6"Assorted Newspaper Accounts from Tipperary - Printed in the London Times." Ireland Genealogy Projects: Tipperary Genealogy. Ed. Sheryl Zenzerovich. Web. 18 Dec. 2013. <http://www.igp-web.com/tipperary/newspapers/newsaccts2.htm>.
In 1841 the Halls embellished the newspaper account with their own lurid details: "The poor dying child was threatened with a red-hot shovel and a ducking under a pump if he did not disclose where the real John Mahony was; and so successful were the actors in their scheme devised for the expulsion of the fairy, that the feeble child, after being held near the hot shovel, and also having been taken a part of the way to the pump, told them he was a fairy, and that he would send back the real John Mahony the next evening if they gave him that night's lodging. This occurred on Tuesday night last, and the child was dead the next morning." ( Hall, S. C., and A. M. Hall. Ireland, Its Scenery, Character, etc. Vol. 3. London: How and Parsons, 1841.)