Welcome to the Shire of Eplaheimr

At Portumna CastleThe Shire of Eplaheimr is an Irish group within the Society for Creative Anachronism(SCA), an international organization dedicated to researching and re-creating the arts and skills of medieval times. We cover the midlands and South region, (roughly from Limerick to Longford and Laois to Roscommon), and have active cores in Limerick, Co. Limerick, in the Portumna/Nenagh area, in Clara, Co. Offaly, and in and around Athlone, which also includes in The College of Kingeslake, a college branch in Athlone Institute of Technology, Co. Westmeath. We meet up regular to pursue our interests in the arts, archery, fencing and aroured combar or just enjoying one another's company with fine food (cooked to medieval recipes), medieval games and a lot of fun.


So what do the SCA do?

We are a group who are interested in what life was like in the Middle Ages (up to 1600 AD) and we actively go about recreating many aspects of that life. We hold classes, run demos and hold events where we get together to explore the fun and interesting parts of the Medieval period. All this without having to worry about the lack of plumbing, the plagues, unusual tortures, unpleasant laws etc.

We are fortunate in Ireland to have active sister Shires; to the East there is Dun in Mara and Northwards there is Glen Rathlin and we participate actively in events hosted by them as well.

What kind of things could I do in the SCA?

Well what sort of things do you like?

If you like:we have:
CombatArchery, rapier, cut and thrust, heavy combat, thrown weapons
Food and DrinkRecipe research, recipe redaction, brewing, feast cooking (event cooking with medieval recipes)
Textile Arts Spinning, dyeing, weaving, garb making, pattern making, lucetting, tapestry, millinery, embroidery
Games Board games, games of chance and even (gasp) gambling!
Scribal Arts Calligraphy, paper making, illumination, ink making
Bardic performance poetry, music & Dance Bardic circles, competitions and an audience waiting to be enthralled
Crafts Metalwork, stained glass, jewellery making, casting, minting, chandlery, armouring, bookbinding, bowering, carving, woodwork
Medieval Life and manners Heraldry, traditions, court etiquette, chivalry

At The Conclave, LimerickThe best thing about the SCA is whatever you love most you do not have to work or practice in a vaccuum. If you want to try something, someone can help, if only to point you in the right direction. We can help you with research or by any number of more active means to get you learning the skills you want. One way many of members focus their exploration of medieval life and culture is by creating a "persona" - Choose a time and place for your SCA persona to be from and then begin to acquire clothes, personal style, food and drink to partake of, desired skills etc. to match that persona. You get to choose how deeply you want to go into the recreation. We are, above all, a voluntary organisation of very enthusiastic and friendly people who selectively recreate medieval culture, choosing elements of the culture that interest and attract us individually.