A new RTE TV documentary reveals what goes on behind Ireland's closed bedroom doors.
The film, entitled 'In Bed with the Irish,' takes a look at the nation's attitudes on love, intimacy and sex through the opinions of a range of Irish couples, reports the Irish Independent.
The couples interviewed include a couple in their 70s, another in their 40s, and a model and her boyfriend who practice tantric sex and attend swingers parties.
Said Deirdre Morrissey, who has been with her boyfriend Rory for four years: "As a couple we already live very publicly through social media, we've entered reality competitions and exposed ourselves through my sex features with the Sunday Independent LIFE magazine. I'm from Dungarvan, a small town where my mum owns the local pub and when my sex features were published she was horrified; I think she was hiding from the neighbours.
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"Sex is such a closed topic yet it's one thing we all have in common. Because sex is such a visceral, intimate and emotive subject people usually shy away from discussions about it. But I don't like these old taboos and I believe that for a society to be truly healthy people should be able to discuss everything with impunity."
She added: "Sex can be beyond the physical, it can transport us into another magical world where everything is perfect for a moment. It's a form of physical and emotional release.
"Couples who've been married for many decades tell me that sex gets less important as you get older, but I'm not there yet."
Another couple, Joe and Catherine, both now in their 70s, have known each other for 57 years. They discuss how their sex life came to an abrupt halt, not because of old age but because of illness. Other couples include Eamonn and Anne who argue over the duvet and Marie Claire and Stephen who still get it on despite having two young children.
The documentary will see the couples discuss bedtime habits and rituals, sexual attitudes and the impact of religion in the bedroom.
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