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An Irish Country Doctor (Irish Country #1)

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Barry Laverty, M.B., can barely find the village of Ballybucklebo on a map when he first sets out to seek gainful employment there, but already he knows that there is nowhere he would rather live than in the emerald hills and dales of Northern Ireland. The proud owner of a spanking-new medical degree and little else in the way of worldly possessions, Barry jumps at the cha ...more
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published February 6th 2007 by Forge Books (first published September 1st 2000)
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K.D. Absolutely
Surprisingly, an enjoyable read. I picked this book because I love everything about Ireland. I think my romantic notion of Ireland began after reading Frank McCourt’s Angela’s Ashes and its two sequels and seeing the 2000-blockbuster film Billy Elliot. From there, my list goes on and one. I read every single book with Ireland as setting that I fortunately came across: A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by James Joyce, At Swim-Two-Birds by Flann O’Brien, At Swim, Two Boys by Jamie O’Neill, K ...more
I'm somewhat bashful to admit that I absolutely loved this book.

It is an inescapable fact that this book is reminiscent of All Creatures Great and Small in some ways, or Ballykissangel, and if you don't like those, you won't like this book. I found those pleasant enough, but not as engaging as the world Patrick Taylor has created here.

The voices of the characters are distinct, they're charming, annoying, dotty, short, a village of people. The events are simple day to day experiences i
As newly graduated Doctor Barry Laverty struggled to find his way to the small village of Ballybucklebo, the wilds of the blackthorn hedges had him baffled. The roads just had to lead there, didn’t they? With vague directions from a young man on a bicycle, he finally made it to his interview with five minutes to spare. His meeting with his prospective employer however, didn’t start too well. The bellow of a voice as it was directed at a poor unfortunate fellow who landed in a bush had Barry step ...more
Karen Dmytrasz
An uplifting, humorous portrayal of a lost time and place --- the countryside of Northern Ireland in the 1960s. This novel documents a recent medical graduate's first month of doctoring in a rural town full of quirky and lovable citizens. Dr. Laverty is an urban physician who comes under the tutelage of the seasoned, boisterous, opinionated and creative Dr. O'Reilly who has practiced medicine in Northern Ireland for his whole life.

I found it difficult to put this book down because I desperately
Jul 13, 2012 Deb rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: my mom and other ladies wanting lighter fare
Recommended to Deb by: Beth J.
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I think I should make a new shelf for "worthwhile reading, lite". After reading quite a bit of non-fiction and some amazing, but intense books, I needed a change of pace and this was the perfect recipe.

Beth, who loaned me her copy described An Irish Country Doctor as, "like the Mitford series, but set in northern Ireland." The characters are interesting and fun. It is a pleasure to read about people with high moral character, though there are a few swear words thrown in. There is not too much d
I wanted to like this book. I really did. But I couldn't.

Having read the jacket blurbs, I held out hope that this might be an Irish version of the wonderful stories James Herriot gave us with his lovable English veterinarian. As it turned out, however, Taylor's Ballybucklebo couldn't hold a candle to Herriot's Yorkshire.

Taylor's descriptions of the Irish countryside and it's quirky inhabitants was sub-par, and his story entirely predictable. His preoccupation with injecting cultural references (
I have no idea what prompted me to finish this book. The characters were shallow in development, the plot ridiculously predictable and the happy ending such a neatly tied-up bow that it was hugely unrealistic as well as unsatisfying. Obviously, I do not recommend this book but to be fair it did have a good amount of Irish colloquialisms & authentic Irish cooking/recipe references which make it some-what unique. In my opinion the author should stick to being a doctor and never attempt fiction ...more
My great-grandmother came over to the United States from Ireland during the potato famine. According to one of my cousins who went to Ireland to research our ancestry, our great-grandmother came from County Down.
Since the setting for this book is County Down, I am especially interested in the local dialect as well as the local customs and the food common to the area. I found an abundance of this type of information in An Irish Country Doctor.
I found it a bit difficult to believe that the two
If you like the No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency books, this series is for you! The story is set in a quaint village in Northern Ireland, Ballybucklebo, in the 1960s (the Beatles are just growing scandalously long hair). The protagonist is a young, naive doctor fresh from medical school who goes to assist the one physician in the village and learns a lesson or two in medicine, life, and love along the way.

