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The Wily O'Reilly: Irish Country Stories

(Irish Country #9.5)

3.75  ·  Rating details ·  1,009 ratings  ·  136 reviews
Long before Dr. Fingal Flahertie O’Reilly made most readers’ acquaintance in Patrick Taylor’s bestselling novel An Irish Country Doctor, he appeared in a series of humorous columns originally published in Stitches: The Journal of Medical Humour. These warm and wryly amusing vignettes provide an early glimpse at the redoubtable Dr. O’Reilly as he tends to the colourful and ...more
Hardcover, 335 pages
Published February 4th 2014 by Forge Books
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Carol I am at 50% in it on my kindle and I am struggling as well. I have read all of the previous Irish Country Doctor books, and was enthralled and happy t…moreI am at 50% in it on my kindle and I am struggling as well. I have read all of the previous Irish Country Doctor books, and was enthralled and happy to be in the world Patrick Taylor creates in them. However, to me, this book is a work in redundancy. (less)

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Re-read 2020
I again suggest reading this if you're a fan of the series. Not sure how well-liked this would be for someone just starting out with Patrick Taylor's writing.

This book has all the short stories that started the Irish Country series, with Dr. Fingal O'Reilly. You'll recognize many of the stories in this anthology, though some were new to me. These were published in many journals by the author, and instead of the character Barry Lafferty, he inserted himself as the doctor's assistant.
Jina Howell-Forbes
Up until now I have loved every book in the Irish Country Doctor Series. This latest entry however, was a disappointment. The book is a series of short vignettes about the characters that appear in the rest of the books. These are re-prints of stories that were published in medical monthly publications before the first of the novels were published. The problem with this book is that at least half the stories were repeated at least in part in the regular books. I knew the endings before they occu ...more
Apr 16, 2015 rated it it was ok
I give myself a pat on the back for actually finishing this book, but it was a hard slog! I have truly loved all the Irish Country series, but not this one. "The Wily O'Reilly", a collection of columns previously published in "Stitches: The Journal of Medical Humour", was put together and (re)published in 2014; perhaps I would have liked it better if I'd read it before the other O'Reilly novels?

They weren't even short stories, in the true sense, just modified extracts of the other books (or, to
Apr 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ireland
This is a collection of columns written by Patrick Taylor about Doctor Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly for Stitches: The Journal of Medical Humour before Taylor began his series of novels about the wonderful characters of Ballybucklebo, Northern Ireland.
It is a delightful read, and should whet the appetite of the reader to read more about the Doctor.
I love the Irish Country series and have been reading the books since their beginning in 2007. I have lost count of the number of times I have laughed until I've cried. It was intriguing to read at the beginning of this book of how the novels came to be. Each chapter is about three or four pages long and is made up of one of Dr. Taylor's columns from the Canadian medical magazine Stitches: The Journal of Medical Humour. They are chronological, and it is easy to see the development of the author' ...more
Shannon McGee
Jan 19, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2021
These official short stories were later turned into the well-loved Irish Country Doctor series of books. Piece by piece the stories put a shine on what it is that readers love about the characters.

If you have a problem remembering details about books especially series then you will not mind the repeating of some of the stories. As for me, I have not read the whole series and I have been reading them out of order, which I love I can do that and not be confused. I love reading about the two doctor
John Wood
Jun 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The book is actually a collection of newspaper columns about an old fashioned Irish doctor from the perspective of the young doctor who assisted in his practice. Written by an Irish expat now living in Canada, I surmise that the inspiration for these tales is provided by the author's own experiences. Doctor O'Reilly is an unconventional, opinionated, hard drinking character whose antics keep the reader entertained and smiling. Using occasional restatements of familiar phrases and alliterative ru ...more
Mar 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Wonderful book by Patrick Taylor. He writes about Dr. Fingal O'Reilly from the time he takes over the practice of a retired doctor, after returning from serving in WWII in the British Navy on the Warsprite. Each chapter is a vignette of a day in the life of this Irish country doctor in the town of Ballybucklebo, County Down, Northern Ireland. As you read each chapter, you are introduced to the people of this little town, and how they related to Dr. O'Reilly. By the time you finish this book, you ...more
Jun 27, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: popular-fiction
I love Taylor's series about Dr. Fingal Flaherty O'Reilly and the world he inhabits. I've likened the series to a human/Irish version of the All Things Great and Small books (featuring animals/English). This book, however, was a collection of magazine columns that the author wrote before he began writing the O'Reilly novels in earnest. At the time the author was very free w/the most extravagant analogies -- those got old really quickly when reading the columns back to back. I would advise skippi ...more
Mar 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Patrick Taylor had written a series of articles for Stitches: The Journal of Medical Humour.
This collection of stories brings all of these articles to reveal the evolution of Dr. Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly of Ballybucklebo.
They are about 3-4 pages in length full of humour.
At the very end Patrick introduces us to exactly how Dr. Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly and Kinky become a "team".

