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Bay Area Dance Events

Bay Area Dance Schools • Irish Dance Events archive

Visit Irish Dance Bay Area for details of Bay Area classes and dancing events, and more…

Dance Classes, San Mateo • Ongoing

Principal Creative & Performing Arts in San Mateo hosts a weekly Irish Ceili Dance Class on Monday Nights. No experience required. Come dance, sweat, and have a great time! more


Dance Session, Sunnyvale • Ongoing


Join 15-25 other dancers for Irish set dancing every Tuesday night (except third Tuesdays) at Lilly Mac’s in Sunnyvale. Bring a partner or come by yourself — there’s always someone to dance with, and arrive early for some tips on the basics.  more

Dance Lessons, Marin • Ongoing Classes

On Thursdays, McBride School of Irish Dance offers classes with award-winning dance instruction for adults. Irish reels, jigs, and folk dances for fun and competition. Anne McBride has been teaching since 1960. Monthly tuition is payable regardless of number of classes taken. Classes are ongoing. more

Dance Lessons, Walnut Creek, San Francisco, Danville and Orinda


Learn the basics of Irish Dance, with classes in Walnut Creek, San Francisco, Danville and Orinda. Email [email protected] or call (415) 205-8090 for more information

Comhaltas Nights – Thursdays @ UICC

Irish set dancing at the United Irish Cultural Center most Thursday evenings, followed by dancing at The Plough and Stars in SF. Please email in advance for confirmation of dates. Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann Cooley-Keegan Branch was named for Irish accordion players Joe Cooley and Kevin Keegan, and the San Francisco branch was started in the early 1970s. Since that time, the Cooley-Keegan branch has played a major role in keeping Irish traditions alive in Northern California. One of over 400 branches worldwide, the organization welcomes people of all backgrounds. Visit their website

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Are you interested in learning Irish Sean-nós (“Old-style”) dancing, with a friendly seisiun afterwards? New group in the San Francisco Bay Area meetings two Mondays a month. Everyone welcome, whether new to dance or have done some form of percussive dance before, including sean-nós, step, clogging. Sean-nós singing is also welcome at the music session, which follows the dancing, as is Irish, Scottish, any kind of Celtic music. Meetings are currently rotating at different members’ residences and/or local halls. Check out Bay Area Sean-nós Dance Club on Facebook for more details.

Beginner Irish Dance Class

Classes take place on Mondays from 4pm to 5pm at Presidio Dance Theater, Main Post Presidio SF – email to request further information.

Dance Schools

Irish Dance Schools in the Bay Area


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Barnes School of Irish Dancing, Hollister
Adults welcome
Allison Barnes, (831) 634-1650

Brosnan School of Irish Dance
San Anselmo
(415) 259-0992
[email protected]

Deely-Smith School of Irish Dance
Alameda Co., Contra Costa Co., Napa Co.
Adults welcome
Kathleen Deely Braten, Kathleen Smith, (510) 534-7262

Jackie Flynn – Irish Dance Academy & Studio
215 Miller Avenue, South San Francisco, CA 94080 (next to the dental office)

Greene School of Irish Dancing
San Jose, Palo Alto
Adults welcome
Sondra Green, (408) 264-1157
Maureen Golden, (408) 867-3641

Healy School of Irish Dance
Serving the Bay Area since 1871!
Patti Ann Ranum, ADCRG, TCRG, (415) 924 – 9100
Alisa Belew, (415) 924 – 9100

Keenan School of Irish Dancing
Petaluma, Sonoma, So. San Francisco
Fidelma Keenan, (650) 588-8093

Whelan-Kennelly School of Irish Dance
San Francisco • South San Francisco • Burlingame • Los Gatos • Tiburon • Sacramento
(415) 665-0554

McBride School of Irish Dancing
Oakland, Concord, Marin, Fremont, Lafayette, Danville, Dublin, Vallejo
Ann McBride, (510) 530-6240,
Eileen McBride-Parker, (925) 551-8556 (for info on classes in Lafayette)

Murphy Irish Dancers
San Francisco, Colma, Millbrae, Burlingame, San Mateo, Belmont
Mary Jo Feeney, Trish Feeney-Conefrey, Patricia Naughton, Ellen O’Connor, (415) 587-7133
contact for more info.

