Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “An Irish Country Christmas (Irish Country #3)” as Want to Read:
An Irish Country Christmas (Irish Country #3)
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating
Open Preview

An Irish Country Christmas

(Irish Country #3)

4.01  ·  Rating details ·  5,593 ratings  ·  611 reviews
Barry Laverty, M.B., is looking forward to his first Christmas in the cozy village of Ballybucklebo, at least until he learns that his sweetheart, Patricia, might not be coming home for the holidays. That unhappy prospect dampens his spirits somewhat, but Barry has little time to dwell on his romantic disappointments. Christmas may be drawing nigh, but there is little peac ...more
Hardcover, 495 pages
Published October 28th 2008 by Forge (first published 2008)
More Details... Edit Details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about An Irish Country Christmas, please sign up.
Popular Answered Questions
Obsidian Not really. You will end up spoiled on events in earlier books. Plus the later books reference things that have occurred or people and you may end up …moreNot really. You will end up spoiled on events in earlier books. Plus the later books reference things that have occurred or people and you may end up a bit lost. (less)

Community Reviews

Showing 1-30
Average rating 4.01  · 
Rating details
 ·  5,593 ratings  ·  611 reviews

More filters
Sort order
Start your review of An Irish Country Christmas (Irish Country #3)
Aw, man! How much does it suck when you save something like it's a treat, like it's your favorite ice cream you've earned at the end of the week, only to unwrap it and find that in fact it's just something that sounds like your favorite, with a key word missing that you didn't see when you grabbed it so fast, so excited, at the store? It's just not the same and it doesn't count at all. You feel cheated, you know?

That's pretty much how I feel about this. I saw signs of decline in the last book, b
Chelle Bell
Jan 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
This is the first book I've read by Patrick Taylor, and I was nicely surprised! I buy Christmas books every year as my own little tradition, to take a break from the fast paced reading that is my norm. I tend to read everything available, with a lot of thrillers, scifi and hot paranormal romance for fun. I love page turners.

An Irish Country Christmas is a true delight. I was drawn to the book after my recent vacation in Ireland, and I'm happy to report that Taylor captured the magnificent Irish
Donna McCaul Thibodeau
Dec 22, 2015 rated it really liked it
Reading this book was like soaking in a hot tub with a glass of wine. I found the characters to be memorable, and their turn of phrase and slang brought me back to the Ireland of my childhood. Highly recommended, and given a fourth star for the comfort I felt in reading it.
Nov 21, 2008 rated it really liked it
I have never before read anything by Patrick Taylor, but I am a sucker for all things Irish and anything Christmas so I took a chance…and I am very glad I did!

