Upcoming & and Past Events
Postponed in 2020, delayed in 2021, and held over four days (April 21-24), the 2022 North American Comhaltas Convention Over 300 attendees traveled from Ireland, England, Canada and from all across the US, including a large contingent from New York, Boston, Chicago, Detroit, Atlanta, New Mexico and New Jersey. Four energetic ceili’s featuring John Whelan, Pearl River (NY), Sourdough and Golden Gate Céilí bands kept the set dancers going all weekend.
There was a wide variety of workshops, including céilí, set, sean nós, jive, line dancing, music, Irish language, recitation and storytelling.
A highlight of the weekend was the Saturday evening Banquet which mixed the out-of-town guests with the supportive local community. The entertainment was produced by Irish dance teacher Michael Dillon.
On Sunday, Mass with Irish Choir, Cór Radharc an Chnoic (from Mountain View) was celebrated, followed by brunch, a set dance workshop and a rousing farewell Céilí with music by the Golden Gate Céilí Band.
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The Cooley Keegan Branch of Comhaltas hosted a Christmas Céilí on Sunday, December 5th from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm at the United Irish Cultural Center, 2700 45th Avenue, SF. The Golden Gate Ceili Band played. Admission: $15.
Proof of vaccination and ID was required to attend this event.
Consult our Calendar for more specifics on what is scheduled.
See our Event List for 2020 to see an outline of plans for regular monthly events.
Recent completed events with video links:
- Christmas Card from San Francisco -- Saturday December 19, 2020
- Hunt the Wren night -- charity event -- December 26, 2020
Canceling the much anticipated 2020 North American Convention in April was heartbreaking but unavoidable due to the Covid-19 Pandemic. Almost three years of planning, organizing and fundraising came to an abrupt ending when the mandated shelter in place was announced in mid-March.Due in the most part to the extreme generosity of our local sponsors and donors we are happy to announce that we are hosting the 2022 Convention from April 21st to April 24th 2022 at the Crowne Plaza hotel in Foster City. The donors and sponsors who supported us for 2020 graciously allowed us to keep the funds and put them towards a future Convention. Due to the uncertainty surrounding the Covid-19 Pandemic we decided it was best to forgo hosting in 2021 and opted for 2022 as an alternative.
We are still in the early stages of planning for April 2022 and will keep you updated as planning progresses. Your encouragement and support are greatly appreciated. We will endeavor to host an amazing weekend of Music, Song, Dance and Irish Language.
I hope that you and your loved ones are staying safe and healthy during this trying time. Covid-19, along with the recent fires, has made it a challenging year so far. Looking forward to more “normal” days ahead and of course getting back to dancing and socializing.
Josephine Brennan, Chair
De Bogman Storytelling and Comedy - Friday, June 28th at the United Irish Cultural Center. Doors open at 7:30pm, show starts at 8:00pm. Tickets are $20. See our flyer for more information.
St. Patricks's Céilí - It’s time to dust off your dancing shoes and celebrate St. Patrick’s day!!
Sunday, March 31st is the day for our next Céilí. It is being held at the United Irish Cultural Center in Saf Francisco. The fun starts at 6:30pm and runs until 9:30pm. Admission: Adults: $15 and children are free.
Valentine's Dance - February 16th is the perfect date for you to enjoy a great night of dancing and music to the hits of the Eagles, and to help support your local Cooley Keegan Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann branch as they prepare to host the 2020 North American Convention in San Francisco
The event takes place at St Thomas More Hall from 7:30pm with live music on the night being provided by the Jesse Brewster Trio, who are effectively the acoustic wing of the much loved Marin based band, the Illegals. Indeed most of the music will be from the enigmatic Eagles group, with songs like Take It Easy, Lyin Eyes, Peaceful Easy Feeling and many more, with a sprinkling of other rock and roll classics. It promises to be a fantastic night. There will be a no host bar on the night. Doors will open from 7:30pm so come early to enjoy the fun. It just might be the perfect place to have a wonderful night with friends.
The event is a fundraiser for Cooley Keegan CCE to help them run next year’s major North American Convention, which will welcome almost 400 people to the city for a weekend of music, song, dance and Irish language. It’s an event that requires serious funding and this event hopes to provide opportunity for the wider community to support their efforts. The Branch are also hoping to raise funding from other sources. If you wish to support their efforts, please contact Josephine Brennan on email at email@example.com or josephine Brogan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
So, save the date, Saturday February 16th, at St. Thomas More Hall, 50, St. Thomas More Way, San Francisco with doors opening at 7:30pm. The dancing continues until 11pm. There’s a no host bar also. All proceeds from the night go to Cooley Keegan Branch of CCE to bring the North American CCE Convention to San Francisco in April 2020.