Ryans Cleaning win prestigious national award for the second year in a row!

Ryans Cleaning were announced as ‘Cleaning Service Provider of the Year’ at the 2020 Facilities Management Awards, on Thursday last, at The Ballsbridge Hotel, Dublin. This is the second year in a row that the Thurles based company has been unveiled as unrivalled in their field. Remarkably, it is the first award bestowed on the company since Aisling Ryan was appointed General Manager late last year when she took over at the helm of the business from her father, CEO and company founder Pat Ryan.

Aisling Ryan said ‘This is a really important award for our firm as it acknowledges our position in the market as the very best “Cleaning Service Provider” in the country, a title that we are most proud of. I am thrilled not just for my family but for the entire team at Ryans Cleaning without whom none of this would be possible, this really is their award and I am honoured to accept it on behalf of everyone at Ryans Cleaning.’

Ryans Cleaning are also shortlisted for three Green Awards later this month and all eyes are on the Tipperary firm for international awards success also in the not too distant future as the company continues to grow in the UK and mainland Europe.

Ryans Cleaning are the market leaders choice with Irish clients including; Dublin Zoo, 3 Arena, Electric Picnic, Bord Gáis Energy Theatre and The Ploughing Championships to mention but a few. From a sporting venue perspective Croke Park, Punchestown, Limerick, Leopardstown, Galway, Tipperary, Cork and Kilbeggan racecourses are all valued clients. They also have a varied portfolio in the UK including London’s Hyde Park, Latitude Music Festival, The Epsom Derby, Vicarage Road Stadium the home of Watford FC and BBC’s Proms in the Park.

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Sustainability efforts pay off for Ryans Cleaning at Vicarage Road

Vicarage Road, home to Watford FC contracted Ryans Cleaning in 2017 to handle all their cleaning requirements, a successful partnership which has proven to be a match made in heaven! Sustainability is key for every business and the staff at Vicarage Road have been raising the bar with new innovative sustainability initiatives that other venues could certainly learn from. Their passion for sustainability combined with Ryans Cleaning’s know-how and experience has ensured exceptional results when they trialled some new initiatives and procedures at the stadium recently.

Watford FC launched their reusable pint cups initiative earlier this season when they played Chelsea on November 2nd and the crowd embraced it wholeheartedly. There was a lot of promotional and directional aids at the venue on the day and all staff were trained to help patrons to recycle their waste correctly which also helped. Procurement Manager, Tarang Panchal said “This year I have been heading various projects to improve the clubs environmental and sustainability efforts. One such initiative is the launch of our reusable pint cups. I wanted to extend my warmest thanks to the Ryan Cleaning team for playing a crucial role in making this work before, during and after the fixture. From the beginning, they showed enthusiasm and a can-do attitude in co-ordinating the team to do a great job. The team has also adapted very well to managing the various waste streams since our introduction of cardboard, mixed recycling and food waste streams. We couldn’t do it without them!”

Speaking of the sustainability efforts at Watford FC, Aisling Ryan, General Manager, Ryans Cleaning said “It is very rewarding when you work with a progressive client who is willing to tackle their waste management practices and put sustainability initiatives in place to make a difference in the short, medium and longer-term. It takes some work and planning of course but it’s the right thing to do and I believe the public really notices it when it is in place and when it is not. This particular initiative will divert a substantial amount of single-use plastic cups from landfill and the management team at Watford FC ought to be recognised for their efforts and enthusiasm.”

Ryans Cleaning who have offices in Birmingham and two locations in Ireland, have over 30 years of experience in the venues and events cleaning industry. They service popular UK events like The Epsom Oaks and Derby Race Meetings, British Summer Time at Hyde Park and Leeds, Reading, Creamfields and Download music festivals to name a few.

Sustainability efforts are very much a team collaboration between the venue, the cleaning contractors and the patrons, however, it has been shown that when well-laid sustainability plans and procedures are in place by a quality service provider like Ryans Cleaning a little can go a long way. At Croke Park, Ireland’s Largest Sporting Arena, Ryans Cleaning have turned the venue into a ‘Zero Waste to Landfill’ stadium and maintained that status without exception since 2014. Ryans Cleaning together with Croke Park won the Facilities Management Award for ‘In-House Facilities Management Team of the Year’ for their remarkable efforts last year while earlier this year Ryans Cleaning won the ‘Cleaning Service Provider of the Year’ award.

