Irish Book Awards

Dustin the Turkey

Dustin the Turkey has been, eh, the moral heart of Irish public life for over twenty-five years. Born to Ireland’s first celebrity same-sex couple, Zig and Zag, and hatched in 1989 from a surrogate egg which Ian Dempsey secretly kept under the desk at The Den, He became a stalwart of children’s TV despite not knowing what the word ‘stalwart’ means, outlasting four human co-hosts, and along the way revolutionising the Eurovision Song Contest with his searing indictment on the entertainment industry, ‘Ireland Douze Pointe’, which went on to score 22 points. Dustin has released numerous CDs and DVDs, and is a regular on the Dublin panto scene, a subversive subculture that makes Fifty Shades of Grey look . . . well, grey. Dustin is a regular guest on Irish TV and radio where his insights into the political and cultural issues of the day are highly valued. He has over 58,000 followers on Twitter, has campaigned in two Irish presidential campaigns, is a goodwill ambassador for UNICEF and will do anything for cash.

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