The 40th annual Newport Irish Heritage Month kicked off on Sunday with Dancing at the Forty Steps.

In addition to dancing and live Irish music, the AOH Men choral group provided some sing-a-long Irish songs.

This event not only officially begins Irish Heritage Month but also commemorates the many Irish who in the 19th and 20th centuries came to work and live in Newport, building Fort Adams, constructing and working at the mansions, and making Newport what it is today.

Irish Heritage Month is a celebration of all things Irish throughout the month of March with music, lectures, tours, food, and, of course, the 61st annual parade in honor of St. Patrick on Saturday, March 11. The complete, printable, Newport Irish Heritage calendar can be found at

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Ryan Belmore has been the Owner & Publisher of What's Up Newp since 2012. He also currently works for Mountain News, where he serves as Senior Editor - North America for OnTheSnow. He previously worked for the New England Patriots and American Cancer Society. He currently serves as Vice President of Fort Adams Trust and is a member of Local Independent Online News (LION) Publishers and North American Snowsports Journalists Association (NASJA).