Written on: 09/02/2011 by nikkinoodles (1 review written)
I bought this book on a charity stall. Forget the Antiques Roadshow - this is the best find of my life. I have read McCarthy's Bar no less than five times and I still laugh out loud. My favourite chapter is on the stone circle & his description of his visit to the Spanish bull run. I laughed so hard I nearly wet myself. My only regret is that I didn't get the opportunity to have a drink with him on his visit to Northern Ireland & maybe have made an appearance in this fantastic book. His... (read more)
Written on: 29/10/2010
A fantastic read. I found myself in fits of uncontrollable belly laughter on a flight. I didnt want to put this book down, and ended up rationing myself to a chapter at a time. I felt really sad when it finished. Buy it, read it, love it! (read more)
Written on: 19/05/2008
Very funny. Great sense of humour. Laugh out loud book. (read more)
Written on: 21/07/2006 by degbert (120 reviews written)
It was a sad day on 6th October 2004 when Pete McCarthy left this world; it would have been a delight to see him complete a hat-trick of books, laden with keen observations about people, places and life in general.
Both published books were effectively centred around him finding folk or things that took his family name, and trying to trace the history. A simple contrivance for a story... too simple? Well maybe, but somehow it works.
He meets along the way people who have taken the... (read more)
Written on: 23/03/2005 by mazooka (1 review written)
Pete McCarthy McCarthy's Bar - McCarthy's Bar & The Road to McCarthy are both well worth a read. If you like travelling, meeting interesting characters and a nice pint of Guinness then Pete McCarthy will soon become your friend.
The book isn't so much a travel guide as a humourous look at different sides of Ireland as seen through the witty eyes and ears of the late Pete. I especially enjoyed the part when he visits Lough Derg, having been there twice myself! I thoroughly recommend Pete's...(read more)
Written on: 07/11/2002 by Michelle.
This is well worth a read. It really does make you want to visit Ireland. Very entertaining and highly addictive, you will want more when you have finished it. (read more)
Written on: 19/08/2002 by Gav.
In the book McCarthys Bar by Pete McCarthy, Pete said on one particular stretch of road he found newsagents, antique shops, loads of churches and more bars than all of them put together. Never was a truer word said about Ireland as I should know as a resident myself. (read more)
Written on: 10/06/2002 by Paul.
McCarthys bar includes lots of personal touches that make this book more than just a travelogue. Better than Bryson. (read more)
Written on: 03/05/2002 by Slava.
McCarthy's Bar by Pete McCarthy is one of the best books I have ever read. After reading it I got an impression that I was there with the author. Some say the language is too strong, but what of it??? How else can one describe the rural Ireland? Pete McCarthy knows better, doesn't he?
This book is a good present to anyone who enjoys travelling, appreciates good humour and loves this wonderful country - Ireland. (read more)
Written on: 29/01/2002 by Jane Bates.
Much more than just a pub-crawl diary, 'McCarthys Bar' is very funny, informative and evocative. If you have never visited the west of Ireland, this will make you want to go tomorrow. If you have already visited the area, you will want to go back and see what you missed the first time. Don't lend this book out, as it is so enjoyable no-one wants to part with it...tell your friends to buy their own copy! Brilliant! When's his next visit? (read more)
Written on: 27/01/2002 by susan leake.
McCarthys Bar is a brilliant book, every sentence a gem, very funny. Visited Ireland the previous year 2000 before reading the book and could relate to the people and places. Took the book back 2001 as a travel guide. You don't need to read every sentence twice, but you are compelled to to let the impact of the funny side of it wash over you. I can't wait for Pete McCarthy to write another book on any subject - its bound to be funny. (read more)
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