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Fingal O'Reilly, Irish Doctor (Irish Country #8)

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Fans of Taylor’s bestselling Irish Country novels know Dr. Fingal Flahertie O’Reilly as the irascible senior partner of a general practice in the colorful Irish village of Ballybucklebo. Newly married to his once long-lost sweetheart, he’s ready to settle into domestic bliss, but there’s always something requiring his attention, be it a riding accident, a difficult patient ...more
Hardcover, 431 pages
Published October 15th 2013 by Forge Books
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It has been awhile since my last visit to Ballybucklebo, and being there again was lovely. This book hops back and forth between Fingal in his current life and Fingal as a new doctor working in the slums of Dublin. The transitions are handled smoothly, with each trip to the past instigated by something that is happening in the present.

In the portions that take place in Dublin, Fingal has taken a post as a GP (general practitioner), helping an older doctor in the Liberties section of Dublin. The
Oct 10, 2014 Darlene rated it really liked it
Shelves: giveaways
I received this book from good reads free as part of the first reads giveaway program. I've read several in the series but this book is the first time we finally see Fingal O'Reilly's journey as a man, a doctor and as a friend to us all who have come to love him as a character of the highest quality. He has had many challenges and sufferings to endure yet has risen above them all with humor and fine moral fortitude. I wish I had a doctor as fine as he. Keep them coming Patrick Taylor. Please. We ...more
Oct 05, 2013 Jill rated it it was amazing
Having read all of Patrick's books and luckily having him as a delightful neighbour, I got a very early preview of it. I must say his books get better and better all the time. Besides letting us revel in the charm of the Ballybucklebo residents, Fingal O'Reilly's stories lead us to more and more facets of his life and broaden the horizons of his (and our) world. And just you wait for the next one!
Lisa of Hopewell
I love this series (except for "An Irish Country Girl" which I thought was ridiculous), but it seemed to me that the author was "coasting" on this one.

First the good: The story was as wonderful as Taylor's series always is. The characters are among my favorites. I honestly look forward to each new book in this series so much so that I hate to criticize, but I must.

Now, The bad: Too much overly-stilted conversation drawn from newspapers of the day, old medical textbooks and the like. It is a ser
Sep 23, 2013 Kathy rated it it was amazing
I received this book as a winner of the First Reads Giveaway Program. I loved it! Having read the others, it was like coming home again and getting back in touch with familiar characters. It is comforting to know that this series has not ended - now I'll have to wait for the next book. Dr. Fingal O'Reilly and the others are as vivid in my mind as if I truly met them in real life. The book intertwined the past and present and Dr. Taylor even provided some interesting medical history as part of th ...more
Sep 20, 2013 Rachel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: firstreads
I recieved this book for free through the goodreads first reads program. I loved it! Fingal O'Reilly is such a lovable and relateable character. I was worried at first about the book jumping between past and present, but Taylor did an amazing job of seaming the two times together. A truly enjoyable read.
Tom Driver
Feb 08, 2014 Tom Driver rated it really liked it
I've read all the Irish Country Doctor books through this latest offering and I've enjoyed each one. Taylor does a nice job bringing his characters to life and reading through book #8 is like catching up with old friends. I particularly enjoyed how Taylor used this book to give us additional back story on Fingal O'Reilly. It was interesting to follow Fingal through his first job as a GP in the rough part of Dublin. We also learned more about the early relationship between Fingal and Kitty. Throu ...more
Sep 28, 2013 Pamela rated it really liked it
I adore the Irish Country Doctor books. The instant I open the cover, I'm transported to another place and time where I can spend time with some old friends. These books are absolutely delightful and this one is no exception. You know you're reading a good book when between the covers you can experience laughter and tears and the story touches your heart. I'm looking forward to my next visit to Ballybucklebo.
Apr 12, 2014 Joan rated it really liked it
Such fun, reading this book and learning how much the practice of medicine has changed with the added interest of the setting in Ireland. The characters are of continued interest.
Paula Dembeck
Jul 08, 2015 Paula Dembeck rated it really liked it
This book has two parallel story lines separated by twenty-nine years and explores the character of Fingal before we met him in the first book of the Irish Country Series.

The author goes back to Fingal’s first days in medical practice in 1930s Dublin and intersperses it with a new story in the sixties that emerges after his marriage to Kitty and their return home from their honeymoon in Rhodes, to the small village of Ballybucklebo.

