Diarmuid Scully was born and raised in Limerick city. A graduate of the University of Limerick, he worked for a time in the United States, South Africa and Britain before returning home in 1996.
A member of the city council for the last ten years, he was elected Mayor of Limerick in 2005. He is a frequent commentator in the local and national media on issues pertaining to his native city.
He lives with his wife Ruth and their two sons, Michael and Ferdia, in Lynwood Park on Singland Hill -
On the morning of August 9 th 1690 the most powerful army in Europe, personally led by William Prince of Orange, blasted a 300 foot gap in the walls of Limerick and marched into the city. 30,000 professional soldiers drawn from all across Northern Europe fought their way through the narrow streets against just 8.000 badly trained and poorly armed defenders.
Only one outcome seemed possible.
But that was not to reckon with the women of Limerick. Arming themselves with kitchen knives, cobblestones and broken bottles they charged the invading army with such ferocity that they stopped it in its tracks and gave their men-
This novel sets out to tell the story of the men and women who fought at Limerick. It does so both through the lives of the ordinary citizens and soldiers, and those of the better known historical figures of the time -
It begins with the arrival of the Irish army at Limerick on July 8th defeated and demoralised after the Battle of the Boyne, and takes the story forward to August 9 th and the heroic stand of the defenders of Limerick -
The raid at Ballyneety and the Siege itself form the major set pieces of the book. but it also gives a sense of the conflict as it was experienced by those within the city walls and perhaps explains how it was that the inhabitants of the poorest and most disadvantaged part of a divided city became its saviours in its hour of need.