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The Wily O'Reilly: Irish Country Stories (Irish Country #9.5)

3.76  ·  Rating details ·  597 Ratings  ·  97 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
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Published February 4th 2014 by Macmillan Audio (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
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  ·  review of another edition
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.
John Wood
Jun 28, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sheillagh Dare
Mar 18, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Lindsay Owens
I couldn't get through this book. I kept picking it up before going to bed, thinking that with time, it would get better. A hundred pages in and it never did. The stories were too short, the humor dry at best, and the main characters dislikable.

I think perhaps if I had read one of Taylor's Irish country novels previously, I could better appreciate the origins and building of Dr. O'Reilly's character, but to be honest, I'm not entirely sure I would get the humor even then. The good thing is, hum
Jun 11, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Fredell Boston
May 11, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Feb 09, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
This was a delightful collection of tales, and just the thing to snap me out of a winter funk.
Paula Dembeck
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  ·  review of another edition
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
Jun 24, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: irish
I love these Irish country doctor books. This one had a lot of annoying forced alliterative constructions, though you had to admire the author's grasp of vocabulary. It starts with the young Doctor Taylor coming home from the war to resume his position with Doctor Fungal O'Reilly in the Ulster town of Ballybucklebo. The book is a collection of humorous columns originally published in The Journal of Medical Humour. I'd be reading along and all of a sudden I would be laughing so hard that tears we ...more
Nov 04, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This book was a compilation of short pieces that were published in The Journal of Medical Humour from 1993 to 2003 and the forerunners to some of the novels. As such, they were pieces that were familiar although sometimes a bit different from the final longer stories. That said, they were amusing, but not particularly new, It was like re-reading much of what I already have read.This compilation was published last year. It would have been more interesting to read the columns first and then see ho ...more
This book is a collection of stories about a physician in Northern Ireland named Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly. It is a work of fiction but reads like the adventures of an actual character of distinct Irish sensibilities. The author, Patrick Taylor, has written a number of book based on the good doctor called "An Irish Country Doctor". "The Wily O'Reilly" is a selection of sketches taken from "Stitches: The Journal of Medical Humour."
The stories are short and all point out the foibles of Dr. O'Reill
Aug 08, 2015 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was SO disappointing for a Patrick Taylor fan! He must be developing early-onset dementia to let his publishers put out this collection of his very rough early stories/columns about Dr. O'Reilly. None of the characters much resemble the ones we've come to know and love. O'Reilly himself is a curmudgeon, Maggie is just plain daft, Kinky is from Kerry instead of Cork, Donal is a simple-minded fool, etc. At the very least these stories should have been edited to update the characters. Tay ...more
I started reading this book unfamiliar with the characters, unlike it seems a lot of the other readers. I really enjoy reading stories of small-town/rural Irish goings-on, so I enjoyed this book. The sketches were short, so of course they weren't fully fleshed out, as I understand the characters are more so in the author's later works, but they were still enjoyable. The humour was quaint and jovial, the characters likable and quirky, and all in all it was a comfortable, relaxing book to spend so ...more
Priscilla Herrington
Dec 20, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Patrick Taylor; fans of Irish stories
I'm a fan of Patrick Taylor's Irish Country series and can't seem to get enough of Dr. Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly. These stories were great fun! Taylor originally write them as a monthly column in the Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Canada, from October 1995 until December 2001. During this time, Dr. O'Reilly's character develops into the country doctor Taylor's fans love. Taylor's writing also becomes more sure!

For fans of the series, part of the fun of these stories is encountering Taylor
Regina Spiker
A compilation of the famous Dr. Fingal O'Reilly stories before he became so famous. Patrick Taylor originally wrote about the Irish doctor in a series of columns published in Stitches: The Journal of Medical Humour before publishing them as a book in later years. Doc's antics will crack you up as he interacts with his Ulster town residents at the pub, the Mucky Duck, and in his surgery. Our favorite characters are back like Kinky, Donal Donnelly, and O'Reilly's leg humping, very large dog, Arthu ...more
Oct 02, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Ok. It took me forever to get through this one; not because it wasn't good, but because of the format. It is all the comedy articles that PT wrote prior to introducing F.F. O'Reilly and the denizens of Ballybucklebo in novel form. Basiclly, the are the perfect length to read in the restroom. Or while hiding from your kids for a few minutes. It isn't great for curling up with just before bed (at least for me), since the stories are too short to get swept up in. Still, they are very funny. My favo ...more
Mar 28, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.

I enjoyed this very much, and if you are a fan of the Irish Country series give this one a try
Feb 01, 2014 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is a compilation of articles and columns that were written for medical journals, probably before the Irish Country Doctor book series. And a lot of the stories here were definitely the roots of later stories in the books. They were still enjoyable, and it was nice to read a story in 3 pages, and then when you picked the book up again, it was to read a whole new story.

Still, I'm waiting for the next installment in the Irish Country Doctor series. Those are still my favorites.
Kathleen Payne
Feb 01, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book has been my bedside companion for the past month, reading a story or two each evening before falling asleep. The books is made up of some of P. Taylor's earlier magazine columns in a Canadian publication that included his column in the "Medicine Chest" that started the series of the Irish Country Doctors. Delightful read and it is fun to see the development of some of the characters, the origin's of their births. Simply delightful!
Kathy Morris
Feb 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a series of humorous articles about Dr. O'Reilly that appeared in a medical journal. They are slice-of-life essays and I enjoyed them very much. The last piece in the book is a short story about the start of O'Reilly's practice. If you have read the other Irish Country Doctor books by Mr. Taylor, you will recognize some of the incidents in this book, as the articles laid the groundwork for the later books.
Sep 27, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Patrick Taylor put together, in order, the newspaper columns that led to the writing of the Irish Country Doctor series. If you are a reader of the series you will recognize the characters and many of the stories. There were a few new ones. The focus of the columns were short vignettes about Doctor O'Reilly; always an interesting character. Enjoyed it, but because I had read the series it was repetitive.
Merrill Medansky
This is the collection of columns by Patrick Taylor that introduced the character of Dr. Fingal O'Reilly, Taylor's fictional boss in a small village near Belfast. It includes several author notes, including the story of how the columns morphed into "An Irish Country Doctor," the first novel in the series. The columns are especially fun for someone who's read several of the books and has grown to enjoy the small town's cast of characters.
Philip Mizener
Aug 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I read the book and later listened to the audio book as well. The literary lilt of lovely linguistic largesse is music in the ears - particularly when one hears an Irishman reading it! Magificent use of similie and hyperbole. I would recommend curling up with your favorite beverage while reading these lively, cheeky, down-to-earth stories, except I wager you'll be laughing so much that you'll be beverage-baptized before you get through one chapter!
Ria F
Oct 06, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A collection of the short stories that eventually led to the Irish Doctor series. I am so totally addicted to the goings on in Ballybucklebo, I just love Taylor's village in Ulster. It was kind of strange at first, because instead of Barry Laverty, Taylor takes the role of newly graduated Dr working under O'Reilly.
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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 15 books)
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  • An Irish Country Village (Irish Country #2)
  • An Irish Country Christmas (Irish Country #3)
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