Butler Fearon O’Connor School of Irish Dance
The Quilter School of Irish Dancing
Olive Quilter, (510) 521-4369

Turco School of Irish Dancing
Sunnyvale, Mountain View
Rosemary Turco, (408) 374-8272

Celtic Studies & Irish Language

Irish Language & Classes Archives

Deireadh Seachtaine Gaeltachta 2017

Deireadh Seachtaine Gaeltachta 2017 will be held at the United Irish Cultural Center Sep. 22-24, 2017, hosted by Nikki Ragsdale. From no-Irish-at-all classes [Level 1] to fluent speakers [Level 4], all four levels of classes will be challenging and fun.
Speakers and teachers from Ireland are among the very best in the world.
Accommodation at nearby Ocean Park Motel
For more information, call 415.299.0850

Irish Language Classes at the UICC


Comhaltas sponsors Irish Language Classes at the United Irish Cultural Center in San Francisco on Saturdays starting at 10.30 am. The classes are for 8 weeks. There is a beginners class from 10:30am to noon and an intermediate class from noon to 1:30pm. Pre registration and payment in full is required. The cost of the 8 week class is $120 for non Comhaltas Members and $100 for current paid up members of Comhaltas.Please contact Josephine Brogan if you are interested in joining one of these 8 week sessions.


Did you know?

AXD4DFRead the New Yorker piece about Máirtín Ó Cadhain’s Irish language début novel, “Cré na Cille” from the 1940s. “The Irish Novel That’s So Good People Were Scared to Translate It” …read more here


Bay Area Theater & Art

An Evening with the Eugene O’Neill Foundation • Aug. 15

An evening with Eric Fraisher Hayes, who has directed over 20 different Eugene O’Neill plays, and actors from the Eugene O’Neill Foundation who will talk about their upcoming season and perform scenes from the production of Hughie by Eugene O’Neill which will be part of an international theater exchange between Danville, California and New Ross, Ireland. 6.30pm, Mechanics’ Institute, San Francisco more

Eugene O’Neill Festival, Danville • Throughout September

In a partnership “One Festival, Two Countries,” the Eugene O’Neill Foundation, Tao House, and the O’Neill Ancestral Trust presents the 19th Annual Eugene O’Neill Festival in Danville throughout September and the inaugural Eugene O’Neill International Festival of Theatre in New Ross, Ireland, October 11–14.

“One Festival, Two Countries” embodies a civic as well as a cultural partnership. Danville and New Ross have become Friendship Cities, and official delegations from the two cities will attend one another’s O’Neill festivals. The Danville festival is sponsored by the Irish Consulate in San Francisco. more

Murals of Belfast • Ongoing

The Story of the “Troubles” As Told by the Wall Mural Artists of Belfast. Photographer John Harrington documents the compelling story through photographs of Belfast’s murals taken over 20 years. On display at the United Irish Cultural Center through mid-summer. more

Stage Archives



Eanlaí Cronin Workshops


Alameda-based Irish writer Eanlaí Cronin‘s workshops are based on the Amherst Writers and Artists Method, which believes that every person is a writer, and every writer deserves a safe environment in which to experiment, learn, and develop craft. Each workshop drops writers easily and instantly into the core content asking to be written through them, whether it is poetry, fiction, memoir or journal and process writing. Participants write to carefully prepared prompts designed to prime the creative pump, read their work aloud (though not required), and give and receive positive feedback using a simple and skillful AWA format. Open to writers of all ability levels.

Workshops start every few months so email Eanlai at [email protected] for more information or to register for the next session.