To see how you could improve your cleaning service, reduce your carbon footprint and increase sustainability practices in 2020 visit ryanscleaning.co.uk.

Photo Credit: Watford FC

Aisling Ryan takes top job at Ryans Cleaning

Ryans Cleaning has announced the internal promotion of Aisling Ryan to General Manager, Ireland, UK and Europe at the top international cleaning firm. Aisling takes over at the helm from Pat Ryan who will continue to serve as CEO while Aisling runs the business, manages their core team of over ninety employees and all client accounts on a day-to-day basis. 

Although Aisling has only turned thirty recently, she is certainly ready, willing and able for the challenging role. She has worked as part of the family-run firm since she was old enough to handle a brush! Since 2006, Aisling has worked in various roles within the company, building her experience in all departments. Over the last three years, Aisling has focused on shadowing the company CEO, her father, Pat Ryan while continuing her studies at University of Limerick. For the last four years, Aisling independently managed the entire Electric Picnic account for the company working with promoters Festival Republic from the event management planning stage right through to the execution of the cleaning services at the festival, managing the teams and resources on-site and everything in between. 

Speaking of Aisling’s capabilities Pat Ryan said “Aisling is more than ready for this position, her appointment is part of our overall strategic plan for Ryans Cleaning and on a personal note I am delighted to see the next generation leading our home-grown, family-run company to the next level. I look forward to seeing Aisling driving on now and delivering on many of our key objectives; maintaining our position as the market leader in Ireland, continuing the acceleration of our market share growth in the UK and overseeing even further expansion into mainland Europe.”

Sustainability is a key priority for the enthusiastic General Manager from Thurles, Aisling said “At Ryans Cleaning we work with our clients to find better long-term solutions for dealing with waste for their business. I believe if companies put simple infrastructure and sustainable practices in place with our expertise it would make a remarkable difference to the environment and they would save a lot of money in the long run. This is an issue very close to my heart and I will be proposing a customised model similar to the one we put in place at Dublin Zoo last year to many of our event clients over the coming months. The model we have in place for servicing Premier League team Watford FC at Vicarage Road in the UK will also be a strong case study for all prospective stadia clients across the UK in 2020. I believe the greatest potential for company growth involves further expansion into mainland Europe from our existing client bases in The Netherlands and France, this is also a top priority for the team here and I am very much looking forward to leading Ryans Cleaning into our next chapter.”

Ryans Cleaning is a leading event cleaning contractor in Ireland and the UK and most recently mainland Europe where they are responsible for cleaning some of the biggest festivals, arenas and stadia. Some top Irish clients include Dublin Zoo, Croke Park, The National Ploughing Championships and Electric Picnic while some big UK clients include  Premier League Football Club, Watford FC and Leeds, Reading, Creamfields and Download music festivals. For over thirty years Ryans Cleaning have been exceptional at what they do, they also employ over ninety people full time and boast an annual turnover of in excess of €8m per annum. This year they have been recognised for their achievements in cleaning, waste management and business at the Facilities Management Awards, the Irish Contract Cleaners Association Awards, The County Tipperary Business Awards, Pakman Awards and the Green Awards.

Homegrown Irish company cleaning up!  

Download Festival 2018 – ‘Before & After Shot’ of the Guns & Roses Headline set, before and after Ryans Cleaning staff worked their magic and had the grounds in perfect shape by the very next morning.


Thurles based company, Ryans Cleaning is one of Ireland’s best examples of a successful family run business that is getting it right on the international scene. Through hard work and a commitment to quality, they have made their mark on the international entertainment and events circuit. This past weekend Ryans Cleaning cleaned for over 300,000 patrons at no less than eight major events at home and in the UK.

UK events included Leeds, Reading and Creamfields festivals as well as the Watford FC v West Ham Premier League fixture at Vicarage Road. Domestic events included the Ladies Football Semi-Finals at Croke Park, racing at The Curragh and Kilbeggan racecourses and top regional agricultural show in Dualla, Co. Tipperary. All the while their other focus will be on the lead up to this weekend’s All Ireland Senior Football Finals at Croke Park and of course Electric Picnic where they are also the chosen cleaning contractor for Festival Republic.

Leeds, Reading and Creamfields festivals alone had a combined attendance of over 240,000 on the busy Bank Holiday weekend across the pond, where Ryans Cleaning have made their name as the top cleaning contract providers for such entertainment events.

