42McGowan, Joe. Inishmurray: Gale, Stone, and Fire : Portrait of a Fabled Island. Mullaghmore, Co. Sligo: Aeolus, 1998. 22-23.
The author's informant told him that when the man attempting to burn the statue was on the boat returning to the mainland, he went mad and had to be "'smothered between two blankets.'"