Welcome to the Commodore Barry Arts and Cultural Center

Céad Míle Fáilte

A lot of us claim Irish heritage, but even if you don’t, the Commodore Barry Arts and Cultural Center opens its arms to you. Let us share our vibrant culture and take advantage of our many facilities—including our spacious and elegant ballroom. And join in the exciting activities sponsored by the many groups and organizations that make the Center their home.

Upcoming Events

We’re pleased to announce mega-Irish Country star, Nathan Carter, will be joining us the night before Thanksgiving, Wednesday, November 21st!  Tickets are currently available online here or by contacting the Irish Center at (215) 843-8051.

Sunday, November 18th – Delaware Valley Irish Hall of Fame inducts their most recent honorees: Sr. Frances Kirk, SSJ, Denise Foley and Pearse Kerr.  The Commodore Barry Award will be presented to Sr. James Ann Feerick, IHM.  More information regarding the inductees and ticketing can be found here.

Saturday, November 24th – The 130th Annual Donegal Ball and Mary from Dungloe Contest.  Tickets, $25; $20/student  Music by Lefty Kelly and Friends.  

Saturday, December 1st –  Join us for an evening with the 2018 Football All-Stars on Saturday, December, 1 from 4:00 – 7:00! All proceeds go to Philadelphia GAA scholarship fund. Tickets must be purchased in advance: $40 for adults, $10 for 17 and under.  Tickets include buffet style dinner and meet the all stars.  To purchase tickets, please contact Barry at 267-290-4496 or barrytrainormanager@gmail.com.

Saturday, December 1st – Cherish the Ladies joins us for a Celtic Christmas!  Tickets are $25 and can be purchased online here or at the door for $30.

Weekly Events

Every Sunday from 9 AM – 1PM.

We’re serving up both Irish and American fare every Sunday morning from 9 AM to 1PM in the Dining Room!  Full breakfast menu and bar service available.  Full Menu can be found here.

Every Wednesday at 7:30 PM

Weekly set dance lessons in the Fireside Room with John Shields. Ceili dances are held the second and fourth Fridays of the month.

Every Thursday at 8 PM

Weekly Dance sponsored by Mt. Airy Contra Dance Group in the Ballroom.  More information at their website here.

Every Second and Fourth Friday

Ceili Dancing instructed by John Shields in the Fireside Room- Fourth Friday Ceili sponsored by the Philadelphia Ceili Group with Live Music every other month.

Commodore Barry Arts and Cultural Center News


The Philadelphia area is up to its eyebrows in O’Briens and Ryans and Sheehans and Meehans, and all manner of people with Irish last names. For that matter, a lot of us boast Irish heritage, even if our last names happen to be Fiore, Filipowski or Fenstermacher.

So here’s the point: if you have Irish in you, we here at the Commodore Barry Arts and Cultural Center open its arms to you. Consider the Center your own little bit of Ireland here in Philly.

The Center serves as the home for any number of Irish organizations and societies, including the Philadelphia Ceili Group, Danny Browne AOH Division 80, and the Cummins School of Irish Dance. Lessons in Irish music and dance for adults and children are held weekly. A traditional Irish music session is held most Friday evenings. We even show broadcasts of Gaelic sports, live from Ireland.

No matter who you are, no matter where your people hail from, as they say in the Irish language: Céad míle fáilte—a hundred thousand welcomes.