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An Irish Country Doctor (Irish Country #1)

3.85  ·  Rating Details ·  10,361 Ratings  ·  1,654 Reviews
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 ch
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published February 6th 2007 by Forge Books (first published September 1st 2004)
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Betsy Murphy it is , its even on the book if you enjoy James Herriot you might like Patrick Taylor - only James Herriot was a vet . in England and Barry is a GP in…moreit is , its even on the book if you enjoy James Herriot you might like Patrick Taylor - only James Herriot was a vet . in England and Barry is a GP in training in Ireland ( northern ) . (less)

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Jan 28, 2016 Kelly rated it really liked it
This was perfectly contenting, exactly as advertised, exactly my speed. This is a good cup of tea and croissant of a book, with some sunlight coming through the window and a bird on the porch. ...Maybe a bit of a dog chasing its own tail, too. But all in good fun. You're all safe here.
K.D. Absolutely
Oct 30, 2011 K.D. Absolutely rated it it was ok
Shelves: irish, drama
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
Mar 17, 2012 Rosemary rated it it was amazing
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
A friend gave me these books and said it will lighten up a dull moment or two.

That is exactly what happened, when Dr. Barry Laverty moves to Ballybucklebo in Ireland after leaving university. Fresh from the academic mill, he becomes the assistant of a colorful Dr. Fingal Flaherty O'Reilly. The village is habituated with even more colorful and eccentric characters. The young doctor must adapt to a life he was not quite accustomed to, but it will teach him lessons in people skills he would never l
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
Mar 10, 2015 Sally906 rated it really liked it
Shelves: historical
Opening Sentence: ‘…Barry Laverty – Doctor Barry Laverty – his houseman’s year just finished, ink barely dry on his degree, pulled his beat-up Volkswagen Beetle to the side of the road and peered at a map lying on the passenger seat…’

Barry Laverty is fresh out of Medical school and answers an ad for a doctor’s assistant in Ballybucklebo, a small country village in Northern Ireland that he can hardly find on a map. He is immediately hired by Dr Fingle O’Reilly. The older doctor has his own distin
Feb 09, 2014 Brenda rated it really liked it
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
Jul 13, 2012 Deb rated it liked it
Recommends it for: my mom and other ladies wanting lighter fare
Recommended to Deb by: Beth J.
Shelves: europe
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
Sep 20, 2008 Phil rated it it was ok
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 (
Aug 12, 2015 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audible, cozy, fun, doctor, irish
This is a warm, Irish cozy about a new doctor who has come to a small town to help a veteran older doctor. Some of the patients are eccentric mixed with a bit of hypochondria, they must be dealt with with some humorous, oddball methods. The new doctor is taken aback with this unconventional type of medicine but he is drawn to the personal connection that seems to be the theme in this detached, urban borough of Ballybucklebo. A good start to cute cozy series with relatable characters. My favorite ...more
Oct 02, 2008 Amanda rated it did not like it
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
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I've been accumulating the books in this series for several years -- saving them, kind of hoarding them. I didn't even know if I'd like them, but if I did, I wanted them handy to read right then. I put stock in that I would like them, and now, I think I'm in book heaven. Ahhhh, the pleasantness. I'm conflicted with wanting to race through versus strolling though. I chose the first two for my spring reading challenge and won't be surprised if the summer challenge is
Librarians love receiving reading suggestions, too! One of my regular patrons recommended this audiobook to me and it was quite enjoyable. It's charming, full of humor, and a nice respite from the horrors of modern day radio/news. Plus, who doesn't love a good Irish brogue?!
Oct 01, 2011 Rose rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 05, 2010 Charlotte rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 22, 2011 Rebecca rated it liked it
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.
Feb 29, 2008 Suzanne rated it did not like it
Shelves: waste-of-time
This was a reasonable summer read and had some poignant moments, but overall, I felt it was predictable. The cover was spectacular though.
Jamie Collins
Jun 13, 2017 Jamie Collins rated it it was ok
This is not bad, but it’s not as charming as the James Herriot books it’s consciously trying to mimic. It’s cozy and predictable, which I don’t necessarily mind, but I do mind that the writing is shallow and lacks subtlety, as if the book is aimed at a younger audience, although it’s not billed as YA.

