Commodore Barry Club of Brooklyn
Welcome to the Commodore Barry Club of Brooklyn
Commodore John Barry
Irish Immigrant
Revolutionary War Hero
Father of the American Navy
Promoting Irish American culture, activities and events.


TUES, 25 AUG, 7 PM.  Research Paper Committee meets at the Irish Haven, 58th St. & 4th Ave.  

SAT, 29 AUG, 12 Noon.  Maryland 400 Commemoration.  Meet at the Old Stone House at 3rd Street between 4th and 5th.  Reception follows.

SUN, 30 AUG, 12 Noon.  Battle of Brooklyn Commemoration at the Green Wood Cemetery, 5 AVE & 25 ST.

SAT, 12 SEP, 12 Noon. THE Irish Heritage Trail at the Green Wood Cemetery, 5 AVE & 25 ST.  Mass at the chapel followed by visits to important sites and monuments.  Take the Green Wood Trolley or walk the route.

MON, 14 SEP, 12 Noon.  Commodore Barry Day celebration at Staten Island Borough Hall.  Pick ups in Brooklyn t.b.a.



On Saturday, May 23, 2015 the Commodore Barry Club visited the USS Barry, a naval destroyer at its homeport, the Sullivan Piers, Stapleton, Staten Island. The Barry is the fourth ship named in honor of Commodore John Barry, father of the US Navy. The ship was in town to participate in Fleet Week. The Barry conducts air defense, anti-submarine, anti-surface, and strike operations. The Club and the Ship have the same namesake, who rose from the son of a poor Irish farmer to become the highest ranking officer in the US Navy.
The Barry Club has had a long relationship with this ship. President Mary Nolan was one of the dignitaries at its commissioning in 1992.
On board, Commander Patrick M. Foster extended a warm greeting and presented Mary Nolan a medal, a Barry cap and a plaque. Admiral Robert Lunney (ret.) presented the Commander with a copy of Tim McGrath's John Barry: An American Hero in the Age of Sail. Liam Murphy of the Ancient Order of Hibernians participated and Councilman Vincent Gentile joined in the festivities.
Chief Petty Officer Thomas Mccorkle showed President Nolan around the inner workings of the ship. President Nolan met Executive Officer Commander Jennifer Eaton, who will assume command of the Barry later this year.

Mary Nolan with Chief Petty Officer Thomas Mccorkle below deck

Admiral Lunney (ret.), Commander Foster, Mary Nolan and
Councilman Vincent Gentile
The Club with Mary Nolan and Commander Jennifer Eaton to right
The Club with Mary Nolan, Commander Foster and Admiral Lunney (ret.) in foreground

The USS Barry in foreground


The Commodore Barry Club of Brooklyn traveled to Philadelphia by bus on Memorial Day Weekend, Sunday, 24 May 2015 for a day of commemoration and festivities.
Msgr. DiGiralamo celebrated a special mass in commemoration of the Commodore’s contributions. 
The bus arrived at Old St. Mary’s Church in a historic section of Philadelphia at 10 o’clock. Members explored the quaint Colonial neighborhood before attending an 11 AM Mass to honor the patriot who emigrated from Ireland, fought with Washington in the American Revolution and went on to found the American Navy. The Church has a magnificent pipe organ and Donal Nolan augmented the music with beautiful vocal renditions of some traditional Irish airs.
After the service, members paraded to Commodore Barry’s grave in the nearby cemetery. There Kathy McGee Burns, Grand Marshall of the St. Patrick's Day Parade, Richard Dunn and Larry Prelle of the Ancient Order of Hibernians, John Barry Kelly, a member of the Barry family, Russ Wiley of the Friendly Sons of St. Patrick and President Mary Nolan addressed the gathering.  
At the Commodore Barry Irish Center in Germantown, they enjoyed lunch and dancing.

President Mary Nolan addresses the gathering

Memorial Mass in St. Mary's Church
The Club assembles outside the church
Parade to cemetery
John Barry Kelly
Kathy McGee Burns
Msgr. DiGiralamo
Donal Nolan sings some Irish tunes
Richard Dunn and Larry Prelle with Mary Nolan
John Houlihan, Mary Nolan and Martin Kelly at the raffle