Turtle supplies core content for exhibitions and advertising campaigns. His clients include Pernod-Ricard (Jameson), Brown-Forman (Slane Whiskey), Fáilte Ireland (Ireland's Ancient East, Cork Harbour), LeisureWorld (St Peter's Church), TellTale UK (Avondale), Illva Saronno / 1751 (Walsh Whiskey), Waterford Whiskey (Mark Reynier) and Waterways Ireland (Maxmedia).
Turtle has been working closely with Fáilte Ireland's campaign to promote Ireland's Ancient East, gathering facts and delivering talks on castles, churches, battles and chieftains. He has also given a series of workshops with his colleagues at the Hidden Story.
It was a pleasure working with Turtle from the early stages of project planning to the delivery on our launch night. He was professional, accessible, 100% reliable, easy to talk to and generous with advice and experience. His team worked tirelessly to ensure the visual delivery and content exceeded our expectations. We'd be happy to recommend Turtle to our industry colleagues. We would certainly work with him in the future.
Programme & Events Manager
St Peter's Cork
Turtle has managed to massage the modern curiosity of celebrity, scandal, rogues and nostalgia into .... something utterly unique in the online world: it makes history, and genealogy, cool. He is a walking encyclopedia of the kind of information that gets people curious. His stories are bait for anyone keen on Ireland as somewhere to visit.
Turtle's ability to transform what can sometimes be considered quite ‘dry’ material into engaging and informative content was amazing and without a doubt made our exhibition a success.
Marketing & Communications
Turtle provided the historical content for ‘Reflections: The Lasting Legacy of Our Waterways', an exhibition hosted by Waterways Ireland at the 2018 World Canals Conference in Athlone. He also supplied the information for a 2019 exhibition on a remarkable diving suits now on show at Waterways Ireland in Scarriff, County Clare.
Turtle's work meant our strategy was built on strong foundations. He combines research and communication skills with an excellent understanding of how to make the past compelling, especially to non-specialist audiences. He is a first class presenter, enthusiastic, knowledgeable and humorous. His condensed rollicking and brilliantly illustrated version of the complexity of Cork's marine heritage and its contemporary relevance was important in demonstrating its value and potential to stakeholders.
Turtle frequently collaborates with the Hidden Story, providing consultancy services to tourism businesses and communities, including storytelling training, destination development and mentoring.
Recent projects include tourism destination feasibility study in the Lingaun Valley region with Kilkenny LEADER Partnership, storytelling workshops for Wexford County Council and ongoing consultancy work for First Western and Fáilte Ireland with clients such as Mosse Pottery.
How and where a barley crop is grown is an integral part of Waterford Distillery's identity. Turtle provided the histories of these farms, unearthing many stories of national and international significance.
Turtle has been commissioned by 1751 to research the history of distilling in Ireland for both Slane Whiskey and Walsh's Whiskey.
Directed and narrated by Turtle Bunbury, ‘Cork 1918’ recounts the events of 100 years ago when Cork and its harbour played a pivotal role in the First World War. Set against a backdrop of the Spanish Flu, the end of the war, a rising tide of feminism and an earth-shaking General Election, this short film follows the exploits of some of the soldiers, politicians, suffragettes and rebels who made an impact over the course of that epic year. The film was commissioned by St Peter's Church, Cork.
Turtle provided the narration for the Art Institute of Chicago's acclaimed exhibition, 'Ireland: Crossroads of Art & Design, 1690-1840." A sample extract follows below.
The story of over 1000 years of Cork's maritime history, told though the tales of the pirates, patriots, emigrants, queens, chancers & warriors who sailed upon the River Lee and beheld Cork City and Harbour in ages past. The exhibition depicted in this footage is curated by historian Turtle Bunbury.
In 2012, Turtle founded and curated the History Festival of Ireland, which took place at Lisnavagh House, his family's ancestral home in County Carlow. He curated the 2013 festival amid the splendid ruins of Duckett’s Grove in County Carlow, and supervised proceedings at the 2014 festival in Huntington Castle, County Carlow. He arranged for over a hundred leading historians, writers, playwrights and thinkers from Ireland, the UK, Canada and the USA to contribute to three highly regarded weekends of debate, discussion, readings and interviews.
Turtle, who was one of the early advisors on the excellent Flat Lake Literary Festival in County Monaghan, has also been a consultant with the West Cork History Festival. He will appear at the Chalke Valley History Festival in 2019.