Turtle was one of the main presenters of the Genealogy
for two seasons. The TV series aired on RTE One between 2011 and
2014. In each of the seven episodes, Turtle teamed up with two
genealogists to investigate claims by people who believed they have
famous or infamous relatives, or that they were connected to a
historical event or long-standing mystery.
The series was produced by Big
Mountain and inspired PBS America
to develop its own version of the format, the fourth series of
which will air in 2017.
THE GREAT WAR ROADSHOW
Over the course of 2016, Turtle has been touring Ireland with the
Paths to Freedom Roadshow. This follows on from the Great War
Roadhsow of 2014-2015 which saw him speak at events in Boyle,
Kells, Tallaght, Clonegal, Greystones, Dublin City, Thurles and Cavan.
fellow lecturers include Myles Dungan,
John O'Keefe, Ciaran Wallace, Gordon Power & Damian Shiels.
HISTORY FESTIVAL OF IRELAND
Turtle was co-founder of the History Festival of Ireland
and curated the event in 2012 and 2013. In 2016 the event
was incorporated into the Festival of Writing and Ideas
at Borris House.
(Illustration by Derry Dillon)
Turtle frequently lends his historical
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 the late Sir Terry Wogan (above). He
co-scripted and researched the award-nominated
documentary 'John Henry Foley - Sculptor of
the Empire'. He was Resident Historian on
Newstalk Breakfast show from June to December 2013.
Turtle had been a keynote speaker at many events, including:
2016 IBAM Chicago
2016 Cruise Europe Conference
2016 Paths to Freedom Roadshow
2016 Chicago Irish Consul - Easter 1916
2016 Transatlantic Conference
2015 Web Summit
2015 Ireland Exhibition at Chicago's Art Institute
2013 Poesie and Prose Literary Festival, Paris
2013 Irish Writers Festival, London
2013 St Patrick's Festival (Marsh's Library), Dublin
2012 Tall Ships Festival, Dublin,
2012 Royal Dublin Society
2012 New York & Chicago chapters, Irish Georgian Society.
He 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.
This website has been compiled in the interest of furthering
the research and study of both local and international history.
Turtle is a best-selling
and TV presenter
Ireland. His latest book 1847 – A Chronicle of Genius, Generosity and Savagery
(Gill) smashed into Ireland's Top Ten Non-Fiction charts at No. 8. This happened just
five days after its launch in Dublin with a magnificent performance of 'The City of
Chicago' by Luka Bloom. All books available that night sold out.
The 2016 Oscar-nominated director Lenny Abrahamson writes: "I’ve always loved
Turtle’s writing, the wit and heartbeat in his history. "1847" is, for me, the best thing
he has done so far. It is vivid, surprising, hugely entertaining; an unforgettable
encounter with an extraordinary year.”
Turtle's previous books include Easter
Dawn (2015), The
Tales of the Irish & the Great War (short-listed for Best Irish-published Book of
the Year 2014) and the award- winning Vanishing Ireland series.
Turtle presented talks on his '1847' and 'Vanishing Ireland' books at
the Irish Books Arts & Music Celebration in Chicago in October 2016.
A past winner of Ireland's Long Haul Travel
Journalist of the Year Award, his work has
been published in National Geographic Traveler, The World of Interiors, Playboy, The
Irish Times, The Financial Times, The New York Post, The Australian, Inspirato, The
Guardian and Vogue Living.
Turtle is a
founder of Wistorical, an
innovative concept for promoting Irish history globally, and a regular guest on Irish
radio. He also co-founded the History Festival of Ireland.
EASTER DAWN - THE 1916 RISING
" A beautiful and workmanlike addition
to Turtle Bunbury’s
collection of well-researched and lavishly illustrated
coffee table history books ... a mixture of sound
history with vivid and sometimes intimate detail."
Socialist History, April 2016.
“Possibly the best-seller of the centennial ...
the whole story easily told and illustrated by
a brilliant populariser.'
Books Ireland, 2015.
"A handsome hardback with many fine and rare images
... a fine survey of Easter week 1916."
RTE Guide, 2015.
THE GLORIOUS MADNESS
TALES OF THE IRISH & THE GREAT WAR
Turtle's book 'The Glorious Madness - Tales of the Irish
'A perfect symbiosis between text and images -
similarity affectionate, respectful, humorous, slightly
melancholic but never sentimental or nostalgic. This
is invaluable social history'.
'This is a
beautiful and remarkably simple book
will melt the hardest of hearts. Bunbury has a light
writing style that lets his interviewees, elderly folk
from around the country, tell their stories without
interference. It's neither patronising nor overly
romantic about the past; just narrating moving
tales ... The portraits by Fennell are striking, warm
and dignified, with a feeling of being
invited into people's lives'.
The Sunday Times
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In 2001, Turtle and
embarked on the first of many adventures,
criss-crossing Ireland to interview and
photograph people born in the first decades
of the 20th century. With over 300 such
interviews under their belt, their findings have
been published in a series of beautiful,
best-selling & critically coffee table books.
The Vanishing Ireland series is now a
name across Ireland; the Irish Independent hailed
it as 'an invaluable record of times past'.
Three volumes were short-listed for
Best Irish Published Book of the Year.
Turtle & James also collaborated on
‘The Irish Pub’, an ode to the rapidly
changing pub scene in rural Ireland.
Turtle has given talks
on the project in New
Paris, London, Chicago, Dublin, Limerick, Carlow,
Cork, Kilkenny and Monte Carlo.
An exhibition at Castletown House, Co. Kildare,
runs until Oct 2016.
The series enjoyed a run of successful
Burtown House, Co. Kildare;
Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin
City Assembly House, Dublin;
Cill Rialaig, Co. Kerry;
Visual Arts Centre, Carlow;
Hunt Museum, Limerick City.