Jane Austen Events You May be interested in:

Chapterhouse Open-Air Theatre Productions, Summer 2015

Chapterhouse Open-Air Theatre Productions is returning to Ireland with an adaptation of  'Pride and Prejudice', which tours the length and breath of the country.  Now you will have no excuse not to go!  Our members had so much fun over the last couple of years, enjoying Austen out of doors, that we urge you to gather together friends and family, young and old, to experience this sensual delight.

Remember, get your hands on a nice picnic basket and fancy wellies... so you will be ready for all eventualities.  See below for details.
  • Tickets for the Malahide Castle showing have a 15% discount for JASI members, so remember to email us for the discount code.
  • Rathmullan House is also offering a 3 for 2 ticket deal for members, so get in touch before you buy to avail of this great offer in a beautiful part of Ireland.  

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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.
 13th May - 16th May
Show time: 
 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. 


The Duchess of Richmond's Ball - May 2nd in Kells. 

Exactly 200 years ago, Wellington and his officers dined at the Duchess of Richmond's Ball, on the night before they rode into battle against Bonaparte.
The Byron Society have issued an invitation to our Society to attend their very own commemoration ball.  It will take place at Rockfield House, Kells, on 2nd May.  Dr Gerald Morgan, Chaucer Hub TCD, will give a lecture on “Wellington – the Man”, while Mr. Allan Gregory, Chairperson of the Irish Byron Society will read from Childe Harold’s Pilgrimage – “There was a sound of Revelry by night….”  There will be a three course supper, with wine, and live music till midnight. Costume dress is encouraged. Organised by Kells and District Tourism Forum.  
Tickets €30. Telephone Eileen on 083 109 2348.


Jane Austen Meets Jo Baker

What a treat we have in store for you!  We are delighted to announce the details of our summer event: 'Jane Austen Meets Jo Baker', 9th May, 2015, at The Law Society, Dublin. 2:30- 5:30 pm

Fiction-writer Jo Baker, who impressed us so much with her novel, 'Longbourn', has agreed to come to speak to us about adapting 'Pride and Prejudice'.  This is your chance to ask the Manchester-based author about her research and the insights she gained into Austen's world through her work.  

We will also hear from Tim Bullamore, editor of the 'Jane Austen's Regency World magazine', based in Bath, whose humorous, factual talk, entitled ‘Obituaries in the Time of Jane Austen’ is very fitting, given that his other job is as an obituary writer for the Daily Telegraph!

Both writers will be travelling to America over the coming weeks to speak to various branches of The Jane Society of North America, so we are very fortunate to have them visiting us in May. 
Tickets are €20 and include live music from The Montefellada Trio, and afternoon tea. There is free parking around the back of the venue and taxis can be called from the front desk.
We urge you to book your tickets as soon as you can, as places are limited.
Most of all, though, we look forward to chatting about Jane with our JASI friends over a cup of tea - and who knows, if the sun shines, we might even open-up the patio doors and drink up the sunshine.

* Please note: The Jane Austen Society of Ireland Committee has deemed that this is an adults-only event.


 Pride and Prejudice(1940)  Film Night at the DraĆ­ocht Theatre, Blanchardstown

WED 11 FEB 2015 7.30PM 7.30PM Main Auditorium // €7.50 / €6 conc

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Chapterhouse Open-Air Theatre Productions, Summer 2015

Chapterhouse Open-Air Theatre Productions is returning to Ireland with an adaptation of  'Pride and Prejudice', which tours the length and breath of the country.  Now you will have no excuse not to go!  Our members had so much fun over the last couple of years, enjoying Austen out of doors, that we urge you to gather together friends and family, young and old, to experience this sensual delight.

Remember, JASI members usually can secure tickets at a reduced rate, so get in touch with us closer to the time, before booking, to obtain a discount booking code.   In the meantime, get your hands on a nice picnic basket and fancy wellies... so you will be ready for all eventualities.  See below for details

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The World of Jane Austen - November 2014 JASI Event

