Turtle’s Diary 2022

Turtle’s latest podcast series was launched on 14 March 2022.



August 23 – Sept 4: Turtle embarks on his third Circumnavigation of Ireland cruise as a speaker aboard Noble Caledonia’s flagship, MS Island Sky.

August 11-23: Turtle to be a Guest Speaker on a Circumnavigation of Ireland cruise aboard Noble Caledonia’s flagship, MS Island Sky.

June 22-23: Hinterland 2023.

May: Publication of ‘Kilkea Castle – A History.’

Jan: Turtle to deliver fund-raiser talk on ‘Remembrance and War’ at Ballinure Church in West Wicklow.




Nov 28 (Monday, 6:30pm): Councillor William Carey of South Dublin County Council, to launch Turtle’s History of Corkagh Podcast series at Clondalkin Library.

Nov 27: Gilly Fogg and Cece Bell win BAFTA Content For Change for ‘El Deafo’; Turtle tells tale of George Halpin in opening episode of season 2 of ‘Great Lighthouses of Ireland’ (RTÉ One, repeat).

Nov 19: Sue Leonard’s interview with Ally about her new Christmas novel, Joan Collins and grieving her father appears in the Irish Examiner. See here. Sue hails ‘All Wrapped Up’ as a ‘joyously exuberant’ book that sees Ally ‘at the top of her game.’ Áine Toner’s review in the Belfast Telegraph applauds it as ‘a great read that’s very well written.’

Nov 10: National treasure Anne Doyle launches Ally Bunbury’s third novel, ‘All Wrapped Up’ to a full house at The Little Museum of Dublin on St Stephen’s Green, with Bertha’s Revenge Gin on offer for all.

Nov 9: Ally smashes it in an interview with The Pat Kenny Show on Newstalk. Pat, an enthusiast for Lady Serena and champion of Giles, calls it ‘the perfect Christmas read.’

Nov 6: Ally’s ‘My Life in Books’ is featured in the Sunday Independent. 

Nov 5: Turtle joins Sean Connolly, professor of Irish History (Emeritus) at Queen’s University Belfast, in conversation with Susan McKay at Belfast International Arts Festival to discuss the legacy of generations who left the island of Ireland to make new lives in a new world. The event took place at the Cultúrlann McAdam Ó Fiaich, 216 Falls Road, Belfast.

Ally Bunbury discussing her new book ‘All Wrapped Up’ on the Six O’Clock Show (Virgin Media One, Episode 209), 2 November 2022. Watch here.

Nov 3: Turtle’s article on Winston Churchill’s visit to Adare Manor is published by Irish Central (here).

Nov 2: Ally discusses her new book ‘All Wrapped Up’ on the Six O’Clock Show with Martin King and Fionnuala Jones on (Virgin Media One, Episode 209). Hugh Bonneville and Conor Pope are her fellow guests.

October 28: Diaspora Digital News profiles Turtle and hails ‘The Irish Diaspora’ as a ‘must’ for any library – ‘a journey of discovery crafted in the most simple and easy way to grasp.’ See here.

October 24: Irish Central hails ‘The Irish Diaspora’ as ‘the Diaspora’s bible’ – ‘it makes for easy, enjoyable, informative reading and can be read cover to cover or zoning in on characters that particularly interest you.’ See here.

October 23: Turtle presents a talk on ‘The Irish Diaspora: The French Connection’ at Cercle Littéraire Irlandais October Gathering, Paris, along with Neil Hegarty, Nora Hickey, Ru Freeman, Patricia Killeen and songs by Maureen O’Donoghue.

October 17: Turtle delivers lunchtime speech on ‘The Irish Diaspora: Chicago Connections’ for the Irish Fellowship Club of Chicago at the Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson Blvd, Chicago.

Extract from Skyline (Chicago).

October 16-17: Lisnavagh Wellness Festival makes its debut in County Carlow.

October 15: Turtle presents after-dinner speech for the Irish Georgian Society dinner at The Casino, 195 East Delaware Place, Chicago, looking at Kingston Mines, Lady Sarah Bunbury, Eddie Colley and Elizabeth Bowen.