A remarkable 1,000 temporary operatives were employed by the Tipperary firm to fulfil these vast contracts while their full and part-time team of 50 employees usually based at their humble headquarters in Thurles, Co. Tipperary were dispersed to handle supervisory and management roles over the most important weekend in their festival calendar.

Ryans Cleaning have European ISO Standards of cleaning in place at all venues they service and the company is committed to the ‘Vision 20:20 Zero Waste to Landfill’ aim for all events across Ireland and the UK, a point very important to them as they carry out their work for promoters and venues on the international scene.

In several joint initiatives with waste partner providers, Ryans Cleaning work with providers and promoters to ensure the greatest sustainability efforts are in place and the absolute minimum waste will return to landfill at all events they service. A good example of this would be their zero waste to landfill commitment with Associated Waste Management (AWM) at Leeds Festival where the waste of 100,000 patrons was managed on-site, sorted and recycled at AWM’s nearby material recycling facility in Stourton, South Leeds.

Speaking of his commitment to sustainability when working with venues, organisers, promoters and waste management suppliers, Pat Ryan, CEO of Ryans Cleaning said “We’ve seen a change in public behaviour towards waste in recent years as a result of the increased focus on climate change and calls for positive action. Our commitment to quality cleaning and the supportive role we provide to all our clients is very much dependant on an emphasis on ensuring that we think green in all activities we roll out on-site from picking to sorting and recycling to working with our waste management partners to ensure the greatest possible energy recovery from all events.”

Ryans Cleaning are an exciting prospect on the international scene that is consistently expanding its portfolio annually with regular contracts and event style contracts across Ireland, the UK and mainland Europe.

Ryans Cleaning’s new national contract appointment and fostering entrepreneurs in Tipperary

Ryans Cleaning are the contract cleaners at the new Curragh Racecourse which opened to the public for the first time over the May Bank Holiday weekend. The Thurles based company had been servicing the old track and temporary facilities last season before being awarded the major contract for the new racecourse development unveiled recently at a cost of €80 million.

The new Curragh consists of world-class facilities on a par with the best anywhere in the world. The centrepiece of the redevelopment is a major new grandstand which will incorporate five-star corporate facilities, restaurants, bars and superb viewing facilities. A new arrivals and reception area also incorporates a museum to celebrate the history of racing in Ireland and the contribution Ireland has made to the sport worldwide. The new weigh room provides even better facilities for the jockeys, while a completely refurbished stable yard will ensure that the real stars of the sport will also have first class facilities.

Speaking of their engagement at the new Curragh Racecourse, Elaine Ryan, Managing Director of Ryans Cleaning said “It is a very exciting weekend to have played a role in, the new facilities at The Curragh are without doubt incredible and the team at Ryans Cleaning are really looking forward to cleaning this exciting new build over the thrilling flat season ahead.”

Ryans Cleaning CEO, Pat Ryan has also been involved in two exciting new Tipperary business projects recently. The first involved sharing the Ryans Cleaning story of growth over the last 30 years in business, with particular emphasis on international expansion to inspire local businesses looking to break into emerging export markets. The business event titled “New Markets New Opportunities” was organised by the Tipperary Local Enterprise Office at The Anner Hotel in Thurles. Pat Ryan spoke of his journey in business from setting up Ryans Cleaning to the company now being one of the country’s biggest cleaning firms in the events and entertainment industry and how he developed that model and tapped into the UK market and mainland Europe.

Speaking at the enterprise event Pat Ryan said “It is great to see such positivity and energy behind business in Tipperary, I was just one of a superb panel of speakers at the event which was extremely well executed by the Tipperary Local Enterprise Office and I hope in some small way our story has inspired other Tipperary businesses to grow and develop new markets and new opportunities in the future.”

The second Tipperary enterprise project supported by Ryans Cleaning lately involved supporting five young entrepreneurs from St. Joseph’s Secondary School in Borrisoleigh. First-year girls Chloe Carroll, Aoife Fitzgerald, Phoebe Sage, Kate Ryan and Cara Fogarty set up a mini-company business called ‘Shucky Duckys’ and asked for support from local businesses and shops, hoping that they would get behind them and the girls went on to the County Final of the Student Enterprise Programme Tipperary Awards.

