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“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires”.
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Kevin McDonnell, Ballycowan, Tullamore, Co. Offaly.
Kevin McDonnell, Ballycowan, Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

Date Test Passed - Monday 20 January 2014.

Location: - Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

A very polite and shy young man who was with me from the very start. Kevin was