An Irish Country Doctor

An Irish Country Doctor

by Patrick Taylor
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An Irish Country Doctor by Patrick Taylor

Barry Laverty, M.B., can barely find the village of Ballybucklebo on a map when he first sets out to seek gainful employment there, but already he knows that there is nowhere he would rather live than in the emerald hills and dales of Northern Ireland. The proud owner of a spanking-new medical degree and little else in the way of worldly possessions, Barry jumps at the chance to secure a position as an assistant in a small rural practice.

At least until he meets Dr. Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly.

The older physician, whose motto is to never let the patients get the upper hand, has his own way of doing things. At first, Barry can't decide if the pugnacious O'Reilly is the biggest charlatan he has ever met, or the best teacher he could ever hope for. Through O'Reilly Barry soon gets to know all of the village's colorful and endearing residents, including:

A malingering Major and his equally hypochondriacal wife;

An unwed servant girl, who refuses to divulge the father of her upcoming baby;

A slightly daft old couple unable to marry for lack of a roof;

And a host of other eccentric characters who make every day an education for the inexperienced young doctor.

Ballybucklebo is long way from Belfast, and Barry is quick to discover that he still has a lot to learn about the quirks and traditions of country life. But with pluck and compassion and only the slightest touch of blarney, he will find out more about life—and love—than he ever imagined back in medical school.

