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Anyone who was at secondary school in Ireland in the 90s...

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AppropriateAdult Sun 09-Jun-19 21:55:45

Were there tampon/pad dispensers in the bathrooms at your school? And if so, were they coin-operated or free?

(I'm writing a piece for which this is relevant and can't for the life of me remember what the situation was at my school. Any info much appreciated.)

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7Days Sun 09-Jun-19 22:01:15

Hmm. I think so. Coin operated. Rusty. Never used them and never saw anyone else use them.

7Days Sun 09-Jun-19 22:02:12

Just thought as it posted. Yes definitely, because during the period talk we were brought to see them.
Rural school 1993!

LorelaiRoryEmily Sun 09-Jun-19 22:04:18

Yes there were. As pp said, Coin operated and rusty. I personally never used them and can’t remember seeing anyone else use them either

Corcra Sun 09-Jun-19 22:07:40

I don’t remember there being one. I definitely never used it if There was. Most teachers carried spares in case anyone needed them.
That was in a big school in a large town.

Baloonphobia Sun 09-Jun-19 22:08:12

Ha, ha. I really had to think about this. Coin operated, looked out of order and I never, ever saw one being used.

OakElmAsh Sun 09-Jun-19 22:12:02

Secondary school from 1995-2000... Fairly sure there weren't any at all

Summery1 Sun 09-Jun-19 22:14:32

I did my Leaving in 85, and they definitely weren't there.

Starsabove1 Sun 09-Jun-19 22:14:40

Coin operated, never used. And no sanitary bins allowed as they were ‘dirty’ 😱

PhossyJaw Sun 09-Jun-19 22:19:09

Did LC in 1990 and no tampon dispensers in mine. The nuns weren’t keen on tampons at all.

ourkidmolly Sun 09-Jun-19 22:24:29

Nothing in 1988 but you could just go and get a pad from the office. No big deal. You'd be allowed to use the teachers' loo beside the office then as well. With a bar of imperial leather soapstone your disposal. No tampax though.

NowYouListenToMeFella Sun 09-Jun-19 23:02:01

Don't think we had any in our school either. Always brought our own or for some from a friend of stuck. Cork city school

Quintella Sun 09-Jun-19 23:05:20

None in ours. Southside convent school.

smokyburgandy Sun 09-Jun-19 23:08:52

School in the 90s, as others said you might have the odd machine in a toilet block, but they looked ancient and were presumably empty.

villainousbroodmare Sun 09-Jun-19 23:10:27

Coin operated, pads and tampons, worked fine, had to use them a few times. Supplies also available at the staff room but you'd have to hope that the teacher you wanted was there, otherwise you could end up explaining to the metalwork teacher or something! so definitely a distant second choice!

elizabethdraper Sun 09-Jun-19 23:13:23

Yes and coin operated

MotherForkinShirtBalls Sun 09-Jun-19 23:13:43

Convent, all girls South Dublin, yes, definitely in the 1990s.

AppropriateAdult Mon 10-Jun-19 07:05:44

Thanks everyone, that's really helpful!

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notoafternoontea Mon 10-Jun-19 08:35:05

Convent, South Dublin, '90s.

I don't think so - as I remember the RE teacher telling us she had spare pads that we could get from her if we needed them.....but I really can't remember!

There were definitely sanitary bins though.

BaruFisher Mon 10-Jun-19 08:36:49

Nope rural convent school early 90s- had to see the nun at sick bay to get one (who would later track you down and demand 20p in payment)

RuggerHug Mon 10-Jun-19 11:59:03

Coin operated and shite. Told in primary to bring your own always because teachers weren't allowed hand any out. Which seems off..

Quintella Mon 10-Jun-19 12:00:42

I can't remember if there were sanitary bins although I assume there must have been.

RuggerHug Mon 10-Jun-19 12:20:29

Coin operated and shite. Told in primary to bring your own always because teachers weren't allowed hand any out. Which seems off..

loveisanopensore Mon 10-Jun-19 12:21:43

Coin operated ST vending machine. Tried to get one once, coin got stuck. My maths teacher tried kicking it to get it working. It did not.
My year head found one of those mattress like Dr White ones.

WhatchaMaCalllit Mon 10-Jun-19 12:29:56

Coin operated. Never knew if there was stock in the unit as it wasn't possible to see behind the metal drawer thing, so didn't know if your money was going to be wasted or not.
Always brought from home. Never used them for the above reason.

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