Long before Dr. Fingal Flahertie O’Reilly made most readers’
acquaintance in Patrick Taylor’s bestselling novel An Irish Country Doctor, he appeared in a series of humorous
columns originally published in Stitches:
The Journal of Medical Humor. These warm and wryly amusing vignettes
provide an early glimpse at the redoubtable Dr. O’Reilly as he tends to the
colorful and eccentric residents of Ballybucklebo, a cozy Ulster village
nestled in the bygone years of the early 1960s.
Those seminal columns have been collected in The Wily O’Reilly: Irish Country Stories.
In this convenient volume, Patrick Taylor’s legions of devoted fans can savor
the enchanting origins of the Irish Country series … and newcomers to
Ballybucklebo can meet O’Reilly for the very first time.
An ex-Navy boxing champion, classical scholar,
crypto-philanthropist, widower, and hard-working general practitioner, Fingal
Flahertie O’Reilly is crafty and cantankerous in these charming slices of rural
Irish life. Whether he’s educating a naive man of the cloth in the facts of
life, dealing with chronic hypochondriacs and malingerers, clashing with
pigheaded colleagues, or raising a pint in the neighborhood pub, the wily
O’Reilly knows a doctor’s work is never done, even if some of his “cures” can’t
be found in any medical text! Download and start listening now!