October 13: Turtle presents after-dinner speech for the Irish Georgian Society dinner at the University Club, 1 West 54th Street, New York, looking at Governor Dongan, the Colley family, Elizabeth Bowen and Doneraile.

Oct 12: ‘TURTLE TIME: The Irish Georgian Society [IGS] and the Irish Fellowship Club will both have events featuring the polished tones of Turtle Bunbury, one of Ireland’s most delightful writers and architectural social commentators. On Saturday, Oct. 15, Turtle will speak on Irish Gardens at the IGS dinner at the Casino. On Monday, Oct. 17, he will speak at the IGS luncheon about his latest book, “The Irish Diaspora, Tales of Emigration, Exile and Imperialism,” at the Union League Club at 11:30 a.m. His latest is a must and is dedicated to legendary Chicagoan Rose Marie O’Neill.’ (Thomas O’Gorman, Skyline, Chicago, Vo. 118, No. 41).

Sept 15: Turtle presents the opening talk at the MGI UK and Ireland Conference in the Tanners Suite of the Hyatt Centric Hotel in Dublin.

Sept 11: Turtle attends Choral Evensong service at St Colman’s Church, Farahy, County Cork,  a thanksgiving for the life of Elizabeth Bowen. The service was sung by the Clerks Choral. The Rev Dr Robert McCarthy presided and the address was given by Dr Martin Mansergh.

Sept 3: Turtle’s account of visiting Languedoc, Carcasonne and the Canal du Midi is published in the Irish Daily Mail.

August: Turtle hosts the third of his RDS Speaker Series lectures, discussing ‘The Tudor Plantations’ with his former tutor Ciaran Brady, Emeritus Professor of Early Modern History & Historiography at Trinity College Dublin.

August 1-15: Turtle delivers the history of Ireland in four parts as the guest speaker on a 14-day Circumnavigation of Ireland on board Noble Caledonia’s flagship, MS Island Sky.

August 1: Publication of ‘Princes and Poets,’ a history of Gregan Castle in County Clare, written by Turtle and designed by John Power.

July 26: Turtle delivers a talk at Altamont Gardens on  “Altamont – The Creation of an Irish Garden as part of the Carlow Garden Festival. He charts the story of Altamont through the centuries from its reputed beginnings as a riverside retreat for nuns through the development of the house and gardens under the families who lived there between the 18th and 20th centuries – Doyne, St George, Borrer, K’Eogh, Lecky-Watson and North.

July 25: Turtle delivers a talk on Dublin-born composer John Field to the Arts Society in London, after which he is made an Accredited Lecturer of the Arts Society.

June 25: Turtle gives a talk at the Hinterland Festival 2022 in The Courthouse, Kells, County Meath, homing in on ‘The Irish Diaspora: Tales of Emigration, Exile and Imperialism.’

June 19: Turtle delivers the 8:30am Sunday Breakfast talk on ‘Munster Women: Eliza Lynch, Nellie Cashman and Lola Montez’ at the Immrama Festival Of Travel Writing in Lismore, County Waterford.

June 10-12: The 10th Borris House Festival of Writing & Ideas, County Carlow – another triumph.

May 22:  Turtle tells the tale of Captain Halpin and the Atlantic Cable in episode 3 of season 2 of ‘Great Lighthouses of Ireland’, which airs on RTÉ One (here).

May 21: Turtle delivers speech at ‘Emigrants and Exiles, the East Galway Story’ conference, entitled ‘Children of the Hunger – The Irish Diaspora.’

May 17: Turtle discusses the ‘Past Tracks’ panel with Sue Nunn on ‘The Way It Is’ on KCLR (here).

May 15: Turtle tells tale of Francis Beaufort in second episode of season 2 of ‘Great Lighthouses of Ireland’ (RTÉ One).

May 13: Turtle presents ‘The O’Leary’s and the Cavanaughs’ at the Merrion Hotel, Dublin.

May 8: Turtle tells tale of George Halpin in opening episode of season 2 of ‘Great Lighthouses of Ireland’ (RTÉ One).

