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!

June 2020: President’s Letter

A Chara,

Dear friend, as a supporter of the Commodore John Barry Arts & Cultural Center (the “Irish Center”), you are aware that the mission of the Irish Center is to teach, celebrate and promote Irish art, culture and heritage. Our mission is in action daily – – there is always something happening at the Irish Center!

Well, at least there wasalways something happening at the Irish Center until March 13, 2020  – – when a  global pandemic curtailed all that we know and love about the Irish Center.

As President of the Irish Center, I am committed, along with the Board of Directors, to communicate directly to you, our donors, on an annual basis to share news about the Irish Center.  Communication is vitally important now more than ever as the world and the Irish Center work to rebound from COVID-19. Click HERE to read more. Click HERE to support the Irish Center!

Irish Community COVID-19 Relief Efforts

We are proud to join our colleagues and friends from the Irish community to support  the “Community of Caring Program” which is here to serve you, your family, your neighbors, and co-workers in the following ways:

– Food Assistance Program – the Irish Center is a drop off location
– Resources for the Time (legal, HR, etc)
– Non-Home Helpers and Porch Buddies

For information about volunteering, please click HERE. Please email Lisa Maloney or Julia Nolan to volunteer.  For more information about this program, please visit www.icphila.org.

COVID-19 Relief Fund

Irish Philadelphia Community News: The Friendly Sons of St. Patrick have launched a COVID-19 Relief Fund. They are offering emergency assistance to individuals & families w/in the Irish community who have been significantly impacted by income disruption. To apply, please visit friendlysons.com/covid-19-relief.

Upcoming Events

** Please note: in light of current circumstances surrounding COVID-19, all events have been cancelled or rescheduled. Our primary focus is to keep our members and staff safe and healthy. **

Senior Lunch Schedule

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

** Please note: in light of current circumstances surrounding COVID-19, our monthly Senior Lunches have been cancelled. Updates coming soon regarding the summer and fall schedule.


Weekly Events

** Please note: in light of current circumstances surrounding COVID-19, all weekly events have been cancelled until further notice.

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.

* New: Irish Center T-shirts

Click HERE to purchase yours today!

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.

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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