Turtle Bunbury

Writer and Historian

Random Quote
Random Date



image title



image title


Turtle Bunbury is a best-selling author, historian, public speaker, content creator and TV presenter based in Ireland. His latest book Ireland's Forgotten Past, a Thames & Hudson publication, was No. 9 in the Irish non-fiction charts on the eve of the horrible pandemic. The postponed book launch will be reconfigured as a celebration once the wicked virus has been slain.

Turtle's 2019 book Adare Manor - Renaissance of an Irish Country House focuses on the history and rebirth of the 2026 Ryder Cup venue. He is presently working on a second book for Adare Manor.

His other 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.'

In the summer of 2021, Turtle will oversee the second phase of the Past Tracks project, bringing a dash of historical colour to cheer up commuters at 50 railway stations across Ireland. He is also the curator of a historical exhibitions on show at Cork City airport.

Turtle's 2020 speaking events are presently up in the air. He spoke at the 2019 Chalke Valley History Festival; All Together Now 2019; the Norman Invasion 850 in Bannow; the 2018 All-State Circle of Champions in Ireland; the St Patrick's Day Festival 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 2018.

He appeared alongside actress Mandy Moore on the 2018 US series of 'Who Do You Think You Are?' He co-presented two series of the 'Genealogy Roadshow' for RTE and is a frequent guest on Nationwide. He is the founder of Wistorical, an innovative concept for promoting Irish history globally. He also co-founded the History Festival of Ireland.

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

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 Infidelity, which the Irish Independent describes as 'a funny, escapist novel full of quirky twists and turns that leaves you wanting more.'



image title             image title    

image title


image title











image title



facebook vanishing ireland







Click here to follow Turtle on Wordpress


This website has been compiled in the interest of furthering the research and study of both local and international history.