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An Irish Country Village (Irish Country #2)

4.02 of 5 stars 4.02  ·  rating details  ·  3,963 ratings  ·  477 reviews

Patrick Taylor first charmed readers with An Irish Country Doctor, a warm and enchanting novel in the tradition of James Herriot and Jan Karon. Now Taylor returns to the colorful Northern Ireland community of Ballybucklebo, where thereâs always something brewing beneath the villageâs deceptively sleepy surface.

Young Doctor Barry Laverty has only just begun his assistants

Hardcover, Large Print, 648 pages
Published March 1st 2008 by Thorndike Press (first published 2008)
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Siew Ee
This second book in the series is much the same as the first – its slow and comfortable pace of storytelling reflecting that of life in Ballybucklebo. Not only that, the way the story is told gives readers the sense that everything will turn out ok in the end. If so, what is it about “An Irish Country Village” that makes it worth reading?

Sure, this book cannot compare with the mystery, paranormal and horror books in terms of excitement and thrills. The lack of solid, adrenaline-pumping action i
Forgotten Realms Queen
I have read every single book to date of Patrick Taylor's 'Irish Country' series and I am in love.

Patrick Taylor present us the story of one young doctor named Barry Laverty and his setting up shop as a country's general practitioner in Ballybucklebo, a wee village in rural Ireland. Here he meets his practice partner one Dr. Finegal Flaherty O'Reilly and his housekeeper Mrs. 'Kinky' Kinkaid. Not to mention the wonderfully colorful characters of the town itself.

I have never once stepped foot on I
This simple, absorbing book begins where the previous "An Irish Country Doctor" ended. Young Doctor Laverty, a recent medical school graduate, has decided to accept an apprenticeship with the crusty Fingal O'Reilly, GP. The WWI naval veteran and former Rugby star proves to be gruff and wise, yet uncommonly patient and intuitive with his eccentric "customers," psychic housekeeper, and petulent pets.

The residents of Ballybucklebo, a small, rustic community in mid-1960's County Down, are true Iris
This is the second book in the seven part series of "An Irish Country" books. This story begins where we left off in the last book. Dr. O'Reilly has offered to Dr. Laverty to become a partner in his practice. Dr. Laverty is becoming comfortable in the quaint town of Ballybucklebo, and his relationship with Patricia finds him head over heels "in love." Dr. O'Reilly's home is endearing. Both doctors and Mrs. Kinky Kinkaid live like an everyday family. Kinky scolding Dr. O'Reilly for eating too muc ...more
This was a delightful read! The author, Patrick Taylor, introduces you to the loving, quirky, wise villagers of Ballybucklebo, Ireland. This novel (borrowing from the book jacket)is "in the tradition of James Herriot and Jan Karon". The story goes something like this; Barry Laverty, a young doctor, has just begun his assistantship under Dr.Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly in the village of Ballybucklebo, Ireland. To say Dr.O'Reilly is a bit unorthodox and even eccentric is putting it mildly. He is also ...more
Reading for the group, We Love Lisa Kleypas, Reading Challenge for March 2010... All Things Irish. This is my 2nd book of the challenge. Categories that the book falls in to: "Ireland" as the setting, "Green" in the cover art, "Irish" characters in the story, and "Patrick" in the author's name.

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DNF. This is not my type of book. I'm sure there are a lot of people who would love it, but not me. It seems to be a snapshot of a small
First sentence: Barry Laverty-Doctor Barry Laverty-heard the clattering of a frying pan on a stove and smelled bacon frying.

Favorite quotes:

Time, tide and women in their second labors wait for no man.

I think, to quote P.G. Woodhouse, Kinky is showing a distinct lack of gruntle today.

The evening air was buttermilk warm, scented with mown hay and musk mallow.

This book was just delightful. It made me relax in my chair and just enjoy each page. The way of life in rural Ireland in the mid 1960s was f
I love this series.

I was so excited after reading the first book I went and bought the rest of the series save one book. I am so happy I did.

