Hibernian Society of Savannah


Your talk was very much enjoyed as obvious by the loud applause and prolonged standing ovation that you received. Your research into the history of Savannah kept us all enthralled from start to finish. Know that you have made many new friends and followers in this area.

Dr Francis P. Rossiter, Jr.

Chair, 2018 Committee for Speakers

Circle of Champions

Turtle led a 50-strong walking tour through the streets of Kilkenny City when the Allstate Corporation brought their prestigious Circle of Champions to Ireland in 2018 as part of the largest Incentive  Program ever realised in the country.

Cruise Europe Conference

Succinct, brilliant and frequently funny … Turtle certainly brought history “alive” to an audience who were in a “social” mood and not prone to listening to history in a lecture format. I would have no hesitation in recommending Turtle Bunbury. This man is one to watch.

Captain Michael McCarthy

Chairman, Cruise Europe

Web Summit

Turtle somehow managed to captivate a group filled with some of the most creative and accomplished entrepreneurs on the planet.

Paddy Cosgrave 

European Insurance Forum


Turtle’s piece was particularly thoughtful for our overseas visitors, with its mix of history and whimsy, bringing events to life through characters and personalities.  He is as at ease entertaining international audiences as a local, domestic one. This is history made accessible, enjoyable and interesting. Turtle is a pleasure to deal with; responsive and flexible. I would thoroughly recommend him for such events.

Una Coleman 

Conference Manager 

Travel Classics

Fleet-footed and fact-friendly, you pulled it off with charm, wit and expertise.
George Stone


National Geographic Traveler

Crossroads of Art & Design

Crossroads of Art and Design @ Art Institute, Chicago (2015)
Your lecture could not have given more


Your lecture could not have given more pleasure to our members - so much positive feedback! 

Christopher Monkhouse 

Curator of European Decorative Arts 

How nice it was to hear the audience laughing and enjoying itself. You broadened the scope of what it means to be Irish. This is particularly important to our audience and they so enjoyed hearing you make those connections.

Fawn Ring

Director of Lectures & Performance Programs 

Transatlantic Connections

We were delighted to have Turtle as one of our keynote speakers. Our delegates were treated to an enlightening and entertaining talk, and the consensus by all was that it was one of the highlights of the conference.

Niamh Hamill


Institute of Study Abroad Ireland 

Mansion House Talk


Turtle produced a rich tapestry of enthralling tales, in turn scholarly, anecdotal, serious and light hearted but always entertaining: his audience loved it and left asking for more. It was a privilege as well as a pleasure to be able to listen to such a natural and accomplished story teller. He is truly a 'National Treasure'. 

Colonel Richard Kinsella-Bevan President



Your presentation went down a treat, as did your genial presence.
Myles Dungan
Festival Curator 


Chicago iBAM!


I attended both Turtle’s presentations and was very impressed. I admired his rapport with the audience, and his lively, focused presentations. He was friendly and pleasant and the audience felt this. People paid close attention and nobody left early. 

Frank West

Irish American News

Festival of Writing & Ideas

Absolutely perfect. 

Hugo Jellett

Festival Director 


Poésie & Prose Literary Festival


Nora Hickey M’Sichili 


Centre Culturel Irelandais 

New York & Chicago Galas


Over 300 of our American members and board members fully approved of and enjoyed Mr. Bunbury’s content and delivery.

Patrick Guinness 


Irish Georgian Society 

Courts Centenary Commemoration

A successful, most interesting and enjoyable event.

Susan Denham

Chief Justice of Ireland 

Distillery Launch

A great talk ... informative and, most importantly, entertaining. 

Bernard Walsh

Managing Director 

Speaker Series

A lecture of the highest calibre.

Gerard Whelan

Royal Dublin Society 

Monte Carlo Circuit


Turtle gave us two first-rate talks. He is deeply passionate about his subjects and his passion is contagious. We received tremendous feedback after each talk.

Judith Gantley

Princess Grace Irish Library 

1916 Commemorative Event

An excellent presentation at the Chicago Cultural Center, catering to an audience ranging from those who knew little of Irish history to descendants of participants in the Rising – a difficult feat, managed with aplomb. 

Orla Mc Breen

Consul General of Ireland to Chicago & US Midwest

Lola Montez in Munich

A  wonderful presentation ... it was really well-done & obviously appreciated by the crowd.

Michael Collins

Irish Ambassador to Germany 

You are a brilliant story teller. 

By coming you created a bridge to the English, US, Australian and Bavarian friends in Munich.

Ann Dempsey

Munich Irish Network

Incentive Talk

Turtle has delivered a series of talks for Guardian Life's top tier at both the K-Club and Cliff at Lyons in County Kildare,  as well as the Parade Tower in Kilkenny Castle.

Cistercian Memories

Thanks a thousand for the wonderful launching oration and your presence all day. It was a day ever to be remembered.

Dom Laurence Walsh, OSCO

Author of 'Slí na Manach - Our Photographic Camino: 140 Years of Photographs of the Cistercian Way with the Monks of Mount Saint Joseph Abbey’ (2018)


The Fallen - November 2018

'Turtle’s clarity of expression, his focus and fluidity of speech coupled with his immense knowledge allowed him to communicate directly to the audience, connecting with both the minds and the hearts of those who were lucky enough to be present.’

Gavan Woods

St Patrick’s Cathedral, Dublin


A Scandal in Bavaria

Born in Ireland in 1821, "Lola Montez" reinvented herself as a Spanish flamenco dancer in her early 20s and fetched up being the courtesan of kings and composers across Europe. Turtle's talk took place at Munich on 25 November 2018 at the Schloss Nymphenburg, the summer palace of the Bavarian kings.



Turtle Bunbury meets broadcaster and novelist Deirdre Purcell for an intimate interview about his work and life. The talk was the final event of the Kildare Readers Festival 2018.

Travel writer

Turtle’s article, 'Irish Manor Houses' -  the cover story of National Geographic Traveler - earned him a short-listing for Travel Journalist of the Year at the Travel Extra Awards 2014. He won the Long Haul Journalist of the Year award in 2006.

His work has appeared in publications such as Vogue Living, The World of Interiors, The New York Post, The Australian, Playboy, The Irish Daily Mail and The Irish Times.

Turtle has produced book on exotic Sri Lankan villas and superlative Irish pubs. He has published articles on many countries including Zimbabwe, Mexico, Cambodia, Denmark, the USA and Nova Scotia. He lived in Hong Kong for several years, and also spent a year at university in the Netherlands.

some Thoughts on the irish abroad

Turtle Bunbury discusses some of the cast from his book '1847' with Dave Fanning on RTE2, ahead of a talk at the St Patrick's Day Festival in Dublin.