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An Irish Country Practice

(Irish Country #12)

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An Irish Country Practice is the twelfth heartwarming installment in New York Times and Globe and Mail bestselling author Patrick Taylor's beloved Irish Country series.

Once, not too long ago, there was just a single Irish country doctor tending to the lively little village of Ballybucklebo: Doctor Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly. Now his thriving practice is growing by leaps and
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Hardcover, 384 pages
Published October 10th 2017 by Forge
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Jean
Dec 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Oh boy, another visit to Ballybucklebo in the 1960s. Fingal O’Reilly, M.D., and his partner, Barry Laverty, M.D., have a new trainee, Connor Nelson, M.D.

The book is well written and supplies a great view of a Northern Ireland Village. The story has humor, drama, and gossip as the daily life is told. I have enjoyed this series. I read the first few books, but then switched to the audiobook format. I much prefer this as John Keating is so good with all the various accents and, of course, the pronu
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Obsidian
Feb 06, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Reduced my rating on this one. The re-read was just painful. Probably because Barry hits peak insufferable in this one. He decides all of a sudden he is not sure about having children. The book deals with his nonsense for way too long. If he was feeling hesitant about being a father it should have been brought up in earlier books. This seriously had me feeling like Barry was replaced by a pod person.

Previous review.
Ehh I dithered about this one, but honestly it had so many things wrong with it,
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Diana
Jul 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
The latest book in the Irish Country series, though book 14 will be out soon. In this one there's a new trainee to show the ropes, with more coming in the future at the request of one of the local teaching hospitals. Doctor Laverty is looking for a house for him and his soon to be wife while dealing with doubts of wanting to have children in their future. There's a huge issue with Number One Main Street with the county wanting to take it so they can widen the roads in the area due to more use. T ...more
Christopher Roden
Oct 20, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Patrick Taylor never fails to deliver.
Lynn
Jun 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Dr. Finn O'Reilly confronts more of the ups-and-downs of a country GP practice in Northern Ireland in 1967. Marriage and the question of whether/when to have children is on the mind of his partner, Dr. Barry Laverty. Finn wonders whether to take on a Senior medical student (trainee) to observe and learn about the practice. There's the question of Dr. O'Reilly's slowing down a bit, taking more time off, spending more time with his wife Kitty. The myriad medical questions that surface in a day's w ...more
Gail Amendt
Dec 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
It's always nice to visit the quaint village of Ballybucklebo, where troubles happen, but good always prevails in the end. This installment sees a new trainee doctor added to the practice, of whom we didn't see enough in my opinion, and I hope he will figure more prominently in future books. A rather dull story line with Barry drug on just a bit too long, but was resolved satisfactorily in the end. I always prefer Fingal's story lines to Barry's as he's just a more interesting character. The med ...more
Marci -
Oct 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Love this series so much!
Susan
Nov 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I've read and thoroughly enjoyed every single one of the Irish Country Doctor series, and this was number 13! This one takes place in 1967, in our fictional town in Northern Ireland, Ballybucklebo. If you are interested in Ireland, history, or medicine, you will love this series! Normally I listen to this on audio, and HIGHLY recommend the audible version if you can get your hands on it. The accents are done perfectly by the narrator. This time I actually read the book because the wait to get th ...more
Lisa
Nov 21, 2017 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed the audio of this book. I hadn't realized it was a series, but I'll go back and catch up. I enjoyed the doctors and the people in the village. Makes you wish you could visit. ...more
Laura Edwards
Oct 09, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Duckpondwithoutducks
Reasons why I am becoming disenchanted with this series:

- I am all for wrapping up loose story ends, but the one plotline dealing with an abusive husband was just too pat. Someone who beats his wife isn't going to stop because of one interview where he is threatened with bad consequences if he does it again. Such behaviour is too engrained. He will only stop if he wants to and makes a concerted effort to overhaul his thinking and personality. It is much more likely that the abuse will continue i
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Kate
Sep 08, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: ireland, read-in-2019
"Once, not long ago, there was just a single Irish country doctor tending to the lively little village of Ballybucklebo, Doctor Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly. Now his thriving practice is growing by leaps and bounds.

"Not only has O'Reilly taken a a new trainee under his wing, Doctor Connor Nelson, he's also added a spirited Labrador puppy to the ever-expanding household at Number One Main Street. Meanwhile, his trusted partner, young Doctor Barry Laverty, finds himself wondering if he's truly ready
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Joyce
Nov 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cozies
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Micheale
May 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: irish, fiction
I always enjoy my “visits” to Balleybucklebo and this was no exception.
Toni
Jan 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
Always nice to be back in Balibucklebo! It is especially nice to get the true Irish flavor through audible.
Lois Zollars
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
My Favorite!!!!!

Reading all the books in the series has been more than just entertaining....a beautiful, and sometimes ugly, look into human nature. But, thank goodness, the beautiful always comes out stronger than ever! To me, this is the best book yet in this series; each book has drawn us closer and closer to the beloved characters that have appeared in most of the books. I am always eager to get my hands on the "next book" because I can't wait to see what my "adopted Irish family and friends
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Brenda
Mar 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
I've enjoyed this latest installment in Patrick Taylor's Irish Country series :) A bit of angst mixed with the charm of a small Irish village. This series reminds me of Jan Karon's Mitford series but with an Irish twist. I' looking forward to the next one to see what happens with a few of the story lines that begin in this book! #lefthanging ...more
Doris Walker
Sep 27, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Loved it! Read the whole series
Sharone Powell
Dec 14, 2017 rated it liked it
Another lovely installment in the series, with lots more of Dr. Barry Lafferty in it, which is what I've been waiting for. Barry and Sue look for a home as they prepare for their wedding. But then they differ over the topic of having kids and Sue wants to take a break.

