And some of them are politicansYes, thanks for that but I am already fully aware of that I was discussing the generally held view in Great Britain where 99.9% of the population know little or nothing of the history of Ireland, the Easter Rising or the War of Independence, hence my use of the term "popular narrative"
You would be surprised by the number of people in GB who believe Ireland is a single country despite all the headlines regarding Brexit, the DUP, gay marriage, abortion, Stormont etc. There is also a common belief that Ireland is just off the coast with no real mutual history with the UK and is a bit like France in that respect.
Again I know the differences, but the greater majority of the population of GB know little and care less about Ireland north or south, a shame really.
even the current SoS for NI had to be educated