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.
""The funniest book I've read this year.""--John Walsh, The Independent (U.K.)
""A travelogue of Ireland told through great set pieces and jokes...The author seems to have a natural aptitude for meeting funny, strange, and fascinating people. This book will make you laugh out loud.""--The Irish News (Belfast)
""McCarthy's Bar is so unrelentingly funny it needs to be taken in small doses...When it comes to playing stooge in ridiculous travel situations, he makes Michael Palin look shy and Bill Bryson positively somber.""--The Australian