Turtle Bunbury

Writer and Historian

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Newspapers:The Financial Times, The New York Post, The Irish Times, The Irish Examiner, The Irish Daily Mail, The Mail & Guardian, South China Morning Post, The Guardian, The Scotsman, Sunday Express, The Australian, The Independent, The Irish Echo, The Sunday Business Post, The Sunday Tribune, Sunday World, The Sun, Sunday Independent, Hong Kong Standard, Belfast Telegraph.

Lifestyle: Playboy, Vogue Living, The World of Interiors, The Browser, Country Life, House & Garden, The White Book (as Homes Editor), International Homes Magazine, Homes Worldwide, Objekt, Magill, The Dubliner, Wealth, Irish Tatler, Social & Personal, Prudence, Ryanair.

Travel: World Traveller (NWA), Cara (Aer Lingus), Ryanair Magazine, Serendib (SriLankan Airlines), Identity (Emirates Airlines), The Australian, The Guardian, The Irish Times, The New York Post, Abroad, Visitor and iMode.

Awards: Irish Long-Haul Travel Journalist of the Year 2006.

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Turtle Bunbury on a fishing assignment with The Irish Daily Mail.
(Photo: Eamon Ward)


Sunday Independent
Andrea Smith profiles Turtle and Ally's married life in 'Bondings'.
(February 2017)

The Irish Times
Turtle profiled in Home & Property, with nods to Sasha Sykes, Dan Shaw-Smith, Sylvia Drew, an Ikea map of the world and a giraffe-length bathtub.
(November 2016)

Sunday Times
Turtle guest writes the 'My Week' column. (October 2015)

The Irish Examiner
A profile of Turtle's thoughts on history ahead of the inaugural History Festival of Ireland by Arlene Harris. (June 2012)

Sunday Independent
A day in the life of Turtle Bunbury, based on an interview with Ciara Dwyer. (Sept 2011)

The Browser
Daisy Banks talks with Turtle about five books that inspired him to become a family historian.
(August 2011)

Carlow People
A report on Turtle's upcoming 'Genealogy Roadshow' series by Liz Lee. (May 2011)

NRC Handelsblad
Turtle talks with Titia Ketelaar of the Dutch newspaper about the Irish economy and positive steps forward. (February 2011)

Meadhb Monahan interviews Turtle about his book 'Sporting Legends of Ireland' (December 2010).

The Sunday Business Post
A profile of the Bunbury family by Ros Drinkwater, focusing on the new yoga retreat for Mums at Lisnavagh. (August 2010)

The Irish Times
Turtle talks with Brian O'Connell about what makes centenarians live so long for an article entitled 'When Your Birthday is a Presidential Affair'. (January 2010)

The Carlow People
Turtle outlines his plans for 2010.
(January 2010).

The Irish Times Magazine - A three page interview with Turtle and his 'Vanishing Ireland' colleague James Fennell by Miriam Mulcahy. (November 2009).

The Australian - A thumbs up review of Turtle's 'Your History in a Book' venture. (November 2009).

The Sunday Tribune - An exploration of the motives behind the Vanishing Ireland project by Claire O'Mahony. (October 2009).

The Impartial Reporter - Meadhb Monaghan interviews Turtle in the context of his new ‘Vanishing Ireland’ book and touches on the his History in a Book concept. (Sept 2009)

The Irish Post - Elaine Sheridan provides a detailed profile of the Your History in a Book project for the London-Irish. (Sept 2009)

The Irish Examiner - Turtle remarks on the latest figures from the Vintners Federation. (August 2009).

The Gloss - A wholesome profile of the Bunbury family of Lisnavagh by Catherine Heaney. (February 2009).

Hospitality Ireland - An in depth look at the inspiration behind 'The Irish Pub' book by Emily Hourican. (November 2008).

BBC World - Turtle provides the BBC's Mark Simpson with some key thoughts on the fate of the Irish pub. (October 2008).

The Irish Independent - An interview with Turtle by Barbara Harding entitled 'The Time Traveller'. (April 2008).

The Carlow People - Eliz Lee takes a look at the inspirations which led Turtle to start writing. (April 2006).

The Leinster Leader - Henry Bauress tackles Turtle's take on the Kildare Gentry. (December 2004).



Turtle frequently reviews hotels and restaurants throughout the world for international magazines and for the Alastair Sawday's 'Special Places to Stay' series. NWA passengers were reading Turtle's tips on where to dine, shop and hang out in Dublin in the March 2009 edition of World Traveller. Meanwhile, Aer Lingus passengers have lately been reading up on the state of the Irish pub in Cara magazine. A modern Sotogrande hideaway was one of the lead features in the July 2008 issue of Homes & Gardens. An interview with Turtle entitled 'How I Got Here' appeared in the Irish Independent in April 2008. An article on three Irish villages at a Crossroads featured in The Irish Times Magazine on April 5th. Meanwhile,Turtle's verdict on Ireland's oldest pub ran in Visitor. Other articles by Turtle on the shelf lately include a look at Huntington Castle in County Carlow for Wealth, a review of Temple House in County Sligo for Objekt and a review of a County Louth sea lodge in 25 Beautiful Homes. An extract from 'Vanishing Ireland' formed a major feature in both Country Life and the Irish Independent in December 2007.


Turtle’s first feature was an examination of Santa Claus, written for his home county newspaper, The Carlow Nationalist. In Hong Kong he became a freelance correspondent for Business News Indochina and the South China Morning Post.


Was your great aunt eaten by lions? Nowadays, ‘Family History’ is one of the most popular phrases keyed into web search engines, due partially to the enormous popularity of the RTE TV series ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ with a similar programme which ran on the BBC some time back. If you suspect that an ancestor was eaten by lions, going on what great granny told you, but don’t know for certain and would like to know for sure (there might have been rumours, too, of a great, great uncle who had run off with a girl from Argentina) help is at hand in the form of Turtle Bunbury and his team of genealogy researchers. You may have caught Turtle’s appearance with Rosanna Davison on RTE 1 on Monday September 28 in the programme ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’

Local resident Turtle has developed a unique service of encapsulating your family history in a book. It works like this. You supply the facts – as far as you know them – and Turtle’s team swings into action to trace your ancestry and link each generation of your family to relevant events of that age – be they rebellions, battles, castles, emigrant ships and characters who shaped their lives – even the one who may have landed up in the jaws of an African lion.

The service has already turned up some startling discoveries, with Turtle and his team revealing the family history of Newstalk 106’s Tom Dunne live on air, while the Irish Examiner published the history of the late Dermot Morgan (Father Ted).

Turtle also helped Miss World follow her de Burgh ancient line back to the Norman invasion. So if you want to know more, key www.turtlebunbury.com/generation