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An Irish Country Courtship

(Irish Country #5)

4.14  ·  Rating details ·  4,007 ratings  ·  389 reviews
Welcome to the colourful Ulster village of Ballybucklebo, where two doctors work hand in hand to mend the bodies and spirits of the town's diverse and engaging inhabitants. But who is looking after the wounded hearts of the doctors?

After less than a year, young Barry Laverty, M.B., is settling in to the village, with only a few months to go before he becomes a full partner
Hardcover, 464 pages
Published September 28th 2010 by Forge (first published 2010)
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After 4 books, I think I can say that the Irish Country series are generally guaranteed good reads, and this one, the fifth in the series didn’t disappoint. I enjoy the dialect, Kinky’s recipes at the back of the book, the glossary (which I needed to make use of more this time than in some of the others!) and the cameo appearance by the author (as the main character, Dr Laverty, mused on Patrick Taylor - a medical student who had been the year behind Dr Laverty). I think this one is the best one ...more
To be honest, I’m not sure if I would have bought it if it wasn’t $3 at the library’s store. I think because the first one (or two, really, with a little leeway), was so wonderful that I keep hoping that others will match its quality. They haven’t come close so far. And Barry has become wildly annoying into the bargain. There were two village subplots, one of which was actually cute and the other of which, about horse betting, went on endlessly and would not stop explaining itself- I started ski ...more
Jan 07, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction
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Oct 11, 2012 rated it it was amazing
A delightful book! It's one I wished would not end BUT I will just get more of Taylor's books to read. This is the first of his I've read--thanks to someone who donated it to the Hibbing, MN library. I love this section of the library & re-donate all books I buy from them so they can make some bucks all over again on the same books as well as others I donate--a nice way for people to own books if they cannot afford to buy them new. So please donate to your library--maybe someone will find a new ...more
Mar 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Re-read 2018

This book in the series goes back to focusing on Doctor's O'Reilly and Laverty and their medical practice in 1960's Balleybucklebo, Ireland. Widower Fingal O'Reilly has a love interest in this book, he reconnects with a woman he knew as a student nurse in his own student doctor days, it's entertaining to see him try to figure out dating as an older man in the 1960's. Doctor Laverty has come to a crossroads in his life and has to make some hard decisions about where he wants to go. Th
Paula Dembeck
Jun 28, 2014 rated it liked it
This is the fifth book in the ongoing Irish Country series.
In the last volume, the author provided a background story for Kinky Kincaid, the reliable and beloved cook and housekeeper who keeps the doctors’ home and office running like a well-oiled machine. This time we are taken back to the village of Ballybucklebo and meet all the familiar characters we left behind just after Christmas in book three. This story opens in the period between Christmas and New Year and Barry has just welcomed bac
Jeffrey Thiessen
Oct 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
It's like going back and visiting old friends.
Sep 03, 2010 rated it it was ok
I’ve always enjoyed watching those British serials on PBS about small town life like Cranford and Last of the Summer Wine. And when I saw An Irish Country Courtship, advertised on Goodreads giveaways, I expected to find the book as something just as fun and pleasurable—a doctor story mixed with small town humor, gossip, mischief and matchmaking. However upon reading it, I must say that I wasn’t very impressed.

I just felt that that book was missing something. What I always found so entertaining
Oct 26, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: my-inventory
It's time to visit Ballybucklebo again and peek into the lives of Barry Laverty and his mentor, Dr. Fingal O'Reilly. After looking back in time to learn more about Kinky Kincaid's childhood in An Irish Country Girl, the author picks up where we left the two doctors in An Irish Country Christmas. Each is learning to appreciate the other and even, possibly, anticipating a permanent partnership. Before that can occur, however, Barry suffers a serious heartbreak and begins to question if the life of ...more
Jan 17, 2011 rated it it was amazing
I have begun reading this book and love it just as much as the others in the series. It reminds me of the quaint way that James Herriot brought his experiences to life for us. This author has the magic of telling the tale in way that helps you step into the pages. I sincerely hope that someone will find these treasures and make a BBC series out of them. The story is of a young doctor in the north part of Ireland who joins a country doctor in his practice in a small village. The villagers are qui ...more
Sep 12, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Another good story!

I love a good description, and this one about a jellyfish is one:
"He once showed me a simple jellyfish and asked me to admire its exquisite filigree architecture. I've never forgotten that phrase."
"Filigree architecture," Sue said. "I like it."

