Ryans Cleaning highlights from a spotless 2017


Ryans Cleaning, a Tipperary based firm have had one hell of a year keeping some of Ireland and the UK’s top events clean and green! The firm which has recently been shortlisted for no less than two Green Awards has had an eventful year and would like to thank their team, clients and suppliers for their support. Here is a selection of Ryans Cleaning highlights from throughout 2017.


Ryans Cleaning were shortlisted by the Small Firms Association for a National Small Business Award. January blues were kept at bay with shows like Big The Musical, La Cage Aux Folles and West Side Story at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre and rock band Black Sabbath taking to the stage at the 3 Arena. Horse racing also stepped up a gear at the many racecourses Ryans Cleaning serviced as the build-up to Cheltenham really built momentum.


FTMTA Farm Machinery Show 2017 took place in early February and was their largest and most successful event so far with a total of nearly 21,000 visitors to the show over the three days. The 3 Arena ensured there was something for everyone in February with Cirque Du Soleil, Billy Connolly, Drake, Jack Whitehall and Strauss Festival Vienna Orchestra. While the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre also offered a varied programme which included Hamlet, Dirty Dancing – The Classic Story, Million Dollar Quartet and music from The Divine Comedy.


Elaine Ryan was announced as Managing Director for Ireland and the UK. Elaine has been with the company since 2009 when she started as Financial Controller, quickly establishing an active role within the company, she was promoted to General Manager for Ireland in 2012. During this time Elaine helped to grow the company turnover from €3.3m in 2009 to €6.1m in 2016.


National Hunt Racing Festivals at Fairyhouse and Punchestown took place in April. Punchestown enjoyed an all-time record-breaking crowd where Ryans cleaned up after 122,557 patrons over the five-day event.


BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend in Hull was a massive affair with acts like Little Mix, Katy Perry, Stormzy and Kasabian to mention but a few of the big names who entertained the massive crowds in attendance. Meanwhile, Ryans Cleaning also had a team in the North of Ireland cleaning at the annual Balmoral Show in Belfast.


Festival season hit with a bang as Ryans Cleaning rallied the troops for Forbidden Fruit, Body & Soul, Download, Parklife and British Summer Time music festivals. They also cleaned at the VHI Women’s Mini Marathon, London’s inaugural Food Month Night Markets at Kensington Palace and The Epsom Derby!



The Dubai Duty Free Irish Open at Portstewart saw the start of a busy July and then it was full steam ahead as the team ploughed through 15,000 refuse sacks and 7,000 wheelie bins to keep the venue clean for over 150,000 patrons at the Galway Races Summer Festival. Ryans Cleaning, Event Supervisor, Sinead Cleary clocked up a whopping 89 miles on her pedometer during the festival! Other members of the team helped The Body Coach smash the Guinness World Record for the largest HIIT Class while cleaning the venue at Hyde Park on July 5th in 29 degree heat. Then it was on to Latitude Festival at Henham Park for more festival cleaning. The real treat this month had to be U2 playing at Croke Park as part of The Joshua Tree Tour.


The festival frenzy continued with the Lytham Festival, the largest music event in Lancashire overlapping with the Wilderness Festival at Cornbury Park. This meant Ryans Cleaning had to divide and conquer that weekend. Then the V Festival was followed in quick succession by the Creamfields and Leeds Festivals. August was rounded off by a local agricultural event, the Dualla Show.


September landed with a bang as Electric Picnic took place at the start of the month which was followed by the National Ploughing Championships at Screggan, Tullamore which was an 800 acre site for the Ryans Cleaning team to clean. In fact, the National Ploughing Championships is the largest outdoor event in all of Europe. We also cleaned up at the exciting All-Ireland Finals at Croke Park which saw zero waste to landfill, a real achievement and the aim for all events going forward in accordance with the 20:20 Vision for Events.



Miss Saigon captivated audiences for a whopping six weeks at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre and was a real treat for our team on the ground up there. Also in October, Ryans Cleaning began their inaugural Premiership Stadium Cleaning Contract for Watford FC at Vicarage Road. The Watford V Arsenal game on October 14th was a real milestone for Ryans Cleaning in the UK marketplace.


Our team enjoyed Queen and Adam Lambert play top hits to a sold-out crowd at the 3 Arena, one of the perks of the job for sure. Punchestown’s Winter Racing Festival included a race sponsorship by Ryans Cleaning and a great day was enjoyed by all in attendance as the first of the big jump racing kicked off for the season. Ryans Cleaning were also appointed new cleaning contractors at The Olympia and The Gaiety theatres.


Ryans Cleaning took on a new project at Dublin Zoo cleaning during their new attraction, the Wild Lights Festival which proved extremely popular on many a crisp evening throughout December. Our UK team kept Winterville at Clapham Common spotless throughout the entire event while our Irish teams cleaned Leopardstown, Limerick and Punchestown Racecourses and a long stint at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre as The Sound of Music was their big Christmas show in December.