It's historical fiction set in the 1960's in Northern Ireland. Laverty is a new medical doctor who takes a job as an assistant to a crusty old doctor in a small village with quirky inhabitants. The
Mar 17, 2017 Megan rated it really liked it
An overall enjoyable read and perfect for St. Patty's Day! Writing is easy to read, characters are fun and often surprising, and the plot was fast-paced and interesting. Worth reading, and I will continue with the series! 4 stars
May 30, 2016 Bob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Summary: A young doctor fresh from medical school becomes the assistant to a rural, and somewhat eccentric, general practitioner in a small village in Northern Ireland and learns lessons about life, love, and medicine they didn't teach in school.

Sometimes even I like a "feel good" book, one with characters, setting, and plot line that warm the heart. This was one such book, and judging from the series of books (now up to eleven) that followed, it is clear that many other readers agree that Patri
Mar 10, 2012 Marlet rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
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
Jul 31, 2013 Carol rated it it was amazing
Shelves: patrick-taylor
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
Oct 17, 2009 Awallens rated it it was amazing
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
Rebecca Douglass
Feb 27, 2012 Rebecca Douglass rated it really liked it
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
Dr Barry Laverty obtains employment as an assistant to Dr Fingal O'Reilly in the fictional rural Northern Ireland town of Ballybucklebo in 1964. Dr O'Reilly has a very unorthodox way of running his medical practice, but he has a good heart and a smart mind. Barry meets a host of colorful, eccentric characters in the country town, as well as some quirky animals. It's a summer for Barry to learn about medicine, life, and love.

The tales in this book reminded me of James Herriot's stories, but told
Oct 05, 2012 Kathryn rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, 4-stars
Loved, loved, loved it - I could just see the Irish countryside and the little rural village of Ballybucklebo! It is written in a similar vein to the James Herriot vet series (which I also loved).

This series is about the trials and tribulations of life as a rural GP. A senior doctor takes new graduate, Barry Laverty, under his wing to train up in the tricks of a country GP's trade! I have now added the next in the series - An Irish Country Village - to my TBR list!
Glenda L
Jan 09, 2014 Glenda L rated it really liked it
What a wonderful little book ... I loved the Irish humor and the "brogue" ... I can't wait to read the next one. I have had these on my shelf for some time. Why did I wait so long to get started reading them? Dr. OReilly is a "hoot" and young Dr. Laverty is a "dream come true." All the characters are a delight.
Gina (Weena)
Feb 22, 2016 Gina (Weena) rated it really liked it
A delightful story, about, Barry Laverty, a young doctor trying to get settled in a small Irish town. He's hired by a robust older doctor, a war veteran, and a man who does things his way. It takes quite a bit of getting used to, but Barry soon learns, and comes to love the quirky town and its wide array of characters. There is laughter, comfort, charm, and down home goodness.
Jun 07, 2016 Josiphine rated it really liked it
This is a delightfully gentle book that just ambles along through a calm but funny plot. It's not one of those I MUST KNOW WHAT HAPPENS NEXT books, but I enjoyed it just the same. Reading this book was like drinking a cup of tea.
Apr 03, 2017 Alaine rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: unfinished
Something's wrong with the narrator's accents. The main one he uses to read the book in general isn't that bad (it miiiiiight be real but it also doesn't sound like any Irish accent I've heard) but when he starts doing that sing-song thing that sounds like no Irish accent found in nature, I have a hard time listening. I wish people would stop doing that. I'm trying to listen to a book and it shouldn't sound like an Irish Spring commercial. I have to quit the audio book and try the ebook. I can't ...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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