So do I!
Mar 14, 2015 rated it really liked it
A delightful read. I didn't expect to like it as much as I did. I'm a wee bit thankful the book had a glossary, so I am.
Dianna Shimizu
Jan 18, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Even better than the last time I read it.
Sep 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Truly love this long-running series set in rural Ireland; the books travel back and forth through time, sometimes dealing with the main characters "in the now" of the early 1960's, other times drifting back to their younger days. This one is set during 1965 and again centers on Barry Lafferty, fledgling GP and assistant to the venerable Fingal O'Reilly. Barry's love life takes a tumble, Fingal's picks up considerably, and Barry must decide whether he wants to continue being a country GP or wheth ...more
Ann Otto
Jan 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
Taylor's books are for those liking cozy fun, lovely, quirky characters and learning Irish brogue. Books in the series include Q and A on Irish country life in the 1960s, a glossary of Irish colloquial terms and several of housekeeper Kinky Kincaid's recipes. The doctors love to eat! Who would think so much could happen to an array of characters in a tiny Irish town like Ballybucklebo in Northern Ireland?
Dec 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
A young doctor in a rural area doesn't have long to go until he is a full partner in a medical practice. however, he isn't sure he was to work in a general practice or if he would like to go back to school and be a specialist (maybe in OB) The older doctor in the practice has been a widower for many years, but now has a romance. He can't decide if he should further the romance or not.
Mar 11, 2019 rated it liked it
Enjoying this series- nice to have one to read during a busy time as they are fun and full of delightful characters. Romance, intrigue, and a bit of justice!
Dec 16, 2018 rated it liked it
As with the other books in the Irish Country series, author Patrick Taylor provides a fun, comfortable stroll through 1960's Ulster with all the folks in the village of Ballybucklebo. After reading several of the books, the characters become old friends.
Regina Spiker
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Melissa Cunning
Dec 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was so glad to see that this book was back up to the standard that I'd come to love about The Irish Country books. This book brought back all the small town medical stories that I love along with the odd Irish humour that makes me laugh out loud as I read! The previous book was lacking that and made for a very boring read.

So glad to read the next steps in the lives of Barry and O'Reilly. I had really grown to dislike Patricia Spence so I'm glad to be introduced to Sue Nolan and know that Barr
Laura Bang
Note: these are not the greatest books to read when you're having medical problems.... If you are a worrier like me, you start fretting about things that aren't even related to your symptoms. :/

Irish Country series, I think this is where we part ways. It's always been a love/hate relationship, and I haven't been feeling the love as much. I know it may seem odd that I struggled through so many of these books when I hate the main character, but I really do love the setting and the supporting chara
Joy Gerbode
Mar 04, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Had trouble putting this one down ... all the elements of a good book! Just enough "sadness" to bring a tear to the eye, lots of romance, fun, and humor, and the "bad guy" gets his justice! A feel good book all around!

I thought I sort of recognized this book as I was reading it ... well, it was great the second time, too! Had a hard time putting it down.
May 23, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audiobooks
The first book I picked up on a whim not knowing it was the last one in the series so far. It drew me in and I had to check out the rest of the books.
Jun 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: listened-to, fiction
He gets a little whiney about Patricia in this one... Looking forward to the next one.
Aug 10, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ireland, read-in-2019
"After half a year in the colourful Ulster village of Ballybucklebo, young Barry Laverty, M.B. has only six months to go before he becomes a full partner in Doctor O'Reilly's medical practice. Then an unexpected romantic reversal gives Barry second thoughts. As much as he enjoys the rough-and-tumble of life in County Down, is running a humble GP's shop all he wants out of life?

"Barry's mentor, Doctor Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly, is going through some personal upheavals as well. After mourning his
Jul 28, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: my-reviews
Full disclosure: I read the condensed version of this book. I only wish it had been a little more condensed.

This version started out from Barry Laverty's point of view, so the insistent return to O'Reilly's story irritated me. I barely cared what happened to him, although he's apparently the main character of this series. I say "barely" because I viciously hoped his girlfriend would ditch him for hesitating and generally for mooning around for two decades. If this is the "courtship" of the title
May 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
The fifth book in the Irish Country series and, still, Patrick Taylor continues to entertain. While an elderly community member of Ballybucklebo passes on, young Dr Laverty helps a set of twins into the world. Both he and his mentor, Dr Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly, find themselves in the throes of romantic turmoil, resolved at least for O'Reilly by the end of the story. Donal Donnelly and friends find themselves in a losing position having invested with Counsillor Bertie Bishop in an apparent dud ...more
EJ Daniels
Jun 14, 2017 rated it it was ok
Part of the An Irish Country series, Patrick Taylor's An Irish Country Courtship offers up exactly what the fans of the series would expect: a folksy cast of beloved characters caught up in a rotation of misadventures centering of love and life. There's not much here beyond Gaelicophile sentimentality, but if what one wants is a very casual read that's heavy on the blarney, look no further.

Taylor has clearly given a great deal of thought to building his little world of the village of Ballybuckl
Jun 25, 2017 rated it really liked it
Years ago, when they were first published, I read the first of this series, and started on the second. For some reason the writing didn't suit my needs at that time and I left it unfinished. I remember being turned off by the language used by the characters,( mainly Dr O'Reilly) but in hindsite, that was more to do with the sensitivities of my early fortyhood. This particular book was given to me by my sister in law as reading fodder for my then-upcoming camping vacation. To my surprise I enjoye ...more
Jul 05, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have been struggling to read since the Pandemic started, but now that school is out I do have a bit more time. I decided to pick up something I was practically guaranteed to enjoy and I had a hard time putting it down.

This is such a delightful series that I recommend to many people. Ballybucklebo is a wonderful village in Northern Ireland in a simpler time, peopled with characters and warmth and the flavors of Irish scenery and cooking and language. The medical angle works for me because I rea
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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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