“Shamrocks & Seashells,” the 9th Annual Benefit for the Museum of Newport Irish History’s Interpretive Center, will be held Saturday, September 8, at 6:00 p.m. at Easton’s Beach Rotunda Ballroom.

Traditional Irish music will be played by “The Exiles,” featuring award-winning Irish step dancer, Kevin T. Doyle. Guests will also enjoy a bagpiper greeting, vintage carousel rides, and an extensive silent auction. Tickets are $85 per person and are inclusive of hors-d’oeuvres, a variety of food stations, complimentary wine and beer and dessert.

For more information and to purchase tickets, visit the “Events” page on the Museum’s website, NewportIrishHistory.org, or contact Maeve Sheehan at 401-608-2065 or MaeveS@hotmail.com.  All reservations will be held at the door; No tickets will be mailed. Reservations are requested by September 1.

About the Museum of Newport Irish History’s Interpretive Center

The Museum’s Interpretive Center is located at 648 Lower Thames Street, just south of Narragansett Avenue.  2018 Season hours are 12:00 noon to 5:00 p.m., Thursday through Sunday, through Sunday, October 28.  Proceeds from “Shamrocks & Seashells” will fund Interpretive Center operating expenses and enhancements to Center displays. The Museum of Newport Irish History is a non-profit, volunteer-run organization of over 800 members.  Founded in 1996, its Mission is to tell the story of Irish immigrants in Newport County from the 1600s to the present, to preserve artifacts and mementos of their experience, and to facilitate research into Irish heritage.  To learn more about the organization, to join, or to donate, please visit the Museum website, NewportIrishHistory.org.

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