Ryans Cleaning fundraising donation to Limerick Neonatal Unit Fund

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Margo Dunworth, Clinical Maternity Manager at the Regional Maternity Hospital, receiving a cheque for €2,000 from Caitlin Fahey, her father Roderick Fahey and her mother Catriona Fahey representing Ryans Cleaning, Thurles. Every year the team at Ryans Cleaning choose a charity to raise funds for and in 2017 the Limerick Neonatal Unit Fund was selected. The 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 the hearts of all at Ryans Cleaning as they have witnessed the great work they do first-hand.

On the 18th June 2015, Catriona Fahey, Senior Accountant at Ryans Cleaning went into pre-term labour at just 30 weeks, needless to say, this was a really worrying time for Catriona, her family and colleagues. On delivery, baby Caitlin weighing just 3 pounds 2 ounces 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. The nurturing that little Caitlin received from everyone who nursed her was truly remarkable. Thankfully she responded with courage and determination 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 the 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 at Ryans Cleaning for their unwavering support during that difficult time. Now with this donation as a result of our fundraising efforts, we are just so proud to be able to say thank you and make a real difference to other families by supporting this great charity. Thanks to everyone who donated along the way, 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, the team at Ryans Cleaning ran various fundraising campaigns throughout 2017 and raised a total of €2,000 for the Limerick Neonatal Unit Fund.

Ryans Cleaning shortlisted for the 2018 Facilities Management Awards as part of Croke Park’s In-House Facilities Management Team

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Tipperary Company, Ryans Cleaning have been shortlisted for the 2018 Facilities Management Awards as part of Croke Park’s In-House Facilities Management Team. The awards will take place on Wednesday, 31st of January at The Ballsbridge Hotel and the Ryan Family who own and run the progressive cleaning business, couldn’t be more proud of reaching this stage of such a prestigious national competition.

Ryans Cleaning have a stronghold in the events and entertainment industry across Ireland and the UK. The National Ploughing Championships, V Festival, Electric Picnic and the Epsom Debry are just some of the festival type events they cover annually along with major facilities contracts with top venues like the Premier League Club Watford FC’s Stadium at Vicarage Road, The 3 Arena, Croke Park and top visitor attraction Dublin Zoo.

This family-run business prides itself on the personal touch which ensures a quality service every time they clean, offering a peace of mind that clients have grown to rely on. They work with venues and become part of their in-house facilities management team to ensure smooth operations and optimum sustainability at all venues.

CEO Pat Ryan said “Although we are just one small part of what can only be described as a superb in-house facilities management team at Croke Park, we are thrilled to be shortlisted for this award. To be shortlisted at this level and have the quality of work recognised among your peers nationally is a great honour. This really means so much to the team who work tirelessly at the venue to ensure operations run smoothly day in and day out so that the public can have an enjoyable experience every time they visit the facility, this award is for the team on the ground and that’s what makes it extra special.”

Croke Park, the third largest stadium in Europe is both the principal stadium and headquarters of the Gaelic Athletics Association and as a non-sporting venue, it is a world class amphitheatre for meetings, conferences, exhibitions and concerts. The venue is over 5,000 square meters and with a varied calendar of events, the team at Ryans Cleaning provide a regular and vitally important function as part of the greater in-house team that makes Croke Park the national treasure that it is.

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.

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.”

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.