Turtle Bunbury

Writer and Historian

 
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CHRONOLOGY

This is a chronology of some of the main events in Turtle's career in recent years.

(See also Media Highlights and Talks)

 

2018

March 20: Turtle to speak to the Irish Heritage Society of Sun City-Hilton Head in Bluffton, South Carolina.

March 19: Turtle to deliver Seventh Annual Distinguished Lecture in Irish Studies at Georgia Southern University campus in Statesboro.

March 17 (evening): Turtle to deliver St Patrick's Day talk to Hibernian Society in Savannah, Georgia.

March 16: Turtle pencilled in to speak at the Charleston Library Society, the second oldest private library in the USA, founded in 1748.

 

2017

Dec 13 (Wed): The Hidden Story to deliver story-telling course in Wexford County Council, Carricklawn, Wexford, from 9.30 am to 5.30 pm.

Nov 30 (Thurs): The Hidden Story to deliver story-telling course in Wexford County Council, Carricklawn, Wexford, from 9.30 am to 5.30 pm.

Nov 17: Turtle to present '1847 - A Chronicle of Genius, Generosity & Savagery' at Ballyvolane House, County Cork.

Nov 14: Turtle to presents talks on 'The Great War' and 'Vanishing Ireland' to Year II Diploma students at University College Cork.

Nov 2 (Thurs): Turtle to speak at Myles Dungan's Great War Roadshow in Cavan.

Oct 7 (Sat, 10:15am): Turtle to present entitled 'Around the World in 1847' as the keynote speech at the annual seminar of the County Kildare Federation of Local History Groups. The event will take place in the Celbridge Hunting Room of Castletown House.

Sept 24: Turtle's article on Little Al Cashier, the woman for Louth who served in the US Civil War, published by the Daily Beast and scores at least 45,000 views to become the second most visited story on the site that day.

Sept 20: Turtle presents 'Vanishing Ireland' to the West Wicklow Historical Society in in Timmins's Bar, Baltinglass.

Sept 1: Turtle's article on Little Al Cashier, the woman for Louth who served in the US Civil War, published in Irish Daily Mail.

Aug 17: Turtle's article on Niall Power published in Irish Daily Mail.

Aug 1: Niall Power's book launch profiled in the Kilkenny People.

July 26: Turtle delivers a rapid history of innovation and creativity in the Dublin Docklands to the Accenture Ninjas, followed by a pint in the Long Hall.

July 25: Turtle joins Ronan Collins in launching Niall Power's book 'Timing is Everything' at The Field (with Rob Strong) in Kilkenny; Turtle's article on the remarkable soldier Flora Sandes appears in the Irish Daily Mail.

July 22: Turtle Bunbury's History Festival of Ireland cited as a model for the inaugural West Cork History Festival at Rosebank, a dower house of the Lissard Estate just outside Skibbereen.

July 20: Turtle reviews 'A Bloody Night - The Irish at Rorke's Drift' by Dan Harvey for Irish Daily Mail.

June 26: Turtle delivers post-breakfast lecture on 'A Brief History of Ireland' to the Guardian Life Insurance Company's Top Gun Travelers at the K-Club, Straffan, County Kildare, with an introduction by Peter Cook.

June 23: Turtle presents a lecture on '1847' at the Hinterland Festival of Literature & Arts in Kells, Co. Meath. Ally Bunbury also reads from 'The Inheritance and other works, including Diana Athill, while other performers at the festival include Matthew Spangler, Glen Gendzel, Ian Cobain, John Bowman, Sinead Crowley, Myles Dungan and Nerys Williams.

June 14: Turtle delivers lecture on Carlow Castle and Myler FitzHenry to the William Marshall Tour in Ireland at the Visual Art Centre in Carlow.

June 13: Turtle presents an after dinner talk on the Elizabethan antics of the Wingfield family, Viscounts Powerscourt, to the WIngfield Society at Salterbridge, Cappoquin, County Waterford.

June 11: Turtle hosts 'Remarkablke Years’ at Festival of Writing & Ideas 2017, Borris House, County Carlow, alongside Rick Stroud, Rowan Somerville and Margaret MacMillan. Other acts performing at the festival include Sebastian Barry, Roddy Doyle, Lemn Sissay, Emmet Kirwan, Catherine FitzGerald, Tim Smit, Max Porter, John Stanistreet, John Hegarty, Edmund White, Jo Berry, John Boyne and Artemis Cooper.

June 4-5: Turtle escorts Aramark board of directors on tour of Dublin City.

June 4: Turtle delivers a talk on the Anglo-Norman invasion of Ireland to the William Marshall Tour at the Brookwood restaurant in Dublin.

May 30: Turtle guest stars on 'When Diplomacy Fails' podcast with Zack Twamley.

May 22: Irish Independent gives 'The Inheritance' the thumbs up. "Pitched as 'The Devil Wears Prada meets Bridget Jones' this sparkling debut novel embodies the best of both. Bunbury, take a bow."

May 20: Turtle presents after-dinner talk to 90 senior international travel editors and writers at the Travel Classics International Writers Conferences 2017 in the Medieval Mile Museum in Kilkenny. The Irish Daily Mail publishes a major feature by Turtle exposing the manner in which Ireland's oldest road has been harvested for peat compost.

May 14: The 'Genealogy Roadshow' TV series commences another airing on RTE televsion, with Turtle as co-presenter.

May 5: Irish Daily Mail publishes Turtle's article on Samuel Clayton, an Irish Freemason who was convicted of forgery in 1815 and transported to Sydney where he engraved the first bank notes of New South Wales.

May 4: Turtle presents 'A Brief History of Ireland – North and South” to the Securian Financial Group (USA) at the Europe Hotel, Killarney, Co Kerry.

May 3: Ally discusses the inspiration behind 'The Inheritance' with the Kilkea Literary Society.

May 2: Turtle launches "Forger Freemason Freeman: Samuel Clayton" by Margaret Smith at the Freemason's Hall, in Molesworth Street, Dublin, in conjunction with Richard Andrews, Australian Ambassador to Ireland.

April 29: Irish Independent describes 'The Inheritance' as " Jane Austen spiked with a dash of 'Made in Chelsea'."

April 27: Article on Strokestown estate and the Europa Nostra Award 2017 appears in Irish Daily Mail.

April 13: Turtle brings delegation from the Young Presidents' Organization (YPO) on a tour of Dublin City.

April 12: Turtle makes afternoon outing into Dublin Bay courtesy of Pat Ward.

April 8: Sasha Sykes 'Pieces of Me' features in the Irish Times.

 

April 5: Turtle presents ‘The McClintock Story: Loch Lomond to Drumcar’ at Bellingham Castle, Castlebellingham, Co. Louth, as a fund-raiser for Drumcar church and lychgate. The event was hosted by the Annagassan & District Historical Society.

April 3: Turtle presents 'Ancient, Sacred Sites' to the Lingaun Valley group in Kilkieran Cottage, Co. Kilkenny, as part of the Hidden Story's project to boost the valley's credentials with the Ireland's Ancient East initiative. Ally is interviewed on 'The Six O'Clock Show' on TV3 by Martin King and Samantha Mumba about her new book; she is introduced as Ireland's answer to Jilly Cooper.