Two country doctors care for the people in the cozy little town of Ballybucklebo in Northern Ireland. Dr. O’Reilly is the senior partner who has recently taken the younger Dr. Laverty into his already well established practice. Together the two of them share the office practice and on call responsibilities while nurturing there budding fri
Feb 18, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: anyone who likes James Herriot or stories set in rural Ireland
I haven't commented on the first two books I read that are in the same 'series,' so I feel I should rectify that after finishing this one (after staying up late last night to do so). When I was in high school, I read and loved James Herriot's books in the All Things Great and Small series, focusing on his daily adventures as a country vet in rural England in the 40's - 50's. If you've not read them, I highly recommend - good stories, warm characters that you take into your heart, and lots of lau ...more
Nov 30, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the third Irish Country book and this one has a lot of moving parts. It's still one of my favorites though. Not going to lie, though I initially felt for Doctor Barry Laverty in this one, I ended up losing all of my sympathy after a while due to how he was treating the woman he is dating (Patricia Spence). Him acting as if her studies or meeting new people, seeing new things is not as important as coming home to spend a few days with him during the holidays got old after a while. The sta ...more
Jan 24, 2009 rated it it was amazing
I LOVE Patrick Taylor's books. Irish Country Doctor and Irish Country Christmas make me long to live in a place like Ballybucklebo...but only if I could have a housekeeper/cook like Kinky!
Dec 29, 2008 rated it liked it
This was a Christmas gift from a dear friend. With a strained back, I spent a day or so reading this charming book set in the fictional Ballybucklebo, in Northern ireland, wondering if the young Doctor's girl friend would come back from London for Christmas. If this sounds like chicklit to you, so be it. There are many references to Irish lore, language, etc. that rang a bell. I did get a bit of the feeling that these cultural references were a bit heavy handed and not skillfully woven into the ...more
Dec 22, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: library
This was a heart warming 3.5* read which I'm going to round up because of how much it defied my expectations. It's not my typical type of read, but I enjoyed the language, and the medical bits reminded me of Call The Midwife. I'm so glad GRI choose this as our final monthly read of 2015.
Nov 26, 2012 rated it it was amazing
What a fantastic read! It has no politics, no deep message, just a really great story! So refreshing!
Nov 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: christmas, irish
What James Herriot did for the country veterinarian, Patrick Taylor does for the country doctor. In this charming tale, it’s Christmas, and if things tend to work out for the best, it can be forgiven in the spirit of the season. All the characters in the tale, from the two doctors to their housekeeper and the villagers are all well developed with their own quirky personalities. Reading about these delightful people as they go about their days is pure entertainment. But don’t make the mistake of ...more
Avid Series Reader
An Irish Country Christmas by Patrick Taylor is book 3 of the Irish Country series, set in Ulster, Northern Ireland. Christmas season 1964 is doctor Barry Lafferty's first holiday season in Ballybucklebo. In this tiny rural town, everyone knows everyone else. Barry is well liked for his caring and healing skills. He has learned the foibles of country folk, and adjusted his demeanor and practices accordingly. Barry enjoys living and working with senior doctor Fingal O'Reilly. Their housekeeper Ki ...more
I've had this on my list of books for quite a while for my annual December holiday-themed festival of books. I've not read any of the other books set in the Northern Ireland village of Ballybucklebo during the early 1960's, but this one easily slid into my Christmas reading for 2017. We meet and hear the maladies, sometimes real and often imagined, of the village folks and see how young Dr. Barry Laverty and the crusty practice owner, Dr. Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly work together to keep everyone ...more
I'm sad to say that this book was a disappointment to me. Being part Irish myself, I was very interesting in reading this book when I saw it on the store shelf. I was even glad to see that it was part of a series, so that I might read the other titles.

However, it ended up being I had to force-feed myself the book, and it was well after Christmas before I finished it. I finished it out of sheer determination, because I have this self-loathing thing I do when I set a book down undone.

In this sto
Feb 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Re-read 2018

The third book in the Irish Country series. This one has a bit of tension to it, due to some relationship issues. I will warn for cheating since some people have an issue with it. This is the obligatory Christmas book that most ongoing series seem to have. The main character is still learning what it means to be a General Practitioner in a small town in Northern Ireland during the mid-1960s. I'm still a huge fan of this series and can't wait for the next to be available at the librar
I do so enjoy the Irish Country series. These books are like comfort food for my reader's soul. This was a tale of snow and Christmas pudding, turkeys, and ham, Jameson's whisky, and Father Christmas handing out presents, which transported me from my warm Australian Christmas over to Ireland for the month of December! Looking forward to the next!
Jan 14, 2011 rated it it was ok
I did not enjoy this one as much as the other two. Barry is kind of annoying in his insecurities surrounding Patricia. But overall, it is a cute story of a time and town that would never work in today's world...sadly.
Dec 16, 2009 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I can't wait for Patrick Taylors next book in this series. It makes me want to visit Ireland, even in the winter. Especially at Christmas.
Aug 18, 2020 rated it liked it
Changed my rating for this re-read to a three. Honestly it was because the sections dealing with Barry and Patricia started to work my nerves. He really does suck and I hate how Taylor sets things up for Patricia in this book and later on when she is referred to in later books. The latest "Irish Country" book still talks about her and I went, FTLOG, can Taylor and the character of Barry stop talking about her? The main saving grace for this one was honestly the writing and the characters of Fing ...more
Jul 31, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: patrick-taylor
This is the third book in "An Irish Country" series set in 1964. For me, this book is different than the first two books which were filled with great character development and the quirky things going on in Ballybucklebo. About half way through this book, I was bored and had the desire to skip pages (but didn't). It seemed that the writing was overly descriptive, and I was tired of listening to Patricia, who was more concerned with her freedom on school break, then being with the man she loves?! ...more
This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here.
Jan 18, 2010 rated it it was ok
EASY read. Part of a series - won't continue as it's not my type of book, but needed easy through the holidays. Small-town doctors in Ireland. I suspect Mr. Taylor more than over exaggerates the HEROIC feats of the doctors in this story, but the doctors' methods got me thinking (once I got past the ridiculous banter and silly dialogue). Medicine used to be practiced by DOCTORS, not their various nurses and assistants who do nothing but weigh, measure and take notes on the masses to pass on to th ...more
Dec 29, 2010 rated it it was ok
A cute setting and two likable characters, but there wasn't much holding the story together. Just the day to day ramblings of two country doctors before Christmas. I was in the Christmas spirit enough to stick with it, but it was slow-going for much of it.
Feb 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
This was my first in this series. It was slow starting, but I found myself engrossed in the daily happening of two doctors in a small country town in Irland. The character are intertaining and believable. Could not put it down.
Oct 26, 2017 rated it it was ok
I would like to take Barry out back and punch him. The entire book, he whined that his girlfriend (away! from! him! in! England!) obviously could not have other interests than him (she dared go birdwatching with a female friend!! while he was missing her!!!!). Meanwhile, he was checking out the calves and "bottoms" of every other woman to cross his path. Every. Single. Woman. If the author wanted to drive home the brutal sexism and double-standards of the 1960s, he did a bang-up job.
It did get a
This was the first of seasonal reads for me . It was cozy, full of Irish history, set in a small village with plenty of quirky characters. The book follows two local physicians, senior and junior partner as they go about their lives around the weeks before and during Christmas.
Overall it was a sweet read, although I confess to some skimming when the history went a bit long.
2020 bk 214: I rated this lower because of the physical quality of the paperback. My copy had pages out of sequence, print that was not at the same level of quality throughout the pb, and the pages were cut so close to the margin that it was hard sometimes to read the endings or beginnings of word. That took away from my enjoyment of the book. Otherwise, I enjoyed learning more about the north country of Ireland and how its rural physicians functioned in the 1960's. The details of Christmas and ...more
Feb 22, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: irish-library
“An Irish Country Christmas” is the third of Patrick Taylor’s books about life as a general practice physician in small-town Northern Ireland in 1964. Taylor draws on his experiences as a doctor to write these stories.

