• An Irish Country Welcome

  • An Irish Country Novel
  • By: Patrick Taylor
  • Narrated by: John Keating
  • Length: 13 hrs and 5 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (176 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

An Irish Country Welcome is a charming entry in Patrick Taylor's internationally best-selling Irish Country series.

In the close-knit Northern Irish village of Ballybucklebo, it’s said that a new baby brings its own welcome. Young doctor Barry Laverty and his wife, Sue, are anxiously awaiting their first child, but as the community itself prepares to welcome a new decade, the closing months of the 1960s bring more than a televised moon landing to Barry, his friends, his neighbors, and his patients, including a number of sticky questions. 

A fledgling doctor joins the practice as a trainee, but will the very upper-class Sebastian Carson be a good fit for the rough and tumble of Irish country life? And as sectarian tensions rise elsewhere in Ulster, can a Protestant man marry the Catholic woman he dearly loves, despite his father’s opposition? And who exactly is going to win the award for the best dandelion wine at this year’s Harvest Festival?

But while Barry and Dr. Fingal Flahertie O’Reilly and their fellow physicians deal with everything from brain surgery to a tractor accident to a difficult pregnancy, there’s still time to share the comforting joys and pleasures of this very special place: fly-fishing, boat races, and even the town’s very first talent competition!

Welcome back to Ballybucklebo, as vividly brought to life by a master storyteller.  

A Macmillan Audio production from Forge Books 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Audible Library along with the audio.  

©2020 Patrick Taylor (P)2020 Macmillan Audio

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It the Strongest Story in the Series

Even so, couldn’t stop listening, and hated to see it end; sad to leave Ballybucklebo. As always, beautifully narrated and interpreted by John Keating. This series has a brilliant heart!

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Before, we even started listening, I was happy and thankful to receive the pdf. 5 🌟

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Great continuance of Irish Country series

Well written and addictive to continue the woven tales of the lives of folks in Ballybucklebo.

Look forward to a continuation in the series.

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Love this series

I always enjoy these books. It's my first time using Audible, which made it more fun.

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Ah... Ballybucklebo!

I have loved everything that Patrick Taylor has written, and the narration of John Keating is spot on. I have listened to this series for years, repeatedly! They are like old friends and when I need comfort they are like a good cup of tea on a cold morning, they make my day better. I love the Irish history, from both the political and medical point of view. A good solid read and well worth the credit.

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Still a very good story but not as good

I have read several of the country doctor series about Barry and Fingal and all the colorful characters in Northern Ireland. The books make you feel like you just returned home and can sit by the fire and catch up with old friends. This books certainly had that feeling but it also felt a little put together to fill out another book. The backstory on the "trouble" in Northern Ireland between the Protestants and Catholics was good and the impact it had on Barry's mixed religious friends was interesting. And I liked the story of Barry and Sue's struggle to have a baby and all the problems that can occur. I thought that Fingal and Kitty's story took an unexpected backseat and that they are phasing into the background. Still, there were many heartwarming local events and stories and some good medical cases to keep the reader engaged. The narrator is perfect.

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Love this series

I loved listening to this series of books. Can't wait to hear what happens next in Bally Buckle Bo.

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Love this series.

I am a nurse and certainly enjoyed the lovely medical teaching that was taught during this book. I am Irish, so better yet!

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I love these stories!

In these times and as an American doctor dealing with a broken healthcare system, I have needed these wonderful stories about an old-time doctor’s practice in a beautiful seaside Irish village.

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Welcome Baby Laverty

Yet another awesome yarn from Mr. Taylor. Absolutely fabulous narration by Mr Keating, as always.