McCarthy's Bar: A Journey of Discovery in Ireland

McCarthy's Bar: A Journey of Discovery in Ireland

The #1 Irish Bestseller Despite the many exotic places Pete McCarthy has visited, he finds that nowhere else can match the particular magic of Ireland, his mother's homeland. In McCarthy's Bar, his journey begins in Cork and continues along the west coast to Donegal in the north. Traveling through spectacular landscapes, but at all times obeying the rule, "never pass a bar The #1 Irish Bestseller Despite the many exotic places Pete McCarthy has visited, he finds that nowhere else can ma...

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Title:McCarthy's Bar: A Journey of Discovery in Ireland
Author:Pete McCarthy
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Genres:Travel
ISBN:McCarthy's Bar: A Journey of Discovery In Ireland
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:338 pages pages

McCarthy's Bar: A Journey of Discovery in Ireland Reviews

  • Crystal
    Mar 15, 2009
    This book was a lot of fun. I didn't know much about Ireland, other than that it was green and pretty and associated with a lot of drinking and friendly people...so it was really interesting learning a little bit more about it, and getting a visual for what the people, culture, and lan...
  • Brittanie
    Jul 27, 2011
    This was a wildly entertaining book. A lot of people here have complained that McCarthy is "too English" for this to be a good book about Ireland but I think that's why I enjoyed it so much. I'm not Irish (unless you count ancestry like just about everyone else in America does) so this...
  • Dale
    Aug 21, 2008
    So here's a book that my wife recommended which was also read and enjoyed by her parents - and not just because of an affinity created by the fact that the McCaffrey family often has their name misheard, mispronounced and mistranscribed as McCarthy. More likely it's simply that they've...
  • Rebecca
    Sep 02, 2007
    As a former travel writer for a magazine, you would think I would read more travel writing. But I don't... I never find myself as invested in the characters within nonfiction as I do with fiction, so I've stayed away. While studying for two months in Ireland and staying weekends wi...
  • Barbra
    Aug 15, 2010
    I loved this book - it was laughing-out-loud funny and a really good travel book about Ireland. It's observant, thought-provoking and thoroughly enjoyable. Back Cover Blurb: Never Pass a Bar That Has Your Name On It, says the eighth rule of travel: a very rewarding rule if your nam...
  • Karen Sawyer
    Mar 10, 2008
    An essential companion when travelling in Ireland. This is one of my all-time favourite books. I took this book with me to read the first time I went on holiday to Ireland (in a camper van with my husband, 4 kids and a dog). It's exceptionally funny, very sweet, and has loads of very i...
  • Beejay
    Sep 05, 2018
    Loved this one. Just a fantastic read, parts of which stay with you for a long, long time - it's years since I read it - and you find yourself quoting lines that make no sense to anybody who hasn't had the pleasure of Pete McCarthy's book. A wonderfully engaging book that delivers humo...
  • Sharon
    Jun 04, 2011
    Just one of McCarthy's travel rules was "never pass a bar that has your name on it". The author was raised in England but visited his Mother's homeland, Ireland each year. As an adult, he felt more Irish then English so he traveled through Ireland looking to validate his "Irishness". T...
  • Annalee
    Jan 05, 2009
    This has been on my shelf gathering dust for yonks so I thought I'd finally give it a go. It is ok, it's amusing and in places laugh-out-loud funny. McCarthy takes us with him on a seeingly random journey around bits of Ireland in the early 'noughties' (the year 2000 to be exact), h...
  • Terry
    Oct 20, 2008
    I was really sad to learn that Pete McCarthy had died. I really felt I was going to spend the rest of my life armchair traveling with him and laugh myself silly. The only book EVER to have me laughing out loud whilst sitting having a quiet drink. Apart from the humour you take the jour...
  • Discoverylover
    Jan 03, 2009
    "Pete McCarthy's tale of his hilarious trip around Ireland has gained thousands of fans all over the world. Pete was born in Warrington to an Irish mother and an English father and spent happy summer holidays in Cork. Years later, reflecting on the many places he has visited as a trave...
  • Faith
    Dec 26, 2009
    I finally gave up on it about halfway through. There were lots of funny parts, and I enjoyed reading those, but I'd had enough of the "Tourism is horrible, except when I'M the tourist" attitude. Maybe I'm biased because I have a degree in tourism, but I'm so over people (not just this ...
  • Tony Kearney
    Mar 31, 2009
