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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
Paperback, 352 pages
Published January 22nd 2008 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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Dec 06, 2011 K.D. Absolutely rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Mar 17, 2012 Rosemary rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 10, 2015 Sally906 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 11, 2014 Brenda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 11, 2009 Phil rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 16, 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
Jul 13, 2012 Deb rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 09, 2009 Amanda rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 02, 2011 Rose rated it it was amazing
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 22, 2010 Charlotte rated it really liked it
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.
Mar 17, 2013 Kathryn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Mar 19, 2015 Suzanne rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mar 19, 2012 Marlet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 19, 2009 Awallens rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 19, 2015 Carol rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Rebecca Douglass
Feb 27, 2012 Rebecca Douglass rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Mar 29, 2015 Christina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: books-i-own
I've been looking for a book series like this for a while.

I wanted a non-mystery series that follows a group of interesting characters, not too heavy on the drama, but entertaining. A feel good story.

This fit perfectly.

It's the story of a fresh out of med school young doctor who moves to Ballybucklebo, Ireland to work along with a moody, cynical older Doctor who, of course, under it all has a heart of gold. The town and it's cast of characters were great, you feel completely immersed. I loved
My main thoughts as I start this:
Is it funny?
Is it heartwarming?
Will it take me away to Ireland?
Is it like the James Herriot series?
Will I want to read on?

Sort of.
Yes, in that is has a young professional in rural Great Britain becoming part of a practice with a senior who is single and eccentric. Plus you get to see the locals and the area. It's different in that it's in third person, which I usually prefer. But this time I kept wishing it was first POV as it's masqu
Jun 21, 2010 Nancy rated it it was amazing
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.

Sep 02, 2012 Sue rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, ireland
Dr. Barry Laverty is fresh out of medical school and arrives in the Northern Ireland village of Ballybucklebo for an interview as an assistant GP. When he arrives in time to witness one of the villagers being tossed out of the office, he's not so sure he wants the job but finds it handed to him during the course of the interview. Over the next few weeks of working alongside Dr. Fingle Flahertie O'Reilly his opinion of the doctor changes for the better as he finds there are a number of things he ...more
Mar 08, 2010 Treasa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-fiction
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
Feb 05, 2013 Chuck rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 26, 2010 Judith rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 26, 2010 Martha Davis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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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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