The Museum of Newport Irish History Interpretive Center will open for the season on Saturday, May 26.  2018 Season hours are 12:00 noon – 5:00 pm., Thursday through Sunday, through October 28.  Group and private visits at other times may be arranged by appointment. The Center is located at 648 Lower Thames Street, just south of Narragansett Avenue.  Admission is free for members of the Museum of Newport Irish History and by donation for others.  Free parking is available in a small lot behind the building, accessed via Narragansett Avenue, or on-street.

Visitors to the Center will learn about Irish immigration to Newport County from the 1600s to the present and of the many contributions made to our community by individuals of Irish descent.  The exhibits include maps, photographs, models, video, and artifacts, including some from the construction of nearby Fort Adams, which was built with Irish immigrant labor.

To learn more or to join the Museum, please visit

The Museum of Newport Irish History, a volunteer-run, 501c3 non-profit organization, was founded in 1996 and now over 800 members strong.  In addition to operating the Interpretive Center, the organization sponsors numerous educational, social and fundraising events throughout the year, including the popular Michael F. Crowley Lecture Series, which commences in the fall.  The organization restored and maintains the historic Barney Street Cemetery at the corner of Barney and Mt. Vernon Streets, steps from Washington Square.  It is the final resting place of many of Newport’s earliest Irish residents and was the cemetery established to support Rhode Island’s first Roman Catholic parish, the forerunner of the current St. Mary’s Church at the corner of Spring Street and Memorial Boulevard.

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Belmore has been involved with What’sUpNewp since shortly after its launch in 2012, proudly leading it to be named Best Local News Blog in Rhode Island by Rhode Island Monthly readers in 2018, 2019, and 2020 and an honorable mention in the Common Good Awards in 2021.

Born and raised in Rhode Island, Belmore graduated from Coventry High School and the Community College of Rhode Island. In addition to living in Newport for 10 years, he has lived in Portsmouth, Coventry, Providence, Smithfield, Burrillville, and East Greenwich.

Belmore currently serves as Vice President of the Board Of Directors for Fort Adams Trust and on the Board of Directors for Potter League For Animals. He previously served on the Board of Lucy's Hearth and the Arts & Cultural Alliance for Newport County.

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In 2020, Belmore was named Member of the Year by LION and won the Arts & Cultural Alliance of Newport County's Dominque Award.
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