No previous writing experience is required. Just book your place in advance and take the Amherst Writers and Artists Method for a test drive.

“The time spent in Eanlai’s writing workshop has been a profound healing experience for me. Eanlai creates a space for creativity with the freedom to express yourself without inhibition.  The healing is not just from my own writing, but from hearing the words and wisdom of the other writers in the group.  It is mystical.” – Sharon Kuhn, Fremont, CA



Sports Clubs and Events

Sports Archives


Where to Get Your Game On During Rugby Season

Kezar Pub, San Francisco
770 Stanyan St. San Francisco, CA 94117, Phone (415) 386-9292 – website

St. Stephen’s Green, Mountain View
223 Castro St, Mountain View, CA 94041 – (650) 964-9151 website

The Chieftain, San Francisco
198 5th St, San Francisco, CA 94103 – (415) 625-0436 website


SF City FC

usopencup-apr25San Francisco City Football Club is a non-profit, supporter owned club competing at the 4th tier of the US Soccer Federation pyramid. Founded in 2001, the club is a national member of the US Soccer Federation. Offering high level competition from the youth to adult level, US Club members represent all 50 states. At the men’s adult level, US Club organizes competition based on its regional Premier League platform and offers clubs a pathway to qualify for the Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup, the oldest and most competitive soccer tournament in the United States.

SF Soccer Clubs Join Elite Academy

Three of the largest and most-recognized youth soccer clubs in San Francisco—the San Francisco Vikings Soccer Club, the San Francisco Glens Soccer Club, and Evolution FC—have become Founding Clubs of the San Francisco Elite Academy. The resulting alliance offers San Francisco youth increased opportunity to both participate and pursue their soccer potential, while accelerating the San Francisco Elite Academy’s goal of making San Francisco home to some of the very best U14 and older soccer teams in the country. Read full story

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The SF Celtic Soccer Club is one of longest living and most successful clubs in SFSFL. With our 2 men’s teams in the Premier and Major divisions we are looking to further that success this upcoming season and strengthen our squads by recruiting dedicated and highly-skilled players.Visit SF Celtic for more

Bay Area Rugby

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San Jose Seahawks

The San Jose Seahawks Rugby Football Club is a non-profit organization which fields a Men’s Division 1 team, a Women’s Division 2 team, and supports numerous youth teams in the Northern California Rugby Football Union. Founded in 1971 and continuing a tradition of competitiveness, sportsmanship and friendship on and off the field. All players are welcome and previous experience is not required. more


1399862736537035d012907Bay Area Cricket Alliance (BACA) is a non-profit sports organization dedicated to promoting the game of cricket in greater San Francisco bay area and beyond.
BACA is affiliated to USA Cricket Association and prepares players to be a part of USA national team in the Men, Women and Youth categories.
Established in 1999, Bay Area Cricket Alliance (BACA) has grown by leaps and bounds to become one of the best organized cricket leagues in the USA. Currently, there are more than 200 members playing in this League. BACA has been a member of the United States of America Cricket Association (USACA) since 2000. More on BACA

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Preservation and Discovery

Robert Emmet Day Remembrance • September 15th/16th


“Let no man write my epitaph: for as no man who knows my motives dare now vindicate them. Let them and me repose in obscurity and peace, and my tomb remain uninscribed, until other times, and other men, can do justice to my character; when my country takes her place among the nations of the earth, then, and not till then, let my epitaph be written. I have done.”    Excerpt from Robert Emmet’s Speech from the Dock

Join the United Irish Societies of San Francisco on the weekend of September 15-16, 2018 in honoring the Irish Patriot, Robert Emmet.

September 15, 4:30 pm, UICC
Ruan O’Donnell, noted Irish historian and author of Robert Emmet and the Rising of 1803, will share with us his unique insights on Robert Emmet at his presentation at the UICC. He will be joined by local musicians, Vince Keehan, Cormac Gannon, and Kenny Somerville.

