The examples in WHAT TO INDEX show that we should type "County Cork." I thought "County" was NOT supposed to be indexed as with US counties? Do I follow the project's example for any batches with Ireland counties? Thank you for your help on this!
Irish counties are to be indexed as County Cork, County Roscommon, etc. Irish counties are administrative districts, much like the US, but have their ties to when French was the language of England and the Normans (Norman invasion of Ireland).
It's a little confusing, but there isn't actually a contradiction here. The instructions state:
"Do not include identifying descriptions or terms, such as 'near,' 'about,' 'around,' 'twp,' 'township,' 'city,' 'county,' or 'state,' with the place-name unless the term is normally used as part of the name (for example, Mexico City, Salt Lake City, or New York City)."
Since Irish counties are normally written following the word county, it should be included.
" ... Since Irish counties are normally written following the word county ... "
And the reason for that is that virtually every Irish county would be a duplicate if that process wasn't followed. For instance, there is a town called Cork, and it's in County Cork because saying that Cork was in Cork would be just too much.
It's absolutely the way people speak of those county names.