The Associated Press reported that on 4 October 1927, the American-Irish Vigilance Committee and affiliated organizations with "promotion of a dignified expression of Irish art" as their purpose, had announced in New York City that they had filed a petition with the Federal Trade Commission in "a move to dethrone Will H. Hays as head of the motion picture industry." The petition asserted that the pictures "The Callahans and the Murphys," " Irish Hearts," "The Shamrock and the Rose," and " The Garden of Allah" were a gross libel on the Irish race. ("Irish Move to Stop Undignified Films, Want Hays Removed," The San Bernardino Daily Sun, San Bernardino, California, Wednesday 5 October 1927, Volume 61, Number 35, page 1.).
The petition was not successful.