During this busy spell, Ryans Cleaning were also audited by the International Standards Organisation and the company we accredited once again with the following extremely prestigious certificates for Quality Management Systems (ISO 9001), Environmental Management Systems (ISO 14001), Occupational Health and Safety (OHSAS 18001) and Event Sustainability Management Systems (ISO 20121), once again affirming their place at the very top of the industry.

We are hiring General Operatives…Apply now!

















JOB DESCRIPTION: General Operatives



  • We are looking to recruit cleaners to compliment the experienced and motivated team here at Ryans Cleaning. We are looking for staff who are motivated, enthusiastic and pro-active.


  • Cleaning, janitorial and waste management operatives for general duties.


  • Reports directly to Operations Manager.


  • Full clean driving license desirable
  • Fluent English
  • Flexibility towards working hours
  • Good communication skills

We are looking for staff who are motivated, enthusiastic and pro-active.

Please send your CV to reception@ryanscleaning.com

New Job Vacancy!





CONTRACT TITLE: Event Operations Manager

NO. OF POSITIONS: 1 position available for a suitable candidate.

LOCATION OF CONTRACT: UK/IRE based at various Summer festivals, concerts, stadia and events throughout the UK and Ireland. 

CONTRACT VALUE: Negotiable and dependent on candidate’s application and level of qualifications and events experience.

DURATION OF CONTRACT: 3 year contract for 5 months per annum to be renewed in year three for a subsequent 3 year period.

TIMELINE OF CONTRACT EACH YEAR: Seasonal contract from May – September for 2019-2022 with training and job shadowing commencing Summer 2019.

MAIN PURPOSE OF CONTRACT: Part of the UK/IRE Management Team responsible for the effective and profitable planning, delivery and execution of annual events and venue contracts.


  • Project Management of all major events.
  • Procurement and liaison with all suppliers.
  • Plan and direct all aspects of the organisation’s operational policies, objectives, and initiatives.
  • Responsible for the attainment of short and long term operational goals.
  • Directs the development of the organisation to ensure future growth. 
  • Manage Administration.
  • Encourage each group to take responsibility for performance. 
  • Foster team building by encouraging individuals to share knowledge. 
  • Provide direction and leadership to the management of other personnel. 
  • Enhance and or develop, implement and enforce policies and procedures of the organisation by way of systems that will improve the overall operation and effectiveness of the organisation. 
  • Conduct change management initiatives to streamline event operations. 
  • Complete costing sheets for all events and manage individual budgets to ensure that a positive outcome is always achieved.
  • Champion ISO. 
  • Ensure health and safety is at the forefront and is adhered to at all times.
  • Prepare and contribute to tender bids and quotations as required.
  • Any other reasonable request.
  • Play a significant role in long-term planning, including initiatives geared toward operational excellence. 
  • Oversee overall operational management, planning, systems and controls.
  • Hiring of infrastructure. 
  • Supervise and support operational supervisors and operatives on an on-going basis. 
  • Manage events and contracts. 
  • Drive operational excellence. 
  • Introduce new initiatives to encourage continuous improvement.
  • Reporting directly to Ryans Cleaning CEO, Pat Ryan.


  • Leadership, Strategic Planning, Management. 
  • An energetic, forward-thinking individual with high ethical standards and an appropriate professional image.
  • A strategic visionary with sound technical skills, analytical ability, good judgment and strong operational focus. 
  • A well organised and self-directed individual.
  • Fluency of the English language.
  • Excellent communication skills both written and verbal.
  • Experience of managing a team of staff with a hands-on approach. 
  • Significant exposure to major event management. 
  • Budgetary control and commercial awareness. 
  • Project Management. 
  • Microsoft Office.
  • Full Clean Driving Licence would be an advantage.
  • Professional Indemnity / the capacity to put policy in place would be an advantage.
  • Tax Clearance Certification would be an advantage.
  • Strong knowledge of Health and Safety – IOSH or an equivalent qualification would be an advantage.
  • A proven track record contracting within the Events Industry would also be an advantage.

HOW TO APPLY: Please send a Cover Letter along with a copy of your CV to Ryans Cleaning CEO, Pat Ryan on pat.ryan@ryanscleaning.com


Ryans Cleaning scoop prestigious national award!


Ryans Cleaning were announced as ‘Cleaning Service Provider of the Year’ at the 2019 Facilities Management Awards, on Thursday last, at the Ballsbridge Hotel, Dublin. The prestigious national award is the third success the Thurles company has enjoyed this winter with local success at the County Tipperary Business Awards and national success at the Irish Contract Cleaning Association (ICCA) Awards also.

