FordThe Journey

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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1950's Cork was a time of optimism when Ford returned to full production

The post-war era saw a return to full production in Cork, but the economic path wasn’t always smooth. Some workers sailed to Dagenham, while those who stayed saw plenty of VIP guests.

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The Ford employee who was sacked along with the ‘time and motion’ analyst who fired him

During one of the downturns in production at the Cork plant, in 1952, the company undertook a major ‘time and motion’ analysis in the factory.

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Following the death of his grandfather, Henry Ford II became president of Ford in 1945 [video]

On April 7, 1947, 30 years to the month after he set up his Irish company, Henry Ford died of a brain haemorrhage, aged 83, writes John Dolan.

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Emergency for Ford as war halted production during the 1940's

The first half of the 1940s saw the Marina plant virtually shut down due to wartime problems. The workers there survived on scraps, while others moved to blitz-hit Dagenham to find jobs.

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Magical history tour of the car that starred in Harry Potter

One of Ford’s must successful and enduring European vehicles, more than a million and a half Anglias were produced between 1939 and 1967, in various styles.

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A must watch video that pays tribute to motoring genius Henry Ford's commitment to Cork

A hundred years ago this year, Henry Ford did something remarkable, which transformed the economic and industrial landscape of Cork for the 20th century.

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Lord Mayor of Cork Des Cahill in an iconic Model T Ford with members of Dowtcha Puppets. Picture: Clare Keogh

Ford set to lead Cork's St Patrick’s Day parade

From Model Ts to muscle cars — a fleet of historic Ford vehicles will lead Cork’s St Patrick’s Day parade as the company marks its 100-year connection to the city.

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Arrival of Ford was a beacon of hope for Cork during a period of poverty

The importance of the Ford Marina plant in the life of 20th century Cork cannot be overstated, writes Liam Cullinane, a graduate of the History Department at UCC.

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The Ford Model A proved a worthy replacement of the successful Model T

When Henry Ford was planning a replacement for his epoch-defining Model T, there must have been a few worried people within his motor empire.

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1930's Cork boomed with the introduction of tariffs during a period of global crisis

Our series counting down the decades of Ford’s century in Ireland reaches the 1930s, and at a time when industries across the world were failing, the Ford Marina plant went into overdrive.

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The 1920's were a roaring success for Ford at the Marina in Cork

The Ford factory in Cork really got into its stride in the 1920s, at it stopped producing tractors and made cars, writes John Dolan.

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The Ford vehicle that won Car of the 20th Century and changed how we motor forever

When the Car of the 20th Century was named in 1999, voted on by industry experts, journalists and the public, the winner was so far ahead of its rivals, it almost lapped them, writes Jessica Casey.

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Ploughing a new furrow: tractors a mainstay of early years

A man whose roots were from deep Cork farming stock, it is apt that Henry Ford’s new Irish factory became synonymous with tractor production during its first 15 years, writes John Dolan.

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100 years on, how Henry Ford ignited his Cork dream

This year marks the centenary of car giant Ford launching an Irish operation. In the start of a weekly series, we analyse how its factory in Cork came about, and the effect it had on the city, writes Thomas Grimes.

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Watch amazing and rarely seen archive footage from the Ford plant in Cork [video]

For motoring mogul Henry Ford, the step he took on Tuesday, April 17, 1917 — 100 years ago this year — was the beginning of a remarkable journey, both for his burgeoning company and for the land of his ancestors: Cork.

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Ford's survival in a city embroiled in war

The early years of production at the Ford plant in Cork coincided with an era of instability and turmoil.

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Establishment of Ford created new era in Cork 100 years ago

The decision by Henry Ford to expand into Ireland and the county of his ancestors would transform Cork’s industrial landscape forever, writes John Dolan.

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Motor giant Henry Ford's crucial role in the history of Cork city

To gain an insight into the impact of Henry Ford’s momentous decision to locate a factory in Cork in 1917, you don’t have to look far at all, writes John Dolan.

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