April 2: Ally and Turtle's romance runs as Andrea Smith's 'Bondings' feature in the Sunday Independent; the Sunday Times pick up on Ally's bonk-busting headline in Carlow Nationalist.

March 29: Official launch of 'City by the Sea: A Maritime History of Cork' at St Peter's Church, Cork City, by Des Cahill, Lord Mayor of Cork. Turtle, the curator of the exhibition, also gives a speech, shortly before he is interviewed for the 'Local Legend' slot by Dave MacArdle on Red FM. The launch is sponsored by Bertha's Revenge milk gin.

March 28: "Ally Bunbury's Best-Selling Bonkbuster" makes the front page of the Carlow Nationalist.

March 23: An interview with Bernadette Phillips airs on TCRfm 'The World In View' Show.

March 18: Turtle presents 'Incredible Stories of the Irish Abroad' at EPIC - The Irish Emigration Museum in the chq Building, Custom House Quay, Dublin, as part of the St. Patrick's Festival. Earlier that day he enjoys a 15-minute radio interview with Dave Fanning on 2FM, discussing his book '1847', his career as a travel writer, what it was like to grow up at Lisnavagh and homing in on the subject of his EPIC Ireland talk.

March 13: Turtle interviewed about the Irish abroad by Angela Faull on CRC 102.9fm.

March 12: 'The Inheritance' by Ally Bunbury is No. 9 in Ireland's original non-fiction chart; articles appear in Examiner and Irish Times online.

March 5: Ally and Turtle feature in Victoria Mary Clarke's column in the Sunday Independent.

March 4: Ally Bunbury profiled in The Gloss (The Irish Times).

March 2: Launch of 'The Inheritance' by Ally Bunbury (Poolbeg) at the Royal Hibernian Academy, 15 Ely Place, Dublin 2. Over 180 attendees show up and book sales through Dubray come in at about 160 copies by the close of the event.

Feb 16: Turtle launches the Kilkenny Whiskey Guild at the Medieval Mile Museum in St. Mary's, Kilkenny.

Feb 15: Turtle presents 'The Fighting Irish' at a SSAFA fundraiser in the Oak Room at the Mansion House, Dublin, raising €1950.

Feb 10: Turtle's article on the Big Snow of 1947 is the cover story of Ireland's Own magazine.

Jan 17: Turtle interviewed about '1847' by Angela Faull on CRC 102.9fm.

Jan 6: Turtle delivers after-dinner talk to Balfarm farmers at Lisnavagh.

Jan 3: Turtle's story of aviator and war hero Arthur Corrie Lewin features on Journal.ie

Jan 1: Gold star review of '1847' in Books Ireland magazine - 'consistently entertaining, thoroughly researched and a pleasure to read'.

2016

Dec 18: Turtle guests on Newstalk's 'Talking History' show. The host Patrick Geoghegan describes '1847' as "... the book that I have been buying for my friends this Christmas … a very entertaining read indeed … a brilliant read, an incredible insight into what was going on around the world in the darkest year in Irish history." Click here for more; the relevant chat comprises the last 10 minutes of the show.

Dec 9: Turtle is guest speaker at Netgear's Christmas dinner party at Luttrellstown Castle; Turtle's feature about a trip with his daughters on the Rath Wood Santa Train appears in the Irish Daily Mail.

Dec 8: Launch of Trinity Tales in the Long Room, Trinity College Dublin; Turtle is one of the contributors.

Dec 7: Turtle presents a brief history of the Lingaun River Valley in Tullahought Community Hall, COunty Kilkenny.

Nov 26: Turtle profiled in The Irish Times Home & Property section, with nods to Sasha Sykes, Dan Shaw-Smith, Sylvia Drew, an Ikea map of the world and a giraffe-length bathtub.

Nov 17: Turtle presents '1847 - A Chronicle of Genius, Generosity and Savagery' to Blessington Historical Society, County Wicklow, Ireland.

Nov 16: Turtle attends Irish Book Awards as honorary guest of Eason's Books.

Nov 13: Turtle presents talks on 1847 and the 'Vanishing Ireland' project to Year II Diploma students in the Geography Building at University College Cork.

Nov 10: Turtle's take on Donald Trump's electoral victory in among those published in The Irish Times.

Nov 4: Launch at Hodges Figgis of What If? A Chronicle of What Might Have Been, edited and illustrated by Annie West, in which Turtle is one of 24 contributors.

Oct 26: Turtle participates in Gradlink mentoring programme at Trinity College Dublin's School of Histories & Humanities. This coincides with a short feature on him in 'Trinity Today' magazine; Lenny Abrahamson is on the cover of the same edition.

Oct 20: Turtle interviewed about 1847 by Declan Meeny for the Morning Show on East Coast FM.

Oct 18: Ballyfin House, Co. Laois, voted No. 1 by Condé Nast Traveler in its 2016 Readers’ Choice Awards for the Top 50 Hotels in the World.

Oct 16: Turtle presents 'Vanishing Ireland - A Photographic Record of the Old Ways and the Old Days' at the Irish Books Arts & Music Celebration in Chicago.

Oct 15: Turtle is one of the headliners at the Irish Books Arts & Music Celebration which takes place in the Irish-American Center on Knox Avenue, Chicago. In one afternoon, he presented '1847 - A Chronicle of Genius, Generosity and Savagery, then participated in "Tea with our Literary Titans" alongside JFK expert William Doyle and crime writer Ken Bruen, before sitting on a Panel Debate entitled "What does it mean to be an Irish writer?" alongside Messrs. Doyle, Bruen and Ruan O'Donnell.

Oct 13: Turtle attends gala dinner of the Irish Georgian Society in Chicago.

Oct 7: Turtle on the panel for 'An Evening For Book Lovers' with Deirdre Purcell, Mary O'Rourke and Caroline Grace Cassidy; Rick O'Shea of 2FM is the interviewer. The event took place at the Royal College of Physicians in Dublin, and was a charity event in association with Eason's Book Club to raise funds for Our Lady's Children's Hospital, Crumlin.

October 4: '1847' smashes into Top Ten charts at No. 8, just five days after its launch. Bruce Springsteen tops the chart.

October 1: Turtle presents 'Easter Dawn' at the Paths to Freedom Roadshow in Carrick-on-Shannon, County Leitrim. He later presents 'Creative Sparks - The Cast of the Easter Rising' at the Muse of Yeats Festival in Rossnaree House, County Meath.

September 29: The Dublin launch of Turtle's new book '1847 - A Chronicle of Genius, Generosity and Savagery' is a sell-out, capped by a magnificent rendition of 'The City of Chicago' by Luka Bloom.

September 26: Turtle interviewed about '1847' by Sean O'Rourke on RTE Radio One.

September 24: Turtle launches the annual Rathgall Painters Guild exhibition at Rathwood, County Carlow.

August 23: Turtle speaks at Coole, County Westmeath, at an event marking the death of Maurice Dease, winner of the first Victoria Cross of the Great War.

August 6: Turtle on RTE Radio One's 'Countrywide', recalling the glory day of Big Bertha's wake.

