Irish Courtship Transportation Over the Years
Having courtship transportation limitations in the early 19th century, Irish men wooed and courted Irish women living in close proximity to them. Men traveled as far as existing modes of transportation (e.g. walking or horse cart) would take them. The invention of the bicycle increased the distances men were willing to travel to court their ladies. The car increased the distances, yet again. Today, I understand that the low cost European air carriers are the bicycles of the 21st century! Some Irish men are regularly traveling on low cost flights each week to European cities, to maintain long distance romances and to court their women with the same fervor and passion of their male ancestors on bicycles long ago.
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