May 3: Turtle speaks to the Enniscorthy Retirement Association on Wexford’s overseas influences, including the Savannah Irish, Lord Baltimore, Daniel Robertson and the defenders of the Alamo.

April 30: Ally Bunbury guest stars on the Brendan O’Connor Show (RTE Radio One) and talks of things to do at Big Houses over the May bank holiday weekend. (Listen here.)

April 27: Turtle speed-dates Lola Montez for PechaKucha Night at D-Light Studios in Dublin.

April 15: Global Irish Episode 5 investigates the Irish roots of Sherlock Holmes creator Arthur Conan Doyle.

April 14: Turtle reads the story of Statia Kealy for the European Book Slam on Clubhouse.

April 8-9: Turtle joins Dr Myles Dungan and Dr David McCullagh for the History Weekend at Ashford Castle, Cong, County Galway. His talk offers a long-term perspective on the road to Irish independence. Ashford Castle is named the best resort hotel in Ireland and the UK by Travel + Leisure magazine three months later. The hotel won the same accolade in 2020.

April 8: Turtle Bunbury’s Global Irish, Episode 5, is published, starring Lola Montez.


Turtle with Bernard Walsh announcing The Irishman whiskey’s sponsorship of Turtle Bunbury’s Global Irish podcast series at Lisnavagh House, Rathvilly, County Carlow.

Turtle with his Past Tracks panels in Carlow railway station, April 2022, with Irish Rail’s Jen Reilly and illustrator Derry Dillon. Photo: Thomas Sunderland.

April 8: Turtle hosts the second of his RDS Speaker Series lectures, discussing “The Burning the Big House: The Country House in War and Revolution, 1914-1923” with Professor Terence Dooley, director of the Centre for the Study of Historic Irish Houses and Estates at Maynooth University in County Kildare.

April 6: Turtle and Bernard Walsh, creator of The Irishman whiskeys, host a Facebook Live Event at Lisnavagh House, County Carlow, discussing historic characters from the Irish diaspora while sampling some whiskey.

April 5:  Turtle joins Jen Reilly of Irish Rail, illustrator Derry Dillon and photographer Thomas Sunderland for launch of Past Tracks II at Carlow railway station. 50 history panels have now been unveiled at 50 Irish Rail stations across Ireland. Each panel is written and researched by Turtle, illustrated by Derry and translated into Irish by Jack O’Driscoll. The launch was profiled by Eliz Lee in the Carlow Nationalist here and Carlow Live here.

April 3: Proinsias O Rathaille gives a fine account of the Past Tracks project and the Dromod panel (on which his mother Bridie Clyne features) to Kevin Mc Gillacuddy on Shannonside. The panel also scores a full-page feature in the Leitrim Observer.

April 1: Global Irish Episode 4 is published, starring  The Incredible Mr Kavanagh. On the same day, the podcast series is profiled by Irish-American News in Chicago.

March 29: Turtle is a guest on The Pat Kenny Show on Newstalk discussing some of the characters he will be talking about at Ashford Castle on April 9. Listen here.

March 25: Global Irish Episode 3 is published, starring Nellie Cashman.

March 22: Whisky Magazine profiles Turtle, The Irishman and the Global irish podcast. (See here)

March 14: Turtle is one of the talking heads in the second series of ‘The Way We Were’ (Episode 4: The Way We Played).

March 19: Turtle tells the tale of Billy Grace for ‘Emigrant Entrepreneurs’, a short feature by Siofra Mulqueen that airs on on ‘The Business’ on RTÉ Radio One (here) in the same week that Ireland win the Triple Crown and Henry de Bromhead scoops his second Cheltenham Gold Cup.

March 18: Global Irish Episode 2 is published, starring the explorer Ernest Shackleton.

March 14: Turtle is one of the talking heads in the second series of ‘The Way We Were’ (Episode 3: The Way We Were At Home).

Waterways Through Time’, a podcast series by Turtle, launched on his 50th birthday.