This book picks up right where the last one left off. So much so, some of the issues faced in the first book resurface. One of Barry's patients has died and their relative is threatening to sue for malpractice. Did Barry do something wrong? This hangs over Barry's head for most of the book. Also, Barry's girlfriend is up for an engineering scholarship and
This is the second book in this series about Irish country Doctors Laverty and O'Reily. They have a small practice in a little town in North Ireland called Ballybucklebo. Dr. Laverty is a young doctor still serving his assistantship with the more experienced Dr. O'Reily, but Oreily is anxious to have the young doctor stay on permanently. While they treat a variety of unusual cases, they also find themselves in the role of town peacemakers - especially when dealing with the cantankerous Councilor ...more
Uhm, OK. I finished this. I don't remember when, but I know for a fact I'm no longer reading it. I'm wondering if something went wrong, because it says I started it on May 10, and there is NO WAY I have finished a book in one month's time since school started. So...I'm guessing I did the wrong book, and that I started #3 on the 10th.

Anyhoo, I'm still liking them, but I"m not gung ho on them anymore. It may be a nitpicking thing, but I'm getting really annoyed by his use of describing scenery or
While I didn't like this book as much as the first, I still found it to be an enjoyable read. The cast of characters were a fun, eclectic cast to read about, and the story shaped up to be a good read as well.

One of my biggest beefs with the story was the to detailed descriptions about various medical procedures - while a book about Doctors, I do expect to read about medical jargon, I could have done without the step by step process with all the details about how a catheter is inserted. Which was
This was a sweet little read. It was endearing and I especially liked that it was set in Carrickfergus Antium where my ancestors the McCanns came from. They were Scottish and ended up in Ireland and finally in the USA. The two doctors were altruistic and had some great adventures. I will say I got tired of the glorification of drinking that seemed to be such a big part of the story. Everyone was encouraged to get falling down drunk all the time and even the parson was chided if he didn't drink. ...more
Iowa City Public Library
Last summer I enjoyed Taylor’s first book, An Irish Country Doctor. It was a hybrid of James Herriot (strong sense of place), Maeve Binchy (good character development), and Marcus Welby, MD. An Irish Country Village is a continuation of this story. A young doctor goes to a rural Irish village, Ballybucklebo, to apprentice with an older and experienced physician. The young doctor learns a lot about medicine, life, and the human spirit. Descriptions of the Irish countryside are wonderful and there ...more
I read both this book and its predecessor during our beach week. There was enough drama, humor, and happiness to make it a great vacation read. I will probably read more in the series but maybe not immediately.

I would never want to be in the medical profession but the descriptions of ailments and treatments are interesting to me. The minor characters in the village are a bit overdrawn but the doctors, the housekeepers, and the new loves in the doctors' lives seem true enough.
Betty Strohecker
Patrick Taylor continues his Irish Country Doctor series with book two set in the Northern Ireland town of Ballybucklebo. While new assistant Dr.Barry Laverty is getting to know the ropes and trying to develop a rapport with Dr.O'Reilly's patients, an untimely death threatens to put an end to his early career. While waitng for an investigation to convict or exonerate him, Barry must continue to win the trust and support of this small village's citizens.
Loved this book!!!!

I get so caught up in exploring and reading my favorite genre (mysteries), that I forget to explore "fiction", which is another favorite of mine. I love the eccentric characters in this book (more than just the "experienced" doctor - even the young protagonist, in his way, is eccentric).

Just love the evolution and interplay of the various characters, especially the two vets which are the focus of the book. Could not wait to see how the story evolved. Not at all as I expected
Jun 09, 2011 Jeri rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jeri by: Gail Banker
Shelves: kindle, f-general
This is my second Irish Country books and it's somewhat like "oatmeal" or grilled cheese sandwiches; my comfort food (books) when I'm stressed. The story of a young man who is going to take over the practice of a country doctor in a small town in Ireland. The players are all simple folks, except his girlfriend, but you get to know them and like (or hate) them; even in this one....the plot is predictable but it's something like the Andy Griffin series on TV in the 60's, except this is in Ireland ...more
This is an example of winning a Goodreads review copy and deciding to read the series of books from which it comes. I won the 9th book in this wonderful group of books about Fingal O' Reilly: Irish Doctor is the title of that volume. So taken was I by the story of an older widowed GP in the Northern Irish fictional village of Ballybucklebo and the recently graduated new doctor, Barry Laverty that I went to the first volume to start the series. This, An Irish Country Village, is #2 and continues ...more
The story carries on from his first book in which we were introduced to Barry Laverty, newly graduated MD and assisting a well established and much loved by the villagers, Dr. Fingal O'Reilly. Barry has just begun to establish himself in Ballybucklebo when one of the patients he treated suddenly dies. Rumours spread and Barry finds many of the villagers are suspect of his medical abilities. As he anxiously awaits the results of the autopsy, he must continue to work one day at a time while slowly ...more
The second of ten novels in the Irish Country series concerns a few weeks in the 1960s in the Northern Ireland village of Ballybucklebo, where newly minted physician Barry Laverty has successfully completed his probationary period as assistant to the town doctor, a force of nature named Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly.