June 30: Turtle discusses his book 'The 1916 Rising - The Photographic Record' at the prestigious Chicago Cultural Center, in an event organized by the Irish Consul, the Irish Georgian Society and the Irish Fellowship of Chicago. For images, see here. It was the Irish Consul's biggest event in Chicago during 2016. Turtle's 'lively presentation on the roots of the Easter Rising ... highlighted the personal stories of those involved in the Rising. Bunbury's nuanced perspective on the upheaval was punctuated with humor and pathos. His account stressed the long-term causes of the Easter Rising and the crucial role that Irish-Americans played in its planning and execution.'

June 19: Turtle gives the Sunday morning Breakfast Talk at Immrama Festival of Travel Writing in Lismore, Co. Waterford. Other speakers include Kim Phúc (best known as the nine-year-old child depicted in the Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph taken during the Vietnam War) and BBC correspondant Fergal Keane. For Turtle's thoughts on the weekend, see The Fortunate Irish.

June 18: Turtle interviewed about the twilight of the Big House on RTE Radio One's Countrywide with Frances Shanahan.

June 4: Turtle presents 'A Global History of Ireland' at Ballyfin House, Co. Laois, Ireland.

June 1: Turtle presents ‘The Somme – a Wider Set of Reflections and Experiences’ in the Music Room, Christ Church Cathedral, Dublin.

May 31: Turtle delivers after-dinner talk at the Cruise Europe Conference in the Guinness Storehouse, Dublin.

May 20: Turtle presents 'The World in 1847' as a fund-raiser for orphans at Bishopscourt, Clones, Co. Monaghan.

April 30: Turtle presents 'Easter Dawn - American Perspectives' as part of 'Ardcarne Remembers 1913-1923 Weekend' at Cleen Hall, Knockvicar, near Boyle, Co. Roscommon.

April 14: Turtle delivers 'Easter Dawn: Local Perspectives' as a fund-raiser to St Columba's National School in Tullow, County Carlow.

April 13: Socialist History applauds ‘Easter Dawn’.

April 12: Feature article on the Shakespeare Ireland forgery scandal of 1795 appears in Irish Daily Mail.

April 11: ‘A private tour with historian Turtle Bunbury’ is touted as one of the highlights on offer in an interview with Siobhán Byrne Learat of upscale tour operator Adams & Butler in the Irish Examiner. Turtle gives a talk to a group of upmarket tour operators at Powerscourt House on the same day.

April 5: Launch of the ‘Vanishing Ireland’ exhibition at Castletown House, Celbridge, Co. Kildare. Among those in attendance are the Ambassador of Italy, His Excellency, Mr. Giovanni Adorni Bracces, Matt Dempsey, President of the Royal Dublin Society and former Fianna Fáil politician Martin Mansergh. The exhibition to run until October 2016.

April 2: Turtle presents 'Easter Dawn' at the Paths to Freedom Roadshow in Athlone.

March 28: Al Jazeera interview ‘What the 1916 Easter Rising means for Ireland today’ - Al Jazeera spoke to Ireland's president as well as Turtle ‘and other prominent society members’ on the occasion of Easter Rising centenary.

March 16: Turtle delivers a talk on 'Easter Dawn - Alternative Perspectives' at the European Insurance Forum at the Royal Hospital Kilmainham, Dublin.

March 5: Turtle is after-dinner speaker at annual meeting of the Northern Rangers.

Feb 27: Turtle presents 'Easter Dawn' at the Paths to Freedom Roadshow in Tallaght.

Feb 25: Turtle presents 'Orange and Green: from the Battle of the Boyne to 1916' for the Irish Perinatal Society's ''1916-2016: Making the New Island of Ireland' conference in County Meath.

Feb 23: Easter Dawn is No. 33 in the Nielsen Top 100 Irish books (after 19 consecutive weeks in the chart) while ‘The Glorious Madness’ bounces back into the charts at No. in 58.

Feb 22: Turtle presents 'Easter Dawn' at Paths to Freedom Roadshow in Sligo.

Feb 21: Roaringwater Journal applauds ‘The Glorious Madness’ in article entitled ‘Outposts of Empire'.

Feb 1: Life Force Magazine profiles 18 Vanishing Ireland characters in an extensive feature.

Jan 16: 'Easter Dawn' features as 2nd ranked book in review of ten Easter Rising books by Ronan McGreevy in The Irish Times.

Jan 16: Turtle presents keynote talk on 'Easter Dawn - American Perspectives' at the Drew Transatlantic Connections Conference in Bundoran, County Donegal. Other speakers include Bruce Morrison, Mike Nesbitt, Kevin Cullen, Martin McGuinness, Christine Kinealy and Michael Patrick MacDonald.

Jan 12: Turtle and Ally attend Irish premiere of 'Room' at the Lighthouse Cinema, Dublin.

Jan 10: An article in Irish Independent by John Spain states that Easter Dawn’s sales of 1,356 copies, worth €39,188, makes it one of the few books about the Easter Rising to make the Nielsen chart for the top 1,000 titles sold in Ireland in 2015.

Jan 7: Story about Big Bertha the cow and Bertha's Revenge gin in Irish Daily Mail.

2015

Dec 18: Irish Independent round up of 1916 books applauds ‘Easter Dawn’ as ‘…informative, if sometimes quirky pen-portraits of the main actors, and other lesser characters. There is a wealth of contemporary source material and photographs and evidence of assiduous research and archival retrieval.’

Dec 16: Turtle launches ‘Bertha’s Revenge’, a new small batch Irish Milk Gin, in the Assembly Rooms in Dublin, with his recollections of attending the wake of Big Bertha, the oldest cow in the world. A stuffed Bertha is also in attendance, having survived high rains to make the trip to Dublin.

Dec 13: ‘Easter Dawn’ reviewed in Irish Mail on Sunday: ‘A hugely readable account … Bunbury’s odyssey is engaging’.

Dec 8: Turtle presents 'Easter Dawn - Reflections on 1916' to the Ormonde Military History Society at the Club House Hotel in Kilkenny.

Dec 1: Turtle and Ally attend premiere of ‘The Importance of Being Ernest’.

Dec 3: Turtle presents ‘150 Years of the Clonmel Show’ at Tipperary County Museum, Clonmel.

Dec 3: Article on Dan Donnelly the boxer features in Irish Daily Mail.

Nov 29: Obituary to Joe O’Hanrahan appears in The Irish Times.

Nov 21: Turtle presents ‘Of Gunpowder, Huguenots & Ha’Pennys - 300 Years at Corkagh’ for Clondalkin's 'History and Heritage Day'.

Nov 14: The Dublin Book Festival presents 'The People of the 1916 Rising' - Turtle Bunbury, Felicity Hayes-McCoy, Lucy Mc Diarmid and Fearghal McGarry in conversation with Tommy Graham. Main Theatre, Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin.

Nov 10: Turtle presents a talk on the Easter Rising and Vanishing Ireland to Year II Diploma students at University College Cork.

Nov 5: Turtle escorts VIPs from Web Summit founders on tour to Dublin's Freemasons Hall, the Book of Kells and the Long Room at Trinity College Dublin. His group comprises of Dick Kramlich (New Enterprise Associates), Ed Catmull (Pixar), Faye Dinsmore, Liam Casey (PCH), Michael Birch (Monkey Inferno), Paddy Cosgrave (Web Summit) and Scott Harrison (charity: water).

