Pat Shovelin

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Pat Shovelin
Known for Helping turn Donegal into the "FC Barcelona of Gaelic football"[1]
Term 2010 - present
Awards 2012 All-Ireland Champion

Pat Shovelin is a Gaelic football coach from Ardara, County Donegal. He is currently the goalkeeping coach for the Donegal senior football team.[2][3][4] He represents his local club Ardara.[5] Donegal won the 2012 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final and are All-Ireland Champions, the highest achievement in the sport of Gaelic football.[6][7]

As Donegal goalkeeping coach Shovelin is responsible for the training of county netminders Paul Durcan, Michael Boyle and Peter Boyle.[2] He considers Durcan to be as influential as Peter Schmeichel.[8]

Shovelin graduated through the ranks with manager Jim McGuinness, with the pair previously working together with the Donegal under-21 football team.[9][10] He is married and had his first child on the Wednesday before Donegal won the 2012 All-Ireland Senior Football Championship Final.[2][11]

Shovelin was with Donegal when they won the NFL Division 2 title at Croke Park.[12] He has been awarded medals on the basis of Donegal successes at senior and U21 levels.[13]


  1. ^ O'Shea, Joe (27 August 2012). "Donegal one step from Sam after 20-year wait". Irish Independent (Independent News & Media). Retrieved 27 August 2012. Cork never really got going. Outnumbered, out-sung and watching a supposedly "negative" team suddenly transform themselves into the FC Barcelona of Gaelic Football, the Rebels were left muttering about "lads who didn't show up" and a manager who, to many of them at least, made some questionable calls... 
  2. ^ a b c Craig, Frank. "Interview with Pat Shovlin: Keepers deserve their 'Pat' on the back". Ardara. 
  3. ^ "Donegal end search for new boss". Breaking News. 27 July 2010. Retrieved 27 July 2010. 
  4. ^ "New Donegal boss". The Belfast Telegraph (Independent News & Media). 29 July 2010. Retrieved 29 July 2010. 
  5. ^ "Donegal GAA CLUB CALL". Donegal Democrat (Johnston Press). 17 July 2012. Retrieved 17 July 2012. 
  6. ^ "Live updates from the All-Ireland finals at Croke Park". RTÉ Sport (Raidió Teilifís Éireann). 23 September 2012. Retrieved 23 September 2012. 
  7. ^ Jackson, Lyle (23 September 2012). "Donegal 2-11 0-13 Mayo". BBC Sport (BBC). Retrieved 23 September 2012. 
  8. ^ McNulty, Chris (1 March 2013). "'Papa' set for 100th appearance". Donegal News. Retrieved 1 March 2013. "I would liken his to the influence that Peter Schmeichel (the former Manchester United goalkeeper) used to have," says Shovelin. "He is a massive voice in the dressing room and a massive influence in the squad...Like Schmeichel used to, Paul can really control games. He is so good with his team-mates too, whether it's a senior player or a youngster." Shovelin began working with Durcan and Michael Boyle in the winter of 2010 following McGuinness's appointment. 
  9. ^ "Donegal U-21s hit by virus". Donegal Democrat (Johnston Press). 4 May 2010. Retrieved 4 May 2010. Manager Jim McGuinness and his goalkeeping coach Pat Shovlin were also laid low with the bug, manager McGuinness confirmed after Saturday evening's game. 
  10. ^ "Paul Durcan". Gaelic life. 30 June 2011. Retrieved 30 June 2011. Pat Shovlin is there. He was involved with the u-21s last year, was the goal-keeping coach for them, so Jim brought him along to the senior set-up. 
  11. ^ McGuinness, Jim. The Sunday Game. RTÉ Television. 23 September 2012.
  12. ^ "". 
  13. ^ "Donegal Now". 2 April 2012. Paddy McGrath, Conor Classon, Peter McNelis and Pat Shovlin all picked up medals off the back of Donegal senior and U21 successes. 

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