Actor Richard Harris – Model T Ford Launch – The Thrilla in Manila

October 1: TODAY in Irish History:

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Limerick-born Richard Harris

Snippets of Irish History by Conor Cunneen IrishmanSpeaks 

Conor is a Chicago based Motivational Humorous Business Speaker, Author and History buff.



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1908: Henry Ford launches the Model T Ford

The Model T is launched and would go onto sell more than 15 million units. Henry Ford’s father William Ford was born in County Cork and was one of many to emigrate from Ireland due to poverty and famine. 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 did not forget his Irish roots. He named his Dearborn home Fair Lane after the area of Cork where his maternal grandfather came from. The Ford plant in Cork would finally close in 1984.


Henry Ford 1863-1947

READ: Ford’s Irish connections

READ: Lee Iacocca article on Henry Ford at Time




1930: Actor Richard Harris

Richard Harris 1930-2002

Actor Richard Harris is born in Limerick. In addition to appearing in numerous films, Harris was also a one hit wonder with the song McArthur Park.





1975: Muhammad Ali defeats Joe Frazier in Thrilla in Manila. Ali’s Irish Roots.

Muhammad Ali defeats Joe Frazier in the Thrilla in Manila, third and most brutal bout between two great boxers. What’s this doing in Today in Irish History? Well, good old Muhammad had Irish roots as you will see in this video clip.

The great fighter visited Ennis, Co. Clare – his ancestral home – in 2009. Ali twice fought and defeated “Irish” Jerry Quarry in the early 70’s.


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This history is written by Irish author, business keynote speaker and award winning humorist IrishmanSpeaks – Conor Cunneen. If you spot any inaccuracies or wish to make a comment, please don’t hesitate to contact us via the comment button.

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