Via Sunday Miscellany on RTÉ Radio 1: A beloved family friend, and Belfast in a certain time and place - listen to In Love with Anne by Gerald Dawe above...

She was the first woman I fell in love with. Love at first sight. Unquestionably. I would have been about five or six years old and living in a house of women; the only boy. Anne was a friend of my grandmother's and when she died my mother inherited the friendship though there was a significant gap in years between them. In Fifties Belfast Anne cut a dash. She would arrive into the house for evening soirees, or to collect my grandmother, or simply to have a chat. There was a breathless ease to her arrival. Her soft-spoken voice always intimating something special was about to happen or had just happened.

Sunday Miscellany, RTÉ Radio 1, Sunday mornings at 9.10 am - listen back here.