Fergus Black: 'My one regret is I never got to meet the great man in person'
Published 07/12/2013 | 02:30
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.
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.