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. 

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.

2022 President’s Letter

Please take a moment to read our annual communication from the Irish Center’s board president, Sean McMenamin.

Fall Food Drive

Please join us in supporting local Ukrainian families. We are collecting food until October 30th. Click HERE for collection details.

Irish Life Then and Now, For the Camera

Our next photographic exhibit is open now!

Top 100 Influential Irish Women

Congratulations and THANK YOU to the top 100 Irish Women who were honored here at the Irish Center on October 2nd! What a wonderful day it was here at the Center celebrating women of all ages who have shared their time, energy, and love with the Irish Community. To view photos, please visit IrishPhiladelphia.com or our Facebook page.

There is always something happening here at the Irish Center!

Continue scrolling for information about upcoming Irish Center-hosted events, Philadelphia Ceili Group events, as well as events sponsored by various organizations.

Upcoming Events

Friday, October 7th: First Friday Opening of Art Exhibit by Jim McCarron

Sunday, October 9th: Hunger Striker Commemoration Mass at 3.00 pm; and The Lost Valley presentation by Gerard Bourke

Saturday, October 22nd: Tyrone Society Bingo Night

Tuesday, November 1st: Damian McGinty Concert; Click HERE to purchase tickets.

• Saturday, November 5th: 116th Philadelphia Mayo Ball

Sunday, November 13th: Delaware Valley Irish Hall of Fame; Click HERE to purchase tickets.

Friday, November 18th: Nathan Carter live in concert! 8pm. Limited availability for meet & greet with Nathan. Click HERE to purchase tickets. Sponsorship opportunities available!

Saturday, December 3rd: Donegal Association of Philadelphia Annual Ball

Saturday, December 10th: Rince Ri School of Irish Dance Competition

Sunday, December 11th: Christmas Open House, 2.00 – 5.00 pm, Details coming soon!

Sunday, December 18th: Mayo Association of Philadelphia Christmas Mass

• Dedication of Irish Center Library – New date to be announced

Monthly Events

• 3rd Wednesday: Senior Lunch hosted by the Irish Center

– All are welcome; 12.00 – 2.00 pm       
– October 19      – November 16       – December 21

*Events Co-Sponsored by the Philadelphia Ceili Group & the Irish Center:

* 1st Friday: Traditional Irish Music Session with Ceili Dance Instruction

– FREE, All are welcome; Starting at 8 pm; Sponsored by Hollis Payer & Philadelphia Ceili Group
– One hour of Ceili Dance instruction with Bobby Graham; 8 – 9 pm

* 2nd Thursday: Singers’ Session

– All songs welcome; 7.30 pm; Free

• 2nd Friday: Set Dancing

– Hosted in the Fireside Room

• 2nd Sunday: Traditional Irish Music Session

– Sponsored by Next Generation

* 2nd Sunday: Ceili Og, for the young and young at heart

– 3 – 5 pm; Free (please note, Ceili Og will not be held in July, August or September)

• 4th Friday: Ceili

– Starting at 8 pm; $10 at the door

• 3rd Sunday: Society Meetings; Philadelphia Ceili Group Meeting

– 3 – 5 pm; Free

Weekly Events

• Tuesdays:

-Set Dancing (Fireside Room)
-Emerald Pipers (Ballroom)
-Fiddle Lessons (Dining Room)

• Thursdays: Jazz Night

Join us on Thursdays from 6.00 – 11.00 pm for live jazz in the Fireside Room;  Pizza and bar menu are available.

Support the Irish Center

To make a tax-deductible donation to the Irish Center, please click HERE to make a donation via PayPal.

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