Muirenn ingen Dúnadaig
Photo by Raziya Bint Rusa, Birka 2015
Argent, three fox's masks and a chief indented vert.
(Fieldless) A coney courant ermine.
(Fieldless) A fox's mask within and conjoined to an annulet of ivy vert.
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Muirenn ingen Dúnadaig (pronounced MURE-in IN-yen DUNE-a-dayg) joined the SCA in 2009, and divides her interest between the early/middle Irish period (up to 1000 AD) and the High Middle Ages on the continent (late 1100's), specifically the history surrounding Eleanor of Aquitane. She resides in the East Kingdom in Concordia of the Snows, with frequent disregard of the borders between there, Anglespur, and Glenn Linn.
Her major interest lies in Heraldry (armory and research.) Hobbies that loom on the horizon are tablet weaving and her harp.
Muirenn lived in Ireland from 802 - 841, at a time when the Viking raids were just beginning. Iona had been burned and sacked, and there was raiding all along the coasts, but the Vikings had no permanent settlements. Christianity was well-established, the Abbey of Kells was under construction, and many people were torn between the new Christian faith and waning traditional pagan beliefs.
Her father was Dúnadach mac Áedgein Uí Fáilbhe (Dunadach son of Aedgein, descendant of Failbhe). Her mother was Gelgeis ingen Murchada Uí Fáilbhe (Gelgeis, daughter of Murchad, descendant of Failbhe.) The Uí Fáilbhe were a strong clan of the Corcu Duibne.
Muirenn lives in the household of her unmarried older brother, Áedán, where she tends to the simples garden and manages his household.
Muirenn lived in the kingdom of Munster in Corcu Duibne lands in what is now Kerry. As a peninsula along the southwestern coast, these lands were subject to frequent raids during Muirenn's lifetime. The Corcu Duibne trace their ancestry back to Conaire Mor, and they claim Dob(h)inia as their devine ancestor. The Cailleach Bheirre is of the Corcu Duibne as well.
The kings of Munster during her time were:
Offices & Positions, past and present
- Diademe Herald (in-Kingdom submissions deputy) for the East Kingdom, December 2016 - present
- Mosaic Herald (in-Kingdom notifications deputy) for the East Kingdom, December 2015 - November 2016
- Herald at large in the East Kingdom, November 2013 - present
- Mojito Madness Herald Imaginary, March 2015 - present
- Mistress of the Lists, Concordia of the Snows, 10/2014 - 04/2015
- Aethelmearc Heralds and Scribes Schola, October 2016, teacher
- Wars of the Roses, May 2016, heraldic consulting table
- Concordia A&S Schola, September 2015, heraldry room and consultations
- Pennsic 2015, Herald's Point staff
- Northern Region War Camp, July 2015, heraldic consulting table
- East Kingdom Crown Tourney, May 2015, list herald
- Market Day at Birka, January 2015, heraldic consulting table
- Bjorn's Ceilidh and Baronial Investiture, November 2014, kitchen staff
- East Kingdom Crown Tourney, November 2014, list herald
- Lady of the Roses Tourney, September 2014, list herald
- Pennsic 2014, Herald's Point staff
- Order of the Silver Wheel, Wars of the Roses, May 2016
- Award of Arms, Market Day at Birka, January 2015
Projects & Publications
In Case of Court
Please contact me ahead of time wherever possible. I am an introvert and deeply dislike public surprises. I am also often on-call for work even when attending events, which complicates court attendance. A summon or a writ would be super-cool, and also very period.
In service to scribes and illuminators, I am including some artistic ideas for scroll work:
- Favorite things in nature: daffodils, varigated ivy (hedera), lilacs, day lilies, foxes (both my heraldic green and the natural red fox coloration)
- Favorite colors: green, blue, and gold (purple and pink are disliked)
- Favorite decorative motifs: mosaics, stained glass, enhanced capitals (like in manuscripts, where the first capital letter decorates nearly the whole page margin)
- Best language for scrolls: English, of any period is fine. Alys MacIntoych is an amazing resource for scroll texts, and if she knows who the recipient is, she may have ideas to tailor the text to suit