"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.
"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.
"I've seen women walk up to men in pubs and hotels.
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.
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