Local features in new National Treasures book

by Padraig Conlon

[vc_row][vc_column width=”2/3″][vc_column_text]A Tallaght lady is one of the featured contributors in the brand new National Treasures Book, which is the latest instalment of the National Treasures project that captured the nations imagination when it aired on RTE1 earlier this year.

Frances Mansfield (pictured) from Mountain Park, who brought along the First Women’s Mini Marathon Medal to a Roadshow in Dublin, is one of a select few individuals to be featured in the publication.

Frances took part in the first ever Women’s Mini Marathon in 1983 and was also the person to start up the ‘meet and train’ groups which have continued to grow in popularity every year since.

She featured in the RTE TV show earlier this year and now also sits proudly within the pages of this new publication.

“I took part in the first Women’s Mini Marathon and was the person to suggest and organise the Meet and Train group,” Frances said.

“Some say this is why it was so successful! I also suggested running for a charity. Look at it now!

“When women’s athletics were taking off in 1963 in Ireland there were a lot of objections but we supported each other.”

The National Treasures project was a campaign to collect objects cherished by people and families that explore the history of the island of Ireland over the past 100 years.

The project has transformed from a website to nationwide roadshow events, a TV series, an exhibition and now a book containing some of the amazing objects and stories uncovered.

With a foreword by RTÉ’s John Creedon, this fascinating book reveals a selection of 200 diverse and fascinating objects that were unearthed by the project and presents them alongside the owners and the personal stories attached.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]

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