Dustin the Turkey
Monday, 14 December 2009
RTE Press Release: "Dustin - 20 Years A Pluckin' Out Now On DVD
He's hung out with presidents, movie stars, super models and Twink. He claims to have single-handedly turned RTÉ into what it is today, but is refusing to take any of the blame. As Bob Geldof says, "He's part Jagger, part Obama", he is Dustin The Turkey and he's been on our screens and in our hearts for 20 years now.
In short, Dustin's life has been pretty unbelievable and here for the first time are all his amazing moments which he and his mates have lovingly put together as a timely trip down memory lane.
Discussing the DVD release from his crib in Sallynoggin, Dustin says "It's an epic, up there with Ben Hur and The Clinic. As a pin-up it would have been easy for me to just bang out a cheapo calendar or a fitness DVD but my fans mean more to me then that, so that's why I decided to put so much effort into what's basically a piece of art. Forget Reeling In The Years, this programme is all you'll ever need to learn about the last twenty years in Eire. I've little doubt that in years to come it'll be on the Leaving Certificate."
This DVD features an hour long "documentary" with contributions from Bob Geldof, Gay Byrne, Ray D'Arcy, Nicky Byrne, Louis Walsh, Bosco, Zig 'n'Zag, Twink, Amanda Byram and Marty Whelan along with a couple of other spoofers and also includes nearly 90 minutes of previously unreleased classic clips, out-takes and flap-flaps. No compilation of Dustin's life would be complete without an inclusion of all his musical triumphs so the music videos of his smash hit numbers ones "Rat Trap" with Bob Geldof & "Good Lookin' Woman" with Joe Dolan along with the Christmas Classic "Christmas Tree" and the Eurovision track "Irlande Douze Pointe".
Dustin the Turkey
. Dustin arrived on The Den as a booby prize when Zag lost a golf tournament with Ronan Collins. They were planning on eating him at the dinner table but Don Conroy saved the day as he said Dustin was part Turkey and part Vulture and that they shouldn't eat him.
. Dustin is from Sallynoggin.
. He has been around 20 years and he is 12 years old.
. He has been a builder, politician, represented Ireland in Eurovision (2008) and recently has appeared on Xtra Factor.
. In 2005, after 15 years at the helm of The Den, Dustin received his own television show, Dustin's Daily News.
. Dustin loves to criticise people in the public eye - especially Pat Kenny.
. One of The Den's special guests was President Mary Robinson and Dustin suggested that she had smelly feet.