PRAYING THE KEEILLS week in 2018 will take place between Sat 19th – Sat 26th May.
We shall be sharing together as we journey on foot, by car and public transport visiting keeills and exploring other sacred sites, learning about our Celtic and spiritual heritage and enjoying sharing fun and fellowship.
The events for 2018 have been published below and the downloadable programme is now available on the Resources page. Hard copies are being distributed to Island churches and the Welcome Centre at the Sea Terminal from late March. If you can’t find a hard copy, do get in touch and we’ll send it to you!
The ancient keeill sites are often found in areas of particular natural beauty and in such surroundings it is a common experience to sense something of the presence of God. Why not set aside some time to join in this special week?
2018 will be our 13th successive year! We are planning a variety of events across the Island, including day-time and evenings walks of varied lengths, music, an evening coach trip, refreshments, and lots of fellowship. For those with lots of energy, the week will begin and end with all-day walks!
Keeill sites on the Isle of Man
Keeills served a variety of purposes – family chapels, wayside shrines, places of retreat and hermitage. There have perhaps been as many as 250, but remains, or known sites, survive for less than half this number.
The keeills were small buildings of earth and stone, very rarely bigger than 3 metres by 5 metres internally, and now survive to a height of less than a metre.
None of the remains can be shown to be older than the eighth century, but the sites and burials can date back to the sixth century, or earlier. If you have a favourite keeill and it’s not shown here, let us know!