Monday, 20 July 2015

Austen Comes to Mount Juliet


Steeped in heritage, Mount Juliet, in County Kilkenny, is one of Ireland's leading country estates. They pride themselves in their family culture, while at the same time maintaining the high-end service and hospitality for which Mount Juliet is internationally renowned.

This July 23rd, Chapterhouse Theatre Company will perform their wonderful adaptation of 'Pride and Prejudice'. This will be a treat not to miss. The hotel is delighted to offer a 10% discount to JASI members. Simply call 056 777 3082 and quote the password. (Email us if you plan to attend and need the code!)   Their online tickets will remain on sale until 5pm on the 23rd July.  They will however have tickets available at the door should people decide at the last minute.

See HERE for tickets.

Saturday, 18 July 2015

Rest In Peace ~ Jane Austen

“On Thursday, 17 July, Cassandra (Austen)  went into the town (Winchester) on some errand for her sister (Jane) and found, on returning, that she had had an attack of faintness. It passed off slightly, but soon returned, and she suffered greatly, crying out, ‘God, grant me patience, Pray for me oh Pray for me!’ 
Cassandra asked her if there was anything she wanted. She replied that she wanted nothing but death. 

Mr. Lyford came and was able somewhat to relieve her, but by 7 p.m, she was unconscious and lay perfectly still save for a slight movement of her head with each breath. Cassandra sat by her
for six hours, with a pillow on her lap to support Jane’s head which was nearly off the bed. Then, for two and a half hours, Mary (James Austen’s wife) relieved her. Cassandra came back at 3.30 a.m and an hour later, on Friday, 18 July, Jane Austen died in her sister’s arms”  (Marghanita Laski)

Jane Austen was buried in Winchester Cathedral, in the north aisle, on the following Thursday morning, 24 July.
The burial date recorded in the cathedral Burial Register is incorrect: it is given as two days before she actually died!

Eileen Collins

Tuesday, 7 July 2015

Pride and Prejudice - Open Air Theatre

Don't miss an outdoor theatre production of 'Pride and Prejudice' this summer at Malahide Castle, County Dublin, on 24th July, 7:30 pm.  A 15% discount is available for JASI members, so get in touch if you want to go and I will email you the discount code!  For full details, see: http://www.malahidecastleandgardens.ie




Rathmullan House, in beautiful Donegal, is offering JASI members a 3 for 2 offer when buying tickets for their out door, afternoon, 'Pride and Prejudice' theatre event on Sunday 26th July at 3pm. See their website for details: www.rathmullanhouse.com

For a full list of Irish shows, see this previous link: http://www.thejaneaustensocietyofireland.com/2015/02/chapterhouse-open-air-theatre.html

Monday, 11 May 2015

Emma On Stage - Dublin

Not to be missed - a chance to see Austen's novel 'Emma' performed live on stage in this its bicentenary year. Only this week, at the Mill Theatre, Dundrum, Dublin.
Date: 
 13th May - 16th May
Show time: 
 8pm
Admission: 
 Weds: €12 Thurs-Sat: €16/€14


Emma Woodhouse is Jane Austen's most maddening, endearing heroine. Clever and effervescent, young Emma is also a bit too accustomed to having her own way, although only her friend Mr. Knightley seems to notice. 200 years after its publication, Emma continues to delight, both as a coming-of-age tale and a lively satire of Austen's elegant and quirky characters. This sparkling adaptation features a spectacle of Regency dance, revelry, and romance that will welcome audiences into Austen's witty, captivating world. Directed by Brian Molloy.

JASI members have been offered a concession ticket price, so please get in touch if you are a member and would like to attend this production. 

Tuesday, 14 April 2015

McCalling all Austen Fans!

The lovely people at the International Literature Festival Dublin, have once again agreed to offer JASI members a concession price for their Alexander McCall Smith talk on Thursday 21st May at 8pm in The Main Space, Smock Alley, Dublin.

 His adaptation of 'Emma' has just been published in paperback, so I know that many of you will be keen to hear him speak and attend the book-signing afterwards. Here is the blurb: 'It’s 15 years since The No.1 Ladies’ Detective Agency introduced the world to Precious Ramotswe, Botswana’s leading (in fact, only) female PI.

Since then her creator, Alexander McCall Smith, has become one of the UK’s best-loved authors, selling over 20 million books, launching several successful new series (including Scotland Street), and becoming perhaps the second most famous resident of Edinburgh’s New Town (where JK Rowling also lives). In this special event, McCall Smith comes to Dublin to talk about the characters and themes that have won him millions of readers all over the world.' Tickets cost €12 but for JASI members are €10.

You will find the concession code on the most recent issue of The Austen Gazette.  Enjoy!

Wednesday, 1 April 2015

Want to Win an Austen Hamper of Delights?

Some lucky person will take home this impressive Austen Hamper at the end of our literary event at the Law Society this May, consisting of incomparable novels, by Austen and others, Deirdre Le Faye's renowned collection of Austen's letters, plus a beautiful annotated edition of 'Persuasion'.

The hamper also boasts the latest adaptations of Austen's classics, by the likes of Joanna Trollope and  P.D. James ; as well as a Jane Austen mug, a delicious bottle of wine and box of chocolates.  You certainly will feel pampered with this prize.

But especially exciting is that it will contain no less than two recent publications, signed by the author themselves: Jo Baker's 'Longbourn', and Lisa Pliscou's 'Young Jane Austen' . Now that is exciting!
The hamper will be raffled off at the 'Austen Meets Jo Baker' event at the Law Society, Dublin, on May 9th.  See the link on the right for details.  Tickets will go on sale on the day.
Good luck to all who enter!

 * The final choice of books / wine/ chocolate etc. contained in the final hamper may differ slightly from those in the image published here - but will be fabulous!




Wednesday, 11 March 2015

A Jane Austen Event that Cannot be Missed!


* Please note: The Jane Austen Society of Ireland Committee has deemed that this is an adults-only event.  More family orientated events will take place over the coming months.