Following the passing of Nelson Mandela last December we are reminded of the efforts of the many individuals and organisations that worked on the international movement to end Apartheid in South Africa.

The flashpoint of the protest movement is remembered by many through the Dunnes Stores strike and boycott of South African goods, started by a group of checkout workers in 1984 on Henry Street, Dublin, led by cashier Mary Manning.

But what about the role of the church parishes, sporting associations, trade unions, politicians and celebrities?

Here’s an excellent reflection by UCD historian Diarmaid Ferriter along with Pat Kenny on the work of the Irish Anti-Apartheid Movement, recorded on Newstalk radio on the 12th December that’s well worth listening to.

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