An Irish Country Christmas

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Macmillan, Oct 27, 2009 - Fiction - 496 pages

Barry Laverty, M.B., is looking forward to his first Christmas in the cozy village of Ballybucklebo, at least until he learns that his sweetheart, Patricia, might not be coming home for the holidays. That unhappy prospect dampens his spirits somewhat, but Barry has little time to dwell on his romantic disappointments. Christmas may be drawing nigh, but there is little peace to be found on earth, especially for a young doctor plying his trade in the emerald hills and glens of rural Ireland.

Along with his senior partner, Doctor Fingal Flahertie O'Reilly, Barry has his hands full dealing with seasonal coughs and colds, as well as the occasional medical emergency. To add to the doctors' worries, competition arrives in the form of a patient-poaching new physician whose quackery threatens the health and well-being of the good people of Ballybucklebo. Can one territory support three hungry doctors? Barry has his doubts.

But the wintry days and nights are not without a few tidings of comfort and joy. Between their hectic medical practice, Rugby Club parties, and the kiddies' Christmas Pageant, the two doctors still find time to play Santa Claus to a struggling single mother with a sick child and not enough money in the bank. Snow is rare in Ulster, and so are miracles, but that doesn't mean they never happen. . . .


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Re-read 2018 I've been drawn toward reading books set in Ireland since we're planning a trip there next year. I love this series set in the fictional Ballybucklebo, Northern Ireland. Young Doctor ... Read full review

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This is the third in Taylor's series of the adventures of two country doctors in Ulster in the early 1960's. His lead characters, Fingal Flaherty O'Reilly, long-time resident doctor in the rural ... Read full review

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A Little Snow Tumbled About
The Cobblers Children Are the Worst Shod
The Daily Round the Common Task
A Memory of Yesterdays Pleasures
All the Worlds a Stage and All the Menand Women Merely Players
Im Sickly but Sassy
Till the Gunpowder Ran Out at theHeels of Their Boots
A New and Original Plan
Folks Who Live Beneaththe Shadow of the Steeple
As Children with Their Play
Make Thick My Blood
I Do Like to Be Beside the Seaside
Chastise with the Valour of My Tongue
For They Shall Be Comforted

Blow Blow Thou Winter Wind
A Mighty Maze But Not Without a Plan
La Donna Mobile orWomen Change Their Minds
The Stars in Their Courses
You Cant Have Your Cake and Eat It
Will Someone Take Me to a Pub?
Whats in a Name?
A Primrose by a Rivers Brim
My Poor Fool Is Hanged
Theres No Smoke without Fire
Matters of Fact Are Very Stubborn Things
The Muddied Oafs at the Goals
The Nearest Run Thing You Ever Saw
You Can Never Plan the Future by the Past
Thou Art a Hard Man
A Feast of Wine on the Lees
On with the Dance Let Joy Be Unconfined
The Absent Are Always in the Wrong
Woe unto Them That Rise Up
It Is Best Not To Swap HorsesWhile Crossing the River
Plotting in the Dark Toils Much to Earna Monumental Pile
A Good Plot Good Friends and Full of Expectation
The Pelting of This Pitiless Storm
To Travel Hopefully Is a Better Thing
Now in Injias Sunny Clime Where I Used toSpend My Time
Feel the Pangs of Disappointed Love
I Feel My Heart New Opened
Not Half So Surprised as I Am Now
Things That Go Bump in the Night
Jolly Gentlemen in Coats of Red
Surprised by Joy
It Came upon a Midnight Clear
Glorious Morning Have I Seen
The Corridors of Power
Come and Go Talking of Michelangelo
Presents I Often Say Endear
A Feast Fit for a King
AFTERWORDbyMrs Kincaid

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Patrick Taylor, M.D., is the author of the Irish Country books, including An Irish Country Doctor, An Irish Country Village, 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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