2015-07-02 / Mainsheet

An Irish Mist at 'Summer at the Steps' Benefit

Photos by Allan Millora


at of the dancing the Forty This photo, reminiscent Steps by Newport's Irish in the late 1800s, was taken at Slea Head, on Ireland's Dingle Peninsula. at of the dancing the Forty This photo, reminiscent Steps by Newport's Irish in the late 1800s, was taken at Slea Head, on Ireland's Dingle Peninsula. The sixth annual benefit for the Museum of Newport Irish History Interpretive Center, “Summer at the Steps,” was held June 27 at Ochre Court. In the spirit of the summertime music and dancing at the Forty Steps by the Irish of Newport in the late 1800s and early 1900s, traditional Irish music was performed by The Publicans. While the cool and misty “Irish” weather deterred guests from dancing outdoors on the terrace and the Forty Steps, lively dancing took place in the mansion’s grand hall. Rarely seen vintage postcard images of the iconic Forty Steps projected on a flat screen and auctioned hotel stays in Kinsale were highlights of the evening.

Proceeds from the gathering, attended by 125 supporters, will benefit the museum’s Interpretive Center, which tells the story of Irish immigrants in Newport County from the 1600s to the present, and celebrates the contributions to our community by the Irish and those of Irish descent.



Betsy Beebe, Karen Oakley, and Sandy Gallagher Betsy Beebe, Karen Oakley, and Sandy Gallagher

David Arnold and Senator Teresa Paiva Weed David Arnold and Senator Teresa Paiva Weed

Peter Martin and Barbara Roy Peter Martin and Barbara Roy

Deanna Conheeny, Maeve Sheehan, and Donna McCarthy Deanna Conheeny, Maeve Sheehan, and Donna McCarthy

Kelley Coen and Barbara Bessette Kelley Coen and Barbara Bessette

Josh Bainton and Kyla Sand Josh Bainton and Kyla Sand

Colleen Curran, Clemens Teufel and Erin Harrington Colleen Curran, Clemens Teufel and Erin Harrington

The Nuit Blanche July 10 The Nuit Blanche July 10

IYRS Summer Gala July 11 IYRS Summer Gala July 11

15th Aniversary Gala July 30 15th Aniversary Gala July 30

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