March 14: Launch of ‘Global Irish’, a new podcast series by Turtle, in collaboration with The Irishman whiskey. The series is supported by the Department of Foreign Affairs. Episode One tells the story of Hercules Mulligan, the New York tailor who saved George Washingtons life, twice. The launch is profiled in the Carlow Nationalist (here) and Checkout Magazine (here).

March 10: ‘The extraordinary links between Ireland and Ukraine’ is published in The Irish Times, a feature by Ally Bunbury, interviewing Daria Blackwell, about the arrival in Mayo of Christina and Ihor Sodomora with their three boys following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. See here.

March 8: Turtle and Myles Dungan join Sean Rocks on Arena on RTÉ Radio One here at 28 mins in.

March 5: Lisnavagh Events wins Best Tourism Website at County Carlow Web Awards.

March 4: Turtle’s Maxol book profiled on ‘That Great Business Show’ (Episode 77), co-hosted by Conall O Móráin Vincent Wall, former Business Editor with Newstalk, with Brian Donaldson, Maxol CEO. Listen here.

March 3: Turtle discusses the new waterways podcast with Breandan O’Scanaill  on ‘Great Outdoors’ (Connemara Community Radio), including the Cong Canal.

March 1: History Ireland magazine gives a glowing review of Barrie Dowdall’s film, ‘Violet Gibson’, describing it as ‘masterful.’

Feb 28: Turtle discusses ‘Waterways Through Time’ on ‘Mooney Goes Wild’ (RTÉ Radio One) with Éanna Ní Lamhna, Derek Mooney and Richard Collins. Part of the interview also featured on Sinéad Mooney’s Playback later in the week.

Feb 24: Turtle discusses ‘Waterways Through Time’ on KCLR Live with Eimear Ní Bhraonáin, here, homing in on the Barrow Valley.

Feb 22-26: Sasha Sykes is one of twelve Irish artists on Design & Crafts Council Ireland’s Portfolio Critical Selection 2021–22. As such, she exhibits ‘Red Obelisk’ at Somerset House, London, as part of ‘Collect’, the leading international fair for contemporary craft and design.

El Deafo on the cover of The Week Junior. The series was directed by Gilly Fogg.

Tom Crampton on the Nasdaq Building as GreenLight BioScience rings the bell.

Detail from Red Obelisk by Sasha Sykes.

Feb 21: On Turtle’s 50th birthday, the first Waterways Ireland podcast series is launched. Researched and written by Turtle,  ‘Waterways Through Time‘ earns high praise from the Waterways Ireland CEO, John McDonagh, who hails Turtle’s ‘outstanding narration.’ The series is profiled by ‘Afloat’ here.

Feb 15: Tom Sykes story breaks on Daily Beast: ‘Epstein Victim Lost Her Famous Photo of Prince Andrew.’

Feb 12: Ally Bunbury scores cover story in the Irish Times Magazine with ‘Lessons in Love from Old Romantics,’ based on her interview with a series of older men and women about what’s truly important in a relationship.

Feb 10: Turtle is one of the guest readers on Thornwillow’s Bloomsyear Centennial Reading of James Joyce’s ‘Ulysses’ (Episode 5 – The Loutis Eaters), alongside Salman Rushdie, Michael Schwarz and Aedin Moloney.  Listen here.

Feb 8: Greenlight Biosciences [GRNA] Rings the Nasdaq Closing Bell; Tom Crampton, its SVP & Head of Corporate Affairs, appears on the Nasdaq building, Times Square, New York, as the company is publicly listed.

Jan 31: William Bunbury’s timber business profiled on KCLR in a 20-minute special.

Jan 21: El Deafo makes the cover of The Week Junior. The three-episode adaptation of the memoir by Cece Bell was directed by Gilly Fogg. The New York Times called it ‘terrific’ while The Guardian hailed it as one of the week’s picks, calling it ‘sweet, funny [and] poignant.’

Jan 22: Turtle presents online talks on ‘The Irish Diaspora’ and ‘Vanishing Ireland’ to Diploma in Genealogy class at University College Cork.