Pat Ryan, Founder and CEO said ‘This is a really important award for our firm as it acknowledges our position in the market as the very best “Cleaning Service Provider” in the country, a title that we are most proud of. I am thrilled not just for my family many of whom work in the business with me but for the entire team at Ryans Cleaning without whom none of this would be possible, this really is their award.’

Ryans Cleaning are also shortlisted for a Green Award later this month and all eyes are on the Tipperary firm for international awards success also in the not too distant future as the company continues to grow in the UK and mainland Europe.

Ryans Cleaning are the market leaders choice with Irish clients including; Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Dublin Zoo, 3 Arena, Electric Picnic and The Ploughing Championships to mention but a few. From a sporting venue perspective Croke Park, Punchestown, Limerick, Leopardstown, Galway, Tipperary and Kilbeggan racecourses are all valued clients. They also have a varied portfolio in the UK including London’s Hyde Park, Latitude Music Festival, The Epsom Derby, Vicarage Road Stadium the home of Watford FC and BBC’s Proms in the Park.

Ryans Cleaning to feature as part of the RTÉ One Day documentary series this January


Behind the scenes shot from filming with RTÉ at the All Together Now Festival in August 2018.


Tipperary company Ryans Cleaning will feature in an RTÉ One Day documentary titled One Day: How Ireland Cleans Up which will air on RTÉ 1 at 9.35pm on Monday, 14th of January.

The One Day documentary series goes behind the scenes to examine the complex network of services that are essential for life in Ireland today. Filmed at multiple locations over a 24 hour day, each episode highlights one specific industry – Beauty, Cleaning/Waste and Tourism – from the perspective of the people who are expected to deliver the 24/7 service and standard we’ve come to expect.

The Thurles based company is the leading event cleaning contractor in Ireland and the UK and are responsible for cleaning some of the biggest festivals, arenas and stadia on both sides of the Irish sea. Director and Producer Brian Hayes and his crew from the RTÉ TV Documentary Unit accompanied Ryans Cleaning to the All Together Now Festival at the Curraghmore Estate in Co. Waterford in August of last year. They recorded a great deal of footage during the festival where the Ryans Cleaning team were in action with a particular focus on the role and insights of Sinéad Cleary, Senior Operations Manager who has been with Ryans Cleaning for over 15 years. The programme also looks at all aspects of ‘How Ireland Cleans Up’ and other companies nationwide also feature in this interesting portrayal of our cleaning industry.

Speaking of Sinéad’s participation in the documentary, company CEO and Founder Pat Ryan said “All Together Now was a good event for RTÉ to come along to as it was a compact venue and the crowds and weather were extremely well behaved, it was the first year of the event and our first time cleaning the venue so it was not without its challenges, however, Sinéad Cleary is one of our most experienced supervisors and has seen it all before. Nothing really phases Sinéad and she is a stickler for quality cleaning and attention to detail which I hope comes across in the programme. We set the bar exceptionally high in terms of the level of cleaning we offer our clients. This is a rare insight for the public to get a snapshot of the work we do behind the scenes all year round on an international basis, all organised from our HQ here in Thurles.”

2018 was an exceptional year for Ryans Cleaning who swept the boards during awards season with wins at the County Tipperary Business Awards, the Facilities Management Awards and the Irish Contract Cleaners Association Awards. They have also been shortlisted for Green Awards and Facilities Management Awards which are set to take place in the coming weeks.


Download Festival 2018 – Picture of the Guns & Roses Headline Set, along with an ‘after’ picture of the result of the Ryans Cleaning’s teams cleaning through the night…spotless!


Other highlights for the company at home included cleaning at all shows at The Gaiety, The Olympia and Bord Gáis Energy Theatre’s and gigs at 3 Arena throughout the year, not to mention music festivals like Electric Picnic and Sports and Agri events like the Galway Races and The National Ploughing Championships. They also broke cleaning records during the Papal Visit when they cleaned all three sites Knock, Croke Park and Phoenix Park in remarkable time. While in the UK they also soared to new heights servicing Leeds, Creamfields and British Summer Time at Hyde Park music festivals, stadium contracts like that of Premier League team Watford FC and The Epsom Oaks and Derby Race Meetings.