It is that time of year again fellow Janites - time for our big, annual event, and what a fine time we have in store for you.  Our theme this year is 'The World of Jane Austen'.
*  2:30 - 3:00 pm We will begin with a short AGM (agenda to follow) for those who wish to attend, followed by the day's main events: 
*  3:00 - 3:45 pm  A lecture on Georgian Dublin, given by Dr Mark Hennessy, from Trinity College, Dublin.
3:45 - 4:15 pm Afternoon tea.     
*  4:15 - 5:00 pm  Presentation and talk from the Irish Historical Costumers, on Regency Fashion (With live models).
*  5:00 - 5:30 pm How to dance a quadrille  demonstration - and a chance to participate for the less bashful amongst us.
*  5:30 - 6:00 pm  Conversations in the bar - A chance to compare notes with your fellow JASI members and become properly acquainted.  
There will also be performances by talented musicians from the Royal Academy of Music along the way. There is a bar open all day and there will be many opportunities to chat with fellow Janites, in elegant comfort, about what makes our favourite author so special. All this and in the beautiful surrounds of the Law Society, Blackhall Place, Dublin 7, built just two years before Austen was born.
 Tickets are €10 for members, €12.50 for guests, and includes afternoon tea.
Please email us, or use the contact form on the side, if you wish to attend.  
Tickets are limited, so don't delay if you wish to avoid disappointment.

Something of interest for Irish Austen enthusiasts: a week of Regency entertainments and activities in the beautiful Killeena House near Baltimore, West Cork. 30th November – 5th December 2014
€545 per person sharing. Only twelve spaces available.  Contact:
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Austen's Women Comes to Dublin this September
Coming to The Draiocht theatre in Blanchardstown on Wednesday 24th September, at 8 pm.  
Thirteen of Jane Austen’s heroines come to life in this bold revisiting of some of literature’s most celebrated works. In this much-loved Edinburgh sell-out hit, using only Austen’s words, Rebecca Vaughan (I, Elizabeth) becomes Emma Woodhouse, Lizzy Bennet, Mrs Norris, Miss Bates and nine other beautifully observed women in critical moments from Austen’s major novels (including Pride and Prejudice, Sense and Sensibility and Emma) and lesser known or unfinished works. Directed by Olivier Award winner, Guy Masterson (Morecambe).
The theatre is happy to offer our members a discounted price for tickets, at just €12, with seats grouped together.  You need only to book before 05 Sept 2014 for concession price. 
Early booking is advisable as this promises to be a wonderful night and a chance to see Rebecca perform the show that has been the toast of Bath.  This is a great opportunity for you to bring some friends along to the performance and introduce them to the JASI and all things Jane Austen. 
To top things off, Rebecca has agreed  to participate in an after show talk - so we will get an opportunity to ask all those questions that come to mind during the performance.  
There is a pre-theatre and interval bar which will be open for the audience. Rebecca’s performance runs straight through, start to finish, in 70 mins. They’ll then open the bar for an ‘interval’ for 15-20 mins. Everyone who wants to can then return to the theatre for a post-show chat with Rebecca.  'Sounds perfect! 
DraĆ­ocht’s Box Office is Open Monday to Saturday 10am-6pm
Tel: 01-8852622:
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New JASI Events ~ Members Only
N.B.  We are already planning our next JASI event, this time for members only.  To avoid disappointment, please join us today, by clicking on the Membership link to the right of the page and registering.  

Monday 9th – Wednesday 11th June     3 days/2 nights 

If you enjoyed Sophia Hillan's book about Jane Austen's 'Irish' nieces - then you will not want to miss out on this exclusive event.  The price of this tour is £380 or €460 per person, (10% discount for JASI Members)   and includes

·         - minibustransport and services of the driver-guide.
·        -  fully guided tour by Dr Sophia Hillan.
·         - 2 nights accommodation in first rate B&Bs.
·         - all meals – 3 lunches, 2 dinners. 
·         - Admission charges, tours and ferry cost. 

NB Numbers are restricted to 15 so early booking is recommended.
Please book your places by 10th May 2014.
This tour is led by Dr Sophia Hillan, Author of May, Lou and Cass, Jane Austen's Nieces in Ireland (2011).  years.

