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. Click HERE to join our mailing list so you can stay up to date on news and events happening at the Irish Center!

Please take a minute a read our annual President’s letter.


* New: Irish Center T-shirts

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Upcoming Events

Wednesday, March 4th – Wolfe Tones Concert. Click HERE to purchase tickets.

Thursday, March 5th – Colm Keegan Concert. Click HERE to purchase tickets.

Saturday, March 7th – Dublin City Ramblers Concert. Click HERE to purchase tickets.

Sunday, March 8th – RUNA in Concert. Click HERE to purchase tickets.

Thursday, March 12th – Paul Byrom Concert. Click HERE to purchase tickets.

Sunday, March 15th – Philadelphia’s St. Patrick’s Day Parade Party. Click HERE for more details.

Saturday, March 21st – McPeake North America Concert. Click HERE to purchase tickets.

Saturday, March 28th – Sunday, March 29th – Take 2 Consignment Sale. Click HERE for more details.

Saturday, April 25th – Traditional Celtic Workshop: Create Your Own Traditional Irish Craft. Click HERE for more details. Click HERE to purchase tickets.

Saturday, May 2nd – Kentucky Derby Party. Details coming soon.

Saturday, June 13th – Flea Market. Tables available for sellers. Details coming soon.


Senior Lunch Schedule

For information, call the Irish Center 215-843-8051 or the Immigration Center 610-789-6355. Lunches start 12:00 noon.

March: Tuesday the 17th
April: Monday the 13th
May: Monday the 11th

June: Monday the 8th


Weekly Events

Every Tuesday at 6:00 PM
Irish Language Class for beginners.

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.


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.


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