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She says the difference between the dating cultures was staggering.

"In the US, men would ask for dates, which was refreshing…

Dear Mary, We are two girls of 20, and our problem is that we cannot get a nice lad.

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She remembers the hops in her local tennis club in the 1940s.

We are getting worried that we will be left on the shelf if we won't give in to them. Almost 50 years later, a young man in his mid-20s is showing me how he uses the dating app, Tinder.

He is not ashamed to admit that he is looking for a good time and his approach involves 'liking' anything female within a six-mile radius.

"I should have been home at 10pm and I eventually arrived home at 11.15pm to find my mother, father, aunt, brother and a Garda outside the front door.

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.

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