In a unique case at Limerick Quarter Sessions, the Royal Arms stolen from the municipal buildings were brought to court by Judge Adams. Councillor Joseph Ryan, a member of the Limerick Corporation, and two other young men were charged with the theft. However, the Crown did not proceed with the prosecution. Judge Adams decided that the Royal Arms should remain in the custody of the Clerk of the Crown and Peace until claimed by the Corporation. He expressed hope that the Corporation would treat the ancient and interesting relic with the respect it deserves, adding that people should respect the antiquity and history of their country, regardless of being Unionists or Home Rulers. The judge also encouraged showing respect to the sovereigns who ruled over them.
Nottingham Evening Post – Monday 02 June 1902