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.


Cherish The Ladies Celtic Christmas Concert in the Ballroom. The world famous group, headlined by Joannie Madden brings their distinct music and dance show to the Irish Center. Tickets are available on line at brownpapertickets.com


Upcoming Events

Friday, November 17, 8:00 PM

Andrew Finn Magill and Dave Curley in concert, sponsored by the Philadelphia Ceil Group. Andrew is an enthusiastic instructor and has taught fiddle/violin for over a decade at fiddle camps across the world. Dave Curley is a multi-instrumentalist, singer and dancer from Corofin, Co. Galway. Tickets are available through www.philadelphiaceiligroup.org.

Friday, November 24

4th Friday of the month Ceili

Saturday, November 25

Annual Donegal Ball

Thursday, November 30, 7:30 PM

Copley Street Band in concert with Joey Abarta, Nathan Gourley and Owen Marshall, co-sponsored by the Philadelphia Ceili Group and the Irish Center. Joey Abarta is a talented multi-instrumentalist on the tin whistle and uilleann pipes, and earned All-Ireland honors on the pipes in 2009. Nathan Gourley ha been a fetured performer with such renowned players as Paddy O’Brien of Chulrua, Daithi Sproule of Altan, and Brian Miller of Bua. Owen Marshall has performed and recorded with many of traditional music’s top performers His music has appeared on NPR’s “Thistle and Shamrock,” BBC television, Admission is $18 at the door.

Friday, December 8, 8:00 PM

Cherish The Ladies Celtic Christmas Concert in the Ballroom. The world famous group, headlined by Joannie Madden brings their distinct music and dance show to the Irish Center. Tickets are available on line at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3139495.

And the Thursday Night Contra Dance takes place every week in the Ballroom, featuring a live band and dancing from 7:30 til 11:00.

4th Friday of the month Ceili in the Fireside Room.


Concerts at The Irish Center this Fall

Friday, November 17, 8:00 PM

Andrew Finn Magill and Dave Curley in concert, sponsored by the Philadelphia Ceil Group. Andrew is an enthusiastic instructor and has taught fiddle/violin for over a decade at fiddle camps across the world. Dave Curley is a multi-instrumentalist, singer and dancer from Corofin, Co. Galway. Tickets are available through www.philadelphiaceiligroup.org.

Thursday, November 30, 7:30 PM

Copley Street Band in concert with Joey Abarta, Nathan Gourley and Owen Marshall, co-sponsored by the Philadelphia Ceili Group and the Irish Center. Joey Abarta is a talented multi-instrumentalist on the tin whistle and uilleann pipes, and earned All-Ireland honors on the pipes in 2009. Nathan Gourley ha been a fetured performer with such renowned players as Paddy O’Brien of Chulrua, Daithi Sproule of Altan, and Brian Miller of Bua. Owen Marshall has performed and recorded with many of traditional music’s top performers His music has appeared on NPR’s “Thistle and Shamrock,” BBC television, Admission is $18 at the door.

Friday, December 8, 8:00 PM

Cherish The Ladies Celtic Christmas Concert in the Ballroom. The world famous group, headlined by Joannie Madden brings their distinct music and dance show to the Irish Center. Tickets are available on line at https://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/3139495.


Weekly Events

Every Wednesday at 7:30 PM

Set dance lessons in the air conditioned Fireside Room are held every Wednesday at 7:30PM. Ceili dances are held the second and fourth Fridays of the month.

Every Thursday at 7:30 PM

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


Contributions to our Commodore Barry Arts and Cultural Center – a 501c-3 IRS tax exempt organization can be sent to:

The Commodore Barry Arts and Cultural Center
6815 Emlen Street, Philadelphia, PA 19119


Commodore Barry Arts and Cultural Center News

Duffy’s Cut Dig Radar Phase Update Find (7 Radar Hits in linear succession):

The next phase of The Duffy’s Cut Project has commenced, several notable media outlets have provided coverage and the radar imaging on the first day (Friday 6/9) of the new phase has exceeded expectations with at least 20 possible spots flagged where there are anomalies 10-20 feet down that could be human remains. Some of the grouped Flaggings are in direct linear succession. Any help spreading the word around is greatly appreciated.

Video on Location:
Duffy’s Cut Dig Radar Phase Update Find 7 Hits

Support Duffy’s Cut


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.


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.