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.
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.
Another problem sent to agony aunt Angela Mac Namara's Help Page in Woman's Way in 1967 captures the prevailing attitude at the turn of the decade."Please tell me what people mean when they talk of a trial marriage," asks a reader.
"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.
The balance here is displaying independence, while showing you care for us too.