Join our team!

Job Summary: Contracts / Site Manager for the greater Dublin area

Position: Permanent

Department: Cleaning

Reporting To: Managing Director

Salary: On application with full training provided. Ryans Cleaning is seeking to hire a Contracts / Site Manager to support our current management structure across the greater Dublin area and beyond. The successful candidate will be tasked with supporting the senior management of client site and high-level communication with all key stakeholders. Ideal candidate will have relevant soft services management experience within the cleaning industry or associated regulated industries.


  • Development of strategic partnerships with key stakeholders.
  • Ensure scheduled and unscheduled site visits are conducted regularly.
  • Develop the reputation of the Organisation as the preferred and expert Supplier to this sector for the provision of cleaning services
  • Retention of all existing contracts and ensure protection of our margin for allocated accounts
  • Identification of new business opportunities and promotion of additional services for the entertainment sector.
  • To advise Managing Director and CEO of opportunities in this regard.
  • Effective mobilisation of all new contracts in this division
  • Ensure contracts are operating to specification and performance of contracts are regularly audited in line with specification
  • Assume financial responsibility for Profit & Loss account
  • Benchmarking of allocated contracts
  • Provide assistance to Finance team with Credit Control
  • Ensure Managing Director is kept informed of any fundamental issues.
  • Change Management and Supervision – Ability to identify, implement and manage Change
  • Provide professional leadership, guidance and direction to reporting team
  • Performance Management & Development of reporting team in association with senior management
  • Ensure business sector is fully compliant with Industry Standards, relevant employment legislation, JLC requirements, ISO and Company procedures & policies
  • Application and development of industry best practice to all our contracts in this sector.
  • To be fully aware of new initiatives in this sector and ensure Ryans Cleaning is positioned to respond accordingly.
  • Ensure that Communication within the sector is maximised at all levels and represents the professional image of the Company
  • Prioritise health and safety at all levels
  • Endorse new Company initiatives and ensure they are implemented
  • Actively participate in Industry Awards


  • Must have some knowledge of Cleaning standards
  • Must have excellent PC and Organisational skills
  • Must have demonstrated ability to deliver service in this business sector
  • Must have knowledge of reporting requirements within this sector and understanding of sector KPI’s
  • Must have excellent communication and influencing skills – This role will require interaction at all levels within the Company and also with internal and external Customers. These will involve face to face meetings, telephone contacts, presentations and written reports, both giving and receiving information some of which may be critical in nature
  • Strong leadership skills – Proven ability to lead and motivate a team and achieve results
  • Ability to deal with all levels of personnel within Cleaning Sector and Group
  • Highly flexible with a demonstrated willingness to take on a responsible approach to any issues arising within their area
  • Practical and logical approach to problem solving
  • Be a team player with the ability to develop and maintain good interpersonal relationships
  • Hold a full & current drivers licence
  • Fluency in the English language is required.


To apply: Please email your CV to elaine.ryan@ryanscleaning.com


Ryans Cleaning Fairies keep Wild Lights sparkling at Dublin Zoo


Event cleaning firm Ryans Cleaning have been set a whole new challenge by the team at Dublin Zoo. As well as their usual role keeping the Zoo spick and span by day, they are now tasked with the job of cleaning the Zoo at night as ‘Wild Lights’ runs from now until Sunday, 7th of January 2018.

Wild Lights is a must-see experience at Dublin Zoo where visitors will embark on an enchanted trail to discover a dazzling array of beautifully crafted, giant colourful lanterns inspired by wildlife.

Ryans Cleaning has been contracted to Dublin Zoo for over 16 years and cleaning it by night is a first for the team but one they are really enjoying.

Aoife Keegan Twomey, Senior Events Executive, Dublin Zoo “The crew from Ryans Cleaning are performing extremely well at Wild Lights, they are going above and beyond the call of duty.”

Elaine Ryan, MD Ryans Cleaning commented “It’s going really well and we couldn’t be more pleased with our cleaning team who are working at Dublin Zoo and doing a terrific job. A dedicated team has been selected to work at Wild Lights and we affectionately refer to them as the ‘Cleaning Fairies’.

For over 30 years we have been cleaning at venues and events at home and in the UK from agricultural shows to rock festivals and when the entertainment ends often under a night’s sky, our work begins as usually the venue must be turned around for the next day of the show, festival or gig. So this crew of Cleaning Fairies is extremely familiar with the complexities of cleaning when dark.

On any given night of Wild Lights, the Ryans Cleaning Fairies keep the venue spotless so visitors can enjoy the venue and Wild Lights in all its glory.

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Irish company cleaning up in the UK celebrate their inaugural Premiership Stadium clean at the Watford v Arsenal game at Vicarage Road today!


