Here at Kerry Motor Works, we are celebrating one hundred years of Ford in Ireland. We couldn't let this milestone pass without celebrating Ireland's enduring love of Ford.
Henry Ford was particularly proud of the fact that both his father and maternal foster grandfather were Cork men. So when he opened the first Ford factory outside the US on April 17th 1917, he opened it in the Marina, Cork. To this day, the company’s links to Ireland remain strong. Henry Ford & Son Ltd. operates in the Republic of Ireland as a sales organisation with over 1,000 people employed both directly and indirectly.
To celebrate this centenary, Ford Ireland have commissioned a digital film, featuring Irish-American actor Aidan Quinn. With joint US and Irish nationality, Aidan perfectly encapsulates the relationship between Ireland and the USA and Henry Ford’s roots – from Ballinascarthy, Co. Cork to Greenfield Township, Michigan.
Vehicle technology is advancing at an incredible rate and Ford are at the forefront in the field of research and development. The future is unwritten and unknown. With its heritage of 100 years in Ireland, however, Ford is a brand that people can trust. So we are inviting drivers to embark on that journey into the future with Ford.
Watch the video below to see as actor Aidan Quinn reflects on 100 years of Ford in Ireland and what the future holds.