2014-03-07 / Front Page

Irish Gather at Forty Steps



Irish dancing, traditional music, and soulful ballads marked the start of the 37th annual Newport Irish Heritage Month at Cliff Walk’s Forty Steps on Sunday, March 2. More than 100 hardy souls gathered in frigid weather to launch the monthlong celebration of all things Irish. The program opened with “God Bless America,” sung by the men of the AOH Singers, a newly-formed group from the local Dennis E. Collins Division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians. Newport Irish Heritage Association President Donal Lehane welcomed the crowd, first in Gaelic then in English, urging all to remember the city’s proud Irish heritage and the contributions of those who came before. A highlight of the event was a stirring rendition of “When Newport was Irish,” led by Tom Maguire. For more about the Irish Heritage Month Events turn to page 9.Pictured are AOH Singers David Kerins, Ray Chestnut, Joe Brady, Rick O’Neill, and Bill Murphy. (Photo by Jack Kelly) Irish dancing, traditional music, and soulful ballads marked the start of the 37th annual Newport Irish Heritage Month at Cliff Walk’s Forty Steps on Sunday, March 2. More than 100 hardy souls gathered in frigid weather to launch the monthlong celebration of all things Irish. The program opened with “God Bless America,” sung by the men of the AOH Singers, a newly-formed group from the local Dennis E. Collins Division of the Ancient Order of Hibernians. Newport Irish Heritage Association President Donal Lehane welcomed the crowd, first in Gaelic then in English, urging all to remember the city’s proud Irish heritage and the contributions of those who came before. A highlight of the event was a stirring rendition of “When Newport was Irish,” led by Tom Maguire. For more about the Irish Heritage Month Events turn to page 9.Pictured are AOH Singers David Kerins, Ray Chestnut, Joe Brady, Rick O’Neill, and Bill Murphy. (Photo by Jack Kelly)

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