If that sounds like a bit of a cutesy description -- well, this is a bit of a cutesy book.
I picked this book out of my curiosity with anything Irish. I just went to Booksale in Alphaland and within minutes, this book popped just like that. When I saw the word “Irish” on the title, I picked it up and went straight to the cashier. The front cover by Gergory Manchess also won me over.

Okay, so I had no idea whatsoever about the book. I didn’t know what to expect so I just read along.

“An Irish Country Doctor” by Patrick Taylor is a typical story about a young doctor who still doesn’t know
NorthBarry Laverty, MD, can barely find the village of Ballybucklebo on a map when he first sets out to seek gainful employment there, but already he knows
that there is nowhere he would rather live than in the emerald hills and dales of Northern Ireland. The proud owner of a spanking-new medical degree, Barry
jumps at the chance to secure a position as an assistant in a small rural practice. At least until he meets Dr. Fingal Flahertie OReilly. The older physician,
whose motto is never let the pat
An Irish Country Doctor introduces two general practitioners: a new, young doctor, Dr. Barry Laverty, fresh out of medical school, who sets out to his new position in Ballybucklebo. There he meets his mentor, Dr. Fingal Flahertie O’Reilly who has been treating patients his entire life. O’Reilly, physically a large individual, has been referred to as an “intimidating” man, but in reality he’s just a “gentle giant” who is loved by all in the community. His methods of examination, diagnosis and tre ...more
What a charming, cozy tale. I loved everything about it. You know nothing bad will happen in this story, you know where everything will end up & yet it's still a complete joy getting there. This story just made me feel really good & happy. Not unlike being a child & reading fairy tales. It's full of wonderful characters, most of them rather eccentric, including an inappropriately amorous dog & a diva like cat. I loved the older, experienced, rather ornery, but kind Dr. O'Reilly t ...more
Betty Strohecker
An Irish Country Doctor takes place in Northern Ireland in the 1960's, beginning with the arrival of Dr. Barry Laverty in the town of Ballybucklebo. Fresh out of medical school, Barry answers the add for an assistant in the practice of Dr. Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly. Soon after he accepts the job, Barry wonders if he has made a mistake as he observes O'Reilly's extremely unorthodox way of treating his patients. Written with humor and filled with anecdotes of life in a small Irish town, this novel ...more
This was a reasonable summer read and had some poignant moments, but overall, I felt it was predictable. The cover was spectacular though.
Somewhere in the 1960's in Ballybucklebo, Ireland, Barry Laverty fresh out of medical school is on his way to apply as the assistant to Dr. Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly. Barry is not quite sure if he wants to specialize or just stay with general practice so he decided to get a taste of small town doctoring. Getting lost more then once, Dr. Laverty shows up on Dr. O'Reilly's doorstep just as a patient, or customer as O'Reilly refers to them as, is bodily chucked of the office into garden.

Fresh out of med school and looking for some sort of direction in his life, Barry Laverty goes for an interview with a country GP in the small town of Ballybucklebo. Dr. Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly is not at all what Barry was expecting - his sometimes unorthodox medical practices startle Barry. But as Barry gets to know O'Reilly and the people in the town, he begins to understand the life of a country GP and why O'Reilly acts as he does.

This book is slightly reminiscent of the James Herriot books
Catherine Thompson
Dr. Barry Laverty, newly minted doctor, comes to the little Irish village of Ballybucklebo to do an internship in general practise with Dr. Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly, a loud, opinionated, tempestuous medical man if there ever was one. Laverty isn't sure how he's going to deal with this doctor, who's sawn down the front legs of the patients' chair in his consulting room so folks won't overstay their welcome (they slide down the seat), but gradually he comes to see that there's more to O'Reilly th ...more
Warm and fuzzy and lite, this feel-good novel invokes olden times and the old country, when the pace of life was slow, and doctors were still becoming GPs and making house calls (without GPSs). Author Patrick Taylor taps right into a vein (ouch!) of nostalgia, and fans of An Irish Country Doctor will be gratified to know that it spawned a series. The plot is pretty predictable, but the characters are distinctive even if rather stereotypical -- a curmudgeonly elder employer whose unconventional w ...more
I have a weakness for books set in Northern Ireland, a distinctly different world from the Republic of Ireland, and this book is no exception. I loved the setting and the dialect, and the description of the people and the countryside. It felt authentic to me and I enjoyed that aspect of the book. I loved the fact that Patrick Taylor, the author didn't exploit his characters or setting, and you won't find any leprechans, Irish wakes, be'gosh and be'gorras thrown in. The problem with this book is ...more
Martha Davis
This is a completely charming book. When young Doctor Barry Laverty comes to interview with Doctor Fingal Flahertie O'Reily, little does he know what he's getting into.