Oct 20: Turtle presents talk on Irish history at the 'Meet in Ireland 2015' event at InterContinental Hotel in Dublin 4.

Oct 18: Turtle guest writes the 'My Week' column for the Sunday Times.

Oct 17 (Sat): Article on Costa Brava and LoveHomeSwap is cover story on travel supplement of Irish Daily Mail.

Oct 15: 'Easter Dawn - The 1916 Rising' successfully launched in Glasnevin Museum by George McCullough, Chief Executive of the Glasnevin Trust.

Oct 14: Escorting eleven Icelandic business heads on a walking tour of the Dublin Docklands.

Oct 13: Turtle presents 'Easter Dawn - The Cast of the 1916 Rising' to the Old Athlone Society in Officer's Mess, Custume Barracks, Athlone, Co. Westmeath.

Sept 25: Presentation of "Easter Dawn" talk during history weekend at Greystones Golf Club hosted by the Wicklow La Touche Legacy Committee and the Greystones Archaeological & Historical Society. After his talk he launched the eighth and latest volume of the GAHS's journal.

'Easter Dawn' goes into bookshops nationwide, following signing of 300 copies by Turtle at Eason's.

Sept 23: Article on the Cherokee and Hellfire clubs in Irish Daily Mail.

Sept 16: Part 2 of article on Turtle's eye operation appears in Irish Daily Mail.

Sept 8: Part 1 of article on Turtle's eye operation appears in Irish Daily Mail.

Sept 5: Turtle leads tour through Dublin for Adams & Butler, incorporating Connoisseur Experience at Guinness Storehouse and the Book of Kells.

August 29: Glorious Madness promoted in Irish Independent.

August 28: Article on Jack the Ripper's last victim in Irish Daily Mail.

August 26: Turtle addresses Friends of the National Gallery at Lisnavagh House, County Carlow.

August 21: Article on William Arrol in Irish Daily Mail for launch of Heritage Week.

August 19: Turtle gives talks to the Butler Society at Lisnavagh House, County Carlow, and at the Visual Art Centre in Carlow Town.

August 18: Name-checked in The Irishman's Diary in The Irish Times in relation to article on Tom Kent.

August 17: Article on the artist Adam Buck in Irish Daily Mail.

August 16: Obituary to John William Seoighe in Sunday Independent.

August 7: Feature on Brendan Bracken in Irish Daily Mail.

July 28: Turtle speaks at at the Guinness Storehouse for the launch of National Heritage Week, as coordinated by the Heritage Council.

July 13: 'Dave Gallaher: Donegal All Black' airs on Setanta Ireland with Turtle as guest interviewee.

July 6: Article marking 200th anniversary of first Bianconi coach journey appears in Irish Daily Mail.

July 5: Clonmel Horse Show.

July 4: Turtle discusses Clonmel Horse Show on CountryWide with Frances Shanahan.

July 3: Article on Clonmel Horse Show appears in Irish Examiner.

June 19: Butler Society meeting in Kilkenny Castle; article on Walt Disney in Irish Daily Mail.

June 10: Turtle launches 'The Woodman Diary' in Iontas Building at Maynooth University. The project was developed by students enrolled in An Foras Feasa’s Digital Scholarly Editing module under the supervision of Professor Susan Schreibman.

June 5: 2015 Festival of Writing & Ideas at Borris House, Co. Carlow.

June 4: Turtle meets with Eamon Gilmore TD, Pat Gilmore and Jarlath MacNamara at Leinster House to discuss life of Irish-American bandmaster Patrick Sarsfield Gilmore.

May 31: Turtle joins Sammy Leslie of Castle Leslie Estate and Lord Dunleath of Ballywalter Park as guests on the Marian Finucane Show.

May 27: 'Doneraile Conspiracy' episode of Genealogy Roadshow airs on RTE. (Repeat).

May 22: Turtle presents a talk on "Easter Dawn: The Personalities of the 1916 Rising' as part of the 'Paths to Freedom' conference at King House, Boyle, Co. Roscommon.

May 21: Article on being called Turtle appears in Irish Daily Mail.

May 7: Article of sinking of Lusitania appears in Irish Daily Mail.

April 29: Article on Joshua Dawson and the Mansion House in Irish Daily Mail.

April 27: Article on the battle of Seddelbahr and Corporal Willie Cosgrove published in Irish Daily Mail.

April 24: Article on Anthony Trollope's bi-centenary published in Irish Daily Mail.

April 18: Turtle presents 'The Vanishing Ireland Chronicles' at Fullerton Hall in the Art Insitute of Chicago, in conjunction with 'Ireland: Crossroads of Creativity, 1690–1840.'

April 18: Article on the Choctaw Nation's contribution to Irish Famine relief in Irish Daily Mail.

March: Spring 2015 edition of Inspirato features major article by Turtle on traditional muscial pubs of County Clare, with photographs by James Fennell. For article, click here.

March 24: Irish Daily Mail publishes 'The Venerable Mary Aikenhead'.

March 19: Irish Daily Mail publishes Sackville Carden & the Dardanelles.

March 17: 'Ireland: Crossroads of Art and Design 1690-1840' opens at the Art Institute of Chicago on St. Patrick’s Day, running until June 7. Turtle Bunbury provides the narration for the exhibition tour, which draws over 200,000 visitors.

March 16: The Guardian publishes Turtle's Top 10 Hidden Ireland travel tips.

March 13: The Scottish Daily Mail publish article on what its like to be called Turtle Bunbury.

March 7: Keith Jeffery reviews 'The Glorious Madness' in the Irish Times.

February 25: Turtle presents 'Cork Harbour: A Voyage Through Time' at the Board Room of the Port of Cork Building as part of Failte Ireland's symposium, 'Developing Cork's Maritime Heritage as a Signature Experience'.

February 19: Turtle interviewed about Arthur Conan Doyle's Irish roots on student drivetime show 'Hooked on a Feeling'.

February 15: Patrick Geoghegan interviews Turtle about 'The Glorious Madness' on Talking History, Newstalk Radio.

February 13: Turtle features on 'From Tipperary to Salonika: Ireland and the Music of the Great War' (RTE Lyric FM) in which Myles Dungan examines the role of music in recruitment and morale in WW1.

February 12: Turtle presents a short talk on Sackville Carden's ill-fated invasion of the Dardanelles at Martinstown House, County Kildare.

February 9: Glorious Madness glowingly reviewed by Destructive Music.

February: Article in Irish Daily Mail on campaign to have a US battleship named for the Vietnam veteran Corporal Patrick Gallagher.

January 23: Turtle short-listed for Travel Extra Travel Journalist of the Year Awards for 2014 cover story on Ireland in National Geographic Traveler.

January: Article on Captain Jack White in Irish Daily Mail.

2014

December 30: 'The Glorious Madness' at No. 25 in Irish book charts over Christmas.

December 24: Turtle explains the story of the Christmas Truce to Kieran Cuddihy on Newstalk Breakfast.

December 23: Article on the Christmas Truce appears in Irish Daily Mail; 'The Glorious Madness' still at No. 26 in Irish book charts.

December 16: 'The Glorious Madness' at No. 26 in Irish book charts.

