On the night of November 9th, 1888, the people of Tallow marched to the Castle led by the town band. Thousands of visitors came to Lisfinney day after day, encouraging and cheering Mr Pyne.
On December 12th, Pyne addressed the crowd at Lisfinney for the last time. Dangling over their heads in the bucket he amused a throng of some 5,000 as he spoke to the people and told some jokes, one such joke:- "it is said that it Is lucky for a Bride to meet a sweep on her wedding morning, but where oh where does the Sweep always look down on the Bride?" In Tallow, of course!" The following day he was gone, having passed unrecognised through the Police cordon and the cattle were driven in earlier to surround the castle. A year later he was drowned while crossing to England on one of the Cork Steamers.
Author: E.M.P. Beecher Cantillon