Taylor tells the story by shifting the point of view between the two main characters, senior physician Fingal O’Reilly and his new partner Barry Laverty. This is a departure from the previous two books, in which the point of view was strictly that of Laverty. Having read the other
Apr 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I love this series.
Janet Robel
Aug 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved the charming Irish setting. I haven't read the others in this series, but found this to be the perfect Christmas novel. You'll feel right at home getting to know these characters.
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next »
topics  posts  views  last activity   
Goodreads Ireland: Spoiler Thread: An Irish Country Christmas 1 14 Jan 02, 2016 03:47AM  
Goodreads Ireland: An Irish Country Christmas 36 37 Dec 23, 2015 06:04AM  

Readers also enjoyed

  • The Young Country Doctor Book 3: Bilbury Revels
  • The Young Country Doctor Book 6: Bilbury Pie (short stories)
  • The Young Country Doctor Book 5: Bilbury Village
  • The Young Country Doctor Book 2: Bilbury Grange
  • Second Chance
  • The Young Country Doctor Book 1: Bilbury Chronicles
  • The Young Country Doctor Book 8: Bilbury Tonic
  • The Young Country Doctor Book 15: Bilbury Memories
  • The Young Country Doctor Book 4: Bilbury Country
  • The Young Country Doctor Book 9: Bilbury Relish
  • Murder in the Corn Maze (A Granny Reid Mystery #2)
  • Betty Zane
  • Twisted Twenty-Six (Stephanie Plum, #26)
  • Murder in an Irish Cottage (Irish Village Mystery #5)
  • The Young Country Doctor Book 12: Bilbury Joys
  • The Young Country Doctor Book 13: Bilbury Tales
  • The Young Country Doctor Book 10: Bilbury Mixture
See similar books…
There is more than one author with this name

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 17 books)
  • An Irish Country Doctor (Irish Country #1)
  • An Irish Country Village (Irish Country #2)
  • 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)
  • An Irish Doctor in Peace and at War (Irish Country #9)
  • An Irish Doctor in Love and at Sea (Irish Country #10)

Related Articles

As this strange summer of staying put winds down, one thing remains truer than ever: Books offer us endless adventure and new horizons to...
53 likes · 30 comments
“Procrastination is, as Edward Young said in about sixteen ninety-five, the thief of time.” 1 likes
“Egan. It’s derived from MacAodhagáin. The family were the brehons, the hereditary lawyers and judges, to the chieftains of Roscommon.” 0 likes
More quotes…