Launching its 2022 St Patrick’s Day activities, the Irishman whiskey is supporting a podcast produced by author and historian Turtle Bunbury for the 80 million people of Irish heritage around the world.
According to the whiskey brand, Turtle Bunbury’s Global Irish is a new series celebrating the extraordinary lives of Irish people who found fame in the eighteenth, nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, coinciding with the first golden era of Irish whiskey.
The Global Irish episodes will be released on a weekly basis, starting today (14 March) with the story of Hercules Mulligan (1740-1825), the Irish tailor and patriot spy who saved none other than George Washington’s life – not once, but twice!
Turtle Bunbury is one of Ireland’s most prolific historians, with over 20 published books, as well as an active podcaster and a frequent figure on Irish television and radio.
Commenting on the origins of the series, Bunbury said, “I’ve always been very passionate about the subject of the Irish abroad, and the impact they have made on history.
“I was a travel writer for many years, and I always looked for Irish connections wherever I went.”
In addition to Hercules Mulligan, other episodes of Turtle Bunbury’s Global Irish, in order of release, are:
- 21 March – Ernest Shackleton (1874-1922): The Kildare-born sailor – one of the most remarkable explorers of all time – whose heroic exploits in Antarctica have inspired people for over a hundred years. The discovery of the wreck of Shackleton’s ship, Endurance, announced on 9 March 2022, makes this especially timely.
- 28 March – Nellie Cashman (1845-1925): The Cork woman who befriended Wyatt Earp and Doc Holliday and became known as the ‘Angel of the Cassiar’, after a daring rescue operation in British Columbia.
- 4 April – The Incredible Mr (Arthur) Kavanagh (1831-89): The limbless nobleman from County Carlow who became one of the most astonishing travellers in history.
- 11 April – Lola Montez (1821-61): The incredible tale of the tempestuous Sligo-born dancer who seduced Franz Liszt and brought King Ludwig of Bavaria crashing down before embarking upon a new life, running a saloon for gold miners in California.
- 18 April – Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930): The remarkable story of the Sherlock Holmes creator’s Irish roots.
Bernard Walsh, the creator of the Irishman portfolio and managing director of Walsh Whiskey, observed, “Turtle has curated a wonderful cast, whose lives coincided with the original golden era of Irish whiskey, from the eighteenth to early twentieth centuries, for us to explore.
“They all lived extraordinary lives by the standards of any century, begging the question: were their exploits shaped by Irish spirit, or the spirit of the Irish?”
Global Irish will be available weekly across all podcast platforms, including Spotify, Acast, Audible and Apple, as well as being posted weekly to the other online locations.