Sunday, 29 November 2015

A Rainy Day in Dublin Remembering 'Emma'

“At Christmas every body invites their friends and thinks little of even the worst weather.”
― Jane AustenEmma
On the rainiest, darkest, Saturday afternoon imaginable, Janeites from all over Ireland, gathered in the fine Oak Room at Buswell's beautiful, Georgian Hotel, to toast Jane Austen on her 230th birthday, and to remember the novel, which, 200 years ago, was all the author could think about.

200 years ago, Jane Austen was on tenterhooks, wondering if readers would take to her latest publication, 'Emma'.  She fear how her heroine would be received; readers might not take to her, like her at all, but she needn't have feared. Emma Woodhouse, and the novel which bore her name, would stand the test of time and still be the subject of discussion some two centuries on.

Professor Darryl Jones, from Trinity College Dublin, said as much himself, when he spoke to a rapt audience in comfy leather armchairs while the wind howled outside.  There is something very relaxing about hearing Austen read in a Welsh accent, and more than one of our members noted that, what with coffee flowing, a Christmas tree sparkling and lively conversation, they  
would have been happy to stay in Buswell's Hotel forever!  And when we finally said our goodbyes, wishing our friends a merry Christmas, and stepping outside into the damp, darkness, it was somehow surprising to find ourselves back in Dublin city in 2015; but finding comfort in the that fact that, as always with Austen, Emma and Knightley were waiting for us at home, on the book shelf, to stir into life once more on the open page.   And so, with a denouement worthy of the author herself, the afternoon came to a happy end; not bad for a rainy day in Dublin.   

By Michelle Burrowes

Friday, 30 October 2015

Remembering Emma at 200m


This November, Prof. Darryl Jones from Trinity College Dublin, will give a special lecture for JASI members, on Austen's novel 'Emma', to celebrate the bicentenary anniversary of the book's publication.
After the lecture, followed by questions and discussion, we will adjourn for afternoon tea and enjoy the beautiful Georgian surrounds of Dublin's Buswell's Hotel.  Come out and meet your fellow JASI members and treat yourself to a little pre-Christmas pampering.  Jane would certainly approve! Tickets are very limited and will be distributed on a first come first served basis.  This is an adult only event.  

Please complete the dessert order form  HERE to select from a range of Afternoon Tea options.  We look forward to seeing you there!  

Tuesday, 15 September 2015

Austen's Women - The Theatre production Comes to Castleblaney

It is a thrill to welcome DYAD productions stunning 'Austen's Women' to √ćontas Theatre this Saturday evening. Part observational comedy, this masterful one-woman show is a fantastic tribute to much loved writer Jane Austen and of course the wonderful women depicted in her books.Don't miss this opportunity for a wonderful theatrical experience.For tickets call our box office now 042 9753400/401 or book online at www.iontascastleblayney. Saturday 19th Sept, Doors 8:30pm.    Tickets €16/14

Saturday, 12 September 2015

Jo Baker Event - The Video!

We have put together this short video as a memento of our day together earlier in  the year.  Please feel free to like and share!

Thursday, 13 August 2015

The Austen Gazette (Vol. 6) Out Now!

Cover photo by Pauline Wilmotte
Or Jane Austen Society of Ireland newsletter is out now, with all the latest society news and updates, including information about our next Jane Austen Book Club meeting, a review and photos of the Jo Baker event in Dublin last May, and exciting information for members living in Cork. If you are a member, a copy will have been emailed to you, so check your inbox.

Jo Baker Meets Jane Austen Event

By Mary Kelleher.
A group of eight of us travelled from Cork on May 9th and had a lovely afternoon at the Jane Austen Society of Ireland event in the historic Law Society building in Blackhall Place.  The regency mood was created as soon as we entered the venue by the presence of “militia men”, who were there to greet us in their colourful uniforms – we felt like the Bennet sisters walking into Meryton!
Tim Bullamore, editor of the Austen Gazette gave an Introductory Talk, he was a pleasure to listen to, speaking about obituaries - he really brought this subject to life, and was very captivating.  There was lovely music during the afternoon, creating a feeling throughout of Jane Austen’s era.  We were also served Afternoon tea with delicious scones during the interval and the opportunity to chat with other Austen enthusiasts. 
Jo Baker was fantastic – her love and respect for Jane Austen was clear as she spoke of how she had to justify writing ‘Longbourn’ and the years she spent first thinking about it, then working on it.  She spoke of why she chose the servant’s story, giving the story from their
perspectives and being a parallel to Elizabeth’s story in ‘Pride and Prejudice’.  Her own family history, some of whom were in service, made her feel there was another story to tell and I think we all felt that her novel is a masterpiece in itself and works well as a companion to Jane Austen’s story and is a delight for all Austen fans.  Jo Baker’s own warmth, generosity with her time and enthusiasm to answer questions endeared her to us all.  
There was also a wonderful hamper for raffle, full of Jane Austen goodies for someone to take home.
A delightful day for Jane Austen fans!

Photos taken by Poul Madsen.

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.