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Limerick Court Resolves Claims Stemming from October 1912 Disturbances

LIMERICK – In a session presided over by County Court Judge Law Smith, the County Crown Court addressed a series of applications for malicious damage arising from the disturbances in the city on October 10th. The incidents were linked to the Anti-Home Rule demonstration held at the Theatre Royal.

Seventy-eight claims, totalling £700, were presented, with Mr J. Dundon representing the Corporation. The focus of the cases was primarily on assessing damages. Among the notable cases, the Representative Body of the Church of Ireland claimed £8 17s for the malicious breaking of 37 panes of glass at St. Michael’s Protestant Church and St. Michael’s Rectory. After examination, His Honour allowed the full amount claimed.

Numerous other claims followed, including those from Messrs. Todd and Co., who sought £19 10s for broken plate glass windows in their establishment on George Street. The court granted the full amount as the claim went uncontested. Similar verdicts were reached for various claims, ranging from smashing windows at Diocesan Hall to the destruction of plate glass at different businesses throughout George Street.

The Trustees of the Protestant Young Men’s Association claimed £53 15s 10d for damages on the night of October 10th and 11th. After examination and presenting vouchers, the court allowed £27 10d.

The court also addressed claims from individuals such as Joseph Kearney, Daniel O’Donovan, and Thomas Hassett, each receiving compensation for damages caused during the disturbances. Additionally, businesses like Messrs. J. P. Newsom and Co., Messrs. Guy and Co., and Messrs. Nelson were granted full amounts for damages to their premises.

The County Club sought £25 for damages to two windows, and after examination, the court granted a decree for the full amount. Other individuals and businesses, including Patrick Coyle, Messrs. Woodhouse and Co., George Ryan, and Robert Lindsay, received compensation for the damages they incurred.

The Royal Irish Industries Association also saw success in their claims, with the Representative Church Body being awarded £7 7s for malicious damage to the windows of Trinity Church.

In summary, the County Court Judge resolved the claims by carefully assessing the damages and ensuring fair compensation for those affected by the October disturbances in Limerick. The decisions were made after a thorough examination of evidence and estimates presented during the court session.

Dublin Daily Express – Wednesday 22 January 1913

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