Turtle Bunbury

Writer and Historian

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Turtle Bunbury's Books

You should find 'Easter Dawn', 'The Glorious Madness', 'Vanishing Ireland' and Turtle's other books in his Amazon stores via Amazon.com and Amazon.co.uk

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Lisnavagh House

Rated the 11th best place in the world by GQ Magazine, Lisnavagh has been home to the Bunbury family since the 17th century and is now an upmarket wedding venue, run by Turtle's brother William and his wife Emily.

Farm 21

Magnificent award-winning works by Turtle's sister, interior designer Sasha Sykes, creator of 'Nest', the great Straw Bale Cube, the Carlow Chair and the Eileen Gray inspired screen, now permanent exhibits at the National Museum in Dublin.

Marie O'Brien - Researcher Extraordinaire

Maria O'Brien has the water diviner's gift for locating burbling streams and occasional oceans of historical brilliance from those hard-to-reach sources ... in the space of a few days she discovered more about my wife's great-grandfather than anyone has ever known, possibly even him. As historical sleuths go, Maria is a veritable Sherlock.

Bunbury Boards

The handsome timber chopping boards that have captured the attention of shops from Kilkenny Design to John Lewis to Williams Sonoma, earning a 5-star rating from The Irish Times.

The Vanishing Ireland Project

Twelve years and four best-selling books later, all of the interviews from the Vanishing Ireland project can be found on this site.

Irish Woods

Turtle's brother William Bunbury grows, sources, conditions and supplies fully traceable home-grown Irish hardwood timber to Ireland's furniture makers and woodworkers.

Historical Talks & Tours

Turtle Bunbury is on hand to give talks and tours on all things Irish from ancestry to pubs, war to emigration, religion to rabbit-catching, Vikings to Vanishing Ireland.




Newstalk's Hidden Histories - Click here for a link to back podcasts of Turtle's historical tales on Newstalk's Breakfast Show.

Bristlebird Media Works - The dapper genius of Adam Green, creator of this fine website.

James Fennell Photography - The remarkable Mr Fennell with whom Turtle has collaborated on 'Living in Sri Lanka', 'Vanishing Ireland', 'The Irish Pub', 'Sporting Legends of Ireland' and many other projects.

Daily Beast - Newsweek's online service to which Turtle's brother-in-law Tom Sykes contributes regular features in the guise of 'The Royalist'. Tom's latest book, 'In the Pleasure Groove: Love, Death, and Duran Duran' (Dutton, 2012), the memoirs of John Taylor, was a New York Times and Sunday Times bestseller. His other books include 'Blow by Blow' about iconic fashionista Isabella Blow and What Did I Do Last Night?, Tom's rollicking account of alcohol-fuelled nights in London and New York during his time as nightlife reporter for the New York Post.

The Hidden Ireland - A collection of over 30 of the finest country houses, castles and townhouses in Ireland which offer accomodation.

The Pat Purcell Papers - Excellent historical archive courtesy of Carlow Rootsweb.

Ian Cantwell - A curious collection of texts and data about Irish history and genealogy, with a humorous twist.

Parkhood - The landscape architects and environmental consultants with whom Turtle's brother Andrew Bunbury works.

Loopline Films - Se Merry Doyle's TV and film production company in Dublin with whom Turtle co-wrote the script for 'John Henry Foley - Ghost of the Empire'.

The Dubliner - The City magazine that gave Turtle his break as a columnist back in 2000 and serialised 'Vanishing Ireland'.

I Am of Ireland - An arts and crafts website with a difference.

The Streets of Dublin - A 30,000 strong photographic tour of the capital city by Infomatique.

Carlow Genealogy Website - An excellent and informative site with links to all things Carlow and access to a mailing list of old Carlovians from all around the world.

County Carlow Information - Another excellent and informative site relating to Ireland's coolest county.

Tindal Wines - Supplier of fine vintages to the Bunbury household.

Jordan Ferguson - In tribute to an old friend who died of lung cancer in 2007.