Irish Centre Philadelphia

black and white image of sign for Commodore John Barry Irish Club

The Society of Commodore John Barry, USN (aka The Irish Center) aims to support programs and activities in the Delaware Valley (includes Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware) which celebrate and promote Irish art, culture, and heritage. The centre has created a welcoming atmosphere to both Irish and non-Irish individuals and offers a wide selection of cultural, educational, & social programs/activities structured to appeal to a diverse audience.

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.

Vincent Gallagher, now president of the Irish Center in Philadelphia, donated a grave in Ardara, Co. Donegal for the re-burial of Duffys Cut victim, John Ruddy. Vincent has said it was the least he could do for a fellow countryman who died on a lonely journey to build a better life. Gallagher himself emigrated from Donegal about 40 years ago, joining a slew of relatives who came before him.

"When I came to this country, there were a bunch of people waiting for me from my own family," said Gallagher, a landscaper. "But these people — 57 of them — they came here, they didn't know a soul."