Dustin the Turkey is a popular character on the RTE children's programme, The Den, since the 1980s. He has lasted for so long as he appeals to both children and adults.
He makes appearances outside of The Den, including an annual appearance on The Late Late Show Toy Show special at Christmas where he makes fun of the show's regular host Pat Kenny, as he did with the previous host, Gay Byrne. More recently he has turned his attention to other Irish television personalities, such as Eddie Hobbs, Ryan Tubridy and Derek Mooney. A surprisingly provocative character, while he has toned it down in recent years Dustin would often make some insulting remarks about various Irish celebrities and the services provided by RTÉ, and would say a lot of 'dodgy' things about politics and their practises that sometimes made one wonder how he got away with it. Insults targeted at County Leitrim came particularly thick and fast.
In September 2005, after 18 years, Dustin 'left' The Den and got his own show, Dustins Daily News.
He has released several albums usually to raise money for well known Irish charities.
These albums have featured backing vocals from many Irish stars including Bob Geldof and Boyzone. Many of his songs are parodies of either folk songs or well known chart hits from across the decades.
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