbara Lindberg

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Danny O’Donoghue from The Script performs during the annual Christmas Busk in aid of the Simon Community and Peter McVerry Trust, on Grafton Street in Dublin, on Christmas Eve.

With his injured arm in a sling, singer Bono avoided the annual charity Christmas busking session on Grafton Street this year.

Instead, the U2 frontman hung out with celebrity friends at The Cliff Townhouse on St Stephen's Green.

The rocker was joined by his wife Ali Hewson and bandmate Larry Mullen at the luxury boutique hotel.

Bono (54) underwent surgery in November after he injured his arm when he fell off a bike in New York.

The fall resulted in three fractures to his left shoulder blade, a fractured little finger and a break to his funny bone that saw the bone fracture in six places and tear through his skin.

In total, he needed three metal plates and 18 screws inserted during the lengthy operation. He was unable to perform in shows including a World Aids Day (RED) benefit concert in Times Square, New York, when Bruce Springsteen and Chris Martin stepped in to cover for him.

The new line-up for the group - dubbed U2 Minus 1 - was announced by the band on their website just hours ahead of the show earlier this month.

Also celebrating in style this Christmas was Shane MacGowan and his long term partner Victoria Mary Clarke.

The singer-songwriter behind the enduring 'Fairytale of New York' classic turned 57 yesterday.

Meanwhile Glen Hansard, The Coronas, Danny O'Donoghue, Paddy Casey, and Damien Rice were among those out busking on Christmas Eve.

Irish Independent