Dating customs in ireland

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Compared to what we now accept as not even fodder for juicy gossip, our behavior today would have been cause for talk, threats of ex-communication and that most dreaded of all situations - shame.If one is to believe the available data, Ireland was one of the most chaste nations in Europe up to the 1940s.It's what my dad would say of people who were quiet and yet strong in their opinions.In the Ireland of yesterday, it could also be applied to love, romance and passion.

(I don't count the fleeting mistletoe kisses at Chrismas).

It is also said that he dreamed of a beautiful maiden, named Caer, for whom he searched all over Ireland.

Eventually, he found her chained to 150 other maidens, destined to become swans at the time of Samhain.

The truth is, my mum and dad grew up in a time when even Irish dancing had evolved to become the arms by the side, stilted, stiff, and emotionless remnant of what it used to be.

But, I like to imagine that still waters ran, oh, so very deep.

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