An Irish Country Village (Irish Country Books)

 
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Patrick Taylor first charmed readers with An Irish Country Doctor, a warm and enchanting novel in the tradition of James Herriot and Jan Karon. Now Taylor returns to the colorful Northern Ireland community of Ballybucklebo, where there¡¯s always something brewing beneath the village¡¯s deceptively sleepy surface.

Young Doctor Barry Laverty has only just begun his assistantship under his eccentric mentor, Dr. Fingal Flahertie O¡¯Reilly, but he already feels right at home in Ballybucklebo. When the sudden death of a patient casts a cloud over Barry¡¯s reputation, his chances of establishing himself in the village are endangered, especially since the grieving widow is threatening a lawsuit.

While he anxiously waits for the postmortem results that he prays will exonerate him, Barry must regain the trust of the gossipy Ulster village, one patient at a time. From a put-upon shop girl with a mysterious rash to the troubled pregnancy of a winsome young lass who¡¯s not quite married yet, Ballybucklebo provides plenty of cases to keep the two country G.P.s busy.

Not all their challenges are medical in nature. When a greedy developer sets his sights on the very heart of the community, the village pub, it¡¯s up to the doctors to save the Black Swan (affectionately known to the locals as the ¡°Mucky Duck¡±) from being turned into an overpriced tourist trap. After all, the good citizens of Ballybucklebo need some place to drink to each other¡¯s health. . . .

Whether you¡¯ve visited in the past, or are discovering Ballybucklebo for the first time, An Irish Country Village is an ideal location for anyone looking for wit, warmth, and just a touch of blarney.

Customer Reviews:

