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An Irish Country Village

(Irish Country #2)

4.06  ·  Rating details ·  6,978 ratings  ·  723 reviews
Patrick Taylor first charmed readers with An Irish Country Doctor, a warm and enchanting novel in the tradition of James Herriot and Jan Karon. Now Taylor returns to the colorful Northern Ireland community of Ballybucklebo, where there's always something brewing beneath the village's deceptively sleepy surface.

Young Doctor Barry Laverty has only just begun his assistantshi
Hardcover, 432 pages
Published February 5th 2008 by Forge Books (first published 2008)
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Mar 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
"Sometimes," he said, staring out the window, "I think I should just stick to doctoring but . . . this bloody place gets under your skin. You end up being part of it."

Yeah, yeah, I know these are stock characters:

- the inexperienced young doctor

- his crusty, older mentor

- the motherly housekeeper who keeps them both fed and clothed

- the villainous rich sod who values money over the well being of the town

- etc, etc . . .

(Really all that's missing is the hooker with the heart of gold!)

The effortless charm of the first book was not as present here, at least not in full. The characters were much the same, and often that was a lovely thing. The rhythms of the village and its small concerns are soothing and relaxing. I think Taylor started to hint at how fragile this peace is in this book, too, lest we not appreciate that low stakes and quiet as every interaction seems to be, for people with very little, the web of comfort these doctors weave is vitally necessary and helping to h ...more
Jul 17, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction

Another leisurely visit to the bucolic setting of Ballybucklebo, Ireland as Doctors O'Reilly and Laverty attend to both the medical and personal ills of the small town's residents. I could do without the step-by-step descriptions of the various medical procedures though. I could also do without Patricia, young Doctor Laverty's love interest. I'm hoping the new status quo signals a change for them. I listened to the audiobook for this one and the narrator did a great job, so much so that I'll
Jan 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
This second book in the series is much the same as the first – its slow and comfortable pace of storytelling reflecting that of life in Ballybucklebo. Not only that, the way the story is told gives readers the sense that everything will turn out ok in the end. If so, what is it about “An Irish Country Village” that makes it worth reading?

Sure, this book cannot compare with the mystery, paranormal and horror books in terms of excitement and thrills. The lack of solid, adrenaline-pumping action i
Apr 19, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: ireland
This simple, absorbing book begins where the previous "An Irish Country Doctor" ended. Young Doctor Laverty, a recent medical school graduate, has decided to accept an apprenticeship with the crusty Fingal O'Reilly, GP. The WWI naval veteran and former Rugby star proves to be gruff and wise, yet uncommonly patient and intuitive with his eccentric "customers," psychic housekeeper, and petulent pets.

The residents of Ballybucklebo, a small, rustic community in mid-1960's County Down, are true Iris
Judith Teggelaar
Mar 09, 2017 rated it really liked it
A continuation of the Irish Country Doctor. A down to earth novel full of human interest, occasional humor and the citizens of Ballybucklebo, Ireland.
Jul 31, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: patrick-taylor
This is the second book in the seven part series of "An Irish Country" books. This story begins where we left off in the last book. Dr. O'Reilly has offered to Dr. Laverty to become a partner in his practice. Dr. Laverty is becoming comfortable in the quaint town of Ballybucklebo, and his relationship with Patricia finds him head over heels "in love." Dr. O'Reilly's home is endearing. Both doctors and Mrs. Kinky Kinkaid live like an everyday family. Kinky scolding Dr. O'Reilly for eating too muc ...more
Oct 25, 2018 rated it it was ok
I couldn’t finish because of the language. It could be such a wonderful book (I love the stories), but the swearing was too much for my taste.
Iowa City Public Library
Last summer I enjoyed Taylor’s first book, An Irish Country Doctor. It was a hybrid of James Herriot (strong sense of place), Maeve Binchy (good character development), and Marcus Welby, MD. An Irish Country Village is a continuation of this story. A young doctor goes to a rural Irish village, Ballybucklebo, to apprentice with an older and experienced physician. The young doctor learns a lot about medicine, life, and the human spirit. Descriptions of the Irish countryside are wonderful and there ...more
Jun 04, 2009 rated it really liked it
This was a delightful read! The author, Patrick Taylor, introduces you to the loving, quirky, wise villagers of Ballybucklebo, Ireland. This novel (borrowing from the book jacket)is "in the tradition of James Herriot and Jan Karon". The story goes something like this; Barry Laverty, a young doctor, has just begun his assistantship under Dr.Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly in the village of Ballybucklebo, Ireland. To say Dr.O'Reilly is a bit unorthodox and even eccentric is putting it mildly. He is also ...more
Reading for the group, We Love Lisa Kleypas, Reading Challenge for March 2010... All Things Irish. This is my 2nd book of the challenge. Categories that the book falls in to: "Ireland" as the setting, "Green" in the cover art, "Irish" characters in the story, and "Patrick" in the author's name.

