Just Truckin' around the world - Stephen Ryan

Thursday, June 29, 2017



Stephen Ryan, 37, has been driving trucks for almost 20 years, mainly for his uncle’s business, Caffrey Brothers from County Meath in Ireland.

His current drive is a 2004 Scania 164L 480 Topline 6x2 mid lift.

“We run five trucks on domestic container work for Eucon, based out of Dublin. As well as driving, I organise the work for the other trucks, so I am rarely off the phone.”

On the day Paul O’Callaghan met Stephen, he was travelling to the midlands to load peat from a bog due for export to Holland. Stephen still does some long-distance work when things are quiet on the domestic front.

“In 2015 I took a load to Turkey for my old employer, Dixon. Then last Christmas, I hauled beef to Spain for Transz Iberia in a left-hand drive Scania 620”.

The main problem Stephen sees with trucking these days is the heavy traffic around Dublin on the orbital M50 motorway.

So is he a cat or dog man? “Definitely cats! My uncle, who is a bachelor and lives in the farmhouse at the yard, has seven cats. We are a bit old fashioned, and the main cat likes to sit on top of the photocopier in the office and keep an eye on me when I’m in there!”

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