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.


On SUN, 15 NOV 2015, members and guests danced to Irish and international tunes played by Frank Keegan 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 pipe. 
Coffee, tea, beer, soda and Irish soda bread were served.
The Club honored Michael and Bridget Kearney. The Kearneys have been active in the Queens Ancient Order of Hibernians. They promoted legislation in Congress to designate Commodore John Barry the "First Flag Officer of the United States" and achieved that goal in 2005. The have been particularly noted for their outreach to young people.
Senator Marty Golden and Councilman Vincent Gentile joined in the festivities.
Members participated in a raffle.

Pres. Mary Nolan, Senator Marty Golden, Bridget and Michael Kearney and Concilman Vincent Gentile
Frank Keegan accompanied by Mary G
Kiernan Hamilton and Donal Nolan. 
High School Research 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 research paper on the theme of Commodore John Barry. In particular, the writer will address why she/he admires Commodore Barry, the person, and how they see the Commodore's admirable characteristics reflected in the lives of other Irish American historical figures or in the lives of people they personally know. 

Entries shall be submitted between Monday, December 14, 2015 and Friday, February 19, 2016 electronically to as a MSWord attachment or in some compatible format.

The first prize will be one thousand dollars ($1,000), the second five hundred dollars ($500) and the third two hundred fifty dollars ($250.) 

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 latter indicating the name of the contestant, the title of the paper, the high school attended and the contact information for the contestant. None of the following pages shall 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 12th and to be our guests for a luncheon which will follow.