Clearing the Hurdles

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  • “It is said that there is no greater burden than the untold story. So now that Joe McGowan has written the extraordinary, fascinating, intriguing and unique story of his eventful and full life, with such honesty and good humour, and in such detail, I hope he will be completely unburdened – and even liberated – for the rest of his life.” ––Ollie Campbell, Ireland rugby international and British & Irish Lion
  • “This is a book all can readily identify with: it is a story of family, friends – and the odd foe! It shares a life of compassion, conviction and courage, underpinned by a keen intellect and a generous heart. Joe’s narrative is not just a personal story but also a piece of social history. On both grounds, it is worth telling, and worth reading.” ––Alan MacGinty, principal of Blackrock College
  • “Clearing the Hurdles is a gripping account of the writer and his business partner, Tom Brennan, becoming the biggest house builders in the country: pioneers in providing affordable houses at value that will never happen again, selling houses at four times the industrial wage.” ––Ray McLoughlin, Ireland rugby international and British & Irish Lion
  • “Joe describes the Planning Tribunal, his ‘Theatre of Ice’, in an exceptionally clever and talented way. He courageously got on with his life and competed at the top level in his sport while showing cause in bankruptcy for five years. Truly remarkable!” ––John Walsh, solicitor
  • “This book is packed with fascinating stories: from buying film director John Huston’s mansion to playing croquet on a small lawn in Coláiste Pádraig, Swinford, under the guidance of the Principal, Father Sean O’Neill. Now, sixty years later, he is the President of the Croquet Association of Ireland.” ––Stephen O'Connell Miley, solicitor

As featured in the Sunday Business Post, Sunday Times, Mail on Sunday, Irish Times and Sunday Independent
Clearing the Hurdles was launched by rugby legend Ollie Campbell at the RDS. Racing commentator Brough Scott was interviewed about the book on The Ivan Yates Show.
Author royalties from sales of the book will be donated to the IRFU Charitable Trust and Irish Injured Jockeys.

Weight 0.75 kg