Film documents Henry Ford’s Irish roots

A Foróige club in West Cork has produced a 45-minute film about the Irish origins of car tycoon Henry Ford.

Teenagers from Ballinascarthy Foróige Club have related the story of the Ford family’s emigration from the local parish to the US.

The film is to have its first screening on October 15, at 8pm, in Ballinascarthy Hall.

The narrative follows a young man from Ballinascarthy whose family was forced to immigrate because of the famine. He was later to become the father of Henry Ford.

Up to 20 teenagers, aged 13 to 17, worked with Rossmore-based Kilmeen Drama Group actors in the making of the film, with the support of film-maker Tim McCoy who involved the teenagers in camera work, lighting, sound and recording.

Betty Hennessy, a leader with the club and one of the co-ordinators of the project, said: “Working with the young people on this project and watching them grow has been a real privilege.

“They learnt so many skills that aren’t often available to teenagers, and showed huge enthusiasm for the whole thing.

“A glamorous red carpet premiere will be held, with the cast in formal wear, to launch the film The Fords of Ballinascarthy: Freedom from Famine,” she said.


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