The Irish Border confuses people. The folks in westminister keep offering ridiculous solutions to the problems the border poses brexit, betraying a total lack of understanding of the last 100 years of anglo-Irish history. The English media do their best, but when they talk about the border they often sound as if they are discussing a far away country they’ve just heard off, as opposed to a land border within their own state. I imagine that most non-Irish people find the border to be confusing.
This is because the history is confusing, and not taught to English people. To try and partially alleviate this confusion, I wrote a review-essay for the Dublin review of books. Hopefully you will find it to be an easily digestible introduction to the strange history of a strange border.