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Published 07/12/2013 | 02:30

Striking Dunnes workers in 1985: Sandra Griffen, Alma Bonnie, Karen Gearon,
Striking Dunnes workers in 1985: Sandra Griffen, Alma Bonnie, Karen Gearon, "Nimrod", Mary Manning with anti apartheid activist Nimrod Sejake and Tommy Davis.
Mary Manning with Prof Kader Asmal at the unveiling of a plaque honouring strikers
Actor Mick Lally at the protest
Seamus Heaney joins the strikers

ALMOST three decades after striking a blow against South Africa's racist apartheid regime, Mary Manning's one big regret is that she never got to meet Nelson Mandela.

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The former Dunnes Stores checkout operator knew little about Mandela when, as a 21-year-old, she sparked one of the most influential strike actions every taken by a group of Irish workers.

It was July 1984 when Mary refused to handle two South African grapefruits that had been placed at her till by a customer in Dunnes' Henry Street, Dublin, store.

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