Jan 21: The new audio version of ‘Ireland’s Forgotten Past’ (also now in paperback) is clocked as No. 2 on the Irish History bestsellers’ page of Amazon.

Jan 19: Turtle presents ‘The Irish Diaspora’ to the Irish American Heritage Museum in Albany, New York. (See below)

Jan 3: Lochlann Ó Mearáin’s new series ‘Droichid Na hÉireann’ (The Bridges of Ireland) debuts on RTE One. In the first episode, Turtle talks him through the colourful history of Dublin’s Ha’penny Bridge.




Dec 24: Irish Central publishes ‘Half the Joy of an Irish Christmas‘; Turtle is among the voices on VoiceMap’s recording of “T’was the Night Before Christmas.”

Dec 21: The Irish Post selects ‘The Irish Diaspora’ as one of its Twelve Books for Christmas.

Dec 20: Ally Bunbury is one of the guest readers on Thornwillow’s Bloomsyear Centennial Reading of James Joyce’s ‘Ulysses’ (Episode 3), alongside Edoardo Ballerini, David Mamet, Tamara Glenny, Richard Nash, and Charl Brown. Listen here.

Dec 18: Turtle’s interviews with Rachel Comiskey of Zurich (Samichlaus and Schmutzli) and Liz Cairns of Leicestershire,UK (The Last-Minute Mayhem) published online with ‘To Be Irish at Christmas.’

Dec 14: The Maxol Podcast goes live on Spotify.


Dec 10: Turtle’s interviews with John Power of the Loire Valley (Half the Joy of Christmas) and Elizabeth Stack of Albany, New York (Where the Jingle Bells Chime) published online with ‘To Be Irish at Christmas.’

Dec 9: Turtle is awarded the 2021 Gilmartin Medal after he delivers the Gilmartin Lecture to the College of Anaesthesiologists of Ireland. His lecture is entitled ‘Of Chloroform, Contagion & the Comanche Nation: Aspects of the World in 1847’. Listen here.

Dec 7: As Storm Barra pounds Ireland, Turtle’s 2017 account of the Night of the Big Wind is reprised to become the Irish Times’ tenth most popular story of the day.

Dec 1: To Be Irish’ programme launched by the Minister of State for Overseas Development Aid and Diaspora, Colm Brophy, T.D., to include a series of interviews with the Irish diaspora curated by Turtle.

Nov 19: Turtle delivers a talk on ‘The Irish Diaspora – Tales of Emigrants, Exile & Empire’ for Muckross House in Killarney.

Nov 10-15:Violet Gibson – The Irish woman who shot Mussolini’ screens as part of the Irish Film Festa Rome, with Italian subtitles.

Nov 8: The Dublin Book Festival 2021 commences with ‘Lost and Found – Irishman Captain Francis Crozier and the Franklin Expedition disaster’, in which Turtle interviews polar historian Michael Smith, author of ‘Icebound in the Arctic’. The event was held in partnership with the Royal Dublin Society Library.

Nov 7: Turtle launches the new www.turtlebunbury.com website, which you are presently viewing, complete with subscription-based history archive of his work. The website is designed by Fintan Blake Kelly of the Upping Company, following consultation with Úna Ryan of Marketing Eye Consultancy and the support of the Carlow Enterprise Board.

Nov 1: Turtle interviewed for ‘The Global Interview with Creatives, Leaders, and Thinkers’ (Season 29) about the joys of history.

Oct 31: Turtle delivers keynote speech at official unveiling of Willie Malone’s statue of Kevin Barry in Rathvilly, County Carlow. As Charlie Keegan writes in his report on the event in the Carlow Nationalist: ‘The day’s celebrations opened with a parade headed by a pony and trap with tricolours flying on either side. Close behind came Turtle Bunbury, travelling in style in an open-top vintage Ford from 1930. Turtle, a proud Rathvilly man, author and historian, was keynote speaker for the unveiling.’

Oct 7: The Connaught Telegraph zeroes in on Sasha Sykes ‘Carlow Chair’ in a review of the ‘Our Irish Chair: Tradition Revisited’ at at the National Museum of Ireland – Country Life, Turlough Park, Castlebar.