December 13: Emmanuel Kehoe gives 'The Glorious Madness' the thumbs up in Sunday Business Post.

December 12: Irish Independent hails 'The Glorious Madness' as 'outstanding', 'marvelous' and 'excellent'.

December 11: Article on Emmet Dalton appears in Irish Daily Mail.

 

 

December 7: Final episode of Series 2 of Genealogy Roadshow airs on RTE One (R). Interview on 'Savage Sunday' with Anton Savage on Today FM. Gay Byrne gives 'The Glorious Madness the thumbs up on Lyric FM. Myles Dungan applauds book on The History Show, RTE Radio One.

December 6: 'First Encounters' with Turtle and Hugo Jellett in The Irish Times Magazine; John Toal's interview with Turtle airs on BBC Radio Ulster.

December 5: 'Why I Wrote "The Glorious Madness"' by Turtle appears in The Irish Times on-line.

December 4: Antonia Hart of The Gloss magazine profiles Turtle as one of three 'hip historians'. The magazine goes out to readers of The Irish Times.

December 2: 'The Glorious Madness' at No. 40 in Irish book charts.

December 1: Padraig Yeates gives thumbs up to 'The Glorious Madness' in the Dublin Review of Books.

November 30: TheJournal.ie publishes article by Turtle on eight lesser known Irish war veterans; Series 2 of Genealogy Roadshow airs on RTE One (R).

November 26: Irish Book Awards takes place in Dubln City. 'The Glorious Madness - Tales of the Irish & the Great War' is short-listed for the for TheJournal.ie Best Irish-published Book of the Year 2014.

November 25: Article on 'Irish Nuns of Ypres' features in Irish Daily Mail.

November 24: Turtle presents a 2.5 hour talk on Irish history, the Great War, genealogy and the 'Vanishing Ireland' project to Year II Diploma students at University College Cork.

November 23: Series 2 of Genealogy Roadshow recommences on RTE One (R).

November 22: Turtle presents 'The Glorious Madness' at the Great War Roadshow in Thurles, County Tipperary.

November 21: Turtle discusses his new book with Kate Egan on 'Morning Edition', RTE One.

November 16: Turtle considers 'The Irish and World War One' with Dr. Myles Dungan in the Main Theatre of Smock Alley Theatre at the 2014 Dublin Book Festival.

November 14: 'An Evening with Turtle Bunbury' at Lisnavagh House, County Carlow, Ireland.

November 13: The Courts Centenary Commemoration Committee (chaired by the Chief Justice) host its lecture in the Round Hall of the Four Courts in Dublin by Dr. Myles Dungan, with additional narration by Turtle. Entitled ‘The Irish Law Times goes to war', Dr. Dungan's lecture views the Great War through the prism of the specialist legal journal ‘The Irish Law Times’.

November 6: Ivan Yates interviews Turtle about 'The Glorious Madness' on Newstalk Breakfast.

Oct 30: 'The Glorious Madness - Tales of the Irish & the Great War' is short-listed for the for TheJournal.ie Best Irish-published Book of the Year 2014.

Oct 25: Turtle Bunbury's 'Musical Heirlooms' airs on Sarah Carey's 'Talking Points, Newstalk 106-108fm - you can listen to it c/o http://www.newstalk.com/Turtle-Bunburys-Musical-Heirlooms ... The Irish Times and Irish Independent report on the launch of 'The Glorious Madness' which is listed as one of the Irish Times' best books of 2014.

Oct 24: 'The Glorious Madness' goes on sale; Irish Daily Mail publishes Turtle's feature article on Irish involvement in the Charge of the Light Brigade.

Oct 22: Articles on Hoppy Hardy, John Howard Alexander and Flora Sandes published in The Irish Times supplement.

Oct 21: The author Sebastian Barry delivers an astonishing speech to launch 'The Glorious Madness - The Irish & World War One' by Turtle Bunbury (Gill & Macmillan) at the Hibernian Club in Dublin.

Oct 18: Turtle speaks at the writing.ie Book Lunch at the Royal St George Yacht Clun, Dun Laoghaire, alongside Jennifer Johnston, Martina Devlin, Julia Kelly, Lia Mills, Kate Beaufoy, Sheila O'Flanagan, Liz Nugent, Emma Hannigan, Andrew Rudd, TV3 chef and Karen Perry.

 

Oct 14: Conor Nagle of Gill & Macmillan interviews Turtle for a 'History Class: Tales of the Irish in the Great War' @ The Little Museum, with food served by Domini Kemp, proprietor of Hatch & Sons. First sighting of new book, 'The Glorious Madness'.

Oct 14: Article on General Gough, the Limerick warrior who tamed the Punjab Sikhs, appears in Irish Daily Mail.

Oct 11: Peter Greenberg Worldwide show at Dublin's Marker Hotel is set to air, including interview with Turtle about the early Dublin docklands and the importance of humour to the Irish psyche.

Oct 7: Turtle gives a talk on 1847 and the Bronte family's Irish roots as part of the 'Exiles' progame for Liberal Studies Group in Kilkenny at the Maynooth Outreach Campus in St. Kieran's College, Kilkenny City.

Oct 3: Article called 'Who Killed Honor Bright?' appears in Irish Daily Mail. Turtle presents a short history of Ireland at Four Seasons Hotel, Ballsbridge, Dublin.

Sept 28: Turtle presents the Jim Brennan Memorial Lecture at the Festival of History in Charlesland Golf & Country Club, Greystones, County Wicklow. The event is co-hosted by the Wicklow La Touche Legacy Committee and the Greystones Archaeological & Historical Society.

Sept 24: Turtle and the actress Kathy Rose O'Brien co-present a talk on the "Season" in the Drawing Room at Dublin Castle as part of the Dublin UNESCO City of Literature (Autumn series).

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THE GREAT WAR ROADSHOW, 2014

Over the course of 2014, Turtle toured Ireland as one
of the lecturers with the Great War Roadshow,
speaking at events in Carlow, Cavan, Dublin, Meath,
Roscommon, Tipperary and Wicklow. His fellow
lecturers included Myles Dungan, John O'Keefe, Ciaran
Wallace, Gordon Power and Damian Shiels.

Sept 20: Turtle presents 'The Glorious Madness' at the Great War Roadshow, hosted by Roscommon Libraries, at King House, Boyle. Fellow speakers: Myles Dungan, Gordon Power, Ciaran Wallace & Oliver Fallon.

Sept 13: Turtle presents 'The Glorious Madness' at the Great War Roadshow, hosted by South Dublin County Council at County Library Tallaght. Fellow speakers: Myles Dungan, John O’ Keefe, Ciaran Wallace & Michael J. Whelan.

Sept 11: Turtle delivers opening speech at turning of the sod for the new Walsh's Whiskey Distillery at Holloden House, Royal Oak, County Carlow.

Sept 3: Article on General Gough and the Punjab appears in Irish Daily Mail.

August 24: TVO (Ontario) airs 'Antiques to the Rescue' about the Kavanaghs of Borris House, in which Turtle journeys to London and tells the tale of the remarkable 19th century explorer, politician and paraplegic Arthur McMurrough Kavanagh. Click here to watch it.

