Bespoke Talks & Public Speaking

Turtle delivers talks for conferences, festivals, corporate events, launches and after-dinner occasions. He also gives bespoke talks and presentations for clients, tailoring history lectures to suit their specific family and geographic background.

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Previous Bespoke Talks Commissions

Hibernian Society of Savannah

‘Your St Patrick’s Day talk was very much enjoyed as obvious by the loud applause and prolonged standing ovation that you received. Your research into the history of Savannah kept us all enthralled from start to finish. Know that you have made many new friends and followers in this area.’

Dr Francis P. Rossiter, Jr.
Chair, Speakers Committee

Circle of Champions

Turtle led a 50-strong walking tour through the streets of Kilkenny City when the Allstate Corporation brought their prestigious Circle of Champions to Ireland in 2018 as part of the largest Incentive Program ever realised in the country.

Cruise Europe Conference

‘Succinct, brilliant and frequently funny … Turtle certainly brought history “alive” to an audience who were in a “social” mood and not prone to listening to history in a lecture format. I would have no hesitation in recommending Turtle Bunbury. This man is one to watch.’

Captain Michael McCarthy
Chairman, Cruise Europe

Web Summit

‘Turtle somehow managed to captivate a group filled with some of the most creative and accomplished entrepreneurs on the planet.’

Paddy Cosgrave

European Insurance Forum

‘Turtle’s piece was particularly thoughtful for our overseas visitors, with its mix of history and whimsy, bringing events to life through characters and personalities. He is as at ease entertaining international audiences as a local, domestic one. This is history made accessible, enjoyable and interesting. Turtle is a pleasure to deal with; responsive and flexible. I would thoroughly recommend him for such events.’

Una Coleman
Conference Manager

Travel Classics

‘Fleet-footed and fact-friendly … Turtle pulled it off with charm, wit and expertise.’

George Stone
Editor-in-chief, National Geographic Traveler

Pegasus Lecturer

‘Turtle is an engaging, entertaining and erudite speaker. As a popular author and TV personality, he has added hugely to the attractiveness of various Pegasus lecture tours. Pegasus is happy to recommend him to both general and academic audiences.’

John O’Keeffe, MD,
Pegasus Consulting

Hinterland Ireland

Turtle’s presentation went down a treat, as did his genial presence.’

Myles Dungan
Festival Curator

Launching Heritage Week

‘Turtle’s speech was just right for our launch of Heritage Week in Dublin. A fascinating spin through the history of the Guinness Storehouse, it really added to our event and engaged our guests in a fun and informative way. Everyone really enjoyed it.’

Niamh Donnellan
Heritage Council

Butler Aboo!

‘Highly entertaining … their interest in the topics covered will doubtless continue when they return to their daily lives. This in no small part stems from the captivating way Turtle delivers his presentations.’

Brenda Butler
Hon. Secretary, Butler Society

Friend of the National Gallery

‘A most entertaining and hugely informative talk … interesting and witty presentation … putting all into context, which holds one’s interest and obviously the result of extensive research.’

Maureen Beary Ryan
Friends of the National Gallery of Ireland

Crossroads of Art & Design

‘Your lecture could not have given more pleasure to our members – so much positive feedback!’

Christopher Monkhouse
Curator of European Decorative Arts

‘How nice it was to hear the audience laughing and enjoying itself. You broadened the scope of what it means to be Irish. This is particularly important to our audience and they so enjoyed hearing you make those connections.’

Fawn Ring
Director of Lectures & Performance Programs

Transatlantic Connections

‘We were delighted to have Turtle as one of our keynote speakers. Our delegates were treated to an enlightening and entertaining talk, and the consensus by all was that it was one of the highlights of the conference.’

Niamh Hamill
Director, Institute of Study Abroad Ireland

Mansion House Talk

‘Turtle produced a rich tapestry of enthralling tales, in turn scholarly, anecdotal, serious and light hearted but always entertaining: his audience loved it and left asking for more. It was a privilege as well as a pleasure to be able to listen to such a natural and accomplished story teller. He is truly a ‘National Treasure’.’

Colonel Richard Kinsella-Bevan
President, SSAFA

New York & Chicago Galas

‘Over 300 of our American members and board members fully approved of and enjoyed Mr. Bunbury’s content and delivery.’

Patrick Guinness
President, Irish Georgian Society

Courts Centenary Commemoration

‘A successful, most interesting and enjoyable event.’

Susan Denham
Chief Justice of Ireland

Distillery Launch

‘A great talk … informative and, most importantly, entertaining.’

Bernard Walsh
Managing Director

Speaker Series

‘A lecture of the highest calibre.’

