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 that has your name on it," he encounters McCarthy's bars up and down the land, meeting fascinating people before pleading to be let out at four o'clock in the morning.

Written by someone who is at once an insider and an outside, McCarthy's Bar is a wonderfully funny and affectionate portrait of a rapidly changing country.

Title:McCarthy's Bar: A Journey of Discovery in Ireland
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780312311339
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  • Melki

    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.A...

  • Terry

    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...

  • Rebecca

    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 ...

  • Tony Kearney

    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...

  • Faith

    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...

  • Ken Magee

    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 o...

  • Dale

    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 mishea...

  • Jon Nikrich

    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."...

  • Ken Magee

    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 o...

  • Brittanie

    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 I...