August 21: Official Launch Of the 'South Kildare Heritage Trail - Explorer`s Way' at Burtown House and Gardens in County Kildare, with keynote speakers Ms Heather Humphreys TD, Minister for Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht, historian Turtle Bunbury on 'Burtown & the Quakers' and Jonathan Shackleton, Antarctic specialist and cousin of explorer Ernest Shackleton.

August 19: Article on Mountjoy Square and the Gardiner estate in Irish Daily Mail.

August 9: Article on the GPO's bi-centennial in Irish Daily Mail.

August 7: Turtle talks of Sackville Carden, Willie Cosgrove and others at the Great War Roadshow, Johnston Central Library, Cavan. Fellow speakers: Myles Dungan, John O’ Keefe, Ciaran Wallace & Dr. Brendan Scott.

August 4: As world leaders gather in the Belgian City of Liège to commemorate the formal outbreak of the Great War, Turtle joins George Hook on Newstalk's The Right Hook to ponder the Irish soldiers who served. [Scroll to 6:40]

August 2: Turtle conducts a guided tour of Maguire strongholds in County Fermanagh, including the mound where 15 Kings of Fermanagh were inaugurated.

August 1: Turtle interviewed for Peter Greenberg travel show about Dublin docklands, Celtic Tigers and the importance of humour.

July 29: Article on the Kilcoole gun-run of 2014 appears in the Irish Daily Mail.

July 26: RTE News publishes Turtle's account of the Howth gun-run of 1914 as part of its Centenary coverage.

July 17: Turtle presents a short talk on Denis O'Kelly and the racehorse Eclipse at the Tullow Agricultural Show press reception in the Tara Arms.

July 11: Article about the Byerley Turk in Irish Daily Mail.

July 3: Turtle presents his first talk on 'The Glorious Madness - Tales of the Irish in the Great War', as part of the Great War Roadshow at Hay Kells Festival in County Meath. The talk took place in St. Columbas' Church.

June 28: Article on assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand appears in Irish Daily Mail.

June 17: Article on Irish-born slave trader Richard Brew appears in Irish Daily Mail.

June 8: Day Two of the History Festival of Ireland at Huntington Castle. Turtle joins James Durney, John Kirwan and Jérôme aan de Wiel (chair) for a discussion on Leinster & the Great War.

June 7: Day One of the History Festival of Ireland at Huntington Castle, Clonegal, County Carlow. Turtle introduces Jarlath MacNamara's talk on 'Patrick Sarsfield Gilmore' and takes part in a panel debate about public history with Maurice Earls, John Regan, Tommy Graham and Catriona Crowe.

May 31: Talk on Cecil Parke and other Monaghan connections to the Great War, hosted at Bishopscourt, Clones, County Monaghan. Moneys raised for benefit of Protestant Orphan Society.

May 25: 'Genealogy Roadshow' Series 2, RTE One, 7pm. The series concludes with the "Derry" show.

May 18: 'Genealogy Roadshow' Series 2, RTE One, 7pm: The "Cork" show.

May 17 (Sat): Great War Roadshow commences at Waterford Library; Turle joins Myles Dungan and Gordon Power in a discussion of genealogical archives available for those researching ancestors who served.

May 14: Talk on the McClintock Bunburys of Lisnavagh to the Irish Georgian Society in Dublin. All funds raised to IGS.

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Above: The second series of the Genealogy Roadshow aired twice on RTE One in 2014.

May 11: 'Genealogy Roadshow' Series 2 commences on RTE One with the 'Powerscourt' show.

May 10: Carillon Bells Recital at Charterhouse, Surrey.

April 28: Article on the Irishmen who built the Transcontinental Railroad appears in The Irish Daily Mail.

April 26: 'Vanishing Ireland' talk at Beyond the Grave conference hosted by Limerick City Archives and Mary Immaculate College.

April 25: Article on Lord Haw-Haw appears in The Irish Daily Mail.

April 11: Articles on Louis Brennan and Noah's Irish family appear in The Irish Times and The Irish Daily Mail respectively.twice

April 10: Talk for Barnados Fundraiser at ely bar & brasserie in the CHQ building, IFSC, Dublin. His talk centres upon the Crimean War Banquet and the development of the Dublin Docklands. A combination of ticket sales and table donations raised €15,189 for the Barnardos Family Support Centre on Buckingham Street.

April 6: Turtle in Dublin filming for new documentary about Dave Gallagher, the Donegal man who captained the first All Black rugby team.

April 1: Feature on Ireland is the cover story of National Geographic Traveler.

March 15: Article on the Irish in the Spanish Civil War appears in Irish Daily Mail.

March 14: Article on Cecil Parke, the original Clones cyclone, appears in Irish Daily Mail.

March 13: Turtle's article on Ireland is cover story of on-line April 2014 edition of National Geographic Traveler.

March 1: 'Irish Manor Houses', a look at five of Ireland's finest big houses, written by Turtle and photographed by Jace Rivers, appears in the online version of National Geographic Traveler.

February 22: Feature article by Turtle on the executed 1916 leader Tom Kent appears in Irish Daily Mail.

February: Turtle's story on 'Vanishing Ireland' published in Irish Country Magazine.

January 20: Irish Times publishes Turtle's tale of the Connemara headstone uncovered by Storm Hercules.

January 16: Turtle's story on Violet Jessop published in Southern Cross (Argentina).

January 12: The History Show on RTE Radio One broadcasts a five minute reading by Turtle on 'The Night of the Big Wind.'

January 5: The Mail on Sunday profiles Wistorical and Vanishing Ireland in a feature article on the power of social media.

January: Cara (Jan-Feb edition) applauds Vanishing Ireland as 'a perfect symbiosis between text and images - both similarity affectionate, respectful, humorous, slightly melancholic but never sentimental or nostalgic. This is invaluable social history'.

2013

December 31: 'The Night of the Big Wind' by Turtle Bunbury and Ray Cleere forms the cover story of the first edition of 'Ireland's Own' in 2014.

December 26: Newstalk airs a one-hour 'Hidden Histories' special, featuring the best of Turtle's 2013 reports, in their lunchtime slot.

December 24: TVO (Ontario) airs 'Antiques to the Rescue' about the Kavanaghs of Borris House, which features a lengthy cameo by Turtle.

December 16: Turtle passes curatorial baton for the 2014 History Festival of Ireland to historian Angus Mitchell.

December 15: Mary O'Sullivan of Sunday Independent profiles Turtle and Ally's life and home in 'My Favourite Room'.

December 14: John Spain, Books Editor at the Irish Independent, praises the new Vanishing Ireland as ‘another magical book’ in his round up of the best books of the year.

December 8: The Sunday Times hail the new Vanishing Ireland as ‘a beautiful and remarkably simple book that 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'.

December 8: The Sunday Independent calls the new Vanishing Ireland ‘a fascinating ode to this island’s elders’ with ‘stunning photography’ and ‘sometimes funny, sometimes tragic, but always fascinating interviews’ to create ‘a unique testament to the old way of life and a vital document for preserving the wit, insight and knowledge of this island’s elders’.

December 3: TG4 airs 'John Henry Foley - Sculptor of the Empire', directed by Se Merry Doyle, co-written and researched by Turtle. (Repeat)

December: The Irish Arts Review hails Vanishing Ireland as ‘an extraordinary, powerful new collection of poignant interviews.’

