I have been semi seriously researching the Mara family for about 2 years. It is interesting to see this new Forum posted, indicating, I hope, increased interest in this form of the surname. Other variations include Meara and O'Meara, and I have found the O'Meara Forum very helpful in the past.
I have traced my Mara family from Templetouhy, Thurles, County Tipperary in 1785, through their lives in Ireland, and immigration of several to the US in 1888-9, where they settled in New York City. Current generations are in Staten Island, Ny, Pine Plains, NY and Burlington, Vermont areas.
I would be interested in sharing information with any others researching the Mara name.