Turtle Bunbury is a historian, public speaker and best-selling author. He researches the history of families, businesses, organisations and houses, capturing the legacy of the past, preserving the future for generations to come. 

In 2019, Turtle published two books, Adare Manor - The Renaissance of an Irish Country House and Weir & Sons 150 - A Celebration.  His other books include the award-winning Vanishing Ireland series, Easter Dawn, The Glorious Madness, The Irish Pub and 1847

2020 will see the publication of Turtle's latest books Maxol 1920-2020 and Ireland's Forgotten Past.

As a historical consultant, Turtle provides content for corporate projects and interpretative design enterprises. 

In 2019, he devised and orchestrated the Past Tracks project for Iarnród Éireann/Irish Rail, bringing accessible, historical tales to Ireland’s busiest railway stations. The project is expected to extend to all stations nationwide in 2020.

A contributor to the television series 'Who Do You Think You Are?', Turtle travels around the world, presenting talks at corporate events and literary festivals.

'With a brilliant flourish, Turtle Bunbury’s open-handed, clear-sighted and finely written book is a veritable banner of wonderful stories.' 

Sebastian Barry

'I’ve always loved  Turtle’s writing, the wit and heartbeat in his history.’ 

Lenny Abrahamson

‘One of the most versatile authors of his generation.’

Marjorie Quarton

'Turtle was the star of the show and it was an absolute pleasure to work with him.'

Colm Hannon, Adare Manor

'I very much enjoyed his fleet-footed and fact-friendly talk. He pulled it off with charm, wit and expertise.'
George Stone, editor-in-chief, 

National Geographic Traveler


Launch: November 2019

Adare Manor has always been remarkable. Its story began eight centuries ago when the original manor was granted to a Norman knight. In 1832, the 2nd Earl of Duraven and his beloved countess, Lady Caroline, started work on a new Gothic Revival mansion at Adare. 

In 2016, an equally impressive project commenced when the present owner initiated a meticulous, award-winning conservation of the existing mansion, along with the construction of a new wing. 

Adare Manor has had an astonishing 2019. Not only was it voted Europe's No. 1 resort by Condé Nast Traveler (and No. 5 in the world), it also won a Michelin Star for its Oak Room restaurant and was announced as host for the 2026 Ryder Cup.

Turtle’s book traces Adare Manor’s wonderful journey from medieval manor house to the 21st century. The book can only be purchased from the boutique at Adare Manor, or online at



Launched: October 2019

‘Past Tracks’ is a project conceived by Turtle Bunbury and supported by Irish Rail and Flahavan’s Oats. Now piloting in ten of Ireland's principal railway stations, the concept is to bring a little fun into the life of  commuters with a series of panels, written by Turtle and  illustrated by Derry Dillon, that recount fascinating and uplifting tales from Irish history.

The panels are on show at Athy, Dublin Heusten, Dublin Connolly, Dundalk,  Dun Laoghaoire, Limerick, Malahide, Naas/Sallins, Sligo and Waterford.



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