November 26: Turtle and James attend 2013 Irish Book Awards in Dublin at which 'Vanishing Ireland' is pipped by Fintan O'Toole's 'History of 100 Objects' for Best Irish Published Book of the Year.

November 26: '800 Years of Carlow Castle', a 16-page supplement written by Turtle, published in the Carlow Nationalist.

November 19: Turtle gives talk on Irish history, genealogy and the 'Vanishing Ireland' project to Year II Diploma students at University College Cork.

November 19: The Carlow Nationalist publishes Turtle's obituary to Betty Scott, as well as an announcement of the Irish Book Awards.

November 17: A repeat of 'Who Do You Think You Are?' airs on RTE One, with Turtle explaining Norman ancestry to former Miss World, Rosanna Davison.

November 16: Turtle gives 'Vanishing Ireland' talk at Banquet Hall in Smock Alley Theatre, Temple Bar, as part of Dublin Book Festival.

November 15: 'Nationwide' with Vanishing Ireland and the Cistercian monks airs on RTE One.

November 12: Turtle's final 'Hidden Histories' slot on Newstalk Breakfast considers a positive side of the Great Famine with Ivan Yates and Chris Donoghue.

November 10: Turtle unites with James Fennell and Niall Martin to film 'Nationwide' episode on Cistercians of Roscrea.

October 31: The fourth 'Vanishing Ireland' book is short-listed for the Best Irish Published Book of the Year 2013 at the Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards.

October 30: Turtle gives a talk on the Bunbury family history at the 50th Anniversary Dinner of the Irish Peers Association at the Turf Club in London.

October 23: Turtle gives a talk entitled 'The Dublin Docklands - An Urban Voyage' at the Little Museum of Dublin.

October 22: Turtle considers the history of Irish vampires on Newstalk Breakfast with Chris O'Donoghue and Ivan Yates.

October 20: The passing of Betty Scott, 89-year-old inspiration for the Vanishing Ireland project. She is buried in Rathvilly two days later.

October 19: Turtle gives a ‘Vanishing Ireland’ talk at the Centre Culturel Irlandais in Paris for the Poésie and Prose Literary Festival alongside poetesses Katie Donovan and author Martin Page.

October 9: Turtle gives ‘Vanishing Ireland’ talk for the London Irish Writers' Week at St. Paul's Church, St. Paul's Green, Queen Caroline Street, Hammersmith. He was introduced by Chris O'Malley, Director of Irish Arts Foundation.

October 3: Publication of ‘Vanishing Ireland: Friendship & Community’, the fourth volume in the series.

September 25: Turtle delivers 'Vanishing Ireland' talk on as part of Carlow Reaching Out's 'My People, My Place, My Heritage' Training Programme at Ballon Community Centre, County Carlow.

September 22: 'Genealogy Roadshow', a repeat of Series 1, commences on RTE One.

September 22: Turtle and James Fennell give 'Vanishing Ireland' talk and tour as part of Culture Weekend at Burtown House, County Kildare.

September 17: Article on Daniel O'Connell appears in Irish Daily Mail.

September 11: Turtle gives talk on Irish history as part of Carlow Reaching Out's 'My People, My Place, My Heritage' Training Programme at Tara Arms in Tullow, County Carlow.

September 5: Article on Rosie Hackett Bridge appears in Irish Daily Mail.

August 20: Turtle delivers his talk ‘Of Gunslingers, Tarantulas, Elvis & Walt – A Global History of the Irish Abroad' at Graiguenamanagh Library, County Kilkenny.

August 17: Interview with Joe Rock appears in The Irish Times Magazine.

August 15: ‘Of Gunslingers, Tarantulas, Elvis & Walt – A Global History of the Irish Abroad' at Lismore Castle in County Waterford.

July 18: ‘Of Gunslingers, Tarantulas, Elvis & Walt – A Global History of the Irish Abroad' at Lyrath Hotel in Kilkenny, following an interview with Sue Nunn on KCLR.

July 17: 'Vanishing Ireland' commences 6-week exhibition at the Irish Georgian Society's new HQ in the City Assembly House on South William Street, Dublin.

June 3: Turtle starts as in-house historian for Newstalk Breakfast with Chris Donoghue and Norah Casey.

June 16: Turtle takes on the role of Richard Piggott for a spoken re-enactment of the inquiry into Charles Stewart Parnell’s alleged criminal activities with Myles Dungan as Charles Russell at History Festival. Turtle is also on hand to reveal the family history of Nicky Byrne of Westlife, live on stage at the History Festival, alongside Nicola Morris, director of Timeline Research.

June 15-16: Turtle curates 2013 History Festival of Ireland at Duckett’s Grove in County Carlow on 15th & 16th June 2013. Fifty leading historians and thinkers from Ireland, the UK, Canada and the USA contribute to a dazzling array of over 30 debates, discussions, readings and interviews. The event is backed by Eigse and much of the acclaim is due to Hugo Jellett.

June 11: An interview with Turtle by Jonathan de Burca Butler appears in The Examiner under the heading 'Shining a Light on the Past Secures the Future'.

June 7: Turtle interviews Peter Somerville-Large about his witty Big House novel 'Mixed Blessings' (2012) at the Borris House Festival of Writing and Ideas 2013.

June 2: Turtle interviewed for Martin Bridgeman's 'People In Profile' on KCLR96FM. Click here to listen to the complete show.

May 15: Turtle delivers talk on 'The Irish Abroad' at Lisnavagh House to raise funds for St Columba's National School in Tullow.

April 17: Turtle judges “Travel Writer of the year” for the National Student Media Awards (aka The Smedias). The winner is Michael Phoenix.

April: Article on Trim Castle for Irish Daily Mail.

March 15: Turtle gives talk entitled ‘Of Gunslingers, Tarantulas, Elvis & Walt – A Global History of the Irish Abroad' at Marsh's Library as part of St. Patrick's Festival. He subsequently appears on RTE One in the 'St. Patrick's Festival Highlights' with Nicky Byrne, Grand Marshall of the Parade.

Feb 2: 'Vanishing Ireland' is the Irish Times Magazine cover
story with a feature, written byTurtle, reflecting upon the passing of old Ireland and his collaboration with James Fennell.

2012

December 10: Kathryn Thomas interviews Turtle about the Wistorical project on The John Murray Show (RTE Radio One).

December 6: Turtle delivers talk on 'Vanishing Ireland' and 'Wistorical' to the Liberal Studies Group in Kilkenny.

November 23: Wistorical launches on Facebook.

November 7: Turtle gives talk on 'The Lisnavagh Story' at Royal Dublin Society, Dublin.

November: Turtle is a judge for the inaugural schools debate hosted by Carlow IT's Department of Built Environment.

November 1-2: Turtle delivers talk on 'Vanishing Ireland' and 'Big House Archives' to the Irish Ancestry Research Centre at the University of Limerick.

October 23: Turtle gives talk on 'The Bunburys & 'Vanishing Ireland' at the Casino Club in Chicago on behalf of the Irish Georgian Society.

October 22: Turtle gives talk on 'The Bunburys & 'Vanishing Ireland' at University Club in New York on behalf of the Irish Georgian Society.

