Turtle Bunbury charts the story of Altamont through the centuries from its reputed beginnings as a riverside retreat for Augustinian nuns through the development of the house and gardens under the families who lived there between the 18th and 20th centuries – Doyne, St George, Borrer, K’Eogh, Lecky Watson and North.
With over 40 acres of lush gardens and riverside walks, Altamont Gardens is one of Ireland’s most beautiful botanical attractions and a must-see for anyone who enjoys the greener things in life. The original Victorian layout was enhanced by Fielding Leckey Watson (and later by his daughter Corona North), following his purchase of Altamont in 1924. Corona travelled extensively in her search for plants, which continue to flourish throughout the gardens. When Corona North, who lovingly cared for the gardens for over 50 years died in 1999, the gardens were left to the State at her request. Ongoing restoration and maintenance continues under the careful stewardship of the Office of Public Works.
Turtle Bunbury is an award-winning author and historian specialising in Irish culture. Frequently appearing on Irish TV and radio, Turtle has published over twenty books, including Ireland’s Forgotten Past, The Irish Diaspora, Adare Manor, The Renaissance of an Irish Country House and The Dublin Docklands. Known for his polished interview style, Turtle is a podcast presenter of many stories including The Maxol Story, Global Irish, Waterways Ireland and Vanishing Ireland. In summer 2022, Turtle Bunbury will circumnavigate the Irish coast in collaboration with Noble Caledonia.