“Many a man’s big mouth has given him a broken nose”, that was a message outside of the Newport Irish American Club that has many in the Lower Thames Street neighborhood talking and furious.
Two nearby neighbors, who spoke on guarantee of anonymity on Saturday, said that the sign is in response to incidents over the last few weeks where neighbors have had issues and spoke up against the new owners of the Irish American Club.
The neighbors we spoke to would only speak on anonymity because they said they feared any reacting by the business owners to their comments.
In somewhat similar wording, the Irish Proverb – “Many a time a man’s mouth broke his nose.” – is said to mean ” Your mouth can get you into a lot of trouble.” The a-frame sign was placed outside of the Irish American Club on Friday and Saturday.
Back on September 21st What’s Up Newp reported that The Irish American Club (“The IA” and its real estate at 642-644 Thames Street) was sold by Dennis Sr. & Carol Crooks to S & Realty, LLC for $997,000.
At Newport City Council’s meeting on October 26th, the new owners looked to obtain an entertainment license for the venue. After a long discussion where at least 8 residents spoke to City Council about their concern regarding license and recent problems at the venue, Newport City Council amended the application to change the time that the entertainment license could be use to no later than 9 p.m. and limited numbers of musicians to three. Councilor Leonard opposed to both amendments, all others approve.
If you missed the meeting, you can catch the discussion and comments from neighbors in the below video.
Starting at 11:40 – Entertainment License, New, Class A (Indoor), Irish American Athletic Club, d/b/a Irish American Athletic Club, 642 Thames St. ( Hearing)
Councilor Leonard was opposed to both amendments as well as granting the license, all others City Council members approved the amendments and the license.
Those at the meeting on October 26th were all in opposition and talked about issues with loud crowds exiting the establishment, nearby party houses and a recent incident that involved a gentlemen’s head breaking the front door.
The new owners of the IA told Newport City Council several times that they planned on being in the neighborhood for a long time and wanted to be good neighbors, they wanted the entertainment license “just in case” they wanted to host live music, bagpipers or etc.
Since the meeting in October, several nearby residents have said that they have called the police and City Council members. The most recent complaint comes from a nearby party house at 635 and 640 Thames Street. Neighbors believe the Salve Regina students who live in these homes are imbibing at the IA, a private club, and then “wreaking havoc” on the neighborhood after.
A complaint this week included that someone threw a chair out of a third-floor apartment window and smashed the back of a neighbor’s fence.
Many believe that the private club is welcoming people into their bar that are not members and are bringing “trouble to the neighborhood”.
Many believe that the sign, just below “please respect our neighbors” is directed at them for their recent complaints to City Council and local authorities.
After several complaints, City Manager Joe Nicholson reportedly asked the IA to remove the sign on Friday and again on Saturday, as of 6 p.m. on Saturday it was no longer outside.
UPDATE: Owners of the IA provided us with a comment on Sunday evening, read it here – https://whatsupnewp.com/new-owners-irish-american-club-respond-complaints-neighbors/