Turtle Bunbury has been variously described as ‘one of Ireland’s most prolific historians’ and ‘one of the most versatile authors of his generation.’ As well as over twenty published books, he is an active podcaster and a frequent figure on Irish television and radio. In July 2022, he was appointed an Accredited Lecturer of The Arts Society (London). He was awarded the Gilmartin Medal in 2021.
His latest works include two podcast series, Global Irish, a colourful take on the Irish abroad, and Waterways Through Time, a collaboration with Waterways Ireland. His 12-part podcast series, The Maxol Story, launched earlier in 2022.
Turtle will be the guest lecturer on board Noble Caledonia’s Island Sky, which will be circumnavigating Ireland in August 2022.
In April 2022, he installed his 50th Past Tracks history panel in an Irish railway station. This acclaimed project is in conjunction with Irish Rail / Iarnród Éireann and illustrator Derry Dillon.
Turtle’s 2021 book, The Irish Diaspora was described by BBC History Magazine as ‘impeccably researched.’ Sebastian Barry applauded his 2020 bestseller Ireland’s Forgotten Past as ‘a stirring atlas of Irishness.’
Over the past 20 years, Turtle has researched and written hundreds of family, house and corporate histories, including recent books on Maxol, Adare Manor (‘The Renaissance of an Irish Country House,’ and ‘An Epicurean Journey’), Weir & Sons (Jewellers) and Gregans Castle in County Clare.
He has been engaged in public history for over twenty years and has a substantial following on social media through his Vanishing Ireland Facebook group and Turtle Bunbury Histories Facebook page. His work has also appeared in magazines and newspapers such as National Geographic Traveler, The World of Interiors, the Financial Times, the Daily Beast, Playboy, The Australian, The Guardian and the Irish Times.
Turtle co-founded the History Festival of Ireland in 2011. The event was subsumed into the annual Festival of Writing and Ideas at Borris House, County Carlow, at which Turtle is a regular speaker.
Turtle is married to the novelist Ally Bunbury. They live in County Carlow, Ireland, with their two daughters.