Knowing your past reinforces your brand identity and business strategy. It enables you to weave a positive narrative of where you’ve come from and where you’re going.
Turtle Bunbury's expert research and engaging writing will establish your origins and formative years, as well as the key moments in your history.
Document the memories of those who have been integral to the success and evolution of your company - the dreamers who started the project, the investors who made it possible, the veteran foot soldiers who have quietly kept the wheels turning.
Turtle's interviews with your key players can be filmed, transcribed or recorded as an audio for your archive.
Commemorate the major landmarks in your past.
Find an opportunity to celebrate a more localised anniversary for your staff, your vendors, your suppliers or your customers.
Understanding the history of your organisation is vital to preserving and building for the future.
Your history underlines the durability of your foundations, your reputation, your legacy, your brand - how it has adapted over the years, how it continues to be so relevant today.
Your history can be a treasure chest of media content and advertising promotions, as well as inspirational ideas for new product designs and business pitches.
Demonstrate the value of your long-term involvement in the community, be it global or local, by highlighting your historical links.
Turtle has considerable experience in curating exhibitions on behalf of corporate, public and private clients.
Turtle delivers talks for conferences, festivals, corporate events, launches and after-dinner occasions.
I just wanted to say how pleased we all are with the beautiful Adare Manor book. It is really special and I know this is down to all of the hard work you put into this project .
Colm Hannon, Chief Executive
Europe's No. 1 Resort
Condé Nast Traveler, 2019
Ireland's Leading Hotel 2018, 2019, 2020
World Travel Awards
Turtle delved deep into every available archive and produced an extraordinary amount of hitherto unknown facts about our building and the businesses that have operated there. We’ve been delighted to work with him ever since - as a public speaker, as an author and as the formidable researcher that he is.
Mervyn Greene, Managing Director
EPIC - The Irish Emigration Museum
Europe’s Leading Tourist Attraction, World Travel Awards 2019 and 2020
Thoroughly researched, well written and beautifully produced. For anyone who would like to have their history researched and written, I whole-heartedly recommend Turtle Bunbury.
Chief Executive Officer
It was a pleasure to work with Turtle and we were very happy with the final book. He completed our book efficiently, accurately, on time and in a very personable manner.
Croke Park Stadium
The Docklands Authority and the local community were both hugely impressed with Turtle's chronicle of the area, by its accuracy, its depth and presentation. The images, design and overall layout added up to a very attractive publication. We would be delighted to recommend Mr. Bunbury for similar projects.
Dublin Docklands Development Authority
From day one Turtle has been a delight to work with. His professionalism, knowledge, detective capabilities, and love of his work have been most reassuring. Turtle has amazed and dazzled me many times. I have no hesitation in telling you that I have been enlightened by the details and particulars, previously unknown to me that Turtle has uncovered.
14-time PGA Tour Winner
McCarthy's Irish Whiskey have generously come on board to sponsor the March 2020 launch of Turtle's book, 'Ireland's Forgotten Past.'
Turtle unearthed the story of Louis-François Cartier, who established the world-famous jewellery and watch-making brand, now owned by Richemont.
Turtle penned the remarkable tale of Werner Siemens, the German founder of Europe’s largest telecommunications and industrial manufacturing company.
James Kelly’s vow that the Chicago Tribune would be ‘neutral in nothing’ and ‘independent in everything’ has stood true for over 170 years.
I was truly delighted to receive such a thorough history, well in excess of original requirements, and even more impressed with your delivery against an exceptionally tight timeframe. It made my part of the project so much easier to have such a well-written piece to work with, and made it very easy to show the wider committee that they have received excellent value in this undertaking.
We are delighted with Turtle’s work. Just what we were looking for.
Irish Whiskey Assets Limited
Turtle Bunbury’s fascinating history of Kilshane House has given my watch substance and enlightenment to bring the past into the future.
Jane de Roquancourt, Owner,
Kilshane House, County Tipperary, Ireland
When the main house burned down in the 1798 rebellion, all records were apparently lost. And then along came Turtle Bunbury who not only filled in the gaps since 1798 but went all the way back to megalithic times. He literally left no stone unturned. Now, thanks to Turtle, we have a real sense of history and place. Such knowledge underpins our desire to leave as good a legacy behind us as those who came before.
Joe O'Flynn, Owner,
Rathsallagh House, County Wicklow, Ireland
Best Wedding Venue in Ireland,
National Hospitality Awards, 2017 and 2018.
