In years past, as much as I am aware, the 'smackdowns' have generally been good-humored take-downs, either of good friends present (who knew it was in jest) or else of historical figures that no one really cared if they got smacked down or not.
I actually have a topic I wouldn't mind writing a genuine satire on. I should probably check and see if that'll fly. Don't want to harsh the mellow.
But here's my linkarama:
Cairpre Mac Edaine's Satire upon Bres Mac Eladain, "the first satire in Ireland."
(book chapter) 'Irish Satire' in A Companion to Satire: Ancient and Modern.
The Land of Cockaygne, a 14th century Middle English satire written down in Ireland.
Satirical Narrative in Early Irish Literation, link goes to a PDF of a PhD thesis.
Definitely an interesting exercise. Early Irish satire isn't much like Jonathan Swift. It's more like curses. The PhD thesis is purporting to show that there is an unexamined narrative tradition, one that sets out a tale of general outrage rather than just saying how stingy some dude is, so I'll be interested to see what I can glean from it.
If the Irish don't pan out, there's the Romans. But I've been meaning to get a grip on Irish satire for a while.