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  • An Irish Country Novel
  • Written by: Patrick Taylor
  • Narrated by: John Keating
  • Length: 13 hrs and 5 mins
  • 4.9 out of 5 stars (21 ratings)

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An Irish Country Welcome

Written by: Patrick Taylor
Narrated by: John Keating
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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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Another Great Addition..

I am sorry I am almost at the end of this wonderful book series. I love all who are in and about Ballybucklebo.

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How can this series keep getting better

This book and indeed the whole series is balm for the soul and funny bone. It’s colourful and complicated characters continually surprise and each book adds new and interesting problems. This is no treacly sweet series yet is positive and delightful reading. I’ve got the entire series on ebooks and hard copy Trust me, it’s impossible to get road rage when driving and listening. I love the narration as well and the added Irish language sayings at the back of the books can be helpful. The series are now being read and passed ago to my GenX children and their friends now as well. As the Irish say it contains “ a thousand welcomes”.

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  • J. Vermuth
  • 2021-10-22

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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  • Sandra
  • 2021-02-27

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

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  • Marshall R. Hudson-knapp
  • 2023-01-23

Story and narration we’ve come to expect.

Another engaging story with new characters to keep the story line fresh. A compassionate treatment of the turmoil in Ireland in the seventies.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2022-12-14

Absolutely Delightful

This series of stories have touched on so many aspects of the human experience. I feel like I know these people. There is one more book in this collection. I dread coming to the end of this wonderful collection of Patrick Taylor books.

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  • Ann McDonald
  • 2022-09-25

The Best Series Ever!

I loved all 16 books! I wish there were 16 more! I'm going to miss all the people in the story. they have become friends.

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  • mSmith2629
  • 2022-05-27

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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  • Karla Winans
  • 2022-03-20

Love this series

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

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  • Theirry
  • 2022-01-13

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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  • Colorado Cowgirl
  • 2021-09-26

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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  • Ann
  • 2021-09-05

Love this series

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