FordThe Journey

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 1983, 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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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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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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Ford entered the 'baby car' market with the new Fiesta in 1976

When Ford launched the new Fiesta in 1976, it signalled the company’s entry into the burgeoning ‘baby car’ or ‘supermini’ market.

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The end of the Ford production line was the end of an era for Cork

After 67 years as an anchor employer at the Marina, a perfect storm of mounting losses, a hard recession, and the ending of tariffs on car assembly, meant the Irish plant had to close in 1984.

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The closure of the Ford plant in Cork came as a surprise to its staff

One of the more remarkable aspects of the closure of the Ford plant in 1984 was that so many people were left reeling in surprise.

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The sporty Ford Capri was the defining vehicle of the 1970's and 1980's

Sporty, stylish, elegant — even a tad brash — the Ford Capri was the defining vehicle of the 1970’s and 1980’s.

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Corkman remembers Henry Ford II's visit to Cork in 1977

In 1977, when Henry Ford II, grandson of Henry Ford, visited the Cork factory, he must have felt like Santa Claus.

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Reprieve for Ford plant in Cork during a roller coaster decade

The 1970's were a time of highs and lows for workers at the Marina. As models like the Capri and Escort kept Ford as a brand leader, the global economy and industrial strife had adverse effects.

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The Ford Escort holds the title for the fifth best-selling car of all time

A hugely successful small family car, the Escort was produced for the European market from 1968 to 2004, with Cork among the plants where it was assembled.

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The former Ford employee who was 'bred, born and buttered on Ford money'

It's 75 years since Gus McLaughlin started at Ford - and the memories of a lifetime working with the motor manufacturer are as vivid as ever.

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Sport played a big role in the social activities of Ford employees

Sport played a big role in the social activities of workers and an edition of the plant’s newsletter, Ford News, in December, 1968, highlighted this.

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Cork's Ford plant celebrated its 50th anniversary with a £2 million revamp in the 1960's

The Marina plant in Cork marked its 50th anniversary in 1967 with a £2million revamp — and it was a golden era for motorists, as the iconic Cortina, Escort and Capri hit the ground running.

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Meet a Galway woman whose unique love affair began with a 1962 Ford Cortina

Decades come and decades go, but Dorothy Nolan’s love for Ford cars remains undimmed.

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The Ford Consul model met the need for a modern fleet of vehicles in the 1950's

By the end of the 1940s, Ford recognised the need for a more modern fleet of vehicles that would meet the demands of consumers, especially among families in post-war Europe.

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