Author and Historian Turtle Bunbury will give a talk entitled ‘Of Gunslingers, Tarantulas, Elvis and Walt – A Global History of the Irish Abroad’ in Kilkenny City this Thursday. His talk will look at a wide and unusual selection of colourful characters from Irish history - many with links to County Kilkenny - and consider their impact upon the wider including that of world including essayist, novelist, historian, gardnener and linguist, hubert Butker from Bennettsbridge, a close relation of Mr Bunbury. Tying in with The Gathering theme this fascinating talk will focus on exiles and refugees.
The talk will be held in the luscious surrounduings of the Lyratrh Estate hotel, Dublin Road, Kilkenny.
It will begin at 7.30pm in the fully air conditioned room. Tickets cost €10 and will be available at the door that evening. Refreshments before and after the talk will be available at the hotel bar.
Turtle Bunbury continues to be one of Ireland’s busiest historians. Having just completed filming the second series of ‘The Genealogy Roadshow’ (broadcasting on RTE next month) and curating the 2013 History Festival of Ireland, he has also just written the fourth volume of the best selling book series, Vanishing Ireland, coming out in October. You can hear his ‘Hidden Histories’ on Newstalk every Tuesday morning at 9:45am.
He is the co-founder of Wistorical, a new online concept in the distribution of historical knowledge. Turtle has close links to Kilkenny through his mother, Jessica, a daughter of the late Gilbert Butler of Bennettsbridge and a niece of the essayist Hubert Butler who will be included in the talk.