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McCarthy's Bar by Pete McCarthy
Published by Hodder & Stoughton, 2000

Pete McCarthy was born in England to an English father and an Irish mother. The summers of his childhood were spent in Cork and this gave him a sense of affinity with Ireland. In "McCarthy's Bar" he recounts his travels from Cork to Donegal. His rule of never passing a pub with the name "McCarthy" on it leads to some interesting situations!

"McCarthy's Bar" is a funny, light-hearted book. It is an easy read with many "laugh-out-loud" moments. It is an affectionate look at a way of life that is fast disappearing in many parts of rural Ireland. The author explores his strong sense of belonging in a country, which is not his native home. An enjoyable and amusing read. Recommended.

Reviewed by a local Book Club