5-7 April, 2018
Aspire Centre, Clara, Co Offaly, Ireland
Fighters and dancers ahoy! Following last year’s successful introduction of the new fighting event in the Kingdom’s Calendar, Dun In Mara once more invites you to a weekend of the arts of war and the arts of peace, supported by the shire’s usual hearty hospitality. We warmly welcome all from outside our island who would wish to come cross swords with us, to dance with us, or to just make merry with us.
Our visiting teachers
This year, we are particularly proud and pleased to welcome Sir Donngal de Buchanan and Mistress Iona Putnika, who are travelling from all the way from the Kingdom of Atenveldt (Arizona, USA) to teach at this event.
Master Sir Donngal de Buchanan
Sir Donngal joined the SCA in 1998 and began fighting in 2000. He was elevated to Knight in 2005 and Laurel in 2007. He was inducted into the Knights of St. Michael in 2006.
Sir Donngal works professionally as an armourer and owner of Aesir Metalwyrks, a skill he learned in the SCA. His pastimes include working, going to the beach, having a Mai Tai and sunset walks with Angie.
Mistress Iona Putnika
Her Excellency, Mistress Iona Putnika, a 20 year veteran Middle Eastern dance instructor, joins us all the way from the Kingdom of Atenveldt. She will be sharing her experience with you in the form of basic dance moves, and zills if desired.
Aspire Centre, a modern site geared towards sports teams, is located c.90 mins drive from Dublin airport, in the town of Clara, on the grounds of Clara House, within 10 mins walk from Clara railway station. Shops and ATMs are within a short walking distance. We will be happy to assist with any travel queries.
The accommodation is in shared rooms of three beds, all rooms in the main building are en-suite. Please note that we have a limit of 32 beds due to a prior booking at the site. All the bedding is provided, but you will have to bring a towel, or persuade someone local to loan you one.
Crash space is available in a dry, heated portacabin, with a maximum of 10 places. You will need to bring your own camping bed or sleeping mat, and all the bedding. You may also camp mundanely or in a period manner, as you wish. There is no limit to this.
Site opens at 18:00 on Friday and closes at 14:00 on Sunday. Alcohol is allowed; please keep non-period containers covered.
Clara House Spa is situated across the courtyard, and provides massages, treatments and sauna facilities at extra cost. You can book these separately at Clara House Spa.
Adults (over age 16)
- Full weekend residential and meals: €45, including accommodation, bedding and all meals
- Full weekend crash space/camping and meals: €30, including all meals, please note no bed and no bedding provided
- Full weekend staying off-site and meals: €15
- Day trip Saturday and meals: €15
Youth (age 6-16)
- Full weekend residential and meals: €35, including accommodation, bedding and all meals
- Full weekend crash space/camping and meals: €20, including all meals, please note no bed and no bedding provided
- Full weekend staying off-site and meals: €10
- Day trip Saturday and meals: €10
Children under 6 are free to day trip, or, provided that they do not require their own bunk, stay on site for the weekend.
Payment information will be provided in your reservation acknowledgement. Please note that your place is not confirmed until we have received your payment or, if travelling from abroad, your travel details.
- Event Steward & Marshal in Charge: Lady Agnes des Illes ([email protected])
- Event Cook: TBC