I enjoyed this very much, and if you are a fan of the Irish Country series give this one a try
Jun 11, 2016 rated it liked it
I love Patrick Taylot and his Irish Country Doctor series. What I didn't realize until I read this book of short stories is that Dr. Fingal O'Reilly was actually the mentor and trainer for Dr. Patrick Taylor. That fact makes it all that much more fun. ...more
Laura Edwards
Jun 22, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
While it's interesting to see the way Dr. O'Reilly and the Irish Country series came about from Patrick Taylor's monthly columns, I just did not enjoy these short stories anywhere near as much as the books. The Dr. O'Reilly in these stories is far more gruff, ornery and obtuse than the Dr. O'Reilly in the books. The narrator (Taylor in these stories and Laverty in the books) is also far more cynical. Some of the characters that readers have grown fond of (such as Maggie MacCorkle) are presented ...more
Sep 24, 2017 rated it liked it
This book is a collection of newspaper columns written about Dr. Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly as told by his new assistant, Dr. Patrick Taylor. These columns later turned into the Irish Country Doctor series, much beloved my many readers, including myself. These stories depict Dr. O'Reilly in a very rough form compared to the character we love in the later books. Many of the stories in the books grew out of these columns, as well. I'm very glad Taylor the author continued to mold and refine the cha ...more
Apr 23, 2018 rated it it was ok
So the issue with a compilation of short stories is that characters have to be introduced each time. When your title character has like, three main attributes, all of which always come into play for each plot, you’re hearing about the telltale sign of O’Riley’s temper literally every four minutes sometimes.