 Your driver-guide Richard Mulholland is descended from Jane Austen’s brother Edward Austen Knight, whose youngest daughter Cassandra married Lord George Hill in 1834. Marianne, Louisa and Cassandra Knight  were Jane Austen’s nieces. Jane knew the girls well.  They lived first in Dublin and then in Donegal where Lord George managed a large estate, building a mill, harbour and hotel in an effort to bring prosperity to the region. 
 After Cassandra’s death, he married her sister Louisa. Their sister Marianne also joined the household. Lord George and Cassandra are buried in Letterkenny and Louisa and Marianne are buried near Ramelton.  
The tour takes in the important locations in Dublin and Donegal, as well as houses such as Richard’s home Ballyscullion Park, and Ballywalter Park, home of Lord and Lady Dunleath, where their descendants and their families, still live.
For information about the tour contact Richard and Rosalind Mulholland 028 7938 6235 07729 856504



As part of Dublin Writer's Week - Writer's Jo Baker and Joanna Trollope will be discussing 
their recent, Austen inspired novels, in Dublin Castle, on !7th May at 6pm.  This is an event not to be missed.  Should you wish to attend, and you are a member of the JASI,  do not book until you have emailed us for concession code which will allow you to book tickets for the event from the Dublin Writes' Week website at a reduced rate.  I would advise you to read 'Longbourne', Jo Baker's wonderful book on life below stairs in 'Pride and Prejudice', before going to the event (you still have plenty of time!).  There was a long piece on the novel in our Winter issue of The Austen Gazette, if you remember.  It is going to be an excellent Austen evening in Dublin! See you there. 
Click  here for more details. 


Cork Arts Theatre – 2nd – 12th April 2014

Ladies of Jane
Scenes and Musings from the Pen of Jane Austen

A production not to be missed by readers and fans of the writings of Jane Austen!
In 2013 the world celebrated the 200th anniversary of Pride and Prejudice, one of the most enduring novels of all time – and this year Mansfield Park, another of Jane Austen’s novels is 200 years old. Ladies of Jane,is an unforgettable bouquet of amusing, tender and dramatic scenes from the brilliant pen of this most loved author. Jane Austen’s humour, style and elegance of language is brought to life while you enjoy watching many of her familiar characters get caught up in the despairs, difficulties, disappointments, successes and triumphs that make up their daily lives.

Austen’s wittiest, most dramatic and poignant scenes provide for an absorbing full length evening of theatre. Audiences can expect to meet such favourites as; Elizabeth Bennett, Elinor Dashwood, Emma Woodhouse and Miss Bates – as well as lesser known characters such as Lady Lesley and Lady Denham, all attired in authentic Regency costume!

Following a sell-out run at Fota House  and Salterbridge House in 2013, this show has been revised and extended to include further scenes and in 2014 Kate McSwiney O’Rourke joins the cast. Directed by Mary Curtin and produced by Pat Talbot – Ladies of Jane is sure to be enjoyed by all ages and all lovers of romance!

Cork Arts Theatre – 2nd – 12th April 2014

Tickets on 021 4505624 (€18)


JASI AGM and Lecture:  'Mansfield Park After 200 Years', given by Professor Darryl Jones, from Trinity College.  This is an invite only event, to members of the Jane Austen Society of Ireland, taking place this April, at a fine Dublin location.


An Austen Christmas Soiree in The Gate Theatre 

JASI members are invited to an impromptu Christmas soiree in one of  Dublin's finest Gandon buildings... to meet and chat in the bar of The Gate Theatre after the Thursday night showing of 'Pride and Prejudice' on 5th December.  The play begins at 7:30 and will probably end at about 10:15.  Tickets are €35 each.  
Information about the cast is filtering through, while the actors are still in rehearsal, and news that Sam OMahony is to play the brooding Mr Darcy has been meet with much excitement.  But who will his Lizzy be?  Watch this space for updates. 

 If you are planning to take in a  performance yourself, why not come along on the 5th December, and meet with your fellow JASI members.  It promises to be a lovely way to end the bicentenary year of  'Pride and Prejudice' and the first year of The Jane Austen Society of Ireland.  We would love to see you there and put a face to your name. 

And you never know, if we are lucky, we may get a chance to meet some of the stars of the show in the bar later, and ask the questions that we always wanted to put to Lizzy and Darcy... one can always dream...


