Welcome to the Commodore John Barry Arts and Cultural Center

Céad Míle Fáilte

A lot of us claim Irish heritage, but even if you don’t, the Commodore John 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.)

Upcoming Events

Monday, May 8, Noon
Senior Luncheon in the Barry Room

Friday, May 12, 8:00 PM
Designer Bag Bingo Spring Fundraiser – Doors open 7:30 $35 admission includes 12 games, refreshments and raffles. For more information email derryrose62@comcast.net or Irishmoffit@comcast.net

Sunday, May 14, 2:00 PM
Mother’s Day Dinner sponsored by Tyrone Society; mass at 1:00; $25 adults, $5 children under 12. For more information email tyronesocietyphiladelphia@gmail.com

Sunday, May 21, 1:30 PM
Documentary on Duffy’s Cut; donations requested

Sunday, May 28, 1:00 PM
Annual Commodore Barry Day Social, with music by Vince Gallagher Band; dinner available for purchase

Weekly Events

Contra Dance is held in the Ballroom every Thursday at 7:30 PM

Performance by Celtic Woman,
featuring their new show “Voices of Angels”

The Academy of Music
April 14th at 7:30pm
240 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia, PA 19102

For Discount Tickets go to www.celticwoman.com


The Commodore Barry Club continues the process of transferring to our new entity, The Commodore John Barry Arts and Cultural Center – a 501(c)(3) tax exempt organization.

Tax deductible contributions can be sent to:
The Commodore John Barry Arts and Cultural Center
6815 Emlen Street, Philadelphia, PA 19119

Commodore John Barry Arts and Cultural Center News

A local company, Character Productions, is now producing several Irish Themed Philadelphia based projects for Irish TV and Public Television . The producer/host of Character Productions is Bob Charger, formerly with CBS radio in Philadelphia. The company is producing several Irish themed documentaries and shows for Public Television (some national, some regional). They are currently in post production/editing of a highly anticipated and thoroughly entertaining Irish Philadelphia Feature Length documentary (18 months of production) and Philadelphia St. Patrick’s Day TV Special. Both will be ready in early 2017. They are also shooting an Irish Themed TV Pilot for an episodic series ( 6 episodes) on The Irish Presence in The Delaware Valley and a TV special on Duffy’s Cut.

Character Productions has been to the Center on several occasions conducting interviews with members, in addition to the interviews that have taken place around the Delaware Valley.

Character Productions is hosting an information meeting this Sunday, December 4 at 11:00AM in the Center. The meeting is directed toward business, social, and civic organizations who can help to underwrite and support the efforts of Character Productions.

I have included a film trailer below that features comments from some of the people who have been interviewed.

2016 Hall of Fame Inductees

Congratulations to this year’s inductees to The Delaware Valley Irish Hall of Fame: John Egan, Seamus Boyle, Tom and Sarah Walsh, and Norbert McGettigan

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 John 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.