Denis O’Shaughnessy has been writing books about Limerick for the past 25 years, and within their pages he has generally been acknowledged as capturing the character of the city, its nuances, pathos and humour. He has also been a regular contributor to the Irish Times Irishman’s Diary, Ireland’s Own and other publications.
This, his latest book of short stories (his second) is a departure from the norm, but has included several fictional stories with some loosely connected with past happenings in the city. It is an eclectic mix, a boy’s encounter with the Black and Tans, actions of a member of Hitler’s Youth Movement as the Allies swept towards Berlin, a puny chap who thought he had a look of Clarke Gable, a doctor who through his medical clinic tried to introduce the bible to the unbending Catholics of Limerick, and a story of the Viscount Fitzgibbon whose statue on Sarsfield Bridge meets more than eye.
O’Shaughnessy’s books show us the real Limerick. – Richard Harris.
Denis O’Shaughnessy is a storyteller of the first order and like the late Jim Kemmy, is a guardian of Limerick’s past. – Con Houlihan.