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Fifty shades of scarlet: Irish couples in their 20s are still embarrassed to talk about sex

We may have a BDSM-heavy blockbuster in our cinemas, but Irish people are still a little backward about coming forward for help with sexual problems.

AS YOU MAY well have noticed, it’s Valentine’s Day.

As you may also have noticed, the cinema release of Fifty Shades of Grey has been getting quite a bit of coverage over the last few weeks (it’s out this weekend).

Entirely by coincidence, we thought it might be a good week to ask psycho-sexual therapist Nuala Deering to drop by the newsroom one afternoon to talk love, sex and relationships.

With all the progressions in Irish society in recent years, and with an (apparently) BDSM-heavy blockbuster pulling in the crowds — we wanted to know: are Irish people more comfortable talking about sex these days?

Here’s what Nuala had to tell us:

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If you’ve got more than 90 seconds to spare — you might enjoy checking out the full video (below).

Readers sent us their questions for the sex therapist before she came-by, and it made for a pretty interesting chat — taking in everything from sex toys and pornography to confidence-building and intimacy outside the bedroom.

Take a look:

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To contact Nuala check out She also works with

Read: What’s the most common problem Irish couples want to talk about with a sex therapist?

Read: The first Fifty Shades of Grey reviews are out and the critics are loving it

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