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.

Ryans Cleaning are cleaning up, with National and Regional Award wins!

It’s been a busy week for Ryans Cleaning, the Thurles based events cleaning specialist firm has won two prestigious awards nationally and regionally and sponsored a significant environmental event hosted by the Tipperary Green Business Network at The Horse and Jockey Hotel also.

The first honour came in the form of an ICCA Award at national level when Ryans Cleaning employee Cristina Ardelean won ‘Best Supervisor’ in the Hospitality/Leisure/Residential Buildings Category at the Irish Contract Cleaning Association Awards 2018. Cristina is the Ryans Cleaning Supervisor based at the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, Dublin where Ryans Cleaning has been in situ for many years now.

This win was swiftly followed by success at another awards ceremony that evening, the County Tipperary Business Awards at The Clonmel Park Hotel, where Ryans Cleaning won the “Best Small to Medium Enterprise Category”.

Speaking of their national and regional business awards success Pat Ryan said “I am extremely proud of the team at Ryans Cleaning and these awards are a reflection of everyone’s efforts. Cristina does a great job at Bord Gáis Energy Theatre however, as any good supervisor would tell you, it’s all about the team and we are very lucky to have a great core staff at Ryans Cleaning in Thurles who help us to fulfil our national and international events and regular cleaning contracts to the highest possible standards week in, week out.”

Ryans Cleaning also sponsored a significant event hosted by the Tipperary Green Business Network based on the Circular Economy. Ryans Cleaning were the main sponsors for this event which was held in The Horse and Jockey Hotel, Thurles. The event was part of National Reuse Month http://www.reusemonth.ie/ which is running throughout October.

Pat Ryan, owner and CEO of Ryans Cleaning spoke at the event describing the changes he has witnessed over the last 30 years in business, within the cleaning industry. Ryans Cleaning constantly endeavours to innovate and improve standards of cleaning with a view to a greener approach in all aspects of their work and is very happy to support the Tipperary Green Business Network. Pat also described how the team at Ryans Cleaning has worked hard with their clients to successfully complete many ‘Zero Waste to Landfill’ events and venue cleans in recent years and how with the right planning, know-how and procedures in place, it is very doable for most events and venues nowadays.

The interesting segment gave SMEs real food for thought as attendees considered suggestions put forward by Ryans Cleaning on how some of these practices on a smaller scale in their workplace environments could make a real difference to the environment.

Attendees also heard from other experts and practitioners working in the Circular Economy including Jean Clarke from Dept. of Communication Climate Action and Environment, James Hogan of Green Business Programme,  Clean Technology Centre, Claire Downey, Community Reuse Network Ireland, Sean O’ Grady, Premier Green Energy, Thurles, Dr. Fionnuala Murphy, UCD, Ian Kilgallon, Gas Networks Ireland, and Caitriona Rogerson, Irish Environmental Network and an interesting presentation by Stephen Wheston on Repurposing the Lisheen Mine Site to develop Ireland’s National Bioeconomy Campus.

Ryans Cleaning – Sustainability Policy

Leed Festival 2018 – Before & After the Ryans Cleaning clean up!


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The aftermath of Leeds festival. The waste is just ridiculous… :( Luckily hundreds of volunteers from amazing charities were invited on site to salvage something from this throwaway culture. Unfortunately, more than 90% of the tents we came across were trashed/slashed/burnt.

Posted by Sophie Cottis-Allan on Monday, August 27, 2018



Leeds Festival 2018 grounds after the Ryans Cleaning clean up!

Posted by Ryans Cleaning on Wednesday, September 12, 2018

Ryans Cleaning’s biggest challenge in 30 years!

The Papal Visit last weekend combined with a whole programme of other events was the biggest challenge ever faced by Thurles based event cleaning company Ryans Cleaning. Ryans Cleaning were engaged to clean Phoenix Park and Knock elements of the visit the weekend. They did this in addition to maintaining their regular contract work at Croke Park, The Bord Gais Energy Theatre, The Gaiety Theatre, The Olympia Theatre as well as the Carl Cox Show at Ballinlough Castle, The Dualla Show and a horse-racing fixture at The Curragh Racecourse. Furthermore, the family-run firm were actively cleaning in the UK at two major gigs, Leeds Festival and Creamfields Festival. The County Tipperary firm serviced approximately 800,000 patrons across all venues this weekend a massive achievement for this homegrown firm.

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.

At Phoenix Park this Sunday, Ryans Cleaning handed out free family refuse bags to encourage attendees to gather and store their waste in these before depositing in one of their many nearby general waste bins throughout the day. The initiative worked extremely well and many international media representatives commented on just how efficiently the clean up was conducted in their reports of the event.

The bins have since been removed from the park to a Recycling Plant at Ballymount where all rubbish is being segmented over a murph in an effort to separate all mixed dry recyclables from other waste items. So far their ‘Zero Waste to Landfill’ target for the World Meeting of Families is on track as the final stages of separation are being completed.

The company’s ‘zero waste to landfill’ target is very much in line with Pope Francis’ strong stance on the power behind humans working together to have a positive impact on our environment, earlier this year he tweeted “We must never forget that the natural environment is a collective good, the patrimony of all humanity and the responsibility of everyone.”

Pat Ryan, CEO of the family-run firm commented that “It was a tweet by Pope Francis himself that inspired us to think outside the box and introduce the family refuse bag for this event to engage the patrons in the clean-up operation and give them the means required to put the environmental responsibility in the hands of all individuals. This certainly helped us to complete the clean to our usual superior standard even quicker than normal, restoring the park to its natural state in record time.”

In addition to this initiative Ryans Cleaning had over 200 operatives, 30 supervisors plus a specialist back of house janitorial team on-site at Phoenix Park. Pat Ryan commented “The crowds were far less than expected and that had a bearing also, it was such a pity the weather was so poor as I have no doubt that put a lot of people off travelling. The crowd was very tidy and the atmosphere was a pleasure for the team and I to work in. I personally oversaw all aspects of the planning around this project myself and was onsite at Croke Park on Saturday and The Phoenix Park on Sunday to ensure this major milestone for our company was achieved seamlessly, which I’m proud to report was no problem thanks to the great staff and supervisory team we have at Ryans Cleaning.”