  • An Irish Country Village (Irish Country Books) by Patrick Taylor
    Unfortunately for me, I didn't read A Country Doctor first, but that did not deter me at all from laughing and giggling more than I can remember ever doing when reading a book. Dr. Taylor has a wonderful sense of humor which comes across clearly in this novel. I enjoyed the characters and the wisdom imparted. I cannot imagine anyone not liking this book! I highly recommend it. ...more info
  • An Irish Country Village
    This is a sequel although I can't remember the title of the first book. My husband and I really enjoyed this one as much as the first one. It reminded us of the James Heriot books....more info
  • Charming Tale Of Small Town Ireland
    An Irish Country Village by Patrick Taylor is a charming story set in 1964 in a small Irish country village called Balleybuckleboo. It follows it's two principle characters senior Doctor Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly and his young assistant Dr. Barry Laverty in their dealings with the strange yet never boring residents of the town. The main storyline follows a potential malpractice lawsuit against Laverty that has him trying to earn back the respect of the patients that he treats as well as the town folk. O'Reilly is the wise older doctor and he never seems at a loss on finding the proper solution to every problem. Mr. Taylor is a doctor himself and one of the drawbacks of the book is that he sometimes get into too much depth and detail about the procedures that Laverty & O'Reilly perform. There is one particular passage about Laverty helping an elderly gentleman unblock a painful urinary problem that comes to mind as more than one every needs to read about the subject unless you are studying to be a doctor yourself. One other slight problem is that Mr. Taylor sometimes alludes to the future in a way no one at the time would such as O'Reilly commenting that one day they'll make a telephone you could take anywhere with you and commenting on how The Beatles and Rolling Stones will battle each for the greatest band of all-time. But those are minor quibbles with this exceedingly cheerful book....more info
  • A No-Brainer
    If you are searching for a good read that doesn't require a lot of thinking, then this is the book for you. I enjoyed this book (as I did the first installment) and I would read more by Patrick Taylor to find out what happens with the characters. Not all fiction has to be blood and gore and fast paced action to be interesting. I love reading books that give a sense of place and culture, and this one has both of those in spades. I great armchair tour of Ireland!...more info
  • The continuing adventures of Doctors Laverty and O'Reilly
    Sometimes a bit of harmless fun is just what is called for and Taylor's "Irish Country" series fits the bill perfectly. Taylor's creation of Ballybucklebo, County Down has a fun balance of humor and medical melodrama that makes it a nice place to escape to. In this second book in the series, Taylor is able to move the story along more rapidly than in An Irish Country Doctor and add more detail to his creation. His examination of the medical techniques of the time period remains compelling and while his characters remain broadly sketched, they all possess a certain charm. I look forward to these books because while they are predictable, Ballybucklebo is just a nice place to visit....more info
  • An Irish Country Village
    This series of books has really been a delight to read. It captures much of the essence of being Irish. I found it well written. There are two things that I didn't care for after reading all three of the books. One is the habit of quotations. There are a "million" of them. And both of the lead characters know all of them. Not going to happen. And the second thing that I don't think is handled well is the romantic situations of both of the lead characters. I still enjoyed the books and was really pleased with the Irish recipes at the end of each book. Enjoyable stories about Ireland. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in Irish customs....more info
  • Charming Tale Of Small Town Ireland
    An Irish Country Village by Patrick Taylor is a charming story set in 1964 in a small Irish country village called Balleybuckleboo. It follows it's two principle characters senior Doctor Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly and his young assistant Dr. Barry Laverty in their dealings with the strange yet never boring residents of the town. The main storyline follows a potential malpractice lawsuit against Laverty that has him trying to earn back the respect of the patients that he treats as well as the town folk. O'Reilly is the wise older doctor and he never seems at a loss on finding the proper solution to every problem. Mr. Taylor is a doctor himself and one of the drawbacks of the book is that he sometimes get into too much depth and detail about the procedures that Laverty & O'Reilly perform. There is one particular passage about Laverty helping an elderly gentleman unblock a painful urinary problem that comes to mind as more than one every needs to read about the subject unless you are studying to be a doctor yourself. One other slight problem is that Mr. Taylor sometimes alludes to the future in a way no one at the time would such as O'Reilly commenting that one day they'll make a telephone you could take anywhere with you and commenting on how The Beatles and Rolling Stones will battle each for the greatest band of all-time. But those are minor quibbles with this exceedingly cheerful book....more info
  • "Away off and enjoy yourself"
    Straight off on the heels of 'An Irish Country Doctor' comes 'An Irish Country Village', taking up right where the first book left off. We're in Ballybuckbo, Ireland again, joining Doctors Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly and Barry Laverty in their daily lives both personal and at the "surgery" (Office). Dr. O'Reilly is a bear of a man; short-tempered and roaring, with cauliflower ears and a bent, florid nose that turns alabaster when he's angered. "Never, never, never let the patients get the upper hand" is O'Reilly's motto and advice for young Dr. Laverty. He's unapologetic for his irascible behavior, and his language is hilarious when he gets to name-calling. Dr. Barry Laverty has just finished college, and his position with country doctor O'Reilly is his first.

    Along with the doctors come the regulars from the first book. There's O'Reilly's capricious housekeeper, Mrs. Kinky Kincaid, originally from Cork, who always adds the word "so" on the end of her sentences. There's old Maggie MacCorkle and her beau Sonny, who've waited over fifteen years to get married (and their wedding is the big event in this Irish installment). There's Councilor Bertie Bishop, who this time has evil plans to close down The Black Swan - Ballybucklebo's main-street pub. Young Patricia Spence has caught Barry's heart, despite how independent and stubborn she is. Patricia is heavily into women's rights, particularly the right to a higher education. And we're introduced to a certain Caitlan "Kitty" O'Hallorhan, an old college acquaintance of Fingal's.

    In 'Village', Barry misses a diagnosis of old Major Fotheringham's cerebral hemorrhage, and after a stay and release in the hospital, the Major dies at home. Mrs. Fotheringham is devastated, and blames the young doctor for the death. Can Barry survive until the post-mortem comes back from the hospital? Patricia is eagerly awaiting the results of her exam that will get her a scholarship into Cambridge, but also take her further away from Barry. And weaselly Bertie Bishop plots to not renew the lease on The Black Swan, with plans to demolish the old pub and put up a tourist trap instead.

