Ken Dooley Book Signing at Museum

Ken Dooley Book Signing at Museum

Dooley Noted

“At age ninety, Ken Dooley, noted Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame playwright, author, publisher, political consultant, and raconteur decided, with a nudge from his admirers, to compose a series of brief essays recounting his varied life experiences. His observations, based on first-hand involvement, bear the appropriate title Dooley Noted. His insightful recollections are notable indeed! During his long and eventful career, Ken has encountered the famous and infamous, the literati, scholars, athletes, politicians, clergy, the military, and those who led an ordinary life, except for an extraordinary encounter with Mr. Dooley.”

 — Dr. Patrick T. Conley, Historian Laureate of Rhode Island.

book cover - Dooley Noted

July 14, 2022

Dear Members,

You may recall that longtime Museum of Newport Irish History member, past Crowley Lecture Series guest speaker, author of more than 40 books and plays, including “The Murder Trial of John Gordon,” and Rhode Island Heritage Hall of Fame InducteeKen Dooley, launched his latest project, the book Dooley Noted, late last year.

This autobiographical tribute to the notable people and events that have shaped Ken’s long and interesting life was introduced during a festive book launch last December at The Beatrice Hotel in Providence, attended by many Museum members and friends.  

We’re delighted to share that Ken will be on hand

at the Museum’s Interpretive Center:

648 Lower Thames Street

Newport, RI 02840

Saturday, July 23, 2022

3:00 – 5:00 pm

Stop by, meet Ken, and pick up a signed copy of his book!

(If you already have the book, stop in and say “Hi” to Ken anyway. He’d love to see his old friends and meet new ones)

100% of book sale proceeds

benefit Rhode Island non-profits.

The softcover book, which makes a great gift, is $24.95 (cash, credit or check payable to “R.I. Publication Society”).  The book may also be purchased online at by clicking the below button:

Order Book Online HERE

Can’t come down to the Museum on July 23? 

“Meet” Ken by reading the Newport Daily News 

book review by Sean Flynn:

 Sean Flynn/Newport Daily News Book Review

You might also enjoy this inspiring video of Ken being inducted into the R.I. Heritage Hall of Fame, with a rousing introduction by Dr. Scott Molloy, another longtime Museum member and popular Crowley Lecture speaker:

VIDEO of Ken being inducted into the R.I. Heritage Hall of Fame

Ken is a living legend and truly one of one of

Rhode Island’s most accomplished Irish-Americans!

Questions re. July 23? Please write 

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As April 1 marked the start of the Museum’s new Fiscal Year, many of our members with Annual (vs. Life) Memberships, were due for renewal at that time.

A big “Thank You” to all who have submitted

their renewal payments thus far!

The annual fee for an Individual membership remains $20, and a Family/Household membership $30 (applies to all those living at the same address).

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:

Museum of Newport Irish History

Attn: Membership

PO Box 1378

Newport, RI, 02840

Please help us reduce printing & postage expense by making your payment at this time, if you have not done so already.

If you are unsure of your membership status — before making a payment — please email Ann at or phone her at 401-841-5493 and she’ll get right back to you.



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

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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

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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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