Dustin The Turkey merchandise
Dustin the Turkey, claiming the name Dustin Hoffman, is a popular Irish television puppet and star of RTÉ's The Den since 1990. A turkey vulture with a strong Dublin accent, Dustin joined the show with puppets Zig and Zag but remained with the show after their departure. He is the longest serving member of the on-screen cast of The Den and one of Irish popular culture's iconic figures.
On 23 February 2008 Dustin won the public vote to represent Ireland at the Eurovision Song Contest 2008 with the song 'Irelande Douze Pointe'.
Dustin was introduced as a character when one of the puppets, Zag, who was trying to join the upper classes, entered a golf tournament and came last. The prize was a Christmas Turkey, and a chance to meet movie star Dustin Hoffman. It transpired however, that the turkey shared the name of the movie star and was not only still alive, but had a Dublin accent and his own building company. Zig and Zag intended to eat Dustin for Christmas dinner but changed their minds when a frequent visitor to the show inormed them that he was in fact a cross between a turkey and a vulture, and therefore unsuitable for consumption.
He makes appearances outside of The Den, including an annual appearance on The Late Late Show Toy Show special at Christmas.
In September 2005, after 15 years, Dustin 'left' The Den and got his own show, DDN (Dustin's Daily News) followed by the Once A Week Show.