An interesting facet, though, was that only in this medium does it become clear how much Patrick Taylor in his main series was repressing his own personality/sense of who he is as a character
May 11, 2017 rated it really liked it
A fun read! Lots of insight into the rural practice of medicine in Northern Ireland.
Remembrances and anecdotes about Doctor Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly, the alter ego of the 'real' Dr. Reilly, by his protege, Dr. Patrick Taylor. O'Reilly is lovingly described as irascible,blasphemous, hard-drinking, mischievous, poacher, sailor, AND many other things--depending on who you talked to. He was dedicated to his patients, even if he found them somewhat tedious and hypochondriacal, and they loved him in
Jul 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Before he started to write the Irish Country novels starring Dr Final O'Reilly, the town of Ballybucklebo and its various denizens, Patrick Taylor wrote monthly articles about them in his local newspaper. This book contains those monthly columns--each about two and a half pages long and each short story told focuses on an event or character in the town. Most are laugh out loud amusing, all of them reek of human warmth and folly. I took my time getting through the book, reading one or two wheneve ...more
Nila Novotny
Nov 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is listed as #9.5 on the series by Patrick Taylor. I've read all the books up to and including this one and am planning to read additional books. I have to admit this is the weakest of the series because much of it is repetitive with anecdotes found in the previous books so I skipped some parts as I listened to the audiobook. It clarified a few things from fiction to fact (I think) so that was enlightening. I primarily like the medical stories that Taylor writes about so when it's more ...more
Toni Laliberte
Jun 09, 2018 rated it liked it
Finished with the whole series! This book is filled with short stories, and tells how Patrick Taylor started writing about Dr. O'Reilly and the residents of Ballybucklebo. It was hard to get through because some of the characters had changed or there were new characters, plus the storytelling was different. Definitely not my favorite. Still has charm and wit, though. The last story is actually longer and is called, The Heart is a Sailor, which was an ebook first. That was really good and gets 4 ...more
Oct 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved this book. The short stories were great yes, but I think I like the Dr. O'reilly of the book series better. This is turning out to be one of my favorite "mental vacation" reading series. I even learned that my part of the world ended up playing a vital role in the treatment of infections. Apparently, Peoria, Illinois had been the area where the mold for penicillin had been found. It had been found on a cantaloupe back in the 1940's. Still, love Patrick Taylor's series. ...more
Diane Adams
Jan 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book, and probably would have enjoyed it even more had I read the stories in their original serial form. Having read much of the series, I found some things a bit confusing. Did this mean Barry was Patrick? How did Lars end up with children? Clearly the author changed his mind about a few things between the original stories and the books! I did appreciate the opportunity to read Home is the Sailor in print form.
Dayna Hudgin
May 07, 2021 rated it really liked it
4.5 I read this one out of series order, and I’m glad I did. I read it when I was almost finished with the entire series and I’m glad I did. It’s a departure from the storyline, and many of the characters are portrayed in a different light. It’s hilarious, clever, and entirely entertaining, but I would recommend reading it as the first in the series, or towards the end, so you can appreciate it almost as a stand alone, rather than part of the Irish Country story.
Jul 30, 2019 rated it liked it
As would be expected the anecdotes were amusing as were the observations on the general human condition. I also enjoyed some of the more creative writing employed in the short stories, such as the ubiquitous use of alliteration. Points off simply because I miss the overarching plotlines that tie the novels together and are, for obvious reasons, missing from this particular installment.
Feb 02, 2020 rated it did not like it
Seriously disappointed with this collection. It seems like the author dumped a bunch of his development shorts into an anthology. It would have been an interesting insight into his story-building but for the alliterative sentences in each one. The first one or two were quaint, but after that it seemed like he was merely showing off his vocabulary and trying too hard, at that.
This was weird, and I'm not enough of a completionist to need to see all the original documentation of the origins of the series. I stopped fairly quickly when I realized that it mostly previous versions of stories I've already heard. Taylor has matured as a writer by this point in the series, so the flashback to early work didn't add anything for me. ...more
Feb 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
I have enjoyed the other Patrick Taylor books. This one is a collection of short tales about his mentor Dr. O'Reilly. Initially, I enjoyed them, but after a bit got a little repetitive. Maybe should have shortened it a little. ...more
Mar 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
Fun, light reading for bedtime or restful downtime - when other, more action-packed novels simply will not do! I found myself laughing out loud - nay, guffawing - in many places. Brings back the feeling of a bygone, simpler time in history.
Mar 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction-read
[Actual rating 2.5] This book is a collection of short stories that served as the inspiration for the book series. I much prefer the books since the characters are more fully developed and the characters are presented in a less disagreeable manner.
Jun 30, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audio
Audio book for ride to Frankenmuth. Loved the accent and the stories about the country doctor and his variety of patients, his dog, his friends, his countryside, the Mucky Duck (tavern), etc.

Highly recommend (especially the audio).
Jul 23, 2019 rated it did not like it
Not a fan of this one. P.T. seems to have replaced Barry with himself and a couple of townspeople are now being referred to as O'Reilly's family members. This is also set up like a memoir where he is in present day and retelling things of the past. Do yourselves a favor and skip this one. ...more
Gary Miller
Apr 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Fiction (perhaps). Absolutely wonderful. Story of brash doctor out of the navy after WWII, returning to his small village to become their country doctor. A very funny and thoughtful book with plenty of "local color". I have put it next to my book of Yeats in my library. ...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

Other books in the series

Irish Country (1 - 10 of 18 books)
  • 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)
  • Fingal O'Reilly, Irish Doctor (Irish Country #8)
  • Home Is the Sailor (Irish Country #8.5)
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