Jerry Ryan Jnr offers coach hire for all occasions


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Based in Thurles, Co. Tipperary, Jerry Ryan Jnr Coaches provides exceptional coach and minibus hire for all occasions and to all locations.

The business was originally established in 1995 by husband and wife Jerry and Kate Ryan. Jerry Ryan Jnr Coaches operates a 25-strong fleet of buses as well as six luxury cars to cater for all types of groups. The latest addition to the fleet is a brand-new Volvo 9900 B11R which was purchased from Volvo Bus & Coach. The investment comes after the company also acquired two new Volvo Jonckheere B11R 54-seaters also from Volvo Bus & Coach Sales in Coventry in 2019.

Offering flexibility, fuel-efficiency, comfort and safety, they are the largest in a modern fleet that also includes Ford Transit minibuses and Mercedes-Benz Vario midi-buses. Regarding the make-up of the fleet, Daniel, co-director alongside his father, Jerry notes: “We have 31 vehicles this year, from eight and 16-seaters up to 34 and 54-seaters. The older coaches are used for student services, while the more high-spec, luxury coaches are dedicated to private hire for tours and corporate events, etc.”

Jerry Ryan Jnr Coaches caters for all your private coach hire needs, from golf outings, airport transfers, group tours and school tours, short leisure breaks, active retirement groups, family occasions, wedding guest transport, corporate days out to sports club excursions.

Jerry, who has been involved in coach and minibus hire for over 30 years, is joined in the family-run business by his sons Daniel and James, and daughter Rebecca. Staffed by 20 full-time and part-time drivers, Jerry Ryan Coaches offers passengers value-for-money, comfort, reliability, safety and a prompt, efficient service. The drivers pride themselves in getting you safely from A to B to the absolute best of their ability.

“Our drivers have made a massive contribution to our growth and success over the years, alongside the expertise and assistance of Bernie Bryan of Bryan Bookkeeping Services. They are the face of our operation and never let us down."

Jerry continues to drive the business with the same zeal and passion as when he founded it in 1995. He literally works seven days a week and strives for excellence throughout every aspect of the business. You will find Jerry anywhere from the office to driving a bus. He has passed down the same enthusiasm to his children. Daniel, who assists with the day-to-day operations and looks after the busy office, with the help of James and Rebecca. Rebecca is a student in MIC Thurles studying Business, who recently obtained her D1 16-seater driving licence, so the future of the company is in safe hands!

“While Jerry is the main driver of the business, he would be the first to acknowledge that it’s a real team effort between the drivers, mechanics, cleaners and office staff. Everyone plays an equally important role in delivering the high-quality service that people have come to expect of Jerry Ryan Jnr Coaches.

“Everybody knows Jerry, likes and respects him. He has great patience and goes out of his way to look after people. This is his passion… he has looked after his customers for nearly 30 years and has built up a lot of goodwill for that,” Daniel Ryan says.

Taking care of all your transport requirements, the company’s executive coaches offer climate control, WIFI, USB ports, WC facilities, PA systems, screens, tinted windows and comfortable reclining seats with ample leg room. Jerry Ryan Jnr Coaches’ dedicated team of professionals will make sure your journey is as comfortable and relaxing as possible.

"We provide school transport on behalf of Bus Eireann, scheduled services, private group travel and bespoke guided tours for overseas students which is a real growth market for us. "

The Co. Tipperary bus operator is committed to providing its passengers with the highest safety standards, with each coach fitted with seat belts and the latest safety features. All drivers are experienced, CPC-trained, courteous and professional in every aspect of their job. The fleet is maintained by mechanic John Geoghegan at the company’s state-of-the-art workshop.

“John has been with us from the beginning. He was foreman at Bus Eireann’s Thurles depot before that and has a wealth of experience in maintenance and repairs. We’d be lost without him,” Daniel adds.

“John receives back-up support from Cummins Repairs & Tyres in Rahealty, Thurles.”

Jerry Ryan Jnr Coaches also enjoys an excellent relationship with its suppliers who include Murphy & Ryan Motor Factors, Moynihan-Ryan Commercial Spares, LC Lube Oil & Spares, Bourke’s Autoglass, Kavanagh’s Urlingford Test Centre, Transpec and Surehaul. Its suppliers provide a great service, which is vital to keep the whole operation running smoothly. Without their backup and flexibility, the company would not be able to provide the wide range of flexible services that can be changed at short notice. And not forgetting Diarmuid Thompson and Dave Porter of Volvo Bus & Coach Sales, who have always been a pleasure to deal with.

Soaring fuel costs and driver shortages are two of the big issues currently facing the sector. With the entire transport industry struggling to attract young people, Daniel is delighted to see Tipperary ETB (Education & Training Board) providing bus driver training courses at its training facility in Archerstown Industrial Estate in Thurles.

“It’s something that we would warmly welcome. Bus driving is an ageing profession which badly needs an injection of young blood. Without new people, the industry will have no future”.

A business that continues to go places, Jerry Ryan Jnr Coaches is dedicated to offering the very best service at unbeatable prices. Passengers can rest assured that they will have the ultimate travel experience with Jerry and his team at the wheel. The highly-regarded family business would like to take this opportunity to thank its customers and suppliers for their continued support as well as its staff for their hard work, dedication and skill.

Jerry Ryan Jnr Coaches

Bowling Green,



Co. Tipperary,

E41 N253.

Telephone: 0504 24426 / 087 252 0320

Email: [email protected]


First published in Irish Trucker magazine Vol 26 No 3, May/June 2023