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McCarthy's Bar (2000)

by Pete McCarthy

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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 travel broadcaster, Pete admits that he feels more at home in Ireland than anywhere. To find out whether this is due to rose-coloured spectacles or to a deeper tie with the country of his ancestors, Pete sets off on a trip around Ireland and discovers that it has changed in surprising ways. Firstly obeying the rule 'never pass a pub with your name on it', he encounters McCarthy's bars up and down the land, and meets English hippies, German musicians, married priests and many others. A funny, affectionate look at one of the most popular countries in the world.… (more)
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I really do not believe this book lives up to all the hype and positive reviews. It was readable, but not memorable. ( )
  lynnbyrdcpa | Dec 7, 2020 |
If there is one book that I'm taking to the grave with me, this is it. Read more times than i can count. Hilarious and heartwarming. Wish the author was still with us. ( )
  3argonauta | May 3, 2020 |
Excerpts from my original GR review (Aug 2009):
- More than a pub-hopping journal of western Ireland. Loads of history, consistent humor, seat-of-pants touring advice. Overlaying all this is McCarthy's sense of pilgrimage, of finding the Irishness in himself, as well as in the many foreign visitors immersing in the culture.
- McCarthy had a real social eye. Odd characters are related here with a kind of admiration. (I read a couple chapters at the local Waffle House, perhaps the most affable representation of Ireland I could find close at hand) His ultimate sense of belonging to the land of his forbears comes through, concealed a bit in his comical bent.
- Anyone of Irish descent or with interest in Ireland should enjoy this. ( )
  ThoughtPolice | Sep 5, 2018 |
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  NdunaGirls | Oct 8, 2017 |
This is Pete McCarthy's travelogue and spiritual quest for his roots in Ireland. His observations are wry and telling. His misadventures with old Volvos, German tourists and Irish cows will have you laughing. You don't have to be Irish to enjoy, but everyone is a little bit Irish. ( )
  varielle | Jun 23, 2017 |
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To Irene, Alice, Isabella and Coral
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The harp player had just fallen off the stage and cracked his head on an Italian tourist's pint.
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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 travel broadcaster, Pete admits that he feels more at home in Ireland than anywhere. To find out whether this is due to rose-coloured spectacles or to a deeper tie with the country of his ancestors, Pete sets off on a trip around Ireland and discovers that it has changed in surprising ways. Firstly obeying the rule 'never pass a pub with your name on it', he encounters McCarthy's bars up and down the land, and meets English hippies, German musicians, married priests and many others. A funny, affectionate look at one of the most popular countries in the world.

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