Gerard Whelan
Royal Dublin Society

Monte Carlo Circuit

‘Turtle gave us two first-rate talks. He is deeply passionate about his subjects and his passion is contagious. We received tremendous feedback after each talk.’

Judith Gantley
Princess Grace Irish Library

Huguenots in Ireland

‘A wonderful talk and presentation. We received a great response from the audience.’

Martina Lewis,
Office of Public Works, Emo Court, County Laois

1916 Commemorative Event

‘An excellent presentation at the Chicago Cultural Center, catering to an audience ranging from those who knew little of Irish history to descendants of participants in the Rising – a difficult feat, managed with aplomb.’

Orla Mc Breen
Consul General of Ireland to Chicago & US Midwest

Lola Montez in Munich

‘A wonderful presentation … it was really well-done & obviously appreciated by the crowd.’

Michael Collins
Irish Ambassador to Germany

‘You are a brilliant story teller … you also created a bridge to our English, US, Australian and Bavarian friends in Munich.’

Ann Dempsey
Munich Irish Network

Incentive Talk

Turtle has delivered a series of talks for Guardian Life’s top tier at both the K-Club and Cliff at Lyons in County Kildare, as well as the Parade Tower in Kilkenny Castle.

Cistercian Memories

‘Thanks a thousand for the wonderful launching oration and your presence. It was a day ever to be remembered.’

Dom Laurence Walsh

Dom Laurence is author of ‘Slí na Manach – Our Photographic Camino: 140 Years of Photographs of the Cistercian Way with the Monks of Mount Saint Joseph Abbey’ (2018)

History Teachers Symposium

Turtle chaired a panel discussion on ‘History & Research in Partnership’ during the first annual symposium for Junior Cycle History Teachers at Collins Barracks, Dublin, in May 2019.

‘Many thanks again for doing such an amazing job … a rich and engaging closing session; the feedback is overwhelmingly positive.’

Angela Hanratty
Junior Cycle for Teachers (JCT) Support Service

Previous Public Speaking Commissions

Harvard Allyship Series: Indigenous Peoples

Turtle is one of the keynote speakers at a Harvard alumni event on 24 February 2021 to mark the relationship between the people of Ireland and the Indigenous Peoples of North America.

Douglass Week 2021

Turtle presents ‘The World in 1845-1847 : Contextualizing Douglass’s Ireland.’

All Together Now

Turtle interviewed Caroline Lady Waterford on the ‘Curious Minds’ stage at the 2019 All Together Now festival in Curraghmore, County Waterford, Ireland.

Half Moon Festival

‘Thank you for such wonderful mastery in this events success. I cannot get over how incredible it all turned out, and it is all thanks to you! What an excellent show.’

T. C. Crawford
Festival Organizer

West Cork History Festival

Turtle is interviewed by Simon Kingston about Cork highlights from ‘Ireland’s Forgotten Pasts.’

Irish Network -Washington DC

Turtle delivered a Zoom talk on his 2021 bestseller, The Irish Diaspora.

Isobel Murray

‘An excellent presentation’
Ragnar Almqvist
Embassy of Ireland, Washington DC

Bangor Rotary Club

‘Very many thanks for your wonderful talk today, regarding which I have received only praise.’

James O’Fee
Bangor Rotary Club

Butlers of the World

Turtle delivered a Zoom talk to 300 global members of the Butler family in March 2021.

Chalke Valley History Festival, Wiltshire, England

‘Thank you so much for coming to the Chalke Valley History Festival and giving such an outstanding talk. You spoke brilliantly and the feedback from the audience has been excellent.’

Jane Pleydell-Bouverie
Festival Director

Poésie & Prose Literary Festival, Paris, France


Nora Hickey M’Sichili
Directrice, Centre Culturel Irelandais, Paris, France

Chicago iBAM!

‘I was very impressed. I admired Turtle’s rapport with the audience, and his lively, focused presentations. He was friendly and pleasant and the audience felt this. People paid close attention and nobody left early. ’

Frank West
Irish American News

Adare Book Launch

‘Turtle was the star of the show and it was an absolute pleasure to work with him on this special project.’

Colm Hannon
General Manager, Adare Manor

Festival of Writing & Ideas, Ireland

Turtle chaired a panel discussion on ‘Remarkable Years’ with Rick Stroud, Rowan Somerville and Margaret MacMillan.

‘Absolutely perfect.’

Hugo Jellett
Festival Director

The Norman Invasion, Ireland

Turtle delivered one of the two keynote addresses on the origin, impact and legacy of the Cambro-Norman invasion of Ireland in 1169 at a festival to mark its 850th anniversary in May 2019.