The new Vanishing Ireland book has been short-listed for
Best Irish Published Book of the Year 2013 at the Bord
Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards. If you have enjoyed the
series, we'd be thrilled if you could cast a vote
c/o Irish Book Awards Votes and spread the word.
Winners to be announced on November 26th.
For the past twelve years, historian Turtle Bunbury and
photographer James Fennell have criss-crossed their
native Ireland innumerable times, interviewing and
photographing over 300 people aged between 70 and 108
about the old ways of life.
The fourth and final volume in the ‘Vanishing Ireland’
series was launched in October 2013, with talks by
Turtle in London, Paris, Dublin and Cork. All four books
Since the publication of
the first volume in 2006, the
series has become a household name across Ireland
with the Irish Independent hailing it as 'an invaluable
record of times past'. Three of the books have now
been short-listed for Best Irish Published Book of the
Year, while the third volume was the best-selling
‘Picture Book’ in Ireland at Christmas 2011.
Turtle and James also collaborated on ‘The Irish Pub’, an
ode to the rapidly changing pub scene in rural Ireland,
which inspired a feature length movie of the same name.
Turtle has given talks
on the project in New
London, Chicago, Dublin, Limerick, Dublin, Carlow,
Kilkenny and Monte Carlo.
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The series has enjoyed a series of successful
shows at Smock Alley Theatre and the City Assembly
House, Dublin; Burtown House, Co. Kildare; Cill
Rialaig, Co. Kerry; the Visual Arts Centre in Carlow
& the Hunt Museum in Limerick City.
are available in
Ireland or from Turtle's Amazon Store.
is a best-selling
historian and TV presenter based in Ireland.
He is the founder of Wistorical, an innovative
concept for promoting Irish history globally.
His books include the award-winning Vanishing
Ireland series, Sporting Legends of Ireland, The
Irish Pub and Living in Sri Lanka.
The new Vanishing
Ireland book was short-listed
for Best Irish Published Book of the Year 2013.
Turtle was curator of the 2012 and 2013
History Festival of Ireland.
He is a co-presenter of 'Genealogy
the second series will air on RTE One in Spring 2014.
He was also Newstalk Breakfast's Resident Historian
from June to November 2013.
His work has been
published in The Irish Times,
The Financial Times, The New York Post,
The Australian, The Guardian, Vogue Living,
The World of Interiors and Playboy. Upcoming articles include a travel feature for National
Geographic Traveler in April 2014.
TURTLE ON NEWSTALK
Turtle was Resident Historian on Newstalk Breakfast radio from June to November 2013. Click on the logo above to hear podcasts of his popular 'Hidden Histories' slot.
Wistorical is an innovative concept for promoting local history globally, bringing the past to life through new technology and social media channels.
Wistorical's Facebook Page has enjoyed a powerful first year since its launch in November 2012, with hundreds of new followers every week. Every day, Turtle posts fascinating illustrated stories, highlighting historical and genealogical links between places all around the world.
A second series of the 'Genealogy Roadshow' will air on RTE One in early 2014. In each episode, Turtle teams up with two genealogists to investigate claims by people who believe they have famous or infamous relatives, or that they are connected to a historical event or ancient mystery. The three roadshows took place at Powerscourt, County Wicklow, University College Cork and Lumen Christi College, Derry.
The pioneering series originally aired on RTE1 television in 2011, was repeated twice in 2012 and again in 2013. Produced by Big Mountain, the series is presented by Derek Mooney. PBS America has developed its own version of the Big Mountain format which aired in October 2013. For more details, click here.
(Illustration by Derry Dillon)
HISTORY FESTIVAL OF IRELAND
Turtle was curator of the 2012 ans 2013 History Festival of Ireland. The 2014 History Festival is scheduled for the weekend of 8-9 June. The 2013 festival took place amid the splendid ruins of Duckett’s Grove in County Carlow. Fifty leading historians and thinkers from Ireland, the UK, Canada and the USA contributed to a dazzling array of over 30 debates, discussions, readings and interviews.
Turtle frequently lends his historical expertise to TV documentaries such as 'The Genealogy Roadshow', 'Who Do You Think You Are?' and 'Wogan's Ireland', in which he pondered the drunkenness of the Jacobite troops at the battle of the Boyne with Sir Terry Wogan. He was Resident Historian on Newstalk Breakfast show from June to November 2013.
Turtle has delivered talks on the 'Vanishing Ireland' project, the Dublin Docklands, 'Big House' archives and the history of the Bunbury family to the New York and Chicago chapters of the Irish Georgian Society, as well as the 2013 Poesie and Prose Literary Festival in Paris, the Irish Writers Festival in London, the 2013 St Patrick's Festival (Marsh's Library) in Dublin, the 2012 Tall Ships Festival in Dublin and the Royal Dublin Society.
Tutle is a guest blogger for the Irish Executives on LinkedIn, as well as a frequent contributor to the Discover Ireland website, WorldIrish.com, Irish Family Names, the Wild Geese Blog and the Gathering Ireland 2013 campaign.
He has also talked about inspirational books with Daisy Banks of The Browser.
In 2011, he was the Ireland Fund of Monaco's Writer-in-Residence at the Princess Grace Irish Library.
HISTORY IN A BOOK
Turtle Bunbury is the founder of Your History in a Book, writing privately commissioned corporate and family histories. Each history is extensively researched, stylishly written and beautifully produced as a leather-bound hardback coffee table book, including interviews with family members and family photographs. The innovative concept has been acclaimed by international press such as The Irish Times and The Australian. His corporate clients include Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard, Croke Park and the Dublin Docklands Development Authority.
Dublin Docklands, The Landed Gentry & Aristocracy of County Wicklow and The Landed Gentry of County Kildare are all presently out of print. However, you will find the content of all three books freely available via the 'Published Books' section on the sidebar of this website.
This website has been compiled in the interest of furthering the research and study of both local and international history.