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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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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
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
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
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.
I don't know how I discovered Patrick Taylor, but I'm glad I did. His books are fun, entertaining and the characters are wonderful. His stories are equal to me to those of Mauve Binchey, whom I absolutely love as well. I have all of Patrick Taylor's books. Love him.
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.
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
Traci Haley
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
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
Tom Driver
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
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.
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
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
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
Betty Strohecker
Now married to his long ago sweetheart, Kitty, O'Reilly's days continue to be filled with the challenges and concerns of his practice and friends. His young associate, Barry Laverty, has taken a leave of absence to complete a stint in another medical field before deciding if his call is to general practice. With Barry away, O'Reilly has taken on a female doctor who causes quite an uproar among his patients.

In addition to the goings on in Ballybucklebo, this novel also goes back 30 years to Finga
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
'Tis good to know that there is a glossary at the back of this book! Mostly you can figure out what is going on and being said without the constant flipping back and forth and it is worth the work. A nice story with not a whole lot going on except for country doc stuff. I liked the characters and enjoyed the story. Interesting set up in that one chapter is current time and the next is flashback that has something to do with what is going on in the current chapter. There are a whole slew of these ...more
Lovely story of an Irish Doctor, and the shenanigans of the towns folks. Good, old fashioned story telling. Great voice acting. I appreciate the explanation of some of the colloquium's, and medical terms. I think most of the last chapter could have been deleted though. They kept telling us about other characters not really mentioned in the book, and it was the last chapter. Still, I'll get another in the series next time I just want some fun, relaxing story telling. So thankful it's clean! Thoug ...more
I always enjoy Patrick Taylor's books but this one made me pretty homesick. Dr Frank Pantridge is mentioned in it, and my Husband trained under him. He had the worlds first coronary ambulance,, known as the cardiac flying squad and also the first portable defibrillator. Professor McAfee, Gavin Boyd and Grahme Harley are all mentioned, I worked with all three in Royal Maternity Hospital and Grahme delivered our first child. Gavin Boyd did innovative work using hyponosis in childbirth, even using ...more
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
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
Autumn Blues Reviews
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
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
This is my favorite so far in the series. The storyline alternates between the present, with an older Fingal O'Reilly, an established country GP, newly married to Kitty, and the past with Fingal just graduated from medical school, dating Kitty, devoted to his parents, and discovering his love for helping the poor in the city and becoming involved in their lives. He faces similar challenges in both times of his life, and we see the help that medical advances have made in treatment. The cast of ch ...more
I have read and thoroughly enjoyed all of the "Irish Doctor" books by Patrick Taylor, who is Irish and an M.D. This is the 8th in the series and moves from the mid 1960's back to the mid 30's when Fingal O'Reilly was just beginning his medical practice in the slums of Dublin.

This series is similar to that of James Herriott except that the medical practice is with people instead of animals. The author offers lots of interesting characters and humor. Great "escape" reading.
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
As my grandfather died from blood poisoning in 1937, I found this book very interesting, as Patrick delves into the medical discovery leading to those medicines that would save so many people's lives in the future from dying this dreaded death. If only my grandfather had lived......

I also enjoyed the way Patrick jumped from the 1930's to the 1960's with Fingal O'Reilly.

There are many lessons learned from the deplorable conditions of the "slums" of Dublin during the 1930's - lives were dispensabl
Elizabeth Dodd
This is part of a series of books, but this is the only one I've read.
Unlike many books that have a story arc leading to one major event, this has numerous small arcs with their own resolutions.
It is rather anecdotal in style, quite in keeping the the Irish setting.
Everyday events are interwoven with historic events and medical breakthroughs.
A very pleasant read, and with a few recipes as an added goody.
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
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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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Other Books in the Series

Irish Country (1 - 10 of 12 books)
  • Home Is the Sailor: An Irish Country Doctor Story
  • An Irish Country Doctor (Irish Country #1)
  • An Irish Country Village (Irish Country #2)
  • An Irish Country Christmas (Irish Country #3)
  • An Irish Country Girl (Irish Country #4)
  • An Irish Country Courtship (Irish Country #5)
  • A Dublin Student Doctor  (Irish Country #6)
  • An Irish Country Wedding (Irish Country #7)
  • An Irish Doctor in Peace and at War (Irish Country #9)
  • The Wily O'Reilly: Irish Country Stories (Irish Country #10)
An Irish Country Doctor (Irish Country #1) An Irish Country Village (Irish Country #2) 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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