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An Irish Country Village (Irish Country #2)

4.01 of 5 stars 4.01  ·  rating details  ·  3,251 ratings  ·  417 reviews
Patrick Taylor's An Irish Country Doctor earned its real-life physician author comparisons with Jan Karon and James Herriot. In An Irish Country Village, Taylor returns to spin a comforting tale about Ballybucklebo, a small, insular community in County Ulster. The novel charts the initiation of young "big-city" doctor Barry Laverty into the charming folkways and foibles of ...more
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
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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
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Mike
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
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Carol
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
Theresa
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
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Erin
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
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Julie
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
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Sherrill
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
Laura
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
Barbara
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
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Jeri
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
Susan
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
Antonio
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
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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
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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!
Deidrah
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
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.
Linda

Evidently I need a literary minder. This is the second series title I've read out-of-order in the last month.

This was undeniably a pleasant read, but without quite enough ooomph to impel me into the rest of the series. The colloqualims and slang really grabbed me-- it was like being transported back to my childhood in the sixties. I wouldn't have guessed that Irish and American slang would have been so similar in a pre-consumer satellite tv era.

I liked how the doctors were the unofficial moral a
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Brett
This sequel to "An Irish Country Doctor" has the same feel as its predecessor: it's the quintessential feel-good read. Some of the feel-good stretches towards sappy, but in a way that makes you wish such a locale still existed somewhere.
It's fun to read a story set in 1960's Northern Ireland that isn't dominated by the Troubles & all the grim reality of life in the midst of guerrilla warfare: the village of Ballybucklebo couldn't be further away from the IRA & car bombings. These amusing
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Awallens
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 there's always something brewing beneath the village's deceptively sleepy surface.Young
Doctor Barry Laverty has only just begun his assistantship under his eccentric mentor, Dr. Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly, but he already feels right at home
in Ballybucklebo. When the sudde
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Sharon
This book carries on from An Irish Country Doctor and some of the issues unresolved, are revisited.

Barry Laverty, MD has decided that Ballybucklebo is indeed the place that he'd like to stay and practice but events pileup against him, even in a charming place like this. One of his patients dies and he feels must have misdiagnosed him. The patient's widow is not only upset but threatening a lawsuit. Barry's mentor, Fingal to the rescue, but all he can do is convince her to wait for the autopsy r
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Anne
I started off with a 5 star rating...but after further thought I bumped it down to a 4. This book was fun, witty, lighthearted, brilliantly funny and just an all around good read. There were several times, however, where I thought to myself, "your reader has already figured that out, why are you writing your main character so that he hasn't? Do you not trust your reader to pick up what you have already more than plainly spelled out for them so you feel the need to have your character ask an inne ...more
Connie N.
Delightful! Really closer to a 4.5 than a 4-star. I actually liked this one a lot better than the first in the series. The other one dragged a bit, but I was kept interested throughout this whole story. It's supposed to be set in the 1960's, but it seems old-fashioned because the doctors make house calls, only have 1 phone in the house, and seem to have old-style ideas for medical practices. Perhaps because it's set in rural Ireland? Or perhaps it's the small town atmosphere that makes it feel o ...more
Rebecca
This is another light-hearted, slightly hokey tale about the residents of Ballybucklebo in Northern Ireland. I found the first book in the series charming, but this second one was a bit grating -- Taylor uses most of the same stale jokes and running gags from the first book without introducing much new material, and most of the book's 400 pages are taken up with the same people saying and doing pretty much exactly the same things they said and did in the first book. Taylor also has a weakness fo ...more
Meagan
I'm sick (again), so this isn't going to be the most brilliant of reviews, but I feel like it's important to get some of the big details down so I don't forget them, so here goes.

This was a mostly gentle read, but thankfully not so gentle that my teeth hurt. There was occasional cursing, some drinking, and some premarital sex (behind closed doors, of course). But all of the characters are basically nice and good, and we're meant to like them. The plot tension comes almost entirely from the possi
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Sandy
okay, but not a good narrator.... too much zing to his voice.... doesn't seem to have a good cadence for this book. Also, main character's name is 'Barry' from "Ballybuckle-ho'..... they sound too much the same.... couldn't the author come up with a name that doesn't sound-clash?.... pretty annoying. anyway, I'm on disk 3 of, I think 9, so a long way to go..... Reminds me a lot of the James Herriot books..... Is that my problem or something the author intended??? Also, the author writes about me ...more
Sue
A novel about a young country GP, in his first practice in the Ulster village of Ballybucklebo. Entirely fictional, but it reminded me strongly of James Herriot, or even Gervase Phinn in style. Young Barry Laverty assists at a difficult home birth, patches up a child's cut finger, and is threatened with a lawsuit after one of his patients dies. He also carries on a low-key romance with the feisty and ambitious engineer Patricia, and spends a day at the races.

A good picture - I assume - of an Ir
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Cathymw
The book cover compares Patrick Taylor to James Herriot. I don't think that he is as good as Herriot, but the book was an interesting read and I did get caught up in the characters. The library didn't have the first in the series (An Irish Country Doctor) so I started with this (the second book) but that didn't get in the way of enjoying this book. I look forward to reading more of his books.
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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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