Oct 2: Turtle shares a panel at Echoes Festival, Dalkey, with Dr Phil Mullen, Caelainn Hogan, Caroline Erskine and Rachel English for ‘Stories from the Silence’, a discussion on why and how Ireland’s past and its hidden stories need to be shared. The festival theme is ‘This Year It Will Be Different.’

Oct 1: Turtle delivers wrap up episode of Vanishing Ireland podcasts.

Sept 24: The last of the Vanishing Ireland podcast interviews airs, with Tullow tailor Michael Johnson, who earns a feature in the Carlow Nationalist. Turtle also talks about the series on ‘The Way It Is’ with Sue Nunn on KCLR.

Sept 22: The film of ‘Violet Gibson – The Irish woman who shot Mussolini’ screens on TG4. It’s the first ever broadcast. See trailer here.

Sept 21: Turtle delivers lecture for South Dublin Libraries on ‘Irish Women & Global Leaders’, including Violet Gibson (the Dubliner who tried to kill Mussolini); Eliza Lynch (the Cork lady who became First Lady of Paraguay) and Lola Montez (the Cork woman who caused the King of Bavaria to abdicate).

Sept 19: Freda Jones is the is the 14th guest on the Vanishing Ireland podcast series, earning her a feature in the Wicklow People by Eimear Dodd.

Sept 15: The Vanishing Ireland podcast series scores its 10,000th download.

Sept 13: Con ‘Durrihy’ O’Sullivan is the is the 13th guest on the Vanishing Ireland podcast series, earning him a feature in the Southern Star.

Sept 8: The Irish Post in London runs Turtle’s feature on Little Al Cashier.

Sept 3: Helen-Fegan Joyce is the 12th guest on the Vanishing Ireland podcast series.

Aug 31: The Clare Champion profiles Clare connections in The Irish Diaspora. Turtle interviews 107 year old Carmel Geoghegan in Portmarnock.

Aug 26: Oliver Reed of Athlone is the 11th guest on the Vanishing Ireland podcast series; the Westmeath Independent carries this feature.

Above: This little piggy is part of a remarkable collection found in a limestone cave on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi. It’s a Sulawesi pig, warts and all, painted with vivid red ochre and is quite possibly the earliest known artwork produced by human hand. The artist even added human hands to the scene. So many millennia ago is a massive timespan to get your head around, but I take encouragement from the notion that, even then, mankind was seeking to make sense of its surroundings through art.

Aug 25: Country Life feature on Turtle’s ‘Favourite Painting’ homes in on the Sulawesi pig (pictured). Volume 6:1 of the Journal of the Butler Society carries Turtle’s obituary to his uncle James Butler.

Aug 21: Turtle speaks with Marita Conlon-McKenna about ‘Children of the Famine’ at the Festival of Writing & Ideas, Borris House.

Aug 20: Philip Lecane of Cork City is the 10th guest on the Vanishing Ireland podcast series, earning him plaudits from Yay Cork.

Aug 13: On the day the Vanishing Ireland podcasts achieves its 5000th download, Miriam Moore is the ninth guest on the series.

Aug 7: The Vanishing Ireland Facebook Group reaches the amazing figure of 150,000 members.

Aug 6: Dublin greengrocer Jack Roche is the eighth guest on the Vanishing Ireland podcast series.

Aug 5: Paperback version of Ireland’s Forgotten Past his the shelves.

Aug 4: Turtle’s presentation on the Past Tracks project, and Athy, is repeated on RTE One’s Nationwide. The Kildare Nationalist takes note.

Aug 3: Turtle discusses Vanishing Ireland with the Morning Mix on South East Radio.

Aug 2: Vanishing Ireland Podcast crosses the 4,000 downloads mark.

July 30: Dessie Hynes, former landlord of O’Donohue’s Pub in Dublin City, is the seventh guest on the Vanishing Ireland podcast series.

July 23: George Knight of Clones is the sixth guest on the Vanishing Ireland podcast series.

July 17: Ally Bunbury’s article on ‘The comfort to be found in memories and remembering’ is published in The Irish Times.

