Aspire Centre, Clara House, Clara, Co Offaly, Ireland

Once more, the shire of Dun In Mara is bringing you an opportunity to enjoy the company of your friends over gentle pastimes and plenty and plenty of good food; without rush, without schedule, without any pressure to do All The Things.

This year, we will combine the traditions of St Adalbert’s and Festival of Fools, and gather right on the edge of summer, for three whole days over the Irish June bank holiday weekend. As before, our focus will be on food and in spending unscheduled time with our dear people we don’t see often enough. And as before, we will encourage silly things and all things period to do with mirth, humour and joy.

This year, our particular theme will be focused on the journey and tales of Marco Polo, whether you believe him or not!

We welcome offers of teaching any Arts & Sciences, and indeed organising any shared projects you may have in mind. What outlandish things will you have to display? What amazing stories will you have to tell?

Please note that no martial activities will be offered. We will not prevent you from conducting some, but you will have to supply your own marshals!


Aspire Centre is a modern site located c.90 mins drive from Dublin airport, in the town of Clara, in 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.

How to get to Aspire Centre, Clara.

Site opens at 18:00 on Friday 29th May and closes at 14:00 on MONDAY 1st June. Full meals will be provided. Alcohol is allowed on site (though please keep modern vessels covered.)

For extra relaxation, 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.


Booking will open soon.

Dun In Mara cancellation policy will apply.

Event team

Event Steward: Lady Agnes des Illes
Head Cooks: Lord Aodh Ó Siadhail and Duke Vitus Polonius