FordThe People

Pensioners told by Ford: We’re a great firm because of you

The Ford Motor Company wouldn’t be where it is today without the hard work of Cork employees, the firm’s executive chairman told its pensioners in City Hall.

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WATCH: Ford and UCC announce establishment of Ford Centenary Quercus Scholarship

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

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Former manager of Hibernian Bank in Cork could have been the man that Henry Ford counted on

When rumours started to swirl about Ford opening an arm of its empire in Cork, the Irish banking world was desperate to land the account, writes Jessica Casey.

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Lord Mayor of Cork was an unsung hero when Ford production began in 1919

Many people played a role in Henry Ford setting up the plant in his ancestral home in Cork, and one of the unsung heroes may well have been the Lord Mayor of Cork when the factory began production in 1919, William F. O’Connor.

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Family’s appeal to trace owner of 1926 Cork car

For the Mitchell family, the last two years have been a labour of love, as they worked tirelessly to restore a 1926 Cork-built Model T Ford and get it back on the open road.

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Introducing the 10 Managing Director's of Henry Ford & Son Ltd over the last century

In the 100 years since Henry Ford & Sons Ltd was founded there have been ten Managnig Director’s. Here, we give the lowdown on the people who have been in the Irish driving seat over the last century.

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The result of Ford's sport mad employees became known as ‘Monday Morning car’

Cork is renowned as a sports-mad city, boasting a rich seam of success in all codes, whose heroes on the field of play attain iconic status.

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A family of four generations who worked for Ford

For more than a century, the Bourke family have worked for Ford in Ireland in some way — four generations since 1910.

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Corkman who sold unused Ford crates across Munster

In the 1960’s, enterprising Corkman Dermot O’Regan had a nice little earner going as he travelled the region selling crates salvaged from the Ford factory.

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Family reunites at holiday home made from old Ford crates

“It is a place we all love coming back to. It has unbelievable memories for us.”

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The 14 hour journey to Knock on wooden crates for seats in a Ford 10 cwt

When I was a child in the 1950s in the small Carlow town of Tullow, trips to the shrine at Knock were part of growing up.

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The Corkman who brought a piece of the auld sod home to Ford HQ in the US

When Cork-based Ford dealer William Slattery II paid a visit to the company’s HQ in the US in 1955, he decided to bring a little piece of Ireland over with him.

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Crystal Swing's Derek Burke shares his passion for restoring vintage Ford tractors

When he isn’t hucklebucking his way across Ireland on tour with mother Mary and sister Dervla, Derek Burke of the popular family band Crystal Swing likes to spend his time restoring vintage Ford tractors.

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Remembering one of the Dagenham Yanks known as uncle Con

When the big posh car pulled up outside the Sheehan residence on Lisheen Row, Mallow, everyone knew that Con Sheehan was back in town.

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Lucca Allen setting his sights on a career on the track in his Ford Eco- Boost powered car

He may hail from a famous foodie dynasty, but Lucca Allen prefers the high octane world of motorsport to the heat of the kitchen.

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The boy from Millstreet who became the king of rally

In the history of rallying in Ireland, one name stands out above all others for the respect in which he is held and the ability he demonstrated behind the wheel of the cars — predominantly Fords — that he drove.

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The UCC graduate who worked in Ford's accounts department on a salary of £10 per week

Donncha Ó Dúlaing, widely known for his hugely popular radio shows Three-O-One, Highways and Byways and Fáilte Isteach, remembers his time in the accounts department at Henry Ford & Son.

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How UCC made Henry Ford a lawyer

Attempts to give Henry Ford the Freedom of Cork failed to materialise, but Thomas Grimes reveals how UCC finally honoured the man after some persuasion.

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Fordsons was the first Cork team to win the FAI Cup Trophy in 1926

Plunkett Carter tells of the remarkable story of how Fordsons upset the odds in 1926 to become the first Cork team to win the FAI Cup trophy.

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A day in the life of a Ford factory employee in 1950's Cork [video]

What was life on the Ford production line in Cork like? Here, John Brennan, who worked in the factory from 1948 to 1952, gives a vivid insight into his job.

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A trip down memory lane for the women of Cork's Ford factory

Although the assembly line at the Marina was a male zone, plenty of women worked in the factory and three of them tell Jessica Casey how they even met the love of their life while working there.

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Here are some of the songs that were inspired by Ford in Cork

Many songs have been written about beloved Ford cars, both in Ireland and the US, some invoking jazz influences, or the rattle of Tin Pan Alley, writes Jimmy Crowley.

 

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A Ford love story that began with a spinning class

Ford Cork workers Noreen O’Mahony and Michael Ring went on an unusual first date — a spinning fitness class.

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The genius innovator behind the Ford empire [video]

John Dolan provides an insight into the brilliance of Henry Ford, whose confidence in his ability and approach to business made him one of the world’s wealthiest men.

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Imagining Henry Ford's emotional visit to Cork in 1912

Henry Ford paid an emotional visit to Cork in 1912 and here, Denis McSweeney imagines the scenario that unfolded.

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My journey back in time: Miriam Nyhan Grey on her passion for Ford

Author of the definitive book Are You Still Below?, Miriam Nyhan Grey writes a personal article about her passion for Ford.

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Here are some of Henry Ford's most famous quotes [video]

As part of our dedicated #Ford100 coverage - which in the year ahead will celebrate a historic and eventful 100 years of Ford in Ireland - we have created a list of some of the most famous sayings from Ford founder, Henry Ford.

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Ford played a big role in uniting communities

The father of former Lord Mayor of Cork, Tom O'Driscoll, was also among the Ford workforce at the Marina.

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Memories are made with this photo of Cork Ford dealers outside Henry Ford's house [video]

The year was 1964 and a group of Ford staff paid a visit to Henry Ford’s old home in Dearborn, Michigan, Tom Cavanagh recalls.

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Ford enthusiast showcases collection of vintage vehicles [video]

Ford collector Michael Rigney tells Jessica Casey about his passion for the brand and the one ultra-rare motor that is missing from his remarkable line-up of classics.

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