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When Push Comes to Shov

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When Push Comes to Shov
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Paul Shovlin credits his pastoral upbringing in rural Donegal for much of what he has achieved in life. His dedicated and loving parents and the quiet rituals of country life were the twin supports that enabled him to forge his own path in the world. Paul has lived through a half century of rapid change, as Ireland metamorphosed from rural idyll to a bustling modern economy. In this honest and thought-provoking memoir, laced with a dry humour and intelligence, Paul looks back on his life, from his days as a student at the famous St Eunan’s in Letterkenny, which has produced so many of Ireland’s high achievers, to the fork in the road which led him to a successful career in banking, firstly at Ulster Bank and then as Chief Executive of Barclays Bank Ireland. During this time, he forged relationships with some of the country’s top business figures, and lived through the daily realities of running a bank in a struggling economy.
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  • By Shay O'Byrne
    Oct 22, 2013
    This is a delightful book about a vanished way of life very well written by novice writer Paul Shovlin. Paul lovingly describes his parents, extended family and idyllic lifestyle in his beloved Ardara in the 50s and 60s. This book covers the rural cycle of the time with much unquestioned hard labour , a free roaming childhood, the not uncommon quest for a 'good education' which inevitably leads to escape from this lifestyle. The book covers Paul's time in the Customs Service - here I especially liked the tale of the bicycle smuggler of Strabane - life in Ulster Bank in Dublin and Belfast during ' the troubles' and Paul's meteorite rise through Barclays Bank. There is much wry humour here and a cold eye cast of modern day reckless bankers. This book is highly recommended for an excellent description of rural life in the west of Ireland during the 50s and 60s and the effect of education on that life.
  • By anne delaney
    Oct 3, 2013
    I enjoyed this book; it is a warm and appealing account of the author's happy boyhood years in Donegal. It also gives an intesesting picture of his subsequent busy and varied career in the world of banking.
  • By con.ward
    Oct 3, 2013
    I enjoyed When Push Comes to Shov very much. Paul gives an excellent description of and a vivid insight into what it was like growing up in South-west Donegal in the 1950s and 60s. His account of his successful career in banking is most interesting. The book is masterfully written, easy to read, and I would strongly recommend it to readers.
  • By paul shovlin
    Sep 3, 2013
    "a great read" Frank Galligan writer and journalist "it is a terrific book" Editor Donegal Times

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