Welcome to the Irish Center

Céad Míle Fáilte

A lot of us claim Irish heritage, but even if you don’t, the Irish 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 Irish Center their home.

Reservations for our New Year’s Eve party are being taken. The cost is $40/person, and includes a light meal, music by the Vince Gallagher Band, champagne toast at midnight, and a cash bar.
The party starts at 8:30.

Tickets for our annual Christmas Box fundraiser are available for $5 from any member of the Board of Directors or at the club for $5. Hundreds of dollars of Irish gifts and snacks ar e in the basket, which is sponsored again by donations from the Quigg family and the Castlewood Dairy Queen in Glenside. The proceeds are directed toward our winter fuel and maintenance costs.

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

The shareowners of the Commodore Barry Club have voted to approve the transfer of the club to a new 501c3, federal tax deductible organization, to be known as The Commodore Barry Arts and Cultural Center. The details will be finalized in the near future.

Our annual New Years Eve Party will take place on December 31, starting at 8:30PM, with a light dinner, music by the Vince Gallagher Band,champagne toast at midnight, and cash bar. The cost is $40/ person and RESERVATIONS ARE REQUIRED by emailing the center at jbarry11@verizon.net or calling the club at 215 843 8051.

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 Irish Center open our arms to you. Consider the Irish Center your own little bit of Ireland here in Philly.

The Irish 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.