Turtle Bunbury

Writer and Historian

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Turtle Bunbury is a best-selling author, historian, public speaker, content creator and TV presenter based in Ireland.

His books include the award-winning Vanishing Ireland series, Easter Dawn (2015), The Glorious Madness - Tales
of the Irish & the Great War
(short-listed for Best Irish-published Book of the Year 2014) and 1847 - A Chronicle of
Genius, Generosity & Savagery
, which Oscar-nominated film director Lenny Abrahamson describes as 'vivid, surprising,
hugely entertaining; an unforgettable encounter with an extraordinary year.'

His next book Adare Manor - Renaissance of an Irish Country House focuses on the history and rebirth of
the 2026 Ryder Cup venue and will be published in December 2019.

This will be followed by Ireland's Forgotten Past, a Thames & Hudson publication, in Spring 2020.

He has recently spoken at the 2019 Chalke Valley History Festival; All Together Now 2019;
the Norman Invasion 850 in Bannow; the 2018 Allstate Circle of Champions in Ireland; the St Patrick's Day
in Savannah, Georgia; Hinterland; the Borris Festival of Writing & Ideas and the IBAM Celebration in Chicago.
He spoke in Munich about the life of Lola Montez in November 2018.

He appeared alongside actress Mandy Moore on the 2018 US series of 'Who Do You Think You Are?'

Turtle is the curator of two historical exhibitions on show at St Peter's Church, Cork City, Ireland, throughout 2019.

Turtle also specialises in writing corporate, family and house histories.






On show at St Peter's Church, Cork, throughout 2018, 'A City By The Sea' offers a whistle-stop journey through Cork’s long and extraordinary maritime history, while 'Cork 1918' looks at the city as it was 100 years ago. Curated by Turtle, the show is replete with colourful tales of the pirates, patriots, emigrants, heroines, chancers and warriors who sailed upon the Lee and beheld this majestic harbour in ages past.


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Turtle co-hosted 'Ireland Salutes John Henry Foley', an afternoon of talks and debate at Dublin Castle in honour of the influential Irish sculptor.

He penned his first 'Irishman's Diary' column for the Irish Times in January 2018.

A past winner of Ireland's Long Haul Travel Journalist of the Year Award, his work has been published in National Geographic Traveler, The Daily Beast, The World of Interiors, Playboy, The Financial Times, The New York Post, The Australian, Inspirato, The Guardian and Vogue Living.

Turtle is married to the novelist and PR guru Ally Bunbury, author of The Inheritance and, her latest work, Infidelity, which the Irish Independent describes as 'a funny, escapist novel full of quirky twists and turns that leaves you wanting more.'

Turtle co-presented two series of the 'Genealogy Roadshow' for RTE. He is the founder of Wistorical, an innovative concept for promoting Irish history globally. He also co-founded the History Festival of Ireland.



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