This book has an emphasis on women patients and some on women's rights. Is one patient merely accident-prone or is her husband beating her? You'll have to read this one to find out.
More fun stuff: Fingal gets a puppy, and Donald
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Paula Dembeck
Sep 11, 2018 rated it liked it
Time goes on and with it changes continue at Number One Main Street in Ballybucklebo. Fingal O’Reilly is getting older as is his wife Kitty and even faithful and energetic Arthur Guinness is feeling his age these days.

The practice of medicine is also evolving. Fingal looks back on the days when Barry first arrived as his assistant in 1964. Now he not only has a partner but also an assistant and an associate. General Practice has become recognized as a specialty and Fingal has been approached by
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Lorraine
I have read and loved all The Irish Country novels. I love and admire Fingal Flagherty O'Reilly and all the inhabitants of Ballybucleboo......but this latest novel was a disappointment 😪
In my opinion it was too heavy on medical terminology and explanations. I don't want to be a doctor,I want to spend time with Kinky, Barry,Donel and all the other loveable characters in this amazing village.
Mr. Taylor next time please, less medical lesson more story line.
Still love you lots.
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Kent Woodger
Apr 28, 2018 rated it liked it
I’ve read ten books about Dr. Fingal Flahertie O’Reilly and consider most of them wheeker and I don’t want to teach his granny to suck eggs and I’m not stocious or spare nor do I wish to sicken one’s happiness so between the jigs and the reels I’ll just say this book offers nothing new or better.
Shannon
Jul 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Readers of: "Miss Read" & James Herriot
This is another gently amusing, mildly sentimental entry into the "Irish Country" series. It is restful and relaxing, and if that's what you're wanting, it is perfect. However, if you like your medical stories with an edge and your social commentary a bit more up-to-date and factual, then you are in for a disappointment here. Because instead of any kind of tension or suspense, what we have here is pure soap opera of the most predictable kind. After reading all the books in the series, I, for one ...more
Sharon
Jan 14, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-2018
We’re back in Ballybucklebo with Doctor Fingal Flahertie O’Reilly and his country practice.

His partner, Dr Barry Laverty, is now a mainstay in Ballybucklebo. He tends to a patient who experience tells him has a minor ailment but time tells the true tale of just how difficult diagnosing is, without going to the hospital for tests, and even then, there’s often no way to definitively know. And knowing isn’t necessarily better, now Barry has to deal with a terminal woman and the challenge of gettin
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Louisa Donovan
Feb 19, 2018 rated it really liked it
I love Patrick Taylor's writing! He takes his reader back into a time when life was not as hurried as it is today with cell phones and computers constantly tethering us to our jobs and our entire social network. Life in Ballybucklebo, Northern Ireland, however, was no less complicated in the 1960's than it is now. In medicine, a good diagnostician was worth his weight in gold, especially in a rural practice where access to new procedures and tools were limited. Most patients whose ailment could ...more
Dan Smith
Aug 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Once, not too long ago, there was just a single Irish country doctor tending to the lively little village of Ballybucklebo: Doctor Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly. Now his thriving practice is growing by leaps and bounds.

Not only has O'Reilly taken a new trainee under his wing, Doctor Connor Nelson, he's also added a spirited Labrador puppy to his ever-expanding household at Number One Main Street. Meanwhile, his trusted partner, young Doctor Barry Laverty, finds himself wondering if he's truly ready
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Diane Ferbrache
Mar 18, 2020 rated it really liked it
When I picked this up, I didn't realize it was #12 in a series. It really doesn't matter. I'm sure my enjoyment would have been enhanced had I experienced the previous 11 with these characters, but this is a stand-alone book with endearing characters, humorous events, and heartwarming relationships. I read somewhere that these books were reminiscent of Garrison Keillor, except in Ireland and comparing them to James Herriott's All Creatures Great and Small. Both comparisons are accurate.

This is
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Betty Strohecker
It's now 1967 in the fictional Irish town of Ballybucklebo in Northern Ireland, and Patrick Taylor brings us up to date with the joys and sorrows, struggles and successes of its residents. Dr. Fingal O'Reilly takes on a new trainee, Dr. Connor Nelson, who just happens to have some knowledge that will be of assistance to O'Reilly and the other doctors in the practice. Barry and Sue are getting closer to their wedding date, but not without some unanticipated problems. This heartwarming series brin ...more
Almira
Nov 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Reading Patrick's Irish Country series books is like coming home.
All the characters are family, the village is home and what's happening to the villagers is part of one's life.
Now Fingal and Kitty have brought home a new puppy, a puppy that will be trained by his older dog.
Kinky (chief cook and housekeeper) is still making great meals, with her usual recipes at the end of the book.
The cast of characters changes with one of the practice's doctors leaving for the "wilds" of the Far East to practi
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Susan
Oct 11, 2018 rated it really liked it
The adventure continues in County Down through 1967. The story opens with the cast watching (and wagering on) the Grand National. Doctor Fingal Flaherty O’Reilly’s housekeeper, Kinky, does not usually bet since she is fey and knows who the winner is ahead of time. However, this time she has a big win and explains that she has foreseen that a need will soon arise in Ballybucklebo for 400 pounds. Much of the suspense in the plot arises from speculating on what this need will be. For example, one o ...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
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