In 1920, William McMullan, an apprentice chemist, and his brother JG McMullan registered a new business in Dublin that sold and distributed lubricating oil and paraffin. Following an alliance with one of the country’s foremost hauliers, McMullan Brothers fortune was greatly boosted in 1921 when, on the eve of the partition of Ireland, they became the sole distributor of a popular petrol called Mex Motor Spirit across the thirty-two counties.
By the close of the 1920s, the company had one of the largest truck fleets in the country, and twenty-three fuel depots. Known today as The Maxol Group, the family-owned business is now one of the biggest energy providers in Ireland, and a global leader in terms of food innovation and convenience retail on the forecourts of its 237 service stations.
Maxol’s pioneering stamp can also be found in matters of distribution, publicity, welfare and green energy, as well as in the gas industry, where it was integral to the success of both Calor and Kosangas.
The company has enjoyed a long history as a patron of multiple sports and sporting events, with a particular fruitful focus on the ‘all-Ireland’ sports of amateur boxing, rally driving, rugby and the GAA. A constructive, cross-border outlook also enabled Maxol to complete a successful integration of its northern and southern management teams in the 1990s, providing an inspirational blueprint for other companies seeking to do likewise.
Replete with episodes of brilliance, ingenuity, serendipity and success, this sweeping book tells Maxol’s fascinating story from the formative years of the McMullan family through the drama of global wars, oil crises, political conflict and economic hardship to its present-day responses to climate change, Covid 19 and technological advance.
"A fantastic, rich book of anecdotes and pictures ... a beautiful read."
Bobby Kerr, Down to Business, Newstalk
"An absolute a triumph. Very well done!"
Noel McMullan, director, The Maxol Group
"A fantastic job - it captures the journey of the first 100 years perfectly.”
Brian Donaldson, CEO, The Maxol Group
Adare Manor has always been remarkable. Its story began eight centuries ago when the original manor was granted to a Norman knight while a substantial monastic community was established on the nearby riverbanks.
From the seventeenth century to the 1980s, Adare Manor was home to ten generations of the Quin, or Wyndham-Quin family, including the seven Earls of Dunraven.
In 1832, the 2nd Earl and his countess, Lady Caroline, started work on a new Gothic Revival mansion; the project was completed thirty years later by their son Edwin, the 3rd Earl. An equally impressive project got underway in 2016 when the present owner initiated a meticulous conservation of the existing mansion, along with the construction of a new wing.
At the same time, the championship golf course at Adare Manor was thoroughly redesigned by Tom Fazio with the specific goal of hosting tournaments. The course will host the Ryder Cup in 2027.
In 2019 Adare Manor won the Condé Nast Traveler Reader's Choice Award for European Resort, retaining a Top 10 position in 2020. The Oak Room was awarded a Michelin star in 2019, while the Adare Manor sommelier won the inaugural Sommelier Award for Britain and the UK at the same ceremony. Adare Manor has been named as Ireland's Leading Hotel at the World Travel Awards for three years in a row, 2018, 2019 and 2020. It was also voted Ireland's Favourite Hotel at the Irish Independent Reader Travel Awards 2020.
The book was designed by John Power and edited by Yvonne Gordon, winner of the Travel Extra Irish Travel Journalist of the Year award in 2017 and 2019.
Turtle Bunbury’s book traces Adare Manor’s wonderful journey from medieval manor house to its 21st century status as a shimmering 5-star hotel.
"I just wanted to say how pleased we all are with the beautiful Adare Manor book. It is really special and I know this is down to all of the hard work you put into this project ."
Colm Hannon, Chief Executive, Adare Manor
In 1869, Thomas Weir, a Scottish jeweller, moved to Dublin to establish what would soon become one of the biggest and busiest jewellery and silverware manufacturers in the city. Based at 3 Wicklow Street, the store subsequently expanded around the corner into a fabulous Victorian redbrick block at 97-99 Grafton Street.
150 years after Thomas Weir’s arrival in Dublin, Weir and Sons continues to be run by his descendants, Chris, Lucinda and Natasha Andrews, who represent the fifth generation of the family.
This celebratory book tells the story of the Weir family from their Glaswegian origins to Thomas’s rise through the ranks of Dublin jewellers and onwards into the twentieth century when his charismatic sons and grandsons built the business up into one of the world’s largest privately-owned chains of jewellery stores on the eve of the Second World War.
Offering a behind-the-scenes insight into the romance and ingenuity of the jewellery, silverware and watch trade, the book features cameos by actresses such as Grace Kelly and Rita Hayworth, as well as connections to the brilliant philanthropist Sir Isaac Wolfson and the political icon Michael Collins. It also explains the origins of the Liam McCarthy Cup, the All-Ireland Senior Hurling trophy, and the Dublin Horse Show’s famous Aga Khan trophy.