Ferrybank and the Beatles
The Beatles and Ireland (Collins Press)
 by Damian Smyth
EMI (The Gramophone record company) were vast, they had the power and resources to set-up record pressing plants around the globe. For Parlophone EMI in Ireland, the Beatles record label sales were booming all over the country by the time the Beatles arrived in Dublin in 1963.

EMI ran Ireland's only record factory, which was located in the Ferrybank area of Waterford city in what was once a railway shed. A staff of ten pressed, packaged and dispatched some 9,000-10,000 singles and extended-play (EP's) records each week for sale in record shops throughout Ireland. Although owned by EMI, the factory also pressed discs for the other major labels, including Decca, Philips and Pye. The facility produced an average of 1,600 discs each day on its four pressing machines, which cost 3,000 each. All the 26 EMI pressing plants globally used the same equipment and had access to the same engineers and technicians from their Hayes base in the U.K. these technicians would travel to the plant in Waterford to carry out regular maintenance when required.

With limited record retail outlets in Ireland, the Beatles sold well. In March 1963 'Please Please Me' crept into the Irish charts and stayed there for two weeks, reaching a high of number 10. In May 'From Me to You' went to number one and stayed in the charts for three months. In September 'She Loves You' only reached number two but, happily for EMI, was kept from top spot by another of their artistes Brendan Bowyer with 'Kiss Me Quick'. Bowyer had yielded an unprecedented five number one hits in Ireland for EMI and in April 1962 Bowyer and his band even supported on one of the Beatles tours. 'She Loves You', however, remained in the charts for 19 weeks including the lucrative period over Christmas. Peter Ryan formally of EMI Ireland recalls: 'EMI had a wholesale place at the back of Granby Row, Dublin and I would do business with them for Beatles' stock,' Ryan, who worked with both Liam Breen's record shop and at Waltons. 'You couldn't go wrong with Beatles records. Coming up to the weekend, we would buy 50 to 100 of a new Beatles' recording for people coming into town on the Saturday. We would put out a Beatles' window display to bring in the customers. If someone wanted to come in and hear a Beatles' record, there was no problem.'

EMI record manufacturing moved from Waterford to Dublin to an industrial estate in the city during 1976. By the early 1990s all EMI manufacturing in Ireland came to an end and was moved overseas .The company then relocated to an address in Ballsbridge, Dublin at which point all Irish master tapes were sent to Abbey Road in London for paramount storage, all documented archives relating to companies record manufacturing in Ireland were later dumped.