To be a part of this challenge, go to All Things Irish Challenge.


DNF. This is not my type of book. I'm sure there are a lot of people who would love it, but not me. It seems to be a snapshot of a small
Feb 23, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2015, irish-country
First sentence: Barry Laverty-Doctor Barry Laverty-heard the clattering of a frying pan on a stove and smelled bacon frying.

Favorite quotes:

Time, tide and women in their second labors wait for no man.

I think, to quote P.G. Woodhouse, Kinky is showing a distinct lack of gruntle today.

The evening air was buttermilk warm, scented with mown hay and musk mallow.

This book was just delightful. It made me relax in my chair and just enjoy each page. The way of life in rural Ireland in the mid 1960s was f
Ellen Baldwin
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I enjoy these books a lot. They remind me a little of the TV series Doc Martin.
Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
This book had so many different story lines going with so many different characters that Mr. Taylor really had a challenge tying up all the loose ends by the book's conclusion. When you combine the personal stories of the doctors involved with that of their various patients it made for some complex story telling. Not only was there a question of which patients would survive, but also which romances would recover when couples hit a rough patch. Add to that pilfering of pheasants, domestic abuse, ...more
Jan 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
Re-read 2018

I've been drawn toward reading books set in Ireland since we're planning a trip there next year. I love this series set in the fictional Ballybucklebo, Northern Ireland. Young Doctor Barry Lafferty is in his second year in the town and a problem he had with a patient during his first comes back to cause him issues. This takes place in an Ireland that is still reeling from The Troubles, and has bits and pieces that causes between the Protestants and Catholics in the town. It's a snaps
Dec 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I haven't fallen in love with a series like this in years. As good as (or even better than) "All Creatures Great and Small"! I am an RN and I must say that the medical details are spot on. I love both the print books (because of the Irish glossary and recipes at the back), but I also LOVE the audible versions for the great dialects! Possibly THE best audiobook I've ever listened to. I love these books so much that I do both the print AND audio versons of each! I am so delighted that there are 13 ...more
May 21, 2020 rated it liked it
An entertaining, sweet book.
Feb 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I am really just loving this series so far. So cute & makes me chuckle often. Audio book reader is fantastic. ...more
Jul 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Such a fun book, and read by someone with a great Irish accent. I can't wait to listen to all the other audiobooks. My only complaint is that there's not much of a plot except Barry just living his life. Luckily, it's a hilarious and endearing life, so I don't mind over much.
Desiree Colvin
Sep 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Lovely story continuing the saga of Drs O'Reilly and Laverty. Not exceptional in its character development as most of the characters were well developed from the first in the series. Still, the story possessed the comfort and familiarity of a favorite cup of tea. We had a continued glimpse into the everday day lives of the residents of Ballybucklbo and their daily trials. As a health professional (registered nurse here), I particularly enjoy the rather realistic glimpses into the often hidden an ...more
After a lapse of several years since I had read An Irish Country Doctor, the first book in the Irish Country series by Patrick Taylor, I finally got around to reading this 2nd novel in the series. I reread the 1st book to refresh my memory and enjoyed it as much as I did the first time.

