Stephen GatelyÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s death was an utter tragedy, thereÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s no denying that, but why is it that people only ever seem to be Ã¢â‚¬â„¢recognisedÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ or honoured once they are dead? Like the Nightwish lyric Ã¢â‚¬Å“YouÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re not a hero unless you dieÃ¢â‚¬Â it seems that you canÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t be great until youÃ¢â‚¬â„¢re dead.
Now, I know thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not always the case – mainly because Bono is amongst the names who have joined late Thin Lizzy icon Phil Lynott at the top of a new list of Ireland’s greatest people, but still, Stephen GatelyÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ really?
Now, before you all start writing hatemail in the comments box, listen to what IÃ¢â‚¬â„¢ve got to sayÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ the list was compiled by bosses at broadcasting network RTE after they asked Irish radio listeners and TV viewers to vote for their favourite local heroes from a list of 40. But do we really think Stephen Gately would have been on the list had he still been alive? Probably not.
ThatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s the problem with things like that you see, people never seem to get the recognition they rightly deserve until itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s too late. Personally I did Steo right when I was in school and had him plastered all over my pencil case thanks to those stickers that came free with Smash Hits! Magazine, but itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s it a bit late for all this now?
After 12 days of public voting, the shortlist has been reduced to 10 names which now includes political figures like Michael Collins, Dr. Noel Browne, John Connolly and President Mary Robinson and the Irish icons who make up the final top five, will become the subject of five new documentaries.
So, when Ireland’s Greatest person is announced on Ireland’s top talk show, The Late Late Show, in October, who reckons Stephen will win? DonÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t get us wrong, we think Stephen Gately is fantastic, but had he still been alive, would he have been on the list?