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Arrival of Ford was a beacon of hope for Cork during a period of poverty

The importance of the Ford Marina plant in the life of 20th century Cork cannot be overstated, writes Liam Cullinane, of the History Department at UCC.

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

It sounds more like a fairytale than a genuine slice of Irish sporting history: Did a team made up of Ford workers really win the most prestigious trophy in Irish soccer?

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Boomtown! Tariffs rev up production in Cork

It was a decade bookended by catastrophic global crises, but for Ford and Cork, the 1930s was largely a decade of economic stability and growth, when boom more often than not overcame the spectre of bust.

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Emergency for Ford as war halted production during the 1940's

The first half of the 1940s saw the Marina plant virtually shut down due to wartime problems. The workers there survived on scraps, while others moved to blitz-hit Dagenham to find jobs.

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1950's Cork was a time of optimism when Ford returned to full production

The post-war era saw a return to full production in Cork, but the economic path wasn’t always smooth. Some workers sailed to Dagenham, while those who stayed saw plenty of VIP guests.

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Cash Injection Kept Car Plant Swinging in ‘60s

The Marina plant in Cork marked its 50th anniversary in 1967 with a £2million revamp — and it was a golden era for motorists, as the iconic Cortina, Escort and Capri hit the ground running.

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The closure of the Ford plant in Cork came as a surprise to its staff

One of the more remarkable aspects of the closure of the Ford plant in 1984 was that so many people were left reeling in surprise.

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