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.

Links to other sites below
President Washington presents Commodore Barry with his commission as the first Flag Officer of the United States Navy on Feb.  22, 1797.
Write a letter to Mayor Bill De Blasio today about the Barry Ferry!
See Barry Ferry Link.


On SUN, 6 NOV 2016, from 4 - 8 PM, members and guests danced to Irish and international tunes played by Frankie Lees accompanied by Mary G. at St. Patrick's auditorium, 4th Avenue and 97th Street, Brooklyn. Donal Nolan and Kiernan Hamilton sang several musical numbers to the accompaniment of guitar and tin pipe.
Coffee, tea, beer, soda and Irish soda bread were served.
The Club honored Peter Lovett. Peter was instrumental in arranging for the dedication of a monument to Commodore John Barry in Commodore Barry Park, Brooklyn. He also served as Treasurer of the Club for many years. He currently works as Recreation Director for the Bay Ridge Senior Citizens Center and has distinguished himself through his dedication and leadership.
Senator Marty Golden, Councilman Vincent Gentile and Diana Goodman of the Fort Hamilton Senior Center Council joined in the festivities and presented Peter with honors.

Annual Secondary School Essay Competition

High school students who are interested in researching Irish American history and the contributions of Irish Americans to the United States are asked to submit a five to eight minute essay, i.e. approximately one thousand words on the theme of Commodore John Barry. It is said that Commodore John Barry is a man for all ages. Our Club believes this great American patriot should be studied in our state’s schools. Based on your own personal study of this man’s life, what are three characteristics he exemplified that would speak to your fellow students. 

Entries shall be submitted between Nov. 5, 2016 and Feb. 17, 2017 electronically to as a MSWord attachment or in some compatible format. Winners will be announced by March 4, 2017. The first prize will be one thousand dollars ($1,000), the second five hundred dollars ($500) and the third two hundred fifty dollars ($250.) Past prize recipients are ineligible to participate in this year’s competition.

A blind jury of educators who have participated in past educational presentations will be the judges. The format shall be as follows. The first page shall be a cover letter indicating the name of the contestant, the title of the paper, the high school attended and the contact information for the contestant. The remaining pages shall not contain the name, high school or any other personal information about the contestant.

The authors of the top selected papers will be invited to deliver their papers at ceremonies at Commodore Barry Park, located at Flushing Avenue and Navy Streets in downtown Brooklyn at 11 AM on Saturday, March 11, 2017. 
Peter Lovett, Councilman Vincent Gentile and Pres. Mary Nolan
Peter Lovett, Diana Goodman and Mary Nolan
Mary Nolan, Peter Lovett and Sen. Marty Golden
The raffle
Frankie Lees accompanied by Mary G. 
Donal Nolan and Kiernan Hamilton