Meet The Team

Turtle Bunbury

Turtle Bunbury is a bestselling author, historian and podcaster based in Ireland. His 2021 book, The Irish Diaspora is described by BBC History Magazine as ‘impeccably researched.’ Sebastian Barry applauded his 2020 bestseller Ireland’s Forgotten Past as ‘a stirring atlas of Irishness.’ Turtle was awarded the Gilmartin Medal in December 2021.

Turtle has researched and narrated podcasts for Waterways Ireland and Maxol, both going on-stream in January 2022.  A co-founder of the Vanishing Ireland project, Turtle is host of a podcast series chronicling the life and times of Ireland’s oldest generation through their stories and distinctive voices.  He is also lined up for a podcast series on the Irish Diaspora for 2022.

Over the past 20 years, Turtle has researched and written hundreds of family, house and corporate histories, including recent books on Maxol (The Story of an Irish Business 1920 – 2020) and Adare Manor (‘The Renaissance of an Irish Country House,’ and ‘An Epicurean Journey’.)

January 2022 will see the installation of Turtle’s Past Tracks panels as permanent exhibits across 50 Irish Rail / Iarnród Éireann stations. Beautifully illustrated by Derry Dillon, these huge historical panels will enlighten commuters with lively historical tales based on the area around each railway station.

Ally Bunbury

Ally Bunbury has always loved history and has an honours degree in History and Sociology from N.U.I. Maynooth. Her background involves twenty years of Communications for PR agencies from BSMG Worldwide on Fifth Avenue, New York and Charles Barker and Weber Shandwick, London to Edelman in Dublin.

Ally specialises in client liaison, assessing requirements, creating strategies, and putting tactics in place for Turtle Bunbury Histories. Coordinating presentations, exhibitions, books and audio recordings, landmark anniversaries, corporate celebrations … on time and on budget.

Ally is the series producer of the Vanishing Ireland podcasts, liaising with interviewees and their families, and ensuring everything runs smoothly.  She oversaw the design, print and corporate aspects of the widely admired Maxol centenary book, as well as Turtle’s two books with Adare Manor. She also project managed the Past Tracks project with Irish Rail and the upcoming Waterways Ireland podcast.

Ally is the author of two novels, The Inheritance and Infidelity. You can read her take on the importance of valuing families memories in her Irish Times article, The Comfort to be found in Memories and Remembering.