PD James Event Trinity College

Oh joy! P.D. James will be giving a talk in Trinity next month, on her 'Pride and Prejudice' sequel, 'Death Comes to Pemberley'. Tues 8th October, 6:45. Free Admission. If you have not yet read the book, see my spoiler-free review on our website. For details on tickets see:

Dublin UNESCO City of Literature is delighted to announce that renowned crime author PD James will be speaking to novelist Declan Burke about her novel Death Comes to Pemberley in The Public Theatre, Trinity College on Tuesday 8th October.
Death Comes to Pemberley is written in the style of Jane Austen as follow-on from Pride and Prejudice, where PD James draws the characters of Jane Austen into a tale of murder, intrique and emotional mayhem. It is currently being made into a 3 part mini-drama series for the BBC to be aired in December. As this is the 200th anniversary of the publication of Pride and Prejudice, PD James will discuss Death Comes to Pemberley, her love of Jane Austen, as well as her crime novels.
PD James was born in Oxford in 1920. Her first book was published when she was in her late thirties. She is the author of 20 books, most of which have been filmed and broadcast in the United States and other countries. Many of her books, including A Taste for DeathThe Murder Room and Devices and Desires, feature Scotland Yard detective Adam Dalgliesh.

Date: Tuesday 8th Ocober
Venue: The Public Theatre (known as the Examinations Hall), Front Square, Trinity College
Time: 7pm (doors close at 6.50pm sharp)
Admission Free.
Booking is essential (maximum of 4 tickets per person)
Book at 6744862 or email

(Why not check out a JASI review of 'Death Comes To Pemberley' here


Austen Celebrations at Cloyne, County Cork.

Tuesday 8th October 2013 at 8pm in Hartys, Cloyne, Co. Cork, Dr.Mary Breen from the Dept. of English in UCC will give a talk entitled 'Jane Austen: Her Life and Works'. Anyone interested in Literature or even Period Dramas on TV should come along.


A Celebration of Jane Austen at Salterbridge House

A celebration of Jane Austen in aid of
the restoration of the old Presbyterian Church in Lismore

This year marks the 200th anniversary of the publication of Pride & Prejudice and Salterbridge House is an ideal place to celebrate Jane Austen. Set amidst beautiful grounds above the river Blackwater, it was built in 1750. Substantially altered in the 19th century, the house and oak paneled hall sets the scene for a feast of Jane Austen activities.

Date: Sunday 6th October

Venue: Salterbridge House, Cappoquin, Co Waterford

Time: 10.30am to 4.30pm

Dress: Regency Costume if desired

Lunch: An Austen inspired 3 course lunch

Cost: €75 for whole day or Lecture/Play and refreshments €25 per session


This 8 week daytime course starting soon in Cork's Fota House, Carrigtwohill, looks fascinating...

Austen’s Worlds will explore the regency dramas represented in the novels of Jane Austen and the screen adaptations of her works. This course promises evenings of lively discussion, learning, and entertainment for admirers of Austen’s writing. In celebration of the 200th anniversary of Pride and Prejudice, participants will also be offered the option of a short tour of England’s Bath and Southampton, where Austen lived and wrote. Austen’s Worlds is the first of a pair of self-contained but related short courses on the works of Jane Austen: a further course on Austen’s remaining novels will be available in the Spring semester. Places on both courses are limited to 25.


Austen Course for Adults at UCD

Jane Austen: Her Novels, Times and Legacy

Here is something that I think many of you will be very interested in. A course on Jane Austen for those autumnal Monday nights. 

Tutor: Lori Comerford
Course Start Date: 23/09/2013
Course End Date: 02/12/2013

No. of Sessions: 10
Start Time: 19.30
Duration (Hours): 2.00
Location: Belfield Campus
Fee: €190

Course Schedule
10 Mondays 7.30pm-9.30pm
Sept 23, 30, Oct 7, 14, 21, Nov 4, 11, 18, 25, Dec 2
(No class bank holiday Mon, Oct 28)

This course is for people with an interest in literature, especially those who have a love of Austen and the Regency Period and would like to gain a more critical appreciation of Austen’s works. This course is also for those who wish to widen their knowledge of our literary landscape by examining Austen’s ability to be both a popular novelist while also being part of the traditional idea of a literary canon.

For more details click here.


An Evening Celebrating Jane Austen at Farmleigh 

- The First Jane Austen Society of Ireland Event! 

 3 Oct 2013

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The JASI, in conjunction with the Office of Public Works, invites you to enjoy an evening celebrating the 200th year anniversary of the publication of 'Pride and Prejudice' in the beautiful surroundings of Farmleigh, with author Sophia Hillan discussing Jane Austen and her Irish connections.  Listen to some live music from the period, enjoy a wine reception and delight in a reading of excerpts from some of Austen's most famous novels. 

Tickets are free but are being distributed to the public by random lottery.  So don't forget to apply.

