When? The second Tuesday of every month at 11 a.m and the final Thursday of each month at 7 p.m. at the Irish Immigration Center.

Who? Anyone with an interest in learning more about their Irish past. All are welcome.

What? The John J.McDevitt Irish Genealogy Society of Delaware County was founded in 2011 by John McDevitt. John had done extensive research on his Irish ancestors and wanted to share this with other people of Irish ancestry. 

Members of the society attend a gathering facilitated by group leader Patrick Corey on the second Tuesday of the month. Lori Lander Murphy of Irish Philadelphia leads the group on the final Thursday evening of the month. The group employs the self-help method of research. Each gathering highlights a special topic of interest related to Irish history and culture as well as the following features:

  • Resources and tips for collecting genealogical information

  • Information on local events associated with genealogy

  • DNA studies

  • Shared library of books and articles on Irish history and culture

  • A genealogy ‘starter kit’ including DVD and checklists

  • Community of sharing and support in tracing family connections

Genealogy at the Immigration Center got me started. Now I love all the Irish people and all the things we do together.
— Pete McEneany

Grief Support Group


When? Bi-weekly on Saturdays from 9.30 10.30 a.m. at the Irish Immigration Center. Visit our Facebook page for details on the schedule.

Who? Anyone who is suffering a loss.

What? Join grief counselors, Kristen Pettinato and Karen Murphy at the center, for our bi-weekly grief sessions. Karen and Kristen will facilitate this group where community members can seek support with others as they go through one of life’s most difficult journeys. All are welcome

If you would like any more information please call the Irish Immigration Centre in Upper Darby, Ph. 855-IRISHPA / 610-789-6355 or email


When? Every Monday night at 7 p.m.

Who? Anyone interested in learning some conversational Irish.

What? A self-help Irish language learner group meet up to perfect their communication ‘as gaeilge’ Facilitated by Irish Speaker Aengus Lawlor, the group works on their vocabulary and building their conversational Irish. This group is a self- help meeting rather than a formal class. There is no charge involved and all are welcome.


When? Every Friday night from 6 p.m. until late

Who? All are welcome including beginners

What? A group of devoted fans meet to play Ireland’s national card game - 25. It’s got a few complicated rules, but it's addictive once you get the hang of it. Played with the standard 52-card deck, the objective of the game is to win at least three ‘tricks’. A group of between 10- 20 card players meet up to enjoy the game along with a cup of tea.


When? Check our Facebook page or call855-IRISHPA / 610-789-6355 to find out when the next season is running.

Who? Anyone hoping to lose a few pounds.

What? At the Irish Immigration Center we are committed to encouraging our community to keep healthy and strong. Over the past few years we have seen thousands of pounds lost between The Biggest Loser participants. The weigh in is twice a week and runs over a period of eight weeks. There is also a private Facebook group set up amongst the participants to share weight loss, diet and exercise tips. The participant that loses the biggest percentage of their body weight is crowned The Biggest Loser and wins a cash prize.