    Ballybucklebo is described as "A village that seemed divorced from the internecine hatred that flowed under the surface of much of the rest of Ulster" by author Patrick Taylor. This is a good explanation of the village he's created. The novel is about the daily lives of O'Reilly, Barry, Kinky, and the rest, told through the POV of Dr. Barry Laverty. The prose is wonderful, beautiful and smooth, and the characterizations are brilliantly painted. Patrick Taylor's complete "Irish Country" series is a work of art in progress. (The next book is An Irish Country Christmas - don't miss it!) As with the first book, 'An Irish Country Village' has a final note written by Mrs. Kinky Kincaid, in which she shares some of her recipes cooked in the book. There's also a Glossary for the Irish dialect used in the book, and an afterward by the author. Taylor is an artist of the written word, and I can't recommend his books highly enough. 10 Stars to the whole 'Irish Country' series. Enjoy!
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  • The continuing adventures of Doctors Laverty and O'Reilly
    Sometimes a bit of harmless fun is just what is called for and Taylor's "Irish Country" series fits the bill perfectly. Taylor's creation of Ballybucklebo, County Down has a fun balance of humor and medical melodrama that makes it a nice place to escape to. In this second book in the series, Taylor is able to move the story along more rapidly than in An Irish Country Doctor and add more detail to his creation. His examination of the medical techniques of the time period remains compelling and while his characters remain broadly sketched, they all possess a certain charm. I look forward to these books because while they are predictable, Ballybucklebo is just a nice place to visit....more info
  • Balleybucklebo Forever!
    I am a huge fan of the BBC series, Balleykissangel. As such, I was pleasantly surprised to get a copy of Patrick Taylor's wonderful book, An Irish Country Village, as a gift. The similarities between the two are remarkable. While the former is about a young priest and his interactions with the citizens of a small rural Irish village, the latter is about a pair of physicians, one young and right out of medical school and the other a grizzled veteran.
    The story arc involves the young physician, Barry Laverty, and his attempts to restore his reputation after a questionable diagnosis that may have resulted in the death of a prominent citizen, a Major Fotheringham and the resultant distrust shown him by the rest of the town. All depends on the Post Mortem results to prove whether or not he was at fault. In the interim, he must soldier on, as his mentor, Dr. Fingal O'Reilly demands. "If we stick together and the patients see that I trust you, it'll work wonders."
    Restoring his reputation is the main action of the book, but there is also his insipient romance with a beautiful engineering student bound for Cambridge if she passes her exams. These actions form the armature upon which the sculpture of the book is formed.
    The little village of Balleybucklebo is populated with a plethora of eccentric and colorful characters from the greedy overbearing real estate developer who threatens to tear down a popular pub called the Black Swan to the elderly couple who have put off marrying until a proper roof is put onto the groom's house. There is also the mean-spirited harridan who gives her employee a nervous rash, the dim but good hearted Donal Donnelly with his bike of many colors, and the woman who runs the Doctor's home and their lives, the intrepid "Kinky" Kincaid (some of whose recipes are included as an appendix).
    Among these, though, no one is more colorful than the great man himself, the garrulous Doctor Fingal O'Reilly with his cat named Lady MacBeth and his dog named Arthur Guinness whose love of Smithwick's Beer is matched only with his lust for Doctor Laverty's leg.
    The characters are saved from becoming melodramatic "types" by the fact that the most notorious miser yet has a generous heart at his core, the meanest bully yet has a spark of kindness and the most dimwitted dullard still has enough skill to organize the entire town into a work party to fix the old couple's roof. There is charm here and also more than a spoonful of truth. No one gets to know a town better than either a priest or a doctor. What is true of Balleykissangel is also true of Balleybucklebo.
    An Irish Country Village is well named, for the most delightful thing about the book is the detailed portrait of an entire village in the early 1960's in County Down, Ireland. You will come away feeling as if you have visited. Highly recommended.
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  • Fun Read
    Most enjoyable book with a sense of humor. If you a looking for light easy read, this book is fun and full of interesting characters....more info
  • Great Escapist Reading
    Great escapist reading! Spend some time in the Northern Ireland village of Ballybucklebo, where young Dr. Barry Laverty, whom we met in An Irish Country Doctor, is getting to know the villagers, and finding out where he belongs....more info

 

 
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