Shane MacGowan for sainthood / Pogues in New York City

Seeing the Pogues on March 17 in New York City left me with a certain sense of Irish sacredness at the event. Shane MacGowan is a living Irish punk legend. The wounded healer. I decided to nominate him for sainthood. Thus, we could change the Saint dreaded Patrick’s Day to Saint Shane’s Day.

Against Patrick: 1) He wasn’t Irish; 2) He is claimed to have driven snakes from a country where they never existed in Post-Ice Age times; 3) He was never canonized by a pope. So we Irish have been celebrating the fact that he is dead (his death occurred on March 17) because he didn’t drive snakes from Ireland, he wasn’t Irish, and he wasn’t a saint.

For Shane: 1) He is Irish (okay, born in England of Irish parents who soon moved back to Ireland); 2) Shane was immersed in Irish culture, especially music from a young age; 3) he is the ultimate tragic hero; 4) Supporting my notion of renaming March 17 as St. Shane MacGowan Day – It is written (as are all great bureaucratic side-slip manipulations) that to become a saint, the individual must first be shown to have performed at least one miracle. Bingo, we’ve nailed that one. The fact that Shane-o is still alive is a miracle; and now this, 5) This can only help my nomination of Shane for sainthood – three priests and a hellraiser, video http://www.thesun.co.uk/sol/homepage/showbiz/music/3218912/MacGowan-turns-to-Priesthood.html. And 6) Are you ready? Shane was born on December 25.

About Mark Aidan Bergin

Writer, editor, photographic artist specializing in dance, theater, concert, fashion and street photography....sometimes musician. Explorer of arts, culture and world, and all things Celtic and Gotham. On a good day, or perhaps a bad day, simply a mad (FOOBAR, not angry) scientist.
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