September: Turtle appears on BBC2's 'Antiques to the Rescue', with John Foster and Morgan Kavanagh, talking about Borris House in Co. Carlow.

August 24-25: Turtle gives talk on 'A History of the Dublin Docklands' at Tall Ships Festival, Dublin.

August 22: Turtle gives talk on 'Lisnavagh & the Butler Family' at Butler Family Rally in Lisnavagh House, County Carlow.

August 21: Turtle launches 'The Sugar Factory & Carlow Remembers' exhibition at Visual Arts Centre, Carlow, with a talk on ‘The History of Sugar’.

August 14: Turtle gives lunchtime talk on 'The Genealogical Resources of the Big House' at the National Library of Ireland, Dublin.

August: Article on Dublin Underground for Irish Daily Mail.

July: Articles on the Irishman who sketched the Zulu Dawn for Irish Daily Mail and South Africa’s Mail & Guardian.

June: Turtle curates the inaugural 2012 History Festival at his family home, Lisnavagh House, County Carlow. He gives a talk on Lola Montez and is interviewed about ‘Vanishing Ireland’ by Robert O’Byrne. The History Festival is an Éigse initiative.

June: 'Genealogy Roadshow', series one, has a second repeat run on RTE One.

June: Article on the Marquis of Sligo & Agamemnon's Tomb for Irish Daily Mail.

April: Turtle judges “Travel Writer of the year” for the National Student Media Awards (aka The Smedias).

March: 'Genealogy Roadshow', series one, has a repeat run on RTE One.

2011

December 25: ‘Vanishing Ireland 3’ emerges as the best-selling Picture Book in Ireland

November: Turtle’s 4-page feature article about the explorer Sir Richard Burton is published in US edition of Playboy.

November: Turtle is judge of Powers Whiskey Ireland's Best Snug competition, embarks on road trip with his sister Sasha Sykes. The winner is Dylan’s Whiskey Bar. Turtle later fields questions about what makes a classic Irish snug while seated in Kehoe's of Dublin with Brian Daly for TV3’s ‘Morning Ireland'.

October 20: 'Vanishing Ireland - Recollections of Our Changing Times', the third volume in the series, is launched at the Hunt Museum, Limerick, with a wonderful talk by legendary GAA commentator Micheál Ó Muircheartaigh. Nellie Shortall, Din Lane and Jack Lonergan from the book are amongst the attendees.

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Above: 2011: The first series of the Genealogy Roadshow airs on RTE.

October 18: 'Vanishing Ireland - Recollections of Our Changing Times' is launched at the Hugh Lane Gallery. Maisie Grannell and George Hawkins from the book are amongst the attendees.

September: Turtle is the Ireland Fund of Monaco's Writer-in-Residence at the Princess Grace Irish Library. He gives two talks on the Vanishing Ireland project in the Principality of Monaco.

September: 'Genealogy Roadshow', series one, premieres on RTE One.

September: Turtle's article on his great-grandmother's Edwardian scrapbooks is published in The World of Interiors.

September 9: Start of a 6-week 'Vanishing Ireland' exhibition at the Hunt Museum in Limerick City. A crowd of 110 attended the exhibition on Friday 23rd September, exactly one week after Turtle and James gave a well-received walk and talk tour of the show.

May: Turtle talks about Obama's visit to Ireland with Michael Patrick Shiels on Michigan's Morning Show (1240 WJIM).

March: Turtle visits Queensland, Australia, as a guest of Australian Tourism. He features on Australian television to review how the state is recovering after the dreadful floods earlier in the year.

January 18: BBC One airs 'Wogan's Ireland' in which Turtle tells Sir Terry Wogan about the battle of the Boyne. British based internet users can watch the show at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00ycvqy

2010

'Vanishing Ireland - Further Chronicles of a Disappearing World' short-listed for Bord Gáis Energy IES Irish Published Book of the Year 2010.

'Sporting Legends of Ireland' nominated for the William Hill Irish Sports Book of the Year

Turtle interviews 88-year-old Baby Rudden, the cover-girl of the second 'Vanishing Ireland', for RTE 1's 'Nationwide'

Turtle launches 'Your History in a Book', a project through which he writes 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 is acclaimed by international press such as The Irish Times and The Australian. His corporate clients include Failte Ireland, the Clonmel Show, Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard, Croke Park and the Dublin Docklands Development Authority, while private clients include Michael O'Leary, CEO of Ryanair.

November 9: 'Around the World in 1847' talk for the Friends of the National Gallery of Ireland.

August 27: 'Around the World in 1847' for the Bloomfield & District Residents Association.

April 15: 'Around the World in 1847' talk for the Bray Cualann Historical Society.

February 15: 'Around the World in 1847' talk for the Princess Grace Irish Library in Monaco.

 

2009

A second volume of 'Vanishing Ireland' becomes a major bestseller.

Turtle serves as genealogist on 'Who Do You Think You Are?' with former Miss World, Rosanna Davison.

2008

Turtle Bunbury and James Fennell’s book 'The Irish Pub' is published by Thames & Hudson. Bruce Springsteen is amongst over 8,000 people who now have this book in their library.

November: Turtle is consultant and scriptwriter for the BIFF award-nominated 'John Henry Foley - Ghost of the Empire' which premieres on TG4.

'Vanishing Ireland' shortlisted for the 2008 Best Irish Published Book of the Year.

2007

'Vanishing Ireland' shortlisted for Best Irish Published Book of the Year 2007.

2006

Turtle Bunbury and James Fennell release the first volume of ‘Vanishing Ireland’ to considerable acclaim in Ireland, Britain and the USA.

Turtle's work on Sri Lanka earns him the award for Ireland's Longhaul Travel Journalist of the Year in 2006.

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Turtle was born on 21st February 1972, the third son of the 5th Baron Rathdonnell. Raised at Lisnavagh House, Rathvilly, Co. Carlow, Ireland, he received his early education in Baltinglass, Co. Wicklow, before moving to Castle Park School in Dublin. From 1980 to 1985, he was at Glenalmond College in the Scottish Highlands where he accidentally secured the necessary A-Level results to read law at Trinity College Dublin. He opted to postpone college and go traveling.

At the age of eighteen, Turtle left Ireland for the U.S.A., working his way across the continent from New York to Los Angeles over three months. He subsequently spent six months in New Zealand and Australia, returning to Ireland via Malaysia to commence his legal studies in Dublin.

The law did not suit him and in 1994 Turtle happily transferred to history and began to study Ireland in the age of the Vikings. He spent one year at the University of Groningen in the Netherlands before returning to Dublin to complete his degree at Trinity in 1996.

Armed with a degree in modern history from Trinity College Dublin, he moved to Hong Kong in 1996 where he enjoyed nearly three years working as a freelance correspondent with the South China Morning Post and Business News Indochina.

Returning to Ireland on the eve of the new millennium, he spent two years working with the travel company, Trailblazer.com, an early victim of the Dot Bomb crash of 2002. He simultaneously developed his interest in Irish and world history, traveling to Zimbabwe, South Africa, Mexico, Sri Lanka and Spain with the photographer James Fennell. Before long, the duo were contributing articles to magazines and newspapers all around the world.