1908 – Henry Ford launches the Model T Ford.

The Model T would go onto sell more than 15 million units. Henry Ford’s father William Ford was born in Co Cork and was one of many to emigrate from Ireland due to poverty and The Great Hunger. Ford visited Ireland in 1912, 65 years after his dad had emigrated and again in 1917 when he established the Ford plant in Cork city.

Ford did not forget his Irish roots. He named his Dearborn home Fair Lane after the area of Cork where his maternal grandfather came from. The Ford plant in Cork would finally close in 1984.

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