Ryans Cleaning, an Irish firm based in County Tipperary which provides event specialist cleaning services both here and in the UK will complete their first premiership stadium clean at Watford FC today. This Watford v Arsenal game is set to attract a huge home crowd to Vicarage Road as they face tough opposition from a top premiership team today. The convenient location makes for an easy trek to an away match for London based Arsenal fans to attend also. The match signifies a major milestone for the cleaning company who have been in business since 1997.

The venue has a capacity of 21,438 and the contract includes the provision of cleaning services of the entire grounds including the seated stadium, The Sir Elton John, The View and The Gallery hospitality areas, catering, restrooms, dressing rooms, press office and general office areas. It also includes the provision of a full time cleaning staff, match day cleaning for all 20 home premier league games annually and event day cleaning as required.

Commenting on the significance of this Premier League contact, Pat Ryan owner of Ryans Cleaning said “We are delighted to have this first Premier League contract under our belts as this has been part of our UK growth strategy for some time now, the first of many I have no doubt! Although we clean lots of stadia and sporting venues at home and in the UK, for example, Croke Park which holds almost 4 times the capacity of Vicarage Road, the UK market has been a tough nut to crack for a small Irish company like ours when competing with some of the major players in the UK market. There is never a question over our capacity to clean, the quality of work we do or our ability to deliver on the big and small days so if I had to put my finger on it I would say the USP that got us over the line in this instance is our personal touch and the integrity with which we operate as a business. Watford FC was very much taken by our family business and our commitment to a hands-on approach by management which makes it even more special as these are core values that my team and I have never compromised on over the last 30 years in business.”

Ian Pope, Facilities Manager at Watford Football Club said “We are really pleased with the service we have received from Ryans Cleaning and their very positive and professional approach to this new contract. Their duty of care, attitude and focus throughout the tender process and their initial work has been exceptionally good. Based on their performance to date I would have no hesitation in recommending them to any prospective client or venue.”

Ryans Cleaning appoints Elaine Ryan as Managing Director for Ireland and the UK


Ryans Cleaning, a Tipperary based firm which provides event specialist cleaning services both here and in the UK has appointed Elaine Ryan, Managing Director for Ireland and the UK. Elaine has been with the company since 2009 when she started as Financial Controller, quickly establishing an active role within the company, she was promoted to General Manager for Ireland in 2012. During this time Elaine helped to grow the company turnover from €3.3m in 2009 to €6.1m in 2016.

Speaking of the appointment CEO Pat Ryan said, “I am delighted to appoint Elaine to the position of Managing Director where she will actively work to continue to grow the firm in line with our overall company strategy”.

Ryans Cleaning are one of the major players in the event, sports and entertainment industries with notable Irish clients such as, Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Dublin Zoo, 3 Arena, Electric Picnic, The Ploughing Championships and from a sporting venue perspective Croke Park, Punchestown, Fairyhouse, Leopardstown, Galway, Limerick, Thurles, Tipperary and Kilbeggan racecourses are all valued clients.

They also boast an extensive client portfolio in the UK having grown this international element of the business from 3 major events in 2009 to currently serving most major events including The Epsom Derby, BBC Radio 1 Big Weekend, Barclays British Summer Time in London’s Hyde Park, Download, Creamfields, Leeds, Latitude and the V Festival to name but a few.

Elaine commented, “I am thrilled to be presented with the opportunity to partake in the development of the strategy of the company going forward. We currently have great operational and support service teams and I will continue to grow these teams with the same ethos and quality that Ryans Cleaning is renowned for within the events, sports and entertainment industries.”


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Every year the team at Ryans Cleaning chose a charity to raise funds for and this year we are delighted to announce Limerick Neonatal Unit has been selected. Limerick Neonatal Unit at the Regional Maternity Hospital has 19 cots providing Intensive Neonatal Care, High Dependency Care and Special Care for approximately 1,000 babies per year. This charity is very close to our hearts as we have witnessed the great work they do first-hand. Here’s our story, how you can help and win yourself a great prize too!

On the 18th June 2015, our dear colleague Catriona Fahey went into pre-term labour at just 30 weeks, needless to say this was a really worrying time for Catriona, her family and colleagues here at Ryans Cleaning.

Baby Caitlin weighed just 3 pounds 2 ounces and was immediately rushed to neonatal intensive care at Regional Maternity Hospital. The team at the Limerick Neonatal Unit worked tirelessly on little Caitlin to help her tiny lungs and premature body to strengthen and develop in the hope of giving her every chance of survival.It is without a doubt that, the care and attention Caitlin received was world class and the nurturing that everyone who nursed her gave her was truly remarkable. Thankfully she responded with the same courage and determination we all respect so much in her mum Catriona and after 58 days in the Limerick Neonatal Unit Caitlin was discharged and went home with her mum and dad and hasn’t looked back since.