An Irish Country Doctor is a charming and engrossing tale that will captivate readers from the very first page—and leave them yearning to visit the Irish countryside of days gone by.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786296477
Publisher: Gale Group
Publication date: 07/05/2007
Series: Irish Country Series , #1
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 531
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Patrick Taylor, M.D., is the author of the Irish Country books, including 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 years. He now lives on Saltspring Island, British Columbia.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was he first book in the series I read, and never wanted it to end. It's a charming Irish tale complete with a cast of characters that remind me somewhat of the PBS TV series "Doc Martin", though a bit earlier in time. Luckily, it seems the author doesn't want to end the story either and there are now several volumes. I've read them all, love them all, and am about to start the newest with another promised in the fall. There's no violence, no erotic scenes and certainly no vampires! It's a heartwarming story about the everyday lives of people who care about each other and their community.
2manybooks2littletime More than 1 year ago
I never use the word adore but I have to here. I adore this book. It was very entertaining, witty, well written. Everything you could ask for in a novel. Patrick Taylor makes you feel like you have known his characters all your life and when the book is over you don't want to leave this magical little northern Ireland town that he has dropped you right smack in the middle of. I recommend all the books in this series....number five is coming out soon and I can't wait to get it.
BluJay More than 1 year ago
A young country doctor learns his trade when he becomes assistant to an older doctor in a small Irish village. This is a light, feel good type of story with humor, warmth, and enough quirky characters and situations to keep you smiling throughoout.
lovetoread47 More than 1 year ago
I have read all four in the series. If you like books about Ireland by Maeve Binchy you'll love these. The stories are about an older doctor and his new asssociate. One is about the housekeeper. Patrick Taylor even includes a glossary of the Northern Ireland words you might not have heard before. There are also recipes that are mentioned in the book. There are many characters and sub-plots. You even learn a lot about medicine. It brought back memories of having a doctor who was a General Practioner and who actually made house calls!
neeyan More than 1 year ago
An Irish Country Doctor is the story of young Barry Laverty, fresh out of medical school in the Northern Ireland of the early 1960's, who applies for a job with Fingal Flaherty O'Reilly, the title character, who has been in practice for a good many years. Barry is full of all the latest in medical advancements, which do not quite agree with the time-tested , albeit unorthodox, methods of Dr. O'Reilly. Barry agrees to work with Fingal on a trial basis. In the course of time he meets an assortment of people, most of them quite human, some of them characters, all of them unforgettable. But the most unforgettable is Fingal O'Reilly. In time, Barry begins to realize that he has a great deal to learn, and that Fingal O'Reilly and his patients, just might be the ones to teach him. I loved this book for the humor, the wonderful portrayal of all the characters-especially Maggie McCorkle, Kinky, Fingal, Patricia Spence and all the others, even Fingal's brew-loving dog Arthur Guinness. I give this book a great big thumbs up! I definitely am going to look for more books by Patrick Taylor.
Squire More than 1 year ago
A most believable and entertaining read. The characters readily come alive, and getting to know them in an intimate way is not only fun but makes the experience all the more plausible and personal. Surely, everyone must know A Doctor O'Reilly and even a Doctor Laverty. And there should be a Mrs. Kincaid in all of our lives; there was in mine! I am Irish and enjoy a good tale set in the old country, but one does not have to be Irish to appreciate Patrick Taylor's "An Irish Country Doctor" as one of the better offerings of today. I have not read Patrick Taylor before but will again.
barroo More than 1 year ago
Travel once again to the village of Ballybucklebo, with their charismatic characters, stories, problems, ups and downs, old loves and new loves, stopping along the way for a pint. Trouble time for Dr. Barry, cheering him on all the way. Dr. Fingal by his side and who can't forget Kinky, whos somehow knows. A great read that makes you feel you are there and home and not wanting to leave, an overall good feeling.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this and it's sequel, An Irish Country Village. It is different, interesting, and I loved the colorful characters. The setting in the Irish countryside is so unique and the character development is well crafted and realistic. I really became intrigued with what medical condition would pop up next among the inhabitants of Ballybucklebo. I am looking forward to reading An Irish Country Christmas, and the new installment in the series, set to come out in September 2010, An Irish Country Courtship.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very satisfying and easy to read. Sweet, sentimental story where you feel like you become part of the "family".
royboyOK More than 1 year ago
A great feel good book
72osehi2l More than 1 year ago
Patrick Taylor uses a country GP practice as a backdrop for his Irish tales of people and animals. Although not as colorful and as rich as James Herriot, the style is reminiscent of the animal stories, just with humans as the subjects. These books make a pleasant evening read by the fire.
ghednli More than 1 year ago
Immerse yourself in the sights, sounds, smells and tastes of being an Irish country doctor. A delightful book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved this book and continued thinking about it weeks after I had finished reading the book. Will continue reading this series. Patrick Taylor has a keen insight and understanding of people and obviously some knowledge of medicine.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book would have been better if I could have avoided comparing it to James Herriot. But I couldn't, there were too many similarities, and it does not stand up to the master's works. Besides that point, it is charming and worth the read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Since i dont know of the author it would be of more interest to a reader to be told that in the blurb perhaps giving the date first published. even a library of congress catalog card gives subject matter. reading age level and rating on subject matter would be helpful too at least with the named reviewer you get the total plot and know its not clift notes do they still print those?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful read. Enjoy!
je40 More than 1 year ago
This was a fun, gentle book that held my attention. The characters are quirky. A light quick read. I will probably read it again.
bnfan More than 1 year ago
Patrick Taylor brings you right there into Ireland and you feel like you know each and every one of the characters. I always look forward to his next book to keep up with the characters.
JHarless More than 1 year ago
Having just graduated from medical school, Dr. Barry Laverty travels to the quaint village of Ballybucklebo and begins an internship with Dr. Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly. Upon arrival, Dr. Laverty witnesses Dr. O'Reilly literally tossing a patient out of his clinic and telling him to wash his feet before he returns for medical care. Stunned by what he sees, Dr. Laverty considers leaving, but Dr. O'Reilly invites him in, provides him with a room, and soon puts him to work. He tells Dr. Laverty that if he stays long enough that he might learn a thing or two. And learn, he does. This story is filled with quirky characters, humor, and compassion. I'm hooked on the series!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book is a deceptively simple story of a newly licensed Irish country doctor. It reminds me of the James Herriot series about an English country vet and the Jan Karon series about a small-town Episcopal priest. They all tell of ordinary people living ordinary lives, but you find yourself caring about each one of them and wanting to know more. I look forward to the next book in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Though not usually interested in reading books dealing with the medical field, this book was suggested to me and I'm glad I decided to read it. Great story and well drawn out characters. It was an easy read and I did not want to put the book down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved these books. Patrick Taylor transports you to the small Irish village. You next see the characters come alive and then you can relate them to some people you know. I love the "slang" in the book. I was brought up with this language and was unaware that it came from my Irish roots.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you enjoyed the stories if James Harriot, you will like this book. If you have any Irish blood, or have visited the Emerald Isle, you will enjoy this book. It is straight forward and a fast read, but I had a hard time putting it down.
webermj More than 1 year ago
A young Dr. Laverty , fresh out of medical school, takes a position with Dr. Fingal O'Reilly, an older country doctor who doesn't always "go by the book" in treating patients in the small village. The book is filled with the Irish lingo which makes it fun to read. Patrick Taylor wrote "A Dublin Student Doctor" about Dr. O'Reilly's days as a Medical Student after finishing "An Irish Country Doctor"; I highly recommend reading this book also.
LTinLouisiana More than 1 year ago
This is the first book I have read by this author. It was reccommended by another reader about my age. Let's just say we are in the retirement age group. I thought the book was light and entertaining. I would read more books by this author. I have always been intrigued by books about doctors. The setting for the book was very good.