About 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 to join!
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.
There are many music seisiuns throughout the Bay Area. We also offer music lessons.
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.
We have a rapidly growing Irish Language program held on Saturdays and through Zoom due to the pandemic.
For more information about branch officers and mailing addresses, look to our Contact Information.