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

Sunday, December 16th – Annual Mayo Association Christmas Mass and Party.  Mass will begin at 2:30 PM (please be seated by 2:00 PM if possible) with the Annual Christmas Party to follow.  An optional dinner provided by Athlone Catering will be available for $20 beginning at 4:00 PM.

Monday, December 31st – Celebrate with us at the Irish Center as we welcome 2019! $40 includes Music by Vince Gallagher and Dancing with John Shields, a light buffet and Champagne Toast at Midnight.  Reservations are strongly encouraged in order to account for the dinner buffet. Please RSVP by 12/26 by contacting Sean McMenamin at (215) 850-0518; Mary Curran at (610) 213-9911 or chuckyrla@comcast.net; or the Irish Center at (215) 843-8051 or management@theirishcenter.org.


Weekly Events

Every Sunday from 9 AM – 1PM.

We’re partnering with Athlone Catering and serving up both Irish and American fare every Sunday morning from 9AM to 1PM.  Full breakfast menu and bar service available.  Full Menu can be found here.  *PLEASE NOTE: We will not serve Breakfast on Sunday, December 23rd or Sunday, December 30th*

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.