Trouble comes early to the young general practitioner. The widow of a patient who died shortly after Barry misdiagnosed a brain bleed is threatening to sue, but the autopsy results show
An Irish Country Village by Patrick Taylor is the second book of the Irish Country series set in rural Northern Ireland in the 1960s. After Doctor Barry Laverty graduated from medical school in Belfast, he began practicing medicine with Doctor Fingal Flahertie O’Reilly in the tiny village of Ballybucklebo in County Down. Barry lives at Fingal’s house, which also contains his consulting room, and the two doctors are capably served by housekeeper “Kinky” Kincaid. Barry loves the countryside, loves ...more
Divine dishes of food,
Everyday illness,
A bit of drama,
Parties and some saving of a town,
Is what makes Ballybuckleboo a special town in my heart.

Just as with an Irish Country Doctor Patrick Taylor bring us its sequel continuing with Barry's journey as a young doctor in learning. Yes, readers can find the sequel repetitive as it follows the same structure as the first novel, but Patrick Taylor has a way with words of describing same events in totally two different ways(I'm talking about the secon
Paula Dembeck
This is the second book in the Irish Country series about two general practitioners working in a small fictional village called Ballybucklebro in Northern Ireland. It picks up where the last book left off with Dr Fingal O’Reilly offering Dr Barry Laverty a job as a full time assistant for a year with an offer of a full partnership in his practice to follow.
The pair makes an interesting duo. Barry is the young naïve practitioner anxious to get out on his own, spread his wings and begin his career
The second installment of the work of Dr. Barry Laverty under the direction of his mentor Dr. Fingal Flahertie O’Reilly in the town of Ballybucklebo, Ireland. As this one opens, Barry learns that a patient he’d treated in book 1 (An Irish Country Doctor) has died. A postmortem is ordered as there are questions about the circumstances of his death. Barry is concerned this could spell the end of his brief career, but Fingal believes in him and pushes him to continue doing the best he can until th ...more
Joy Gerbode
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, as I did the first book in the series. I love the real life stories of the people of the village, even though they are ficticious. I love the humorous characters, even the "bad guy" is quite funny ... and just like some people I know. And I love the Irish ... language, foods, humor, people, and countryside!
This book and the one before it, An Irish Country Doctor, are a lot like plain potato chips. They are safe comfortable books that you feel at home with almost immediately. But try to read just one chapter. I always say just one more and end up looking up to find an hour has gone by and I'm still not ready to put it down. The inhabitants of Ballybucklebo are like the people you knew growing up. They are exasperating, self-important and at times foolish. But they also have hearts so big you will n ...more
An Irish Country Village by Patrick Taylor is a sequel to An Irish Country Doctor. It continues the humorous saga of doctors Fingal O'Reilly and his young assistant Barry Laverty as they provide general pratice to the villagers of fictional Ballybucklebo in Ulster. A light- hearted, enjoyable tale, with colorful local characters. The antics of O'Reilly's dog, Arthur Guinness and his cat, Lady MacBeth, contribute to the Irish flavor of the story. Kinky, the housekeeper, makes sure the doctors eat ...more
In An Irish Country Village Patrick Taylor continues the tale of life a pair of country doctors in a small Irish village. Doctors O’Reilly and Lafferty continue their peaceful practice until an ex-patient that Barry Lafferty misdiagnosed dies suddenly and Fingal O’Reilly refuses to sign the death certificate and a coroner’s autopsy seems to be taking years to give a cause of death. Meanwhile the widow is starting to talk about filing a lawsuit if she doesn’t learn what caused the death of her hu ...more
Evelyn Porter
A beautiful continuation of An Irish Country Doctor . Brings you in and draws you to the characters that make Ballybucklebo such an interesting little village.
Yvonne Carter
A great relaxing read. Just enjoy Ireland and their people in the small villages. A continuing story of Drs. Laferty and O'Brien.
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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 12 books)
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  • An Irish Country Doctor (Irish Country #1)
  • 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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