Welcome to Ballybucklebo (if you can pronounce it you're one up on me), a small village in Northern Ireland in the mid 1960s. Full of all the quirky characters you would expect in a small Irish village. From the old Major and his wife who keep crying wolf to the young woman who finds herself in the family way all the odd-bodkin
Eric Wright
Aug 30, 2010 Eric Wright rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Found in library
An Irish Country Doctor is a charming book about a small village in Northern Ireland, a new doctor who joins an eccentric older doctor's practice. It reminded me of the Yorkshire vet's tales. Taylor has crafted a delightful cast of colourful characters and that includes the two main doctors. The older man, Dr. Fingal is a pgnacious doctor with a soft spot and a knack for dispening not just medicine but the advice and help his patients need. Barry, the new man is at first shocked at the unorthodo ...more
I must say that I really enjoyed this lovely little book set in Ireland in the late 60's, though it did have its flaws.

Firstly, it is pretty darn clean, except for the language, which isn't too horrible (a smattering that includes some f-bombs), but I was disappointed because it was clean in so many other ways.

I absolutely loved the setting, the descriptions of the Irish countryside and the people, the dialect, the food, and the work these two doctors did with the people. I even loved the many q
Rebecca Douglass
With it's inevitable comparison to James Herriot's Yorkshire Vet tales, this book struck me at once as good "comfort food" for the reader. Nothing earth-shaking happens, and you don't expect it to, but life unfolds in interesting and amusing ways. If events seem a bit predicatible, I have to say that I think that's what Taylor is after.

Several reviewers here have criticized Taylor for that predictability, and for characters that may seem a bit 'stock,' and I think that, having read the rest of
Kate Hollifield
I thoroughly enjoyed this novel. My recently departed grandfather was always telling me he thought I would enjoy this series, and he was right. I loved it from the start, and found myself laughing quite a bit.
Vincent D
Heartwarming. A coming of age tale that both captivates and gives hope to young professionals regardless of their line of work. The book really depicts the age old phrase "everything works out" even to today's post-graduate audiences. Personally, I found it a leisurely read to relax my own fears of the constantly approaching post-college life. Taylor caters to twenty-somethings with his ambitious but tender minded Dr. Laverty and creates a story that shapes the naive young doctor into a developi ...more
I loved this book!! It doesn't take long to get you completely enthralled with Ballybucklebo and all of the characters in this awesome series. Dr. Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly is a bear of a man who can accept most anything except being considered kind. He IS kind and goes above and beyond for those in his village, but being called such will get you a good earful. Dr. Barry Laverty is a young doctor who begins working with Dr. O'Reilly. At first he has doubts about working with such an "ogre", but ...more
Genine Franklin-Clark
This is a pleasant book, well written, with an interesting story - rather a James Herriot-type story about a people doctor. I'm sure I would have enjoyed this book more when I was younger and not so jaded. Now, however, I find the sweetness and even the meaness, a little formulaic. (See? I didn't even know that word 40 years ago!) At this point in my life, I like my fairy tales to be clearly marked as such.

I had hoped to like this so much that I'd want to read the rest in the series, but . . .no
Joshua Mcdonald
was suprisingly good. it just feels like hanging out with friends in a small community, not a genre of book.
Joy Gerbode
I love this book! I actually love almost all things Irish, so this series caught my eye. But I love the basic telling of people in a town, and little incidents that make up their daily lives ... at the same time winding one basic conflict (admittedly rather small) that binds the book together as one. The characters are well developed and interesting ... left me with questions about their future, so I'm eager to read more books. The town seems like a wonderful place to be, and even the "bad guy" ...more
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Patrick Taylor, M.D., is the author of the Irish Country books, including An Irish Country Doctor, An Irish Country Village, An Irish Country Christmas, An Irish Country Girl, and An Irish Country Courtship. Taylor was born and raised in Bangor, County Down, in Northern Ireland. After qualifying as a specialist in 1969, he worked in Canada for thirty-one
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Irish Country (1 - 10 of 11 books)
  • Home Is the Sailor: An Irish Country Doctor Story
  • An Irish Country Village (Irish Country #2)
  • An Irish Country Christmas (Irish Country #3)
  • An Irish Country Girl (Irish Country #4)
  • An Irish Country Courtship (Irish Country #5)
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