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DJs would change the tempo with a romantic ballad and men would use the opportunity to ask a woman to dance.

Jennifer Haskins, the co-owner of exclusive introduction agency Two's Company (, remembers them well: "If you stayed dancing after the first slow dance the guy knew you were interested at least. Everyone's interest - or lack of it - was quite clear." Jennifer, who is in her late 40s, says roles have changed since her first forays into the world of dating. The roles have become less defined and women are taking more initiative." She recalls an elderly aunt turning to her recently and asking, "Since when have men become the prize?

"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 ( 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.

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.

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.

She says the difference between the dating cultures was staggering.

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

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