  Click here for tickets:,24909,en.html 


Pride and Prejudice - the Musical comes to Ireland!
14th - 31 August 8pm. (Excluding Sundays)

To celebrate the 200th anniversary of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, the Lyric Theatre, Belfast and The Everyman present a sparkling new musical adaptation of this dearly loved novel.
Hazel Gardner, Neil McDermott, (Eastenders) Christina Nelson, Gerard McCabe, star in this new musical adaptation by Richard Croxford and Mark Dougherty.

Whilst remaining faithful to the novel, Mark Dougherty’s musical score and Robin Peoples’ gorgeous and elegant set and costumes will create a delightful new setting within which the romance between Elizabeth Bennet and the proud but dashing Mr Darcy can blossom – one of the most popular and enduring love stories of classic fiction.

Lizzy and Darcy - Could casting?  We think so!

Mon – Thu
 €25 | Concession €22 | Family price €80 (four tickets)

Fri & Sat€28 | Concession €25 | Family price €100 (four tickets)
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Jane Austen Exhibition: Carrickfergus, County Antrim.

Perhaps, in time, this will become known as the summer of the Jane Austen fever, as we have yet another important Jane Austen event scheduled to take place on the island of Ireland, this time in Carrickfergus, County Antrim. 
Running from 26 July 2013 till 17 August 2013, it celebrates the 200th anniversary of when the first edition of Pride and Prejudice was published
Ten of the original costumes from Jane Austen TV and film will be on display along with information panels including extracts from the books and information on the costumes displayed around the gallery.
To celebrate the opening of the Jane Austen exhibition, Carrickfergus Borough Council invites you to enjoy two classic Jane Austen Films:

Becoming Jane-3pm

Pride& Prejudice -7.15pm
Venue:Jubilee Hall, Carrickfergus Town Hall
Date:Thursday 25th July 2013

Admission:Free of Charge

At 7pm Dr Sophia Hillan,author of May,Lou& Cass: Jane Austen's nieces in Ireland(2011) will officially open the exhibition.
Venue: Carrickfergus Museum Exhibition Gallery
Opening times:
Mon - Fri 10.00am - 6.00pm
Sat 10.00am - 4.00pm


  • At last something to look forward to Irish fans of Jane Austen.  Chapterhouse Open-Air Theatre company, is presenting adaptations of 'Pride and Prejudice' and 'Sense and Sensibility' for Irish audiences to enjoy this summer. 

'Sense and Sensibility' : 

12th Jul 8.00pm Ballykeeffe Amphitheatre, Kilmanagh, Kilkenny (0870) 333 1183
19th Jul 7.30pm Skerries Mills, Skerries, County Dublin 01 - 849 5208
20th July TBC Belvedere House, Mullingar, County Westmeath
21st Jul 6.00pm Ballyseede Castle, Tralee, County Kerry (00353) 667125799

'Pride and Prejudice':

11th Jul 7.00pm Bantry House & Garden, Bantry, County Cork (00353) 2750047
13th Jul 7.30pm St George’s Church, Balbriggan, County Dublin. To book tickets phone: 0872547839
17th Jul 6.30pm Enniskillen Castle Museums, Enniskillen, County Fermanagh (028) 6632 5000

To obtain tickets, which usually are around €17 for adults €12 for children (discounts available for families and groups of over 10 people), please call the venues directly at the phone numbers above, or check online here:

We look forward to seeing you there!  

  • Don't forget to tune in to 'Having a Ball  - a celebration of 'Pride and Prejudice' at 200 years'.    BBC TWO, 10 May 2013,  9 pm - A recreation of the novel's Netherfield Ball, set in the place where Austen spent so much of her time, Chawton House.

  • Pride and Prejudice' dramatisation at Fota House Wednesday 22nd May 2013 10:00 a.m.                                                                                   Bus trip to Fota including a tour of the house, a dramatisation form Pride and Prejudice, with Irene Kelleher, and tea/coffee.  Cost €10 per person.   Departing City Library Grand Parade arriving back approx. 1:00 p.m. Booking essential.  Contact Eamonn Kirwan at

  • Regency Summer School at Fota House, Cork.                                  Featuring Jane Austen readings and dramatisations amongst other things. Limited to 20 places. €1,100.  For details see UCC Fota House/UCC Summerschool visit   Sunday 23rd June to Friday 28th June 2013