2016 Newport Irish Heritage MonthMarch 2016 marks the arrival of the 39th annual Newport Irish Heritage Month – more than a month’s worth of celebration and recognition of the Irish American influence in Newport and beyond!

Newport Irish Heritage Month is jam packed full of events and celebrations – big and small – and no wonder: Newport was Rhode Island’s first community to have a substantial Irish population, a population that started as far back as the 1600’s but really began to take shape in the 1820’s as workers arrived to help construct Fort Adams.

Consequently, Rhode Island’s oldest Saint Patrick’s Day Parade is in Newport – but that’s just one of many of the events scheduled for Newport Irish Heritage Month. Below we’ve compiled a short list of just a few of the highlights of Newport Irish Heritage Month 2016! (more…)