    I went to see my doctor today. He examined me and then told me that I may have two cracked ribs and a problem with my lower back. I told him that both my knees were painful, and my jaw ached. He asked me if I had been playing extreme sports, like boxing, or if I had taken a nasty fall....
  • Kasa Cotugno
    Mar 14, 2018
    Although I read this years ago, I remember its warmth and humor. Never walk by a bar that bears your name. ...
  • Elizabeth Quinn
    Sep 02, 2009
    I discovered this book in a shop in Roundstone during a trip to Ireland in May 2008. McCarthy, who died in 2004, was the son of an English father and Irish mother who spent many boyhood vacations in Ireland and returned as a man and well-known British travel writer with the 8th rule of...
  • Morticia Adams
    Jan 14, 2011
    Not the best travelogue I?ve read on Ireland (Mark McCrum?s The Craic is much better, and owes less to Bill Bryson), but it has some entertaining moments and is engagingly written. There is some smashing of stereotypes (the Irish prefer pop music to diddly diddly), but others are r...
  • Rich Meyrick
    Feb 20, 2019
    Simply marvellous! ...
  • Stefanie
    Apr 27, 2015
    McCarthy is a lonely / sad British man with a distaste for Americans, which resulted in my rolling my eyes a few times through the narrative, but overall it was a solidly humorous account of his solo travels across Ireland. He visited tiny towns and tourist traps and drank impressive q...
  • Melki
    Mar 17, 2017
    Ireland, I remark, is a country with so many stories to tell. 'Yes,' he says. 'And some of them are true.' In his travels, Pete McCarthy held one rule - . . . never pass a bar that has your name on it. And in this enjoyable trip to the Emerald Isle, he did not pass many bars...
  • Ken Magee
    Jan 22, 2016
    Every author needs inspiration and Pete McCarthy inspired me. McCarthy's Bar is a fantastically gentle and funny book; it grabs you from the first page. It documents his travels along the west coast of Ireland reminding those who have been what a wonderful journey that is, and making t...
  • Ken Magee
    Nov 09, 2011
    Every author needs inspiration and Pete McCarthy inspired me. McCarthy's Bar is a fantastically gentle and funny book; it grabs you from the first page. It documents his travels along the west coast of Ireland reminding those who have been what a wonderful journey that is, and making t...
  • Georgie
    Jan 09, 2013
    I picked up this book expecting it to be about the author travelling around Ireland and visiting various bars with the name 'McCarthy' and learning about Ireland and the Irish. Which it is to an extent, but the further I got into the book, the more it became more like the autobiography...
  • Sandra
    Nov 03, 2012
    Non sono mai stata in Irlanda e sinceramente non è mai stata una meta da considerare tra i miei viaggi: io sono più "mediterranea" e amo poco i paesi nordici. Però devo dire che, grazie alla simpatia e allo humour dell'autore e alla bellezza dei paesaggi descritti nel libro, un pens...
  • Michael
    Apr 30, 2014
    The author, Pete McCarthy was born in England to an Irish mother and an English father and in this book he records his trip in Ireland from Cork in the south of Ireland through to the west and then up north to Donegal. He is observant, intelligent and enjoys meeting people, many of who...
  • Cheryl
    Jun 25, 2013
    3.5/5 stars I enjoyed this journey across many parts of Ireland -- some I have visited and some I have not -- and the author's quest to understand why he feels at home in Ireland. I enjoyed the stories of his family and friends and his childhood summers in Cork and the weird random ...
  • Plum-crazy
    Oct 16, 2017
    What a disappointment!! The build up to this book was big...."a wonderfully funny journey"..."...unrelentingly funny...".....& "Bryson without the boring bits". Well I like Bryson so I expected to enjoy this but those expectations were soon dashed. Okay, I guess it was amusing e...
  • Joel Kimmel
    Jun 04, 2018
    I read this book while in Ireland for three weeks and it provided a lot of insight into the country, its history, and the state of tourism there, all while being very enjoyable. Lots of good laughs too. ...
  • Jon Nikrich
    Apr 15, 2019
    Some amusing tales and a handful of very funny stories. My favorite line is "I like reading in a pub rather than a library or a study, as it's generally much easier to get a drink." ...
  • Sourojit Das
    Dec 12, 2017
    I've read a few books on travel in Britain recently, and I'd say this one warmed the cockles of my heart. Written in the same tone as some Bill Bryson, but definitely more entertaining. Every non-teetotaler needs to give this one a read. ...
  • Patrick Barry
    Oct 19, 2018
    A man born in England to an English father and an Irish mother seeks a sense of belonging he has not found in Britain. So he spends a season in Ireland to see whether he has a sense of belonging there or whether he is just a victim of the ruthless marketing of sentimental Irishness. He...