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Shire of Cloondara

Province of St. Andrews
Azure, a saltire fracted per
pale, in chief a laurel wreath Or.
Shire of Cloondara
Or, three chevronels braced vert
between two towers issuant from
the chevronels and a laurel
wreath gules.
Arms by Khevron Oktavii Tikhikovich Vorotnikov

History: The Shire of Cloondara was originally the Province of St. Andrew's -- first founded in 1971. This group broke up for reasons not known by the person maintining this history, and was reformed later as Cloondara.

St. Andrew's: "I was the original seneschal of St. Andrew. It basically ran for several years and finally broke up due to a lack of members and our general inability to get much organized. In the end, all of us that formed it were not really a cohesive group and went our separate ways. It was much easier to just drive across the bay and go to events there."

"We did do a couple of nice bardic type events at one of the bars in San Francisco, though I can't for the life of me remember the name of the bar. It had a sort of Irish decour as I recall." -- Steven MacEanruig

Wilhelm von Schlüssel's original history includes this information: Province of St. Andrew's.

The following is from an attachment in Word sent by the current seneschal of Cloondara, Art mac Ceallaigh, February 7, 2012: The Shire of Cloondara, (pronounced Cloon-DAR-ah) shares its name with the Parish of Clondra (a.k.a. Cloondara) in County Longford, Ireland and is synonymous with the modern city of San Francisco. The name comes from the Gaelic Cluain Da Rath which means "The Meadow of the Two Forts." Since "Forts" can also be taken to mean castles or towers, one glance at the Golden Gate Bridge's two towers and you can see why the name was chosen.

The residents of the Parish of Clondra, Longford, Ireland, have no idea where the ancient forts their parish is named for were located as all traces of both fortifications have long since vanished.

The Shire was originally formed by naval personnel serving aboard the aircraft carrier Enterprise during the early '70s as one of the SCA's most famous groups: "The Floating Shire". The Floating Shire subsequently moved ashore to San Francisco when the Enterprise was redeployed to Norfolk, Virginia and The Floating Shire's name was changed to Cloondara in October of 1983, replacing the then-defunct shire of St. Andrews.

Cloondaran History Organized by Seneschal

Chaiya Bat Avraham Toledano 1997-1998

Jimena Ines Montoya de Gariaz 2000-2001

Rose Greythorne 2001-2002

Grímr Einarsson 2003-2004

Christopher Starling 2004-2006

Aine inghean Cathail 2006-2008
  • Debarchery  Aug. 5 2006 - Attended by Prince Helgi of the Mists - Corolla Aulica Christopher Starling, Rodrigo Bernardez - AoA Cormac MacKay
  • Gold key workshop Aug. 19 2006
  • Pas D'Armes - Nov. 18th 2006 - Our First! A heavy event. Attended by Duke Sir Fabian and Prince Brion and Princess Isabella of the Mists.
  • Debarchery Aug. 18 2007 - Attended by Prince Leon and Princess Muriel of the mists - Corolla Vitae Art mac Ceallaigh – Christina Locke lost control of the flying phoenix and almost assassinated Princess Muriel!

  • Dianora Salviati 2008-2010
  • Debarchery Aug. 9 2008 - Autocrat: - Attended by Prince Leon and Princess Muriel of the mists.
  • Pas D'Armes  Nov. 1 2008 - Autocrat: Art macCeallaigh - A rapier event. Despite torrential rains a great time was had by all who braved the storm! It included a magnificent repast presented by Lord Michael and Lady Nicole Anderburg with a delightful Fancy by Dianora Salviati.
  • Debarchery Aug. 8 2009 - Autocrat: Sebastiano - Attended by Princess Letitia of the Mists.
    Awards: AoA - Anne of Cloondara, Elkhorn of Cloondara, Lune of Pseur Cala, Christine Locke, Una inghean Conchobhair. - Corolla Aulica Aine inghean Cathail. - Leaf of Merit Art mac Ceallaigh.
  • Pirate Adventures Sept. 27 2009 - Autocrat: Art mac Ceallaigh - Our first! The event was so popular it has become a regular part of our rapier practice and has included fighters from all over the West. Including Baroness Custodia Prince Sigifrith and Princess Kamilah of the Mists and Duke Sir Fabian.

  • Art mac Ceallaigh 2010-2012
  • Debarchery Aug. 21 2010 - Autocrat: Anne of Cloondara - Attended by Baroness Custodia of Westermark. She presented Art mac Ceallaigh with the Westermark Pearl for services rendered at Westermark Madness – Kailas won a second term as Bard of Cloondara.
  • Knights Errant visit Cloondara July 17 2011 – Autocrat: Art mac Ceallaigh – Lamb burger by Lady Esnad O’Muirin
  • Debarchery Aug. 20 2011 – Autocrat: Brogan of Cloondara – Lady Barbara became Bard of Cloondara.
  • Cloondara Rapier Championship Sept. 11 2011 – Autocrat: Art mac Ceallaigh – Silvain became our champion.
  • Faux Pas at Westermark Madness Sept. 17 2011 – sub-autocrat: Lady James Bacon – Don Coronado and Countess Keitely were our winners.
  • Seige Cooking Pirates Sept. 25 2011 – Autocrat: Lady Esnad O’Muirin – Princess Francesca lead one of the cooking teams and we had an amazing feast – 23 fighters took the field
  • Demo at the De Young Museum Nov. 18 2011 – 13 of us showed up at the De Young including Lord and Lady of the Mists, Ajax and Una – Along with a number of perks for the attendees, the Shire received a $1,000 fee.
  • Mists’ Investiture Nov. 19 2011 – Autocrat: Lady Esnad O’Muirin – The Shire presented the Crown with gifts made by our artisans:
    • Cormac MacKay – wooden coffer painted green with the Kingdom device in gold.
    • Viktor Maximus – wooden placards painted green; “His Majesty” and “Her Majesty”.
    • Esnad O’Muirin – hand woven and tatted trim and lace.
    • James Bacon – hand woven trims.
    • Art mac Ceallaigh – pewter medallions of a kneeling knight offering a chalice holding the kingdoms demi-sun.

  • Location: San Francisco, California

    Description of the history of this branch is a summary from the small amount of information available, by Hirsch von Henford. Location information is from the back of The Page.

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