In this 2nd novel, Taylor picks up where he left off in the 1st series with the young Dr. Barry Laverty , who is just out of his medical training, continuing on in his role as assistant to the much older Dr. O'Rei
Jan 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
The second of ten novels in the Irish Country series concerns a few weeks in the 1960s in the Northern Ireland village of Ballybucklebo, where newly minted physician Barry Laverty has successfully completed his probationary period as assistant to the town doctor, a force of nature named Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly.

Trouble comes early to the young general practitioner. The widow of a patient who died shortly after Barry misdiagnosed a brain bleed is threatening to sue, but the autopsy results show
Dec 13, 2010 rated it it was ok
Uhm, OK. I finished this. I don't remember when, but I know for a fact I'm no longer reading it. I'm wondering if something went wrong, because it says I started it on May 10, and there is NO WAY I have finished a book in one month's time since school started. So...I'm guessing I did the wrong book, and that I started #3 on the 10th.

Anyhoo, I'm still liking them, but I"m not gung ho on them anymore. It may be a nitpicking thing, but I'm getting really annoyed by his use of describing scenery or
May 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book in this series about Irish country Doctors Laverty and O'Reily. They have a small practice in a little town in North Ireland called Ballybucklebo. Dr. Laverty is a young doctor still serving his assistantship with the more experienced Dr. O'Reily, but Oreily is anxious to have the young doctor stay on permanently. While they treat a variety of unusual cases, they also find themselves in the role of town peacemakers - especially when dealing with the cantankerous Councilor ...more
Mar 17, 2012 rated it liked it
This was a sweet little read. It was endearing and I especially liked that it was set in Carrickfergus Antium where my ancestors the McCanns came from. They were Scottish and ended up in Ireland and finally in the USA. The two doctors were altruistic and had some great adventures. I will say I got tired of the glorification of drinking that seemed to be such a big part of the story. Everyone was encouraged to get falling down drunk all the time and even the parson was chided if he didn't drink. ...more
Jan 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was looking for an available audio book from the library and happened on An Irish Country Village. I wasn't half way into the first chapter and I was hooked. This isn't a mystery. It's not a thriller. It's a novel about every-day people. Taylor's clear development of characters, though just ordinary people, are folk I'd like to have living next door. He gives his characters personality, humor, and empathy so the daily struggles they (or I) may face make the readers feel like we really have mov ...more
Dec 05, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
Loved this book!!!!

I get so caught up in exploring and reading my favorite genre (mysteries), that I forget to explore "fiction", which is another favorite of mine. I love the eccentric characters in this book (more than just the "experienced" doctor - even the young protagonist, in his way, is eccentric).

Just love the evolution and interplay of the various characters, especially the two vets which are the focus of the book. Could not wait to see how the story evolved. Not at all as I expected
Jun 09, 2011 rated it liked it
Recommended to Jeri by: Gail Banker
Shelves: kindle, f-general
This is my second Irish Country books and it's somewhat like "oatmeal" or grilled cheese sandwiches; my comfort food (books) when I'm stressed. The story of a young man who is going to take over the practice of a country doctor in a small town in Ireland. The players are all simple folks, except his girlfriend, but you get to know them and like (or hate) them; even in this one....the plot is predictable but it's something like the Andy Griffin series on TV in the 60's, except this is in Ireland ...more
Sep 05, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction, historical

Evidently I need a literary minder. This is the second series title I've read out-of-order in the last month.

This was undeniably a pleasant read, but without quite enough ooomph to impel me into the rest of the series. The colloqualims and slang really grabbed me-- it was like being transported back to my childhood in the sixties. I wouldn't have guessed that Irish and American slang would have been so similar in a pre-consumer satellite tv era.

I liked how the doctors were the unofficial moral a
Jul 05, 2017 rated it it was ok
Although this story was very entertaining and lovely in it's own way, I found that the excessive cussing and misuse of the Lord's name distasteful. I'm sure in part the use of such language is just the way that Ulstermen talk, but I still found it too much. Also distasteful were the normalcy of pre-marital adultery and some bedroom humor. Other than these things, the story was very interesting. It was exciting to see the day-to-day lives of two country doctors in Ireland during the '60s. The wri ...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 16 books)
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  • 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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