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"They finished at 10.30pm or 11.30pm and then you went straight home. So at the last dance the man asked you where you lived and if you lived too far away they wouldn't cycle home with you! "Young women have less respect for themselves these days," she says at once.
"Mystique is always more interesting." Former rally driver and Driving Academy owner Rosemary Smith, who is in her 70s, agrees that women are much more forward these days.
The Swinging Sixties it was not - Ireland was a late starter in that regard.
The woman who spoke to me about dating in the 1970s wishes to remain anonymous, probably because she's one of the few women who will admit that she didn't belong to a generation of virginal brides.
From the sexual revolution to the digital revolution, dating in Ireland has evolved - for better or for worse…
"In that way I think Tinder is a mixed blessing - at least it acknowledges the fact that healthy young (and not so young) men and women want to have sex, to have a connection and that there is nothing shameful in either." Anne Marie later wrote It's Not Me ... A Girl's Guide to Dating in Ireland, in which she recommended the emerging field of online dating, which has since become the rule rather than the exception.
Patricia Lohan (34) of the Soulmate Attraction Formula (thesoulmateattractionformula.com) was a self-proclaimed "early adopter".
In Ireland, a man would never ask you out; relationships began with a drunken fumble and, if he called, you were most likely 'going out', but it was never discussed, and barely acknowledged.
"It was almost as if there was something shameful to desire," she continues.