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McCarthy's Bar: A Journey of Discovery In Ireland [NOOK Book]

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"It was half past five in the morning as I lurched through the front door of the B&B. Mrs. O'Sullivan appeared just in time to see me pause to admire the luminous Virgin holy water stand with integral night-light, and knock it off the wall. Politely declining the six rounds of ham sandwiches on the tray she was holding, I edged gingerly along the hallway to the wrong bedroom door and opened it."

Despite the many exotic places Peter McCarthy has visited, he finds that nowhere else can match the particular ...
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McCarthy's Bar: A Journey of Discovery In Ireland

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Overview


"It was half past five in the morning as I lurched through the front door of the B&B. Mrs. O'Sullivan appeared just in time to see me pause to admire the luminous Virgin holy water stand with integral night-light, and knock it off the wall. Politely declining the six rounds of ham sandwiches on the tray she was holding, I edged gingerly along the hallway to the wrong bedroom door and opened it."

Despite the many exotic places Peter 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.

Through adventures with English hippies who have colonized a desolate mountain; roots-seeking, buffet-devouring American tourists; priests for whom the word "father" has a loaded meaning; enthusiastic Germans who "here since many years holidays are making;" and his fellow barefoot pilgrims on an island called Purgatory, Peter pursues the secrets of Ireland's global popularity and his own confused Irish-Anglo identity.

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


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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781466866379
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publication date: 3/18/2014
  • Sold by: Macmillan
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 248,737
  • File size: 420 KB

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. A bestseller in Ireland, Australia, and the United Kingdom, McCarthy's Bar is his first book.

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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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