There are seven other similar structures in the group. Inishmore also bears the name of Aran-na-naomh, Aran-of-the-Saints, from the number of religious recluses who took up their abode in it, and gave a celebrity to the holy wells, altars and shrines, to which many are still attracted.
A form nearer to the Greek original, "anachoret," is sometimes used of the early Christian recluses in the East.
Some of these recluses only ate every second day, while others succeeded in confining the necessity to a single week-day.
Three very short ones are dedications of caves to the use of an order of recluses.
He nowhere says himself that his preaching made many converts, but his example was followed by many recluses in the north of England.