2015-02-26 / Around Town

Irish Month Kickoff


Members of the public joined in on the dancing fun at Forty Steps last year, celebrating the start of Irish Heritage Month. Members of the public joined in on the dancing fun at Forty Steps last year, celebrating the start of Irish Heritage Month. Newport’s month-long celebration of all that is Irish will kick off on Sunday, March 1, with plenty of food and fun, hallmarks of an Irish good time.

The St. Patrick’s Day Parade Committee will host the annual Green Eggs and Ham Breakfast fundraiser from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. at the Ancient Order of Hibernians Hall, 2 Wellington Ave. Shortly after the breakfast fun draws to a close, Irish step dancers, instrumentalists, and singers will gather at Forty Steps to officially launch the festivities at 2 p.m.

For more than a decade, the hearty breakfast has drawn hundreds of hungry diners to Hibernian Hall. The feast raises funds for the March 14 parade and other family-oriented activities. Parade Committee Chairman Dennis Sullivan declared, “This is one of my favorite things that we do during the entire month. Everyone enjoys this time, and it’s a good way to raise money and have fun ourselves. When it started, we blended in Dr. Seuss’s book because it was close to his birthday. Since then, the first Sunday in March has been our event date.”

While the buffet-style brunch does not include the green eggs specified in the Seuss classic, special orders of eggs tinted with green food dye will be available. Tickets for the event are $10, with special family prices making it the best deal in town. Live Irish music will be performed in the hall after 1 p.m.

The afternoon gathering at Forty Steps is an homage to the days when Newport’s Irish immigrants would meet after hours at the Cliff Walk locale for music, fun and romance.

For more information, visit aohnewport.org.

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