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.
It contained reports on the success of its teams that year, including the soccer side’s victory in the Cork Shipping League Cup.
That side also reached the Cork Area Final of the FAI Junior Cup and was runner-up in the Shipping League Shield.
However, a match report stated that Ford had recently suffered a 3-0 home defeat to CIE, who scored through Mick Joyce and a brace from Thomas Murphy, and the newsletter called for a “re-charging of confidence and enthusiasm”.
Ford News also praised members of the company’s GAA club committee, Paddy Barry, Neeley O’Keeffe and Danny O’Sullivan, and its ‘GAA Star of the Month’ was employee Frank Norberg, 20, who, as well as for Ford’s teams, hurled at half-back for Blackrock and had turned out for Cork’s seniors.
Ford’s basketball team was also a success, with recent victories over UCC and Cardinals.
It wasn’t all men. Meath rally driver Rosemary Smith won praise for her recent 10,000 mile trek from London to Sydney in a Cork-built Cortina Lotus.
The intrepid Rosemary had her car stoned at one point in her journey, while another time a mob tried to overturn her car. A trail-blazer indeed!
Meanwhile, a report on the Ford Christmas party at Hotel Vienna Woods — headlined ‘Gay atmosphere at office party’ — included a reference to a Miss Mini competition being won by typist, Terry Courtney — assuredly nothing to do with the (non-Ford) car of that name!
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