or Holy Island. Ireland was so called because of its
many saints, and Guernsey for its many monks. The island referred to by
Thomas Moore in his Irish Melodies (No. II.) is Scattery, to
which St. Senanus retired, and vowed that no woman should set foot
Oh, haste and leave this sacred isle,
Unholy bark, ere morning smile.
St. Senanus and the Lady.
Enhallow (from the Norse Eyinhalga, Holy Isle) is the name of
a small island in the Orkney group, where cells of the Irish anchorite
fathers are said still to exist.
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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