This made some of my generation very promiscuous." The disco soon made room for the slow set movement of the 1980s.
DJs would change the tempo with a romantic ballad and men would use the opportunity to ask a woman to dance.
As you can imagine, I never saw that young man again..." Ireland was a theocratic state when Veronica and Rosemary were "courting", and weekly confession was as important as a monthly manicure is for some women today.Another problem sent to agony aunt Angela Mac Namara's Help Page in Woman's Way in 1967 captures the prevailing attitude at the turn of the decade.Others argue that Ireland didn't even have a dating culture to begin with."It's never really dating in Ireland," says journalist and photographer Barbara Mc Carthy (40).I have never in my life asked a young man out for a date." Rosemary remembers rugby club hops at Old Belvedere Rugby Club in Dublin during the 1950s and '60s.
If a young man wanted to see her afterwards, he had to come to the front door to meet her parents.
"This is really only an excuse for sexual indulgence, though the people who go in for such 'trial marriages' say they are trying to find out if they 'suit each other sexually'." She concludes by pointing out the "great risk" of contracting venereal disease.
The Swinging Sixties it was not - Ireland was a late starter in that regard.
Once deemed suitable, the pair were "chaperoned" on their date by her older brother.
"To have a young, pimply man come to the front door with hot, sweaty hands...
it was totally off-putting for him, and it was off-putting for me too." In later years, Rosemary remembers going out with "this gorgeous young man" without her brother in tow.