April Update/Annual Meeting – Save the Date!

April Update/Annual Meeting – Save the Date!

April 15, 2022

Dear Members,

We are pleased to share that for the first time since the spring of 2019 we will be able to hold an in-person Annual Meeting, to which all members are cordially invited. Please “Save the Date” for Sunday, May 22 at 4:00 pm, and plan to join us at Ancient Order of Hibernian Hall in Newport.

Details are being finalized by your board of directors. An invitation will be mailed to all members of record and the information will also be posted on our website “Events” page and shared via e-newsletter. Reservations for the meeting and/or supper will be requested.

As in past years, the Annual Meeting will commence with a business meeting, which will be followed by a social, including supper and entertainment.

Please read on for an update on the Barney Street Cemetery, including a shout out to our volunteers and photos of their recent handiwork.

We close by extending best wishes for a “Happy Passover” and a “Happy Easter” to members and their families who are observing these important holidays this weekend.

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Volunteers Ready the Site for Spring

Many thanks to the below Museum members and friends who came out the afternoon of Tues. April 12 to participate in the first work session of the 2022 Season at the Barney Street Cemetery. Under the leadership of board member and Cemetery Committee Chair, Jack McCormack, the team removed weeds, divided perennial flowers, and spread mulch, which was generously donated by member and longtime “Cemetery Hero,” Patrick Carlisle.

Ann Arnold May

Larry Bartley

Jonathan Davies

Larry Davis

Carolyn Evans-Carbery

Joan Galvin

Christopher Jones

John Quinn

Stephen Quinn

Ben Smith

Please enjoy the below photos of the site, taken a couple days after the work was completed.

Please join us!

If you would like to be added to the Cemetery Volunteer email list, to be invited to future work sessions, please sent an email to: newportirishhistory@gmail.com

Member-volunteers are always welcome to invite family, neighbors, and friends to come along for this important and rewarding work. Many hands make light work, especially when summertime weeds emerge, and even an hour of your time makes a huge difference. Local high schools require students to perform community service, and we’re happy to provide whatever verification is required for time volunteered.

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Photos by Tim May

Learn about the History of the Cemetery Site


As April 1 marks the start of the Museum’s new Fiscal Year, many of our members with Annual (vs. Life) Memberships, are due for renewal at this time. The annual fee for an Individual membership remains $20, and a Family/Household membership $30 (applies to all those living at the same address).

You may renew now online by clicking the below Membership” button.


If you prefer to pay by check, please send payable to “MNIH” with “Membership” in the Memo line to us at PO Box 1378, Newport, RI, 02840


If you are unsure of your membership status, please email Ann at tpm1@earthlink.net before making a payment and she’ll get right back to you.


Please do not send payments or other correspondence to our seasonal Thames Street Interpretive Center address.

Museum of Newport Irish History

Established 1996

a 501c3 non-profit organization

Mailing Address:

PO Box 1378, Newport, RI 02840

Interpretive Center:

648 Lower Thames Street, Newport RI 02840


Click Here for Museum Board of Directors Contact Info. and list of deceased board members, fondly remembered.

The MISSION of the Museum of Newport Irish History is to tell the story of the Irish immigrants and their descendants in Newport County and the surrounding area from the Colonial era to the present. It also seeks to preserve artifacts and mementos relating to their experiences and facilitate
research on Irish history and heritage.
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