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Ballinascarthy is a small village that is famed for its connection with the Ford Motor Company. The village is situated five miles from Clonakilty on the main road to Cork. The nearby Lisselan Estate, with some fine gardens, is open to the public. Other attractions in the area include golf and fishing.

Henry Ford Connection

  • Henry Ford’s father William grew up in Ballinascarthy, before departing from Cobh on an emigrant ship
  • In 1917, Ford Motor Co. opened its first overseas plant at the marina in Cork, a decision influenced by the family connection
  • Indeed, the Cork factory produced the world’s last ever Model T Ford, which left its gates in December 1928
  • The village now has a memorial to the Ford legacy, including a gleaming statue of the Model T (pictured above)


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