Matthew Toman made it big during the Celtic Tiger…and then he lost it all. He spoke to Ryan about being on top of the world, crashing to the bottom, and how he managed to claw his way back up – but in a completely different direction.
I didn’t really like school that much. I’m dyslexic and I couldn’t handle it. I hated even reading at the time
I left school when I was 16 and got into a trade in air conditioning and refrigeration. I bought my first house when I was 19, my second when I was 22, my third when I was about 24.
‘The road to success doesn’t always lie through school’ – Boss of award-winning film production company
‘I made it all the way through school without being diagnosed as dyslexic,” says Matt Toman, founder of award-winning media company Bankhouse Productions of his youth in Co Armagh.
Matt Toman, founder of award-winning media company Bankhouse Productions, says of his youth in Co Armagh: “I made it all the way through school without being diagnosed as dyslexic, even though I always struggled with English, and reading out loud was embarrassing – I sounded like someone who had had a stroke.”
‘I got caught out at the top end of the recession and ended up losing everything’
FROM boom to bust, a Co Armagh man who lost everything in the property crash has described how he has turned his life around to realise that success is not driven by money.