What We Do
Understanding the history of your organisation is vital to preserving and building for the future. Turtle recently produced major anniversary biographies for Maxol (2020) and Weir’s Jewellers (2019). The Maxol book was recoded as a 12-part podcast series and goes to air in 2022.
Turtle also wrote and produced two books for Adare Manor, namely ‘An Epicurean Journey’ (2020) and ‘Renaissance of an Irish Country House’ (2019).
Turtle supplies core content for exhibitions and advertising campaigns. Past and present clients include Iarnród Éireann (Irish Rail), Maxol, Waterways Ireland, Walsh’s Whiskey (The Irishman), Flahavan’s, Pernod-Ricard (Jameson), Irish Whiskey Assets, Brown-Forman (Slane Whiskey), Fáilte Ireland (Ireland’s Ancient East, Cork Harbour), LeisureWorld (St Peter’s Church), TellTale UK (Avondale), Illva Saronno / 1751 (Royal Oak Distillery), Waterford Whiskey (Mark Reynier), Weir ‘s (jeweller) and Maxmedia.
Turtle can research the journey of your family from its earliest origins to the present generations, placing each of your ancestors in the context of the times through which they lived. The final result is illustrated with photographs of the people, events and places connected to your story.
Turtle has a long-standing interest in researching the history of houses, and the various occupants down through the decades and centuries that went before. Leaving no stone unturned, he traces each property back to its earliest known origins and brings to light any stories that help to illuminate the past. Where possible, he connects with relatives and other people with a connection to the original resident families.
‘I have been a big fan of Turtle for many, many years. I have most of his books. I very much enjoy the way he has brought history into our domain, the way he has brought it in visually and yet he has also maintained the purity of it, and the science of history.’
Ann Doyle, former RTE News anchor
Turtle has spent the past 25 years interviewing Ireland’s venerable elders, recording their invaluable memories and captivating voices for present and future family generations. As well as stories that celebrate courage, kindness, and humour, he gathers important details about the names and lives of the people his interviewees knew when they were young.
Spring 2022 saw the launch of Turtle’s Past Tracks project, a collaboration with Irish Rail, bringing his history panels (illustrated by Derry Dillon) to 50 railway stations across Ireland. Turtle previously curated ‘A City By the Sea’ and ‘Cork 1918,’ back-to-back exhibitions for St Peter’s Cork City. He has also worked closely on interpretive design projects for Cork Harbour, Waterways Ireland and Avondale House in County Wicklow