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. (Learn more about the Center’s new structure.)

We are pleased to announce that we have completed the transfer of the property to our 501c3 organization, The Commodore John Barry Arts and Cultural Society.

Upcoming Events

Saturday, June 16, 2018. THE FRIENDS OF THE IRISH CENTER PRESENT PREMIER IRISH COUNTRY ARTIST, DEREK RYAN!  This event is a fundraiser for the Irish Center.  Doors at 7PM; Show at 8PM.  Tickets $30.  Join us in our Facebook event here for contests and more information about the show!  Tickets are also available online here.  We’re currently accepting raffle basket donations; please contact Kellie Farrelly at 610-457-5654 or kelliefarrelly7@gmail.com with any donations.

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 7:30 PM

Want to learn how to Jive or need to brush up?  We’re hosting Jiving Lessons starting May 24th in the Fireside Room!

Weekly dance sponsored by the Thursday Night Contra Dance Group. Singers Session sponsored by the Philadelphia Ceili Group in the Fireside Room on the second Thursday of every month.

Commodore Barry Arts and Cultural Center News

Irish Philadelphia Commemorates the 20th Anniversary of the historic Good Friday Agreement with a special screening of

“How to Diffuse a Bomb: The Project Children Story”
The extraordinary untold story of how an NYPD bomb disposal expert played a key role in helping defuse the decades old “Troubles” in Northern Ireland.

Followed by a reception and discussion featuring Denis Mulcahy, founder of Project Children.

Proceeds from tickets sales to benefit the Commodore John Barry Arts and Cultural Center (501c3 charitable organization)

6.00 – 6.30 pm: Registration & Networking
6.30 pm: Screening
8.00 pm: Discussion
8.45 pm: Reception
10.00 pm: Conclusion

Sponsored by:
– Consulate General of Ireland New York
Presenting Partner:
– The Irish American Business Chamber & Network, Inc.

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.