CCÉ Cooley~Keegan Branch
Named for Irish accordion players
Joe Cooley and Kevin Keegan, the San Francisco branch was started in the early 1970's. Since
that time, we have played a major role in keeping Irish traditions
alive in Northern California. The Cooley-Keegan branch is a nonprofit organization and one of
over 400 branches worldwide. We do not have any religious affiliations
and we are open to people of all backgrounds. You need not be Irish
We have a large number of Set and Ceili dancers among us, and one
can find either Set or Ceili dancing several nights of the week.
There are also a number of Set and Ceili dance classes held throughout
the month. Several times a year we also host a children's ceili. Often
there are songs and limited instrument instruction offered before
the childrens ceili. Seisius have been known to form either before
or after any of the ceilis.
For more information please contact any of our dancing instructors.
There are many music seisiuns throughout the Bay Area. We also offer music lessons.
For more information please contact Michael Riemer.
We also have a singing seisiun that roams the bay area, and response
to this has been very good. This event happens only once a month,
and any Irish song, story (we have some great story tellers here!)
or poem is welcome. The songs are not necessarily Irish in origin.
For more information please contact Michael Murphy or Michael Duffy
We have a rapidly developing language program. There is an Irish
speaking evening at the UICC (including a seisiun). There are also
several Irish language workshops in the area.
For more information please contact Nikki Ragsdale.
For other contact information, please refer to our contact