• Mar 17, 2006
Hoist a pint of Guinness to Ford on this St. Patrick's Day - it turns out the automaker can trace its roots to Ireland. William Ford, Henry's grandfather, emigrated to Dearborn in 1847, buying land next to a farm owned by another Irishman, who would eventually become Henry's maternal grandfather.

After successfully launching Ford Motor, Henry visited his grandparents' homes in Cork in 1917, and established Henry Ford & Son, Ltd to build tractors. It later became a division of Ford Motor, and the Cork plant has the distinction of producing the very last Model T in 1928.

Tongue in cheek, Ford Ireland's marketing director Denis McSweeney says, "For many of us, Ford is an Irish company with a large American branch."

[Source: Ford]


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      • 8 Years Ago
      1) It's Paddy, not Patty

      2) I take exception to that remark. And no, I'm not one of those recycled American Irish people, I'm an ACTUAL Irish person, living in Dublin.
      • 8 Years Ago
      And Fords have been built as if by a bunch of drunks ever since. How nice!