July 16: Betty Ashe of Dublin Docklands is the guest on the fifth Vanishing Ireland podcast. Turtle is interviewed by Michael Sullivan of Near FM about the project.

July 14: The Irish Times publish Turtle’s account of Abbé Edgeworth, who declined returning to Ireland when the Bastille was stormed on 14 July 1789 and became confessor to King Louis XVI at his execution.

July 11: Turtle profiled in the Sunday Times Where I Work.’

July 9: Eddie Lenihan of Crusheen, County Clare, is the fourth guest on the Vanishing Ireland podcast.

July 2: Rally driver Rosemary Smith is the third guest on the Vanishing Ireland podcast. Dermot and Dave interview her on Today FM a couple of days later.

June 30: Mary Stack’s debut in the Vanishing Ireland podcast series earns her a feature in The Kerryman.

June 25: The second Vanishing Ireland podcast goes live – 84-year-old Myles Clarke, a mountain farmer from Valleymount, County Wicklow, reflects on a his life. The Wicklow People home in on Myles also.

June 22: Turtle interviewed at Bishopscourt about nautical legends Francis Beaufort, George Halpin and Robert Halpin.

June 19: Turtle’s account of the burning of Knockcroghery referenced in the Westmeath Independent on centenary of event.

June 18: On the day the Vanishing Ireland group wins its 140,000th member, Mary Stack airs as the first Vanishing Ireland podcast, achieving widespread publicity including an article on Irish Central.

June: Turtle’s article on Michael Fay, a nationalist killed in 1921, appears in The Carlow Nationalist.

June 3: Turtle joins Sinead Brassil on LMFM Radio to marks 20 years of Vanishing Ireland and the new podcast series.

May 31: Turtle talks ‘Vanishing Ireland’ with Shirley Ní Ríagáin on West Limerick FM 102FM.

May 28: Publication of ‘Materialising Power – The Archaeology of the Black Pig’s Dyke, Co. Monaghan’ (Wordwell Ltd) by Cóilín Ó Drisceoil and Aidan Walsh, with a chapter by Turtle on William de Vismes Kane.

May 22: Turtle replicates his great-uncle Dudley Colley’s achievement by driving a car over the Ha’penny Bridge … a remote control Ferrari that he smashed into all sides of the bridge before it tumbled ingloriously down the steps. He was filming a short piece about Dudley, Wellington and the bridge for a TG4 series with Lochlann O’Mearain.

May 26: Turtle interviewed on KCLR Live by Eimear Ní Bhraonáin on the history of Carlow Castle.

May 21: Turtle interviewed about the Irish Diaspora by Tennery Taylor Norton for Constant Wonder, BYUradio.

May 20: Anne Doyle promotes Vanishing Ireland, and Turtle, on The Six O’Clock Show. ‘I have been a big fan of Turtle for many, many years,’ she says. ‘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 – and the science – of history.’

May 19: News of the Vanishing Ireland podcast series breaks in the Irish Sun, Connaught Telegraph, Irish Independent, DublinLive.ie, Clare Champion, Leinster Leader, Leinster Express, Leitrim Observer, Limerick Leader, Limerick Post, Kildare Nationalist, Westmeath Examiner, broadsheet.ie, extra.ie and Goss.ie – the Irish Times publishes a photo of former TV newsreader Anne Doyle with Betty Ashe at the launch as one of its ‘Images of the Day.’

May 18: Photo-call in St Stephen’s Green, Dublin, for Vanishing Ireland launch with Anne Doyle.

May 4: Turtle presents ‘The Butler Family – An Illustrated Recap on the last 900 Years’ for the Kilkenny Liberal Studies Group.

April 27: The Minneapolis Star-Tribune picks up the New York Daily News article on ‘The Irish Diaspora.’

April 21: Turtle presents Zoom talks on ‘The Irish Diaspora’ to Irish Network DC in Washington DC; and the Bangor Rotary Club in County Down.

April 18: Turtle gives talk at unveiling of a plaque in Rathvilly to the memory of Michael Faye.

