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

JUST ANNOUNCED!  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 exclusively, so please purchase them here!  Physical tickets will be available at a later date.

Saturday, October 6th – Cavan Ball.  Beginning at 8PM, join the Cavan Society as they celebrate with their 111th Annual Cavan Ball.  Entertainment provided by the Paul Moore Band and McDade-Cara Irish Dancers.  Tickets available in advance for $25 by contacting Kellie Farrelly at KellieFarrelly7@gmail.com or (610) 457-5654.

Sunday, October 7th – Join the 1916 Commemoration Committee as they commemorate the 37th Anniversary of the Hunger Strike in the Barry Room with a Mass. Immediately following the mass, Jude Collins, author of “The Man I Knew” about Martin McGuiness will join as a Guest Speaker.  The mass will begin at 2:30 PM.

Saturday, October 20th – Night at the Races.  All proceeds to benefit the Commodore John Barry Arts and Cultural Center.  Doors at 6:30PM; First Race at 7PM.  More information regarding sponsorship opportunities to follow.  

Saturday, October 27th – 2nd Annual Halloween Ball and Costume Contest hosted by the Sons and Daughters of Derry.  Starting at 8PM, join the Derry Society for an evening of ghoulish fun.  Music by Lefty Kelly and DJ Billy Donahue.  Tickets are $40 and include Domestic Beer, Wine, Soda and Lite Bites and may be purchased by contacting Fiona Curran at fiona.siobhan.curran@gmail.com or (484) 716-1627.  Costume contest to be judged by an experienced panel!

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 Tuesday at 8:00 PM

International Folk Dancing in the Fireside Room.

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

A letter from the President…

Dear Friend,

When last I wrote, we were celebrating the successful completion of the 501(c)(3) status of the Commodore John Barry Arts & Cultural Center (the “Irish Center”). Since then, the Irish Center’s newly formed board has been hard at work creating working committees focused on membership, finances and event planning.

The Board is really energized about what is happening at the Irish Center! The Irish Center has a rich history of promoting the gifts of Irish culture, art and music within the community. The Board is working on a list of capital improvements – most are required, some would be “nice to have.”   Each is on the list so that the Irish Center continues to be an integral part of both the Delaware Valley Irish and Mt. Airy communities. The 2018 capital improvements target is $100,000.

In order to keep the Irish Center alive and relevant, we need your support. Here are three ways you can show your support:

• Attend the Summer Fundraiser at McGillicuddy’s (Kirklyn), 8919 West Chester Pike, Upper Darby on July 7, 2018 from 6:00 p.m. -11:00 p.m. — music, raffle baskets, dinner, dancing. Tickets are $25. You can get tickets from me or Lisa Maloney or pay at the door. It is always a good time!

• Make a Generous Tax Deductible Donation: Please consider making a generous tax deductible donation to the Irish Center either by mail at the above address or thru our Go Fund Me page here.

• Join a Committee: share your time and talent by becoming part of a working committee. Please let me know what committee and I will put you in touch with the appropriate board member.

This is an exciting time to be a member, volunteer and financial supporter of the Irish Center. Please know we are deeply grateful for you! If you have any questions or would like additional information please contact me.

Very truly yours,
Sean McMenamin

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.