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
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
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
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