Speaking of the charity Catriona commented “Apart from the amazing medical and practical work they did on Caitlin, there are without a doubt so many other actions we are grateful to Limerick Neonatal Unit for. Simple things spring to mind, like the many nights a kind nurse put the kettle on when we were wilting before her eyes or made up a bed so one of us could spend the night with our little girl when things were at a critical stage, my husband and I will be eternally grateful for the kindness and support we received along the way. We would like to take this opportunity to thank my colleagues and the management here at Ryans Cleaning for their unwavering support during that difficult time. Now with this fundraising announcement, we are just so grateful to be able to say thank you and make a real difference to other families by supporting this great charity. Thanks folks, it means more than you will ever know.”

In honour of this gorgeous little girl and the support she received in those early weeks of life, we will be running various fundraising campaigns over the coming months and all funds raised will go to Limerick Neonatal Unit Fund at the end of the year.

We have an amazing prize to give away to help us raise some much needed funds for the Limerick Neonatal Unit Fund and to enter all you have to do is simply make a donation, anything you can spare, on our Go Fund Me page and the winner will get a pair of Summer Bundles passes, thanks to our friends at Leopardstown Racecourse.

Prize: A pair of Summer Bundle Passes for Thursday, 17th August!

The Summer Bundle is all that you need for Bulmers Live at Leopardstown and is a really great option for a group of friends, family who are on a budget and want an informal evening out. It includes admission to racing and concert, €10 food voucher, €5 Tote Voucher and a Bulmers Drink (RRP €39)!

Many thanks in advance for your kind support for this great cause.

Newstalk’s Vincent Wall interviews Managing Director of Ryan Cleaning Elaine Ryan

Managing Director of Ryans Cleaning, Elaine Ryan spoke with Vincent Wall of Breakfast Business on Newstalk about everything from the ‘Night Cleaning Fairies’ at The Galway Races to security procedures carried out by the Specialist Event Cleaning firm that give clients great peace of mind.

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Ryans ‘cleaning’ up at the Galway Festival


Ryans cleaning up at the Galway Festival

7 days racing + 150,000 patrons = 15,000 refuse bags + 7,000 wheelie bin liners

The equation for another successful event clean for Ryans Cleaning


The Galway Festival looks on target to reach 150,000 patrons this week however, as the racing stars and festival fashionistas enjoy the limelight there are unsung heroes doing trojan work behind the scenes every day at Ballybrit, keeping the place spick and span are the teams from event cleaning company Ryans Cleaning.

Ryans Cleaning have been the event cleaning choice for the Galway Festival since 2001 and this year the team will use no less than 15,000 refuse bags and 7,000 wheelie bin liners while ‘keeping things clean’ throughout the festival. The entire site is cleaned top to bottom each day which includes the internal cleaning of the four story Killanin and Millenium Stands, temporary buildings and official press, secretary and weigh room areas as well as all temporary structures. Each area is thoroughly cleaned, restrooms are sanitised and restocked and the entire venue is basically transformed back to an impeccable standard overnight in advance of the next day’s racing.

Managing Director, Elaine Ryan said “We are affectionately called the ‘night cleaning fairies’ as although we cover a lot of ground keeping on top of the site throughout the raceday itself, our intensive cleaning really kicks off after racing when our night teams get into their stride to restore the venue to its very best for the following days racing. Our extremely efficient staff and proven operations plan combine to make the immense task manageable and the quality of clean on point. Specific teams are designated for toilet cleaning, scrubbing and washing of kitchens and bar areas, hovering corporate areas, cleaning all permanent and temporary structures, litter picking and waste removal and so on. All these elements combine to restore the site each evening under the watchful eye of our Operations Managers, Sinead and Irina to ensure the quality of cleaning is to our usual exceptional standards.”

Ryans Cleaning, Operations Manager, Sinead Cleary commented “The Galway Races is a busy week alright with a quick turnaround required each evening but this is what we do every day and we take it in our stride whether its festivals, shows, events or concerts here at home or in the UK the team and I are always on the go delivering a top quality cleaning service. Speaking of strides I am wearing a Fitbit this week and have already clocked up roughly 45 miles, an average of 25,000 steps per day!”

The festival concludes on Sunday however, as its festival season Ryans Cleaning will pack up and move along to V Festival Chelmsford and V Festival Telford. Their bigger upcoming gigs in Ireland are Electric Picnic, Croke Park and the National Ploughing Championships and Leeds, Creamfields in the UK.

Job Vacancies: General Operatives



Title: General Operative



  • We’re looking for General Operatives in the Thurles Area
  • Applicants must be willing to travel
  • Applicants must have very good English
  • No experience is necessary as full training will be provided
  • A full driving licence is not essential but would be an advantage


How to apply: Please call Irina on 087 9008331


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