In 1917 Henry Ford selected Cork for the first Ford factory outside North America. An exciting development for Ireland's economy, the Cork plant became a central feature of Ireland's industrial history. In its time, Ford's Irish experiment saw, and countless changes which impacted on his endeavor. This is the story of the Ford Marina plant, its economic and social impact as well as the ebb and flow of life on the marina as captured in interviews with former employees. Evocative photographs of plant construction, various vehicles in production visiting dignitaries - politicians, churchmen, and businessmen -complement this chronicle. ""Nyman offers an intriguing combination of automotive and social history, laced with Celtic charm. She is clearly up to and enthralled with the task- it is almost like the academic project version of one of those enchanting Irish movies that surface every now and then."" --Choice
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Miriam Nyhan, a graduate of University College Cork, currently attends the European University Institute, Florence researching a doctoral thesis on Irish immigration to New York and London.Review:
'A fascinating insight into the part that Fords's played not just in the economic life but the social fabric of Cork city for almost 70 years' The Irish Times 'A sound factual history' Books Ireland 'A must-read for anyone interested in Cork's social history' Evening Echo 'A valuable historical resource' UCC News
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