1913 – Irish-American, Henry Ford, institutes the first moving assembly line for the auto industry.

Stair na hÉireann/History of Ireland

Henry Ford’s father, William Ford, was born in Co Cork and was one of many to emigrate from Ireland due to poverty and hunger (Án Gorta Mór). 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 was a mass of contradictions. He was a visionary, yet also a reactionary in many ways. Of the “Model T” Ford said, “I will build a motor car for the multitude. It shall be large enough for the family, but small enough for the unskilled individual to operate more easily and care for and it shall be light in weight that it may be economical in maintenance. It shall be so low in price that the man of moderate means may own one and enjoy with his family the blessings of happy hours spent in God’s great…

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