McCarthy's Bar: A Journey of Discovery in Ireland

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The #1 Irish Bestseller

Despite the many exotic places Pete McCarthy has visited, he finds that nowhere else can match the particular magic of Ireland, his mother's homeland.  In McCarthy's Bar, his journey begins in Cork and continues along the west coast to Donegal in the north. Traveling through spectacular landscapes, but at all times obeying the rule, "never pass a bar that has your name on it," he encounters McCarthy's bars up and down the land, meeting ...

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Overview

The #1 Irish Bestseller

Despite the many exotic places Pete McCarthy has visited, he finds that nowhere else can match the particular magic of Ireland, his mother's homeland.  In McCarthy's Bar, his journey begins in Cork and continues along the west coast to Donegal in the north. Traveling through spectacular landscapes, but at all times obeying the rule, "never pass a bar that has your name on it," he encounters McCarthy's bars up and down the land, meeting fascinating people before pleading to be let out at four o'clock in the morning. 

Written by someone who is at once an insider and an outside, McCarthy's Bar is a wonderfully funny and affectionate portrait of a rapidly changing country.

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Editorial Reviews

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Praise for Pete McCarthy and McCarthy’s Bar:

"The funniest book I've read this year."—John Walsh, The Independent (U.K.)

"A travelogue of Ireland told through great set pieces and jokes...The author seems to have a natural aptitude for meeting funny, strange, and fascinating people. This book will make you laugh out loud."—The Irish News (Belfast)

"McCarthy's Bar is so unrelentingly funny it needs to be taken in small doses...When it comes to playing stooge in ridiculous travel situations, he makes Michael Palin look shy and Bill Bryson positively somber."—The Australian

"[McCarthy] is a worthy addition to the ranks of P.J. O'Rourke, Bill Bryson and Peter Mayle...He narrates a series of hilarious and surprising adventures with an acerbic eye and a comedian's gift for timing...This wonderful debut will appeal to readers who are looking for a well-observed travel guide, or simply for its incisive hilarity." - Publishers Weekly

"[McCarthy's] chronicle of what he heard in these neighborhood gathering places/social clubs/confessionals was quintessentially Irish, which means hilarious, sentimental, surprising and revealing." - The Dallas Morning News

"McCarthy makes an amiable traveling companion - witty, affable, with an endearing knack for meeting, or attracting, the most eccentric characters...With self-deprecating wit and a sly sense of the absurd, he makes even the most mundane experience entertaining." - Booklist

"Unfailingly sharp, good-humored, and offbeat: sure to please Celtophiles of every greenish hue." - Kirkus Reviews

"Fans of Bill Bryson will enjoy reading McCarthy's droll narrative of his rediscovery of his family's roots in Ireland." - Library Journal

"McCarthy's Bar is as far removed from the staid, traditional travel guide as one likely could get and still learn where to go, what to see, how much it might cost and what to expect." - San Antonio Express News

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312311339
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 3/3/2003
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 352
  • Sales rank: 237,617
  • Product dimensions: 5.78 (w) x 8.18 (h) x 0.93 (d)

Meet the Author

Pete McCarthy was born in England to an Irish mother and an English father. He was the writer and performer of many travel series for radio and television in the United Kingdom. McCarthy's Bar, his first book, was a bestseller in Ireland, England, and Australia.

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  • Posted April 15, 2010

    Fun, funny and fabulous...

    Pete MaCarthy's writing style is one that makes the reader feel like you know him and by the end of the book, he has become a friend. I enjoyed reading every word of this book and even laughed out loud at some of the descriptions of people and his observations. His sense of humor is deadpan which I just can't get enough of. After reading this book, I am now inspired more than before to make it to Ireland sooner than later. I loved it!

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  • Posted February 9, 2009

    Rather interesting at first...

    ...then it kind of fell flat. When I read the first paragraph, I thought the book was going to be entertaining and insightful. After reading just a few chapters, I became, honestly, bored with it. The humor generated in those few chapters at times seemed dry and pointless. Even skipping about the book, it reminded me of a bland, dry steak. Although it did had its moments (when the author talked about the many pints of Guinness he drank), it still didn't move me in any way. Not even to laugh when I was reading the funny bits. <BR/><BR/>I wouldn't recommend this book as the type that would stimulate your imagination and give you a few good joke lines to throw about.

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  • Posted November 25, 2008

    This is a must read

    I read a lot and I am a demanding reader and critic, so when I give a high rating it really counts. McCarthy's Bar is right up there at the top. Amazing for a first book, for any book - language, comedy, humanity, timing. As a third generation Irish atheist it hit all the right notes square in the centre. I was deeply saddened to read that Pete died at 51 - our loss. What wonderful books he would have written, how many souls (?) he would have touched, what a laugh he would give us all.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2007

    A Great Travel Companion

    McCarthy's Bar is one of the best books of this genre I've ever read. This is more than just a travel book. It has a soul.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 28, 2004

    great read-especially if you have been to IRL

    If you are Irish or have ever been there you will appreciate the humour of this great writer as he travels around the south and up through the west. He seems to have stumbled on all the idiosynchrasies that make Ireland and the Irish so unique.His untimely death in Oct 04 is a great loss. Slainte Pete

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2003

    A great , glorious book

    This is a very funny book that would be a great read for anybody who is Irish or is forced to hang around with them. He is very funny writer and the book is highly entertaining all the way through.

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