Turtle goes back with his historian’s eye, but also his humanitarian heart, and gathers together a host of tiny epics.
A skilled storyteller who carries his readers with him … he disinters the odd, the arcane and the profoundly surprising.
BBC History Magazine
Turtle is renowned for his forensic knowledge of Irish history.
The Sunday Times
I’ve always loved Turtle’s writing, the wit and heartbeat in his history.
Behind the Guinness Gates
Launched in April 2023, Behind the Guinness Gates is the first podcast series from the Guinness Storehouse. Hosted by Turtle, the 8-part series features interviews with rapper Mango and chef Niall Sabongi as well as Guinness Flavour Essence Manager, Kate Curran, Iveagh Trust’s Rory Guinness and local historians Liz Gillis and Cathy Scuffil.
This audio journey into the very heart of Guinness also includes three episodes by Turtle about the formative years of St James’s Gate and the brewery’s strong sense of employment welfare and social philanthropy.
Turtle had written and produced two books for Adare Manor, one of the world’s leading five-star hotel and golf resorts: Renaissance of an Irish Country House and An Epicurean Journey. Voted the No. 1 resort in the world by Condé Nast Traveler in 2022, Adare Manor will host the Ryder Cup in 2027.
‘It is always a pleasure to work with Turtle and his great team. His enthusiasm & commitment to accuracy and completeness has really made our books such enjoyable reading. These beautiful books are proving extremely popular with our guests.’
Colm Hannon – Chief Executive
On the High Seas of Ireland
Turtle will be the guest lecturer on board Noble Caledonia’s Island Sky when it embarks upon its Circumnavigation of Ireland in August 2023. He first circumnavigated the island in the summer of 2022.
‘Turtle’s presentations are superb and his insight and knowledge greatly enhanced our guests’ enjoyment … his unrivalled knowledge and powers of presentation make him a huge asset to our product.’
Mike Deegan – Head of Fleet Operations
To book your place, click here.
Turtle is the producer and narrator of an 8-part podcast series for Waterways Ireland entitled ‘Waterways Through Time.’ The first series aired in 2022. A second series is in motion.
‘Thank you for your outstanding narration.’
John McDonagh – CEO, Waterways Ireland
Irish Rail / Ianród Éireann
With the Past Tracks project, Turtle has created a series of 50 history panels 50 railway stations around Ireland, designed to brighten the day of the general commuter. Each panel was written and researched by Turtle, and beautifully illustrated by Derry Dillon.
The Maxol Story
For the centenary of the Maxol Group, Turtle researched and wrote the history of the company as a book. He also narrated an 8-part podcast series and starred in a TV documentary about the firm.
‘Turtle Bunbury is renowned for his forensic knowledge of Irish history. This glossy 260-page coffee table book is a treasure trove of archive material, illustrations and personal recollections.’
The Sunday Times
Walsh Whiskey – Global Irish Podcast
Turtle Bunbury’s Global Irish, a 2022 podcast about extraordinary characters from Ireland who made their mark around the world, was sponsored by Walsh Whiskey, makers of The Irishman and Writer’s Tears whiskey
SuperValu – Vanishing Ireland Podcast
The 2021 season of the Vanishing Ireland podcast was generously sponsored by SuperValu. In each episode, Turtle discussed life and its learnings with some of Ireland’s fine elders, recording their voices of courage, humour and wisdom for future generations.
The series received widespread support across the Irish media, not least from the iconic RTÉ news anchor Anne Doyle.
The CHQ Building
Turtle supervised an architectural and historical survey of Dublin’s pioneering CHQ Building for Neville Isdell, former global CEO of Coca Cola and head of EPIC – The Irish Emigration Museum.
‘Turtle delved into every available archive and produced an extraordinary amount of hitherto unknown facts about our building. We’ve been delighted to work with him ever since – as a public speaker, as an author and as the formidable researcher that he is.’
Mervyn Greene – Managing Director
Turtle collaborated with Flahavan’s for the Past Tracks project. He was previously commissioned to research a history of the family-owned Irish milling company and oatmeal porridge producer.
Turtle was commissioned to research the origins of Ireland’s oldest and largest malt producer for the brewing and distilling industry.
Brown-Forman (Slane Whiskey)
Turtle was commissioned to research the history of Slane Castle, along with a history of distilling and malting in the surrounding region.
Pernod-Ricard commissioned Turtle to research the history of the Jameson family who created one of the world’s favourite Irish whiskeys.
This extensive archive offers over 850 historical articles by Turtle, covering everything from the Bronze Age to the Big House, from Viking warriors and Georgian beauties to the origins of Dublin’s pubs and street names.
Includes content from Vanishing Ireland, Irish Waterways, Easter Dawn, 1847, Dublin Docklands, The Irish Pub, Maxol and much more.
Also here is the full content from the Past Tracks panels now on show at Irish Rail stations across Ireland.