Embarrassing chapters in Irish history

Inspired by the Embarrassing chapters in US history series.
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Last updated: January 23, 2015
First submittedJanuary 23, 2015
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In the 2004 Olympics, this Show Jumper is stripped of a gold medal after his horse is found to have taken performance enhancing drugs.
Cian O'Connor
Riots break out at the Abbey Theatre after the word 'shift' is uttered during the opening night of this play by JM Synge.
Playboy of the western world
And again after this play by Sean O'Casey opened in 1926.
The plough and the stars
This tribunal discovers huge levels of political corruption,contributing to the resignation of Taoiseach Bertie Ahern
Mahon Tribunal
This firebrand preacher denounces Pope John Paul II as anti-Christ when he addresses the European parliament.
Ian Paisley
This future Taoiseach, at the time a cabinet minister, allegedly attempts to import arms for the IRA in 1970
Charles Haughey
A controlled explosion carried out by the Irish Army causes more damage than the explosion caused by the IRA when they destroyed this monument in Dublin's O'Connell Street.
Nelson's Pillar
In 2014 the mayor of Dublin claims his constituents have asked Obama to intervene after the controversial cancellation of concerts involving this country star.
Garth Brooks
This WW2 era leader signs Hitler's book of condolences in order to maintain Ireland's symbolic neutrality.
Eamon de Valera
Eoin O'Duffy leads this short-lived fascist group.
Blueshirts
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Thousands protest Ireland's abortion laws after this Indian dentist is refused an abortion and subsequently loses her life.
Savita Halappanavar
The collapse of this bank is one of the major factors that causes economic catastrophe in Ireland leading to an international bailout in 2010.
Anglo-Irish
Irish dignitaries lay out the red carpet for this Russian leader who doesn't make it off the plane.
Boris Yeltsin
Divorce does not become legal in Ireland until a referendum in what year? Even then it only passes by less than one percent.
1995
Though never technically banned, this masterpiece by James Joyce is not sold in Ireland due to strict censorship laws.
Ulysses
This type of expression is banned in Ireland in 2009, although the ban has not yet been enforced.
Blasphemy
A 'second civil war' breaks out as Irish sports fans take sides after Roy Keane argues with Mick McCarthy during Ireland's World Cup preparations on what island?
Saipan
The IRA kill 11 and injure 63 when it bombed the Remembrance Sunday commemoration in this Northern Irish town.
Enniskillen
The Irish government receives a congratulatory message from this American group after new citizenship laws are passed in 2004.
Ku Klux Klan
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Level 83
May 3, 2017
Hey! Happy to inspire other quiz makers! :) Even though I did horribly on this. I only got 4. and 2 of those were complete guesses. I was only 3 numbers away from guessing the year divorce was made legal when time ran out. Perhaps add another minute? Thanks for the enjoyable quiz.
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Level 53
May 30, 2020
Interesting! I agree it wants more time. I knew fewer than half and still was typing in my last answer with 5 seconds to go.
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Level 39
Nov 25, 2021
"A controlled explosion carried out by the Irish Army causes more damage than the explosion caused by the IRA when they destroyed this monument in Dublin's O'Connell Street."

That's an urban myth.

As for some of the other questions, it's a matter of opinion as to whether the events they describe could be considered embarrassing. And as such it makes them somewhat arbitrary.