This photo, taken in 1875 by J.A. Williams, shows the grocery store operated by Patrick Halpin, which was located on Tanner Street in Newport, within the “Kerry Hill” Irish immigrant neighborhood. Tanner Street was renamed West Broadway, and again renamed, Dr. Marcus Wheatland Boulevard, in 1994. Photo is from the collections of Providence Public Library.

The Museum of Newport Irish History will present the third lecture of its 21st Annual Lecture Series on Monday, November 14 at 6:00 p.m., in-person at the Wyndham Newport Hotel, 240 Aquidneck Avenue, Middletown, and live-streamed via Zoom.  Guest speaker, Dr. Kurt C. Schlichting, will give an illustrated talk titled, “Ethnic Enclaves: Newport’s Kerry Hill Irish in 19th & Early 20th Century.” 

There is no fee to participate virtually, via Zoom. A $5 per person fee/donation is requested from those attending the lecture and Q&A with reception to follow in person (cash bar). Those who become members to attend this talk will have the $5 lecture fee waived.  Reservations are required for virtual and in-person participation.

For the talk overview,  guest speaker bio, and links to reserve, please visit the “Lectures” page at  For questions or assistance with registration or membership, please contact Ann Arnold at or (401) 841-5493.

The museum says that the lecture is made possible by a generous gift from The Fastnet Irish Pub.

Ryan Belmore is the Owner and Publisher of What'sUpNewp. 
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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