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, Ireland

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


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.”

Ryans Cleaning UK Contract


Title: Event Operations Manager

No. of Positions: 2-3 positions available for suitable candidates.

Location: UK based at various Summer festivals, concerts, stadia and events situated regionally and/or nationwide.

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

Duration: 3 year contract for 3-4 months per annum to be renewed in year three for a subsequent 3 year period.

Timeline of contract each year: Seasonal contract from May – August for 2018-2021 with training and job shadowing commencing Summer 2017.

Main purpose of contract: Part of the UK 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.
  • 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.



  • 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.
  • 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.



Please send a Cover Letter along with a copy of your CV by Friday, 9th of June 2017.

By Email:

Subject: UK Human Resources

Email Address: info@ryanscleaning.com


By Post:

UK Human Resources,

Ryans Cleaning

Unit 8 Stradavoher Retail Park


Co. Tipperary

E41 XE12




Friday, 9th of June 2017.

The Punchestown Festival 2017


L-R Elaine Ryan, Aisling Ryan, Michael Moloney, Pat Ryan, Ruairi Hughes, Philomena Ryan, Orla Aaron, Paul Fitzgerald, Gillian Carey and Noel O’Grady.

We enjoyed a great day at the Punchestown Festival on Ladies Day where we have been in situ as event cleaning specialists for over a decade. While the majority of the team were busy on site dealing with the 30,000 patrons in attendance, we managed to enjoy all the fun of the festival with some guests in the Festival Pavilion.

The racing was top class with Patrick Mullins putting his Father Willie back on top of the Champion Trainers Table aboard Wicklow Brave which created a great buzz on the day and we were fortunate to come across a winner or two to cover the expenses for the day.

The Bollinger Best Dressed Lady Ann Marie Phelan was a Kilkenny Cat but we won’t hold that against her as she looked terrific and was the stand out winner for us too.

Next stop Tipperary Racecourse on Thursday, 11th of May for a race sponsorship to support the track and an industry that is fundamental to the success of our business.

Fairyhouse Easter Festival Race Sponsorship



Jodie, Megan and Ted O’Leary photographed receiving the presentation on behalf of Gigginstown Stud from Aisling and Patrick Ryan of Ryans Cleaning Thurles who kindly sponsored the Ryans Cleaning Event Specialist Flat Race at Fairyhouse Racecourse on Grand National Day. The race was won by Michael O’Leary’s impressive bumper horse Samcro, ridden by jockey Lisa O’Neill and trained by in form Gordon Elliott.

Ryans Cleaning meets European Commissioner




In a private meeting, facilitated by Minister Alan Kelly, Pat Ryan CEO and Elaine Ryan General Manager of Ryans Cleaning met with European Commissioner Karmenu Vella (Environment, Maritime Affairs and Fisheries) to discuss with him the new recycling policies of Ryans Cleaning and how the company is implementing them.  Mr. Vella was very impressed with our initiatives and pledged to help us in any way possible to further them.

Ryans Cleaning is working hard to achieve “Zero waste to landfill” for our clients – an initiative which helped our colleagues in Croke Park to win the “Green Facilities Management Award” and to walk away with the overall award “Overall Excellence in Facilities Management Award 2015” at the recently held FM Awards ceremony in Dublin.   GREENER On and off the pitch” is Croke Park’s commitment to sustainability. Welcoming over 1.5 million visitors last year & generating over 700 tonnes of waste, the stadium’s facilities management team work to ensure the stadium achieved its ambitious green objective of 0% of its waste going to landfill in 2014.

This year Ryans Cleaning have invested heavily in recycling infrastructure in order to help clients achieve their ever increasing recycling targets and sustainability initiatives. The larger pieces of equipment were a mill sized baler that is to be transported to all major events to enable Ryans to gain best value for recycled cardboard, aluminium cans as well as steel. The Baler was a huge success on its first event (Download Festival) where 16 bales of cardboard were collected attracting a rebate for nearly 10 tonnes of cardboard that previously would have been sent to Landfill. A can separator has also been purchased to automatically sort the vast amount of drinks cans that are collected from festivals into aluminium and steel, again by doing this it increases the value of the commodity. The separator will be used in conjunction with the baler for the first time at Latitude Festival, from there it will go onto Wilderness, V Festival and Leeds.

Ryans Cleaning Official Opening

There was great excitement at Ryans Cleaning on Monday 11th May – when Alan Kelly, Minister for the Environment, Community and Local Government cut the ribbon on our new premises at Stradavoher Retail Park, Thurles!












Ryans working towards the sustainable Festival

As we enter into the new season of outdoor festivals and events in 2015 the emphasis on helping our clients work towards a more sustainable future becomes ever stronger. At Ryans we recognise that resources need to be managed in a more sustainable way. We seek to advise our clients on how they can introduce waste minimisation projects whilst looking to re-use what wastes are left at events once the punters have gone home for example the camping equipment that is left behind after major events. We implement robust strategies across events to make sure we maximise the amount of recyclable material that we remove for the waste stream. We have an extensive network of partners throughout the UK which provide us with the infrastructure to deliver “Zero Waste To Landfill” solutions for most of the residual waste created that cannot go through the recycling process, this residual waste is usually turned into electricity that goes back into the national grid.

Clean recyclables is the name of the game, one of the biggest challenges we face at outdoor events is keeping recyclable materials clean so they are not rejected by the processors. Working with our clients over many years we have developed a “3 bin” strategy that we are looking to roll out across our whole portfolio this year. Mixed recycling and food waste containers are positioned next to the traditional general waste bins both back and front of house. The containers are colour coded in line with WRAP recommendations (i.e. orange for mixed recycling) to encourage users to separate their wastes and dispose of them correctly. We use signage that follows the colour scheme as well as following the same theme with any internal or external training literature.

Where we have worked with our clients to introduce this system it has proved very successful in increasing recycling rates as festival goers are keen to do their bit by separating out their wastes as they would do at home. We also look to compliment this system with our cardboard miners who are targeted to collect clean cardboard whilst the events are on and to bring back to our mobile bailing operation. The material is then bailed ready for onward processing. We will also have can collection points at the arena entrances, this material is also bailed on site. The amount of metal and wood waste that is traditionally disposed of from the back stage operations is surprisingly high, having recognised this we now provide “Metal Only” and “Wood Only” large containers so the production teams can separate these waste streams significantly helping recycling rates.