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"They'll do" - This 1967 RTÉ report on what Irish women think about Irish men is sassy as hell

“By the time they reach the age where they feel inclined to get married, they’re all old and bald”.

THE RTÉ ARCHIVES are a treasure chest of old Ireland.

The most recent video to unearth itself is a news report by Bill O’Herlihy, asking women on the streets of Cork to give their honest view of Irish men.

He wanted to know it all. Romance, marriage, alcohol… what do you like and dislike about them?

Well, the women of 1967 didn’t think a lot of them

Did he happen upon a very specific group of Irish women? In general, they weren’t impressed with Irish men, as a nation.

What had they do say?

“Considering Continentals now, I’d say there’s no comparison at all”

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“They’re just out for themselves”


“I don’t think they know enough about women, they don’t know how to treat us”

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They’ll have to do though.

“They’re not as romantic as the French or the Italians. They haven’t got the plausibility of those but at the same time, they’ll do”

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“They want too much of a good time to settle down”

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Then there’s the demon drink…

“He thinks he’s at his best when you have a jar”

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Sorry, is this from 1967, or yesterday?

“By the time they reach the age where they feel inclined to get married, they’re all old and bald”

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“They wait until about 28 or 30 to eventually look for  wife, and at that time it’s a bit late”

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No pressure back then, so.

See the full clip here.

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