We know from the last book that Barry, Fingal’s assistant, has
Nov 11, 2013 Katherine rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads, reviewed
Being on vacation it has taken longer to read this book than would be the case had I not been gallivanting and just fitting it in during quiet moments. What an interesting approach to a story and one that works beautifully. Patrick Taylor, himself a doctor, indeed an Irish doctor transplanted to Canada, has told Fingal's story in chapters that alternate between the '30's in Dublin's tenements to the '60's ( which serves as the present ) in a small country village.

In the tenements the newly minte
Sep 17, 2016 Mandolin rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Reading one of Patrick Taylor’s Irish Country books is a bit like taking a refresher course from medical school, spiced with all the interesting historical tidbits that I didn’t have time to learn back then! That isn’t to say that the books would only be interesting to those in the medical field. Quite the contrary. The series is character driven and has been since the beginning. In this one, more than ever before, Taylor gives us an intimate portrait of both a young doctor learning to cope with ...more
Autumn Blues Reviews
Dec 05, 2013 Autumn Blues Reviews rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Another delightful installment in the Irish Country series. A perfectly synchronized audiobook.

We are back in the little town of Ballybucklebo and Fingal is now married to his love interest Kitty. I really like the married side of Dr. Fingal Flahertie O’Reilly presented in this audiobook. I got to see (listen to) the sensitive side of Fingal now as a newly married man, it was quite amusing to hear him and Kitty having their little disagreements. In this installment at times, the reader also get
Sep 18, 2016 Anne rated it liked it
The structure of the stories in this series is becoming predictable; however, I still enjoy the characters. But I really liked listening to this one to learn how to pronounce all of the Irish words I've been reading in the earlier books.
Jan 06, 2016 Obsidian rated it it was amazing
I am so sad to come to the end of this newest Irish Country books since it appears fans will have to wait at least another year for the newest one in this series.

This novel takes place several weeks after Fingal and Kitty have married and returned from their honeymoon. Unlike in other novels there is not really anything that Fingal needs to involve himself with pertaining to the village. This novel flashes back to after Fingal qualified as a doctor and was working in Dublin while still dating Ki
Aug 06, 2014 Mary-Elsie rated it liked it
While I felt enlightened by the sociological, medical and historical insights offered in this book, I have to confess that I agree with the member in our book club who said, “It was a book that was easy to put down”. People in our book club rated the book between a 2 and a 4. I am rating it a 3. Reading other reviews seemed to confirm for me that having the benefit of the earlier books in the series probably would have created a deeper connection with Patrick Taylor’s storytelling and characters ...more
Oct 24, 2016 Ellen rated it it was amazing
A delightful read. I was sorry to get to the end. Realistic historical fiction at its best. I enjoyed the episodic chapters. I did not mind that he went back and forth between time periods because Taylor was careful to connect events in one time period with the other.

Taylor is a master at description of place and character. He paints 1930s Dublin with a deft hand. His attention to detail draw me into the time and place so well that I am able to feel that I am there. For example, "...holding her
Aug 04, 2015 Sarahanne rated it liked it
There were things I enjoyed about this book. I listened to it on Audiobook, and the narrator was delightful. He brought out the accents and color of the characters and that was fun. I also enjoyed the back story and added details (and there were loads of mini history lessons tucked into this book). A different reader might have found those a little heavy handed. I suspect that, in person, I would have wanted to bop the main character in the nose. But in the story, I liked the little bits of info ...more
Oct 08, 2014 Cheryl rated it really liked it
Shelves: experiment
Being a mash-up of All Creatures Great and Small and [insert your favorite human doctor written-by -a-doctor series here], with a strong dose of Irish nostalgia and post-war Britain, the Irish Country series is powerful cozy stuff. Not exactly a guilty pleasure, but a slow-moving blancmange from the Emerald Isle that envelopes you, and there you are suddenly reading #8. This episode cuts between the fab 60s and Dr. Reilly's life as a happy newlywed to his long-lost love Kitty and his first post ...more
Jan 07, 2014 Lina rated it really liked it
I've been very much enjoying the Irish Country series, although I came in halfway through, having picked up an audio copy of An Irish Country Wedding, not realizing it was part of a series. Since then I have also read An Irish Country Girl and now this most recent entry into the series. One of the things I most enjoy about reading a series is getting to know the characters. Each book is like a visit with old friends. In this one, we not only get to catch up with the residents of Ballybucklebo, b ...more
Traci Haley
Feb 21, 2014 Traci Haley rated it really liked it
I first started this book about a month ago and couldn't get into it. I was confused at the bouncing back and forth in time and just could not find the thread of the story. I thought it was finally the end of me and this series.


