TURTLE BUNBURY’S GLOBAL IRISH PODCAST
STORIES OF THE MEN AND WOMEN FROM IRELAND WHO LEFT THEIR MARK ON THE WORLD
Ahead of St Patrick’s Day, author and historian Turtle Bunbury unveils a new podcast series for the 80 million people of Irish heritage around the world.
Supported by The Irishman whiskey, Turtle Bunbury’s Global Irish tells the extraordinary tales of adventurous Irish characters around the world.
In the first episode, Turtle tells the story of the ‘Hamilton’ co-star Hercules Mulligan, an Irish tailor and Patriot spy who saved George Washington’s life, twice.
The next episode will zero in on the motives and resilience of Ernest Shackleton, the Kildare-born explorer, whose lost ship Endurance was discovered in Antarctica earlier this month. Turtle Bunbury’s Global Irish podcast builds on his 2021 book ‘The Irish Diaspora.’
Says Sebastian Barry, “Turtle goes back with his historian’s eye, but also his humanitarian heart, and gathers together a host of tiny epics.”
Upcoming episodes will star Nellie Cashman (the Cork-born friend of Doc Holliday of Tombstone, Arizona, who became known as the Angel of the Cassiar), the Incredible Mr Kavanagh (a limbless Carlow man, who became one of the most astonishing travellers in history) and Lola Montez (the tempestuous Sligo-born dancer who brought the kingdom of Bavaria crashing down when she seduced its king). Turtle Bunbury’s Global Irish will be available weekly across all podcast platforms, including Spotify, Apple, and his new website www.turtlebunbury.com, a remarkable resource for anyone interested in Irish history, offering hundreds of articles covering everything from the Bronze Age to the Big House, from Viking warriors and Georgian beauties to the origins of Dublin’s street names.
This includes content from books such as Turtle’s best-selling Vanishing Ireland series, as well as from his Past Tracks history panels now on show across Irish Rail stations nationwide.
Ireland’s population (currently 6.5 million) is enhanced by the 80 million strong global Irish diaspora whose family left to explore, but mainly escape hardship such as the Great Hunger of the 1840s. Researched and narrated by Turtle Bunbury, each episode delves into the past and recounts the story of someone who left Ireland to make their mark around the world, analysing their motivations, achievements and long-term impacts.
In his conversational style, Turtle guides listeners through a consistently colourful cast of entrepreneurs and revolutionaries, poets, pioneers and philosophers, boxers, explorers, dancers and spies from the medieval age to the twentieth century.