Killead, County Antrim, Ireland
Banagher, Co. Offaly, Ireland
Kilkee, Co. Clare, Ireland
The epic novel ‘Jane Eyre’ by Charlotte Brontë was published on 16th October 1847. In 1854 the writer married her father’s curate Arthur Bell Nicholls of Kilead, County Antrim. They honeymooned with his family in Banagher in the Irish Midlands, calling in at Limerick City and Kilkee, Co. Clare.
Patrick Bronte, father of the celebrated Bronte sisters, was an Irish clergyman from County Down. Charlotte apparently spoke with an Irish accent when she first went to school in England.
In 1855, a year after her marriage, the beautiful bride – pregnant with their only child – was attacked by “sensations of perpetual nausea and ever-recurring faintness.”
Charlotte and her unborn child died on 31 March 1855. She was 38-years-old.
For more on the Bronte’s Irish connections, see http://www.turtlebunbury.com/published/published_features/pub_feats_bronte.html