I decided to give it one more try and for some reason, it clicked this time. I don't know if it was because it was a better quality version of the audiobook, or what, but I immediately felt like I was sitting down to tea with some of my old friends. I really, really
May 05, 2016 Glen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is a tough review. On the one hand, the story, characters, and writing were delightful. Were that all, I would have considered awarding it four stars. Unfortunately, other things spoiled it for me.

First, it's clearly part of a series, and my reading suffered from not having read any of its predecessors - the author offered little in the way of bridging assistance for new readers.

Second, it's written in two time spaces, and flips between them with little warning - a style which I find quite
Feb 14, 2014 Sharon rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2014
The story is very skillfully split between Fingal's O'Reilly's present life in Ballybucklebo and his life 30 years earlier in Dublin when he had just finished his medical training. He practiced with Phelim Corrigan.

A very good comparison is made between working at the Aungier Street Dispensary, tending to the poorest of the poor in the worst and most demanding conditions versus the responsibilities and complications of village medicine and life.

Fingal is newly married to his sweetheart Kitty O
Allison Miller
I enjoyed this book immensely and as the other books in the Irish Country series by Patrick Taylor, this book also gave me lots of laughs. The story goes back and forth between the beginning of Fingal's career as a doctor in the 1930's and then in the 1960's when he is a middle-aged doctor in the village of Ballybucklebo. We also see how his relationship with Kitty first developed in the '30's and why it ended then. We find out whether Barry Laverty comes back to work in the village and how his ...more
Jun 04, 2015 Melinda rated it really liked it
Another tremendous chronicle in the live of Fingal O'Reilly. I liked the transposition between his early beginnings as a dispensary doctor in the poorest neighborhoods of urban Ireland with that of his established practice in Ballybucklebo. Taylor created smooth recollections with O'Reilly's current patients and his reminiscences of past experiences. I also appreciated more insight into what originally caused the separation between Fingal and Kitty, though the next book must cover his time in th ...more
Oct 28, 2014 Jana rated it really liked it
Shelves: arcs, 4-stars, first-reads
Even though "Fingal O'Reilly, Irish Doctor" is the eighth in a ten-volume series, it was a perfect introduction to the world and the characters Patrick Taylor has created. The use of Irish colloquialisms, slang, and Gaelic never felt overwhelming--I didn't need the provided glossary for most terms, since context clues were generally enough to get me through the sentence.

I wish there'd been more of an indication as to which time period each chapter was going to take place in, even if it were as
Jun 28, 2015 Joyce rated it it was amazing
This was perhaps my favorite Irish Country Doctor book in the series. I loved the way Taylor decided to tell two stories at once, alternating between two time periods in O'Reilly's medical career. He did a perfect job weaving the two stories together and transitioning from one to the other. I especially enjoyed learning more about the history of medicine, its procedures and its drug discoveries. Taylor's other books have included this theme, as well, but it was so apparent in this one due to the ...more
Nov 13, 2013 Nancy rated it really liked it
Patrick Taylor actually tells two stories in this novel. The first is of Fingal O'Reilly just after he has graduated from med school and he takes a job working as a GP in the Dublin tenements. The other takes place thirty years later when Fingal is newly married. It was sometimes confusing as the novel jumped between the two storylines but it was always enjoyable. I found the challenges that Fingal faced while working in the tenements very interesting: wanting to do his best for his patients but ...more
Gail Amendt
Jun 17, 2016 Gail Amendt rated it really liked it
This was another great installment in the Irish Country Doctor series, but obviously if I have stuck with a series through eight books I'm likely to rate it highly. I have really been enjoying the fact that Patrick Taylor has shifted the series away from the young Doctor Laverty to focus on the older Doctor O'Reilly. This book shifts back and forth between O'Reilly's early career in Dublin in the 1930's, and Ballybucklebo in the 1960's, and serves to illustrate just how far medicine progressed i ...more
Jul 11, 2015 Carol rated it really liked it
I loved it! Having read most of the others, it was like coming home again and getting back in touch with familiar characters. It is comforting to know that this series has not ended - now I'll have to wait for the next book. Dr. Fingal O'Reilly and the others are as vivid in my mind as if I truly met them in real life. The book intertwined the past and present and Dr. Taylor even provided some interesting medical history as part of the plot. Thank you, Goodreads and Patrick Taylor for this book. ...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 12 books)
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  • An Irish Country Village (Irish Country #2)
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