Born in Dublin Mara’s family relocated to London when he was five years old. He was a generous and gifted teacher; 1980 - 1990 Principal Lecturer in Printmaking, Chelsea School of Art and 1990 - 1997 Professor of Printmaking at the Royal College of Art. During that time he was also Head of the School of Fine Art. Tributes always mention his integrity, knowledge and enthusiasm for printmaking. His work, mainly screenprinted and made in his London studio, remains fresh and distinctive.