Green’s Dictionary of Slang

shindy n.

also shindying, shinty
[naut. jargon shindy, a form of dance among sailors; ? ult. SE shinty, a game, mainly played in Ireland, that resembles a rougher form of hockey]

[mid-19C] a noise, a disturbance, a commotion.

In phrases

kick up a shindy (v.) (also cut up shindies, kick up shindies)

[early19C+] to cause trouble, to create a disturbance.