"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 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.
We have been with lots of boys but all they want is a good time and if you do not give in to them they won't ask you for another date. Almost 50 years later, a young man in his mid-20s is showing me how he uses the dating app, Tinder.
We are getting worried that we will be left on the shelf if we won't give in to them. 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.
As soon as he clicks with a 'match', he sends her a message with two questions: The first is 'how are you doing? While differing expectations is a time-worn phenomenon, the way we connect with other singles has changed considerably since the days of meeting under the Clery's clock.
"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.
If a young man wanted to see her afterwards, he had to come to the front door to meet her parents.
Once deemed suitable, the pair were "chaperoned" on their date by her older brother.
From the sexual revolution to the digital revolution, dating in Ireland has evolved - for better or for worse…
Dublin-born opera singer Dr Veronica Dunne, who is in her 80s, harks back to an age of innocence.
She remembers the hops in her local tennis club in the 1940s."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.