Turtle Bunbury

Writer and Historian

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In Ireland the inevitable never happens and the unexpected constantly occurs”, Sir John Pentland Mahaffy, tutor to Oscar Wilde.

Turtle's interest with Irish history bore its first fruits when, while at school in Scotland, an essay he wrote on Michael Collins won the Gladstone Memorial Essay Prize.  He subsequently read history at Trinity College Dublin, returning to the subject after a three-year absence in Hong Kong.

As well as the Vanishing Ireland series and The Irish Pub, he is the author of numerous books on Irish history, including Ireland's Forgotten Past (2020), 1847 (2016), Easter Dawn (2015), The Glorious Madness (2014), The Dublin Docklands (2009), The Landed Gentry & Aristocracy of County Wicklow (2005) and The Landed Gentry & Aristocracy of County Kildare (2004). He has also written inumerable private family histories and other commissioned treatises of a historical nature. Examples of these can be found throughout this website.

Turtle’s expertise lies with Ireland since the 17th century. However, viewing history as a jigsaw, the subject matter of these essays stretch back more than 2500 years to an age when the western shores of Europe first came under the influence of a new order – that of the Celtic civilization.