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The label "Irish Crown Jewels" was publicised by newspapers after their theft. In , the Myles Dungan is an Irish broadcaster and author.
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Although under great pressure, Vicars refused to resign. Rumours were spread about his sexual orientation, with the objective of shaming him into leaving. It didn't work, and he refused to appear at the sworn Viceregal Commission, demanded a public royal inquiry instead and accused his second in command, Francis Shackleton brother of Ernest - the Antarctic Explorer of the wrongdoing.
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However Shackleton was exonerated by the commission, while Vicars was found culpable. Later Shackleton was jailed for misappropriating a widow's savings.
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Arthur Vicars spent his remaining years as a recluse, in a 'big house' ascendancy manor in Co. On the 14th April , in the period between the War of Independence and the Civil War, an armed IRA contingent brought him out of Kilmorna Castle and shot him dead, before burning the building. As Ireland is a Republic, this Order of Knighthood is no longer in existence. Patrick's Hall is now mainly used for State functions, including inaugurations of Ireland's Presidents. The Irish Crown Jewels have never been located.
The statutes or rules of the Order of St Patrick were revised in , and it was ordered that the jewelled insignia of the Grand Master and the collars and badges of the members should be deposited in a steel safe in the strongroom of the Office of Arms. Mahony was a nephew of Vicars, while Shackleton, the brother of the famous explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton, was a close friend.
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After fitting out of the new premises had been completed, it was found that the safe in which the Order's insignia were to be kept was too large to fit through the door of the strongroom. It was therefore decided to leave the safe in the Library until a more suitably-sized safe could be obtained, but this was never done. While seven latch keys to the door of the Office of Arms were held by Vicars and his staff, there were only two keys to the safe containing the insignia, both held by Vicars.
The last occasion on which the Jewels were seen in the safe was on 11 June , when Vicars showed them to John Hodgson, the librarian of the Duke of Northumberland.
On the morning of Wednesday 3 July there was a strange occurrence, when Mrs Farrell the office cleaner found the entrance door unlocked, told William Stivey the messenger, who on informing Vicars received a rather offhand reply. On the morning of Saturday 6 July there was an even more alarming occurrence, when Mrs Farrell found the door of the strongroom ajar, and on being informed by Stivey, Vicars again replied casually, 'Is that so? At about 2. This was most unusual, as Stivey had never before held the safe key in his hand. Stivey found the safe door unlocked and immediately informed Vicars, who came and opened the safe to find that the Jewels, five Kinghts' collars and some diamonds belonging to Vicars's mother were all gone.
The police were called, and in the subsequent investigation lock experts established that the safe lock had not been tampered with, but had been opened with a key. While Mahony was in the Office of Arms from April until 4 July, except one day in May, Shackleton and Goldney appeared not to have visited the premises or indeed been in Ireland between these dates. The discovery of the theft of the Jewels caused great concern to government, and indeed King Edward VII was particularly angered, as he was on the point of visiting Ireland and intended to invest a knight of the Order of St Patrick.
Apparently largely on the King's insistence, it was decided to reconstitute the Office of Arms and replace Vicars. A Viceregal Commission of Enquiry was eventually appointed, which did not possess powers to subpoena witnesses, and it first met on 10 January in the Office of Arms. At the outset Vicars withdrew and declined to assist the Commission, on the grounds that it was not being held in public. The Commission heard various witnesses, in particular Francis Shackleton, who travelled from San Remo in Italy to attend the enquiry.
After deliberating on the matter the Commission published its report rather speedily on 25 January, and it proved to be a damning indictment, not to say scapegoating of Vicars. The report noted that the safe containing the Jewels was not in the strongroom as required, but was in the Library which was open to the public all day.