Category talk:Ireland

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Terrible misnomer[edit]

Category description: "This category is for pages specifically referring to the Republic of Ireland." If that is the case, why have we called it "Ireland" with the category "Ireland (island)" as a parent category? This is really confusing. Shouldn't we follow the example of English and other wikipedias and have the category "Republic of Ireland" with category "Ireland" as the parent category (with category "Northern Ireland" fitting into both "Ireland" and "United Kingdom" cats)? Anatiomaros (talk) 23:24, 7 August 2010 (UTC)

And if you need further proof of how misleading this is, what is somebody supposed to make of the fact that category "Ireland (island)" has as its parent category "Islands of Ireland"? Now that really is looping the loop! So, let's sum up the present situation: the island of Ireland is one of the islands of (the Republic of) Ireland and the sovereign state we call (the Republic of) Ireland is part of the island of Ireland. Northern Ireland is not part of (the Republic of) Ireland, but as Ireland (island) itself is one of the islands of (the Republic of) Ireland it follows that the islands of Northern Ireland are thus islands of (the Republic of) Ireland. Is that clear so far? Good... At this point I gladly abandon this lesson in Commons geography. Anatiomaros (talk) 23:34, 7 August 2010 (UTC)

This is really, really hard to work with. Moreover, for many categories e.g. "Church towers in Ireland" there is a subcategory for "Church towers in Northern Ireland"! So in fact the rule "Ireland = Republic of Ireland" is not being obeyed anyway. According to the way the Commons categories are laid out, I suspect it "should" be organised with "Church towers in Ireland" and "Church towers in Northern Ireland" both being subcategories of "Church towers in Ireland (island)", but that "... in NI" should not be a subcat of "... in Ireland". A lot of problems would be solved by maintaining an "Ireland (island)" and "Republic of Ireland" [or "Ireland (state)"] distinction. TheGrappler (talk) 12:04, 16 June 2011 (UTC)

Category template[edit]

See {{Counties of Ireland categories}} :-) Railwayfan2005 (talk) 14:29, 7 February 2016 (UTC)