April 16: Carlow Nationalist home in on Ally’s matchbox collection photo shoot in the Make a Wish book.

April 11: Ciara Dwyer interviews Turtle for ‘Upfront’ in the Sunday Independent. “I lived with my grandfather for a couple of years and I interviewed the poor man every day. Looking at life through the perspective of a young grandfather was a very useful exercise.”

April 4: Two-page feature on ‘The Irish Diaspora’ written by Jacqueline Cutler and published in the Easter Sunday edition of the New York Daily News.

April 3: The Kilkenny People publish a feature on ‘The Irish Diaspora’ and its ‘fascinating’ cast.

April 1: Interview with Turtle in Ulster Tatler.

Turtle in Ulster Tatler.

March 29: The Tipperary Star publishes a full page on ‘The Irish Diaspora’, highlighting all the Tipperary links.

March 27: BBC History Extra airs podcast interview with Turtle by Elinor Evans about ‘The Irish Diaspora.’

March 26: Deirdre Verney of Westmeath Independent applauds the ‘intriguing’ cast in The Irish Diaspora: ‘In his ever-popular warm and engaging style, Turtle Bunbury shares the stories of a fascinating range of people.’

March 25: Turtle presents ‘The Butler Family – An Illustrated Recap on the last 900 Years’ for the inaugural Zoom lecture for the Butler Society.

Above: Turtle delivered the inaugural Zoom talk for the Butler Society in March 2021, an illustrated recap on 900 years of the Butler family in Ireland. Delivered in the pandemic, its’ purpose was to cheer up existing members of the society, as well as people considering membership.

March 19: Glowing review of ‘The Irish Diaspora’ published in BBC History Magazine.

March 11: Launch of Turtle’s new book ‘The Irish Diaspora: Tales of Emigration, Exile and Empire’ (Thames & Hudson).

March 5: Turtle join BBC journalist and author Humphrey Hawksley for a freewheeling chat about his books and the larger canvas of Irish history, its wars and diasporas and how these memories affect Ireland and politics today, for a Goldster (formerly Care Visions) Healthy Ageing Book Chat. (With thanks to Eithne Treanor)

Feb 24: The Allyship Series, co-hosted by the Harvard Club of Boston and the Harvard Club of Ireland, homes in on the story of the Choctaw Nation and the Great Hunger, at which Turtle and Alex Pentek spoke. See here.

Feb 21: Turtle published his debut Kindle, ‘Hope in 1847’, which contains 5 short stories about positive, uplifting acts of international kindness conducted during 1847, the worst year of the Great Hunger, also known as the Irish Famine. Buy here.

Feb 14: Turtle presents ‘Contextualizing Douglass’s Ireland – The World in 1845-1847’ for Frederick Douglass Week, with an introduction by Robert Manson of the Harvard Alumni Club (Ireland). Nine-year-old Mimi Fogg has two poems published in the Kid’s Supplement of the Sunday Times.

Jan 23: Turtle presents online talks on ‘Ireland’s Forgotten Past’ and ‘Vanishing Ireland’ to Diploma Year in Genealogy students at University College Cork.

Jan 19: Turtle’s interview with Damien Dynan airs on The Deep Cover Show.

Jan 15: Betty Ashe of Pearse Street, Dublin, is the first person interviewed for the Vanishing Ireland podcast series. With Ireland in lockdown, she spoke to Turtle via Squadcast in a 47 minute talk, with sound engineers Liam Mulvanny and Jamie from Asylum Studios. The podcast series will go to air in Spring 2021. (The Vanishing Ireland Facebook group reached 130K on the same day).

Jan 11: Turtle Bunbury’s ‘Around the World in 1847’ published as a podcast by the Chalke Valley History Festival.

Jan 10: Turtle talks of Rathvilly’s highlights for a Sunday Times feature by Cara O’Doherty.

Jan 8: ‘Adare Manor: The Renaissance of an Irish Country Manor’ profiled by Paul Clements in The Irish Times.


To see the past events, appearances and publications from Turtle’s career prior to 2021, click here.