FordThe Journey

A time to celebrate the company’s proud past — now on to the future

As the Irish Examiner’s Ford 100 coverage draws to a close, Ciarán McMahon, Chairman and Managing Director of Henry Ford & Son Ltd, reflects on a momentous journey through 2017.

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Ford initiatives underline a commitment to grassroots

As it prepares to launch into its second century as an Irish company, Henry Ford & Son Ltd is refusing to let the grass grow under its feet.

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Ford 100 Fest a field of dreams for tractor and car buffs

“It was a terrific day, a wonderful way to celebrate the centenary of Ford in Ireland.”

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At Ford we were a proud team at a company ahead of its time

An extract from Jim Hayes’s biography, The Road From Harbour Hill: A Journey Of Dreams, published by iUniverse LLC Bloomington. 

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#Ford100 Fest boasts large display of Ford vehicles in celebration of 100 years in Ireland

The Ford 100 Fest charity event, celebrating 100 years of Ford in Ireland, took place on Sunday at the Ford Homestead in Ballinascarthy, Co Cork.

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Ford family farm to host #Ford100 Fest to mark 100 years of company in Ireland

The West Cork Vintage Ploughing and Threshing Association’s Ford 100 Fest will take place on the ancestral home-farm of Henry Ford at Crohane, Ballinascarthy, Co. Cork on Sunday August 27. 

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Celebration of the century at Ford 100 Fest in Ballinascarthy

The West Cork Vintage Ploughing and Threshing Association’s Ford 100 Fest will take place on the ancestral home-farm of Henry Ford at Crohane, Ballinascarthy, Co. Cork, on Sunday, August 27.

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The future of transport according to our kids

Ford Ireland have released a video in the midst of their continued centenary celebration of one hundred years in Cork.

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Family’s unbroken links with Marina from 1919 to 1985

For Corkman Jerry Ahern, there was an unbroken family link to industrial life at the Marina from the opening of the Ford plant in 1919 to its closure in the mid-1980s.

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Ireland has a huge role to play in the future of Ford

On his recent visit to Cork to mark the centenary of Ford in Ireland, Henry’s great-grandson outlined his dreams and visions.

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Dagenham gave more jobs to the Irish than any other factory in Europe

O’Grady’s Irish bar rests on the High Road in Seven Kings near Dagenham.

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Ford announces link-up with UCC to unearth future entrepreneurs

Henry Ford initially rejected a proposal from Cork to confer him with an honorary degree, but there were no such problems when his great-grandson was the proud recipient of an Honorary Doctorate from UCC during his recent visit.

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William Clay Ford Jr salutes his great-grandfather as he travels back to his roots

When Ford was described by UCC President Professor Patrick G. O’Shea as “a Cork company with an American subsidiary”, it was a remark that perfectly captured the light-hearted mood during the visit of William Clay Ford Jr.

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Memories of Ford. Check out some historic readers pictures and the stories behind them

Irish Examiner readers share their memories and photographs of Ford as part of the company's #Ford100 centenary celebrations.

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Ford Chairman: Car manufacturing on cusp of greatest change

The car manufacturing industry is on “the cusp of the greatest change” it has ever seen as artificial intelligence and driverless cars become a new reality.

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Ford company seals legacy with UCC scholarship

Ford have announced a five-year scholarship with UCC to commemorate 100 years in Ireland.

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A century on, Ford legend is still motoring

To celebrate 100 years of Ford in Cork, the Fords of Dearborn, the descendants of William Ford, returned to visit the home of their ancestors.

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‘Ford are willing to take on all comers in technology battle’, says William Clay Ford Jr

The global head of the Ford empire has sent a bullish message to Apple after it announced plans to break into the motoring market: "We are willing to take on all comers."

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Watch: William Clay Ford Jr hails hugely meaningful return to ancestral home

The great grandson of Henry Ford has hailed as "hugely meaningful" a visit by some of his family back to the ancestral home of the industrialist in Ballinascarty in West Cork.

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Henry Ford and the great £50,000 hospital riddle

When he first visited the Cork of his ancestors, Henry Ford was embroiled in a fascinating saga revolvong around an apparent bequest to charity. Dave Hannigan tries to seperate fact from fiction.

 

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Ford Ireland's Managing Director takes time to reflect, celebrate and look ahead

Monday will mark a significant milestone in the history of Ford, and indeed in the industrial life of this country.

        

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Tributes to Ford in the village of Ballinascarthy where Henry Ford’s father was born

For anyone whizzing by Ballinascarthy on the N71, it’s hard to miss the gleaming stainless steel statue of an iconic Model T Ford.

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The play about Ford's closure in Cork that was a sell-out success

Although he was only a teenager when the Ford and Dunlop plants on the Marina in Cork closed down in the early 1980s, the events left a lasting impression on Pat Kiernan.

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Ford employees' moving statue of Our Lady

In the summer of 1985, pilgrims from all over Ireland bore down on the small County Cork village of Ballinspittle to witness the phenomena of a ‘moving statue’ of Our Lady.

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The dispute that put 1,000 Marina jobs in jeopardy

The Ford operation in Cork nearly came a cropper just two years after the production line began operating, says Kevin O'Brien.

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Former employees meet up to reminisce old times 33 years after Cork's Ford plant shut

It was a tradition that started among Ford employees all of 48 years ago.

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The journey continues for Ford as its legacy lives on

The 21st century has been a rollercoaster ride for the car industry, and Ford continues to look in the rearview mirror at the past with pride, while remaining firmly focused on the goals ahead.

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Ford Focus named global best-seller in 2014

Launched in 1998 as a small but perfectly formed vehicle for the masses, the Focus was an immediate success, being named European Car of the Year.

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Mayo man clocking up the mileage on his 2003 Ford Mondeo

Launched in 1992, the Ford Mondeo chalks up its 25th anniversary this year.

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Ford launched a fleet of acclaimed cars to tempt Celtic Tiger consumers in the '80s

As the recessionary ‘80s gave way to the Celtic Tiger era, Irish consumers began to spend again and Ford, retaining its Cork links, launched a raft of models which became industry leaders.

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