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The Wily O'Reilly: Irish Country Stories

(Irish Country #9.5)

3.74  ·  Rating details ·  778 ratings  ·  117 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 (first published February 1st 2014)
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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…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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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 12, 2018 rated it liked it
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 doctors assistant. This book wasn't my favorite in the series, due to the fact that there were a lot of repeats, though if I hadn't been binging the series prior to this book, it may not hav ...more
Apr 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
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
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.
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
Fredell Boston
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
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
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.
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.
Mar 27, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
[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.
Mikki Fisher
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.
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.
Laurence M.

Most of the stories are repeats from the books and are neither as well written nor as interesting. Don't recommend is you've read the series.
Seth Nelson
Just shy of being good.
Oct 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Short stories or articles rather than a novel. Ok read, and some funny parts, but I like the novels better
Sep 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humour
Love the humour and warmth of these stories.
Oct 15, 2017 rated it liked it
Interesting very short storied on how Dr. O'Reilly became the much loved doctor in the series.
Rose Ann
Jan 16, 2018 rated it it was ok
Shelves: short-stories
Jun 08, 2018 rated it it was ok
A collection of short stories that first appeared in a Medical Journal. I'm not a fan of short stories and, because of how they were published, they retread introductions a lot. There were cute stories, but the overall read wasn't all that satisfying.
Mar 01, 2017 rated it liked it
This was a delightful collection of tales, and just the thing to snap me out of a winter funk.
Paula Dembeck
Oct 22, 2015 rated it it was ok
Many readers have wondered where the idea for the fictional and whimsical village of Ballybucklebo and the characters that live in the Irish Country Doctor Series originated. This volume provides an answer to that question. As Patrick Taylor explains, he began writing a monthly column for a medical journal in which he made tongue in cheek observations about the medical world. This led him to create the fictional character of Ulster GP Dr. Fingal O’Reilly and Dr. Barry Laverty, the newly qualifie ...more
Jul 02, 2014 rated it liked it
I absolutely LOVE The "Irish Country" stories. I was anxious to hear the continuing adventures of Doctors O'Reilly and Laverty and the denizens of Ballybucklebo. I was slightly disappointed to find this was a collection of columns published in a medical journal which the later "Irish Country" Stories were based. It also includes a written version of "Home Is The Sailor" an e-book about Dr Fingal O'Reilly's life after serving on the HMS Warsprite.

I have found all of Dr. Patrick Taylor's writings
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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 16 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)
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