September 16, 12.15pm, Band Concourse, Golden Gate Park
One of four statues created by Jerome Connor in 1916, the figure of Robert Emmet stands outside the California Academy of Sciences building overlooking the Band Concourse in the Golden Gate Park. Donated to the Park by James D. Phelan, San Francisco mayor and son of Irish immigrants, the statue was unveiled by Eamon De Valera in July of 1919 while he was on a fundraising tour of the United States. Emmet served as an inspiration to the Irish republicans in the years leading up to 1916 uprising.

Each year the United Irish Societies of San Francisco (UIS) lays a wreath at the foot of Robert Emmet’s statue in Golden Gate Park commemorating his struggle for Irish independence and for the civil rights of disenfranchised Irish Catholics. The UIS remembers his heroism with Irish music, dance, and a recitation of his memorable Speech from Dock, which he delivered at his trial on the eve of his execution. The public is invited to attend.

“Robert Emmet is arguably the most popular and least understood Irish patriot of his generation. Far more significant within the leadership of the revolutionary United Irishmen than generally acknowledged, Emmet’s heroic legacy extended to the USA where he has been memorialized to an extent unmatched in his native country.” —Ruan O’Donnell


Irish Lit & Hist April Speaker Events 2018/2019

The Irish Literary & Historical Society hosts monthly speaker events the last Sunday of each month – September through April – featuring the best in literary and historical speakers and presentations. Events are held at the Irish Cultural Center. For information on upcoming program, visit

Irish Oral History Project • Ongoing


Irish-American Crossroads honors life histories in the Irish Oral History Archive of the San Francisco Bay Area, a project featuring generations of Irish immigrants and children of immigrants to the Bay Area.

About the Archive: Irish-American Crossroads is producing a comprehensive archive of the life stories of the Irish in the San Francisco Bay Area, representative of all generations of heritage. Dedicated to capturing the experience and contributions of men and women who emigrated from Ireland and settled in the San Francisco Bay Area, and their Irish-American contemporaries, the archive is an important collection of recordings of life stories and personal histories. Note: The current phase of interviews concentrating on Irish-born immigrants who arrived in the Bay Area up to the 1960s, and Irish Americans whose families emigrated to the Bay Area during earlier times, is wrapping up this year and giving way to the 1980s generation. Stories of those who arrived in the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s are now encouraged and welcomed.

Find out more about Irish American Crossroads’ annual festival and the Irish Oral History Archive. If you are interested in participating in this project, please email Hillary Flynn.


Walking the Rising •

Irish-Americans and the 1916 Easter Rising in the Mission District

Learn about Irish-American Crossroads and Elizabeth Creely’s popular Walking the Rising walking tour.

On Sunday, April 24th, 1916, seven Irishmen declared Ireland to be an independent state, free from centuries of British rule. Two Irishmen, Daniel Harnedy and Larry De Lacey brought that struggle to the streets of the Mission district and worked tirelessly to secure Ireland’s freedom from centuries of British rule.

Elizabeth’s walk uncovers the Mission District’s revolutionary past when freedom in Ireland was envisioned in Irish-Americans homes, meeting halls, churches and places of business from Mission street to 24th street. The walking distance is about 2 miles.

Watch this space for future tour dates

Peter O’Driscoll City Guides Tours • Ongoing

tour13_1Corkonian Peter O’Driscoll joined the San Francisco City Guides team several years ago, and conducts Irish Labor History tours of the waterfront as well as leading a tour at Coit Tower where famous murals – some controversial – created by 25 of California’s leading artists of the 1930s reflect scenes of the Great Depression, landscapes, farm workers, industries, a stylish soiree, and vibrant city life. Coit tours are conducted Wednesdays at 11am and future Irish Labor History tour information is available on request via email.

More on City Guides tours.

Bay Area History – Did You Know?

Learn about Filoli’s Irish Connection

See past events of historical interest and cultural preservation…. archives

Irish Language

Irish Language Immersion Weekend • September 22-24


The 19th Irish Language Immersion Weekend, Deireadh Seachtaine Gaeltachta, takes place in San Francisco on September 22–24, 2017.

Four levels, intensive tutorials that focus on spoken language and increasing fluency taught by top caliber native Irish speaking teachers.

Special Saturday workshops take place during the last class period of the day, providing a relaxing, entertaining and different way to enjoy learning Irish. Meals and snacks provided, and sessions take place each evening with Irish music, songs, poetry, stories – and some dancing.

Class Levels

Level 1⁄ Leibhéal 1 (no Irish, or a smidgin), for absolute beginners, and those who may have made a start already, but are still learning beginner basics.

Level 2⁄ Leibhéal 2 (lag), for intermediate learners, who’ve studied Irish enough to know the basics reasonably well, can participate in a very simple communications, and want to increase their skills.

Level 3⁄ Leibhéal 3 (sásúil), for higher intermediate students who may understand or read a good bit of Irish, yet lack practice with hearing or speaking Irish, and seek confidence to make the leap into more conversation.

Level 4⁄ Leibhéal 4 (maith) do dhaoine ar mhaith leo snas a chur ar a gcuid Gaeilge. Déanfar staidéar ar fhoclóir nua-aimseartha, saibhreas na teanga, litríocht, filíocht, béaloideas agus an saol chomh-aimseartha.

Beidh Ray Mac Mánais againn mar múinteoir arís!

Classes take place at the United Irish Cultural Center (UICC) in San Francisco. Email Seán Séamus Larkin  for more

Bay Area Irish Language Courses and Classes

Comhaltas holds Irish Language programs at the United Irish Cultural Center throughout the year. Contact Josephine Brogan (415-681-4803) for details of upcoming classes, and to register.


Take it easy and learn Irish!

For information on upcoming classes, contact Imelda White at (650) 964-7643 or by email, or Comhaltas’s Josephine Brogan at (415) 681-4803 or by email.

Irish Language Classes and Practice Groups

North Bay, Santa Rosa, Petaluma
Kathleen Cipolla – study, practice, conversation groups or beginning instruction. email for more information.
San Francisco, Millbrae
Hida Kissane – study, practice groups. email for more information.
South Bay
Imelda White – instruction, tutoring  multi level email for more information.



Community & Business Events

IIPC Family Sports Picnic • July 17

IIPC’s Family Sports Picnic welcomes players from the men’s and women’s Irish Rugby teams at Marina Green (at Scott Street) from 4.30 pm – 7.30 pm. Families will have the opportunity to meet with the players. more

Leadership in Sport • July 17

INBA Speaker Series. Join the Irish Network Bay Area  for “Kicking to Touch”, a panel discussion with well-known names from the world of Irish and USA Rugby. Supported by San Francisco American Irish Rugby 7s Welcome Committee Panelists:

  • Joy Neville – World Rugby Referee of the Year
  • Jack Clark – Head Coach Cal Rugby
  • Conor Coyne – NYAC Rugby Player
  • Chris O’Brien – Former NFL and USA Rugby Player. USA Assistant Coach.
  • IRFU Speaker (name to be confirmed)
  • Host & MC: Brian Murphy

Tuesday, July 17 2018 at 7pm. Golden Gate Yacht Club, 1 Yacht Road, San Francisco, CA 94123

Tickets: $50 ($25 for paid INBA Members with Promo code) more

Rugby World Cup Sevens • July 20, 21

Ireland 7s v England 7s • 20 Jul, 12:12pm

Ireland Women’s Rugby World Cup Sevens. Round of 16. Match 7. England 7s v Ireland 7s.  at AT&T Park, San Francisco

Ireland 7s v Chile 7s • 20 Jul, 3.30pm

Men’s Rugby World Cup Sevens 2018, Qualifying Round, Match 8. 3:35pm at AT&T Park, San Francisco

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