While most travel writers seek out opportunities to meet the famous--or the infamous--McCarthy has the charming knack of just bumping into them on his rambles, which is how he met Noel Redding, formerly of Jimi Hendrix's band, and the author Frank McCourt. Far more interesting, though, are the eccentric and talkative bachelors and landladies who turn up in pubs, B&Bs, and the middle of the road. McCarthy has mastered the art of getting creatively lost, wandering the back lanes of Ireland where the hype of tourism has yet to arrive, pursuing stone circles, impossibly romantic ruined abbeys, and, of course, pubs. What he discovers is that "In Ireland, the unexpected happens more than you expect," which makes for a hilarious tour through one of the most beautiful, friendly, and quirky places on earth with a comedian who has honed the art of telling a good story and of having fun.--Lesley Reed --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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I gave up reading it by page 100 -- it was boring and pointless! The author has a very cutting and sarcastic humour which I found kind of mean -- it doesn't paint the Irish in a... Read morePublished on March 1 2012 by Pat the cat
It's not often I'm laughing out loud all through a book. As someone toying with an Irish pilgrimage this book has given me things to ponder. Read morePublished on Feb. 20 2004 by S. Welsh
This is an easy hilarious trip by someone who sees life as a joy. Some of the negative reviews are possibly by people who are ultra PC. Read morePublished on Feb. 17 2004 by Brian W Beck
If you've spent any time in Ireland, you will laugh at loud at this book. And for those who haven't been to Ireland, it offers interesting insight.Published on Jan. 29 2004
I've read the other reviews - they are mostly very good. I can see why - there are a lot of laughs in this book and it is accurate. Read morePublished on Dec 23 2003 by mkirksmith
Started to read this book, belonging to our hostess, in Ireland. We laughed out loud so much that we ran out and bought a copy of each of Pete McCarthy's books. Read morePublished on Nov. 16 2003
When I saw the two miserable reviews below from Irish readers I had to counter with a positive one. This is an hilarious read. Read morePublished on Nov. 10 2003 by Rich Rennicks
I think the important thing to know about this book, is that it requires a very dry sense of humour. And it certainly helps if you know the author. Read morePublished on Oct. 3 2003 by Mark R McTrustry