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, February 13, 12:00PM
Senior luncheon at noon in the Barry Room.

Sunday, February 26, 4:00PM
General meeting to review our status as the new Commodore John Barry Arts and Cultural Center.

Sunday, March 12, 4:00PM
Our post Saint Patrick’s Day Parade Party. Adult door admission is $10, children free, and food available for purchase.

Sunday, March 19, 3:00PM
The Tony Kenny Irish Celebration Show, featuring Tony Kenny, Victoria Kenny, Seamus Kennedy and the Trinity Dublin Band and Dublin City Dancers. $20 advance tickets available now at www.instantseats.com/events/cmi. Mail in requests will be filled starting February 24.

Friday, March 31, 8:30PM
A night of dancing with The Kings of Irish Country – Mick Flavin, John Hogan and Susan and Gerard Corbett. Advance tickets are $20, and $25 at the door.

Other Events

Friday, February 24
The Delco Gaels annual Dance Like a Star Event at the Springfield Country Club.

Saturday, March 4
The Allons Danser Cajun/Zydeco Dance Group has their annual Mardi Gras Dance at the Irish Center.

Weekly Events

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


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.