Meet The Team

Turtle Bunbury

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

Turtle has researched and written hundreds of family, house and corporate histories, including the book and podcast, ‘Maxol, The Story of an Irish Business 1920 – 2020’ and two sumptuous new books for Adare Manor, namely ‘The Renaissance of an Irish Country House,’ and ‘An Epicurean Journey’.

A co-founder of the Vanishing Ireland project, Turtle hosts a new podcast, chronicling the life and times of Ireland’s oldest generation through their stories and distinctive voices.  In 2022, Turtle takes the podcast overseas to interview the Irish Diaspora around the world.

December 2021 sees 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.