VIDEOS of past “Dancing at the Forty Steps” events:

February 26, 2017 – kick off to the 40th Annual Newport Irish Heritage Month, sponsored by the former Newport Irish Heritage Association, the event’s founder.
Source: WhatsUpNewp Facebook page
Video of about 45 minutes includes introduction by Rick O’Neill, greetings by then-mayor, Harry Winthrop.

February 26, 2017
Source: Newport Buzz Facebook page

February 28, 2016
Video captures Ancient Order of Hibernian Men singers
Source: Facebook page of Jeanne Murray

SUN. MAR. 24, 2024, 3:00 p.m.

All are welcome to join in the fun for “Dancing at the Forty Steps,” the flagship event of the annual  Newport Irish Heritage Month

  • The free, outdoor event is held weather permitting
  • No reservations.
  • Weather-related updates will be made on this page.

WEATHER: As of 12:30 pm on Sun. Mar. 24, the forecast for 3:00 pm is dry, 40 degrees, mostly cloudy, with a NNE wind of 14 mph. Please dress accordingly.

Questions?  Please contact the event coordinator, Rick O’Neill at (401) 374-5698 or

The 2023 event was a great success! Thanks to Donal and Mary Lehane for leading the dancing, to the musicians, to the Ancient Order of Hibernian Men Singers, and to the spirited dancers and to the crowd.

HERE is a terrific short video of the March 26, 2023 event, courtesy of Jeff Thomas.

Click HERE for the March 27, 2022 event photo album. Photos courtesy of Lew Abramson.
And HERE is a terrific short video of the 2022 event, courtesy of Jeff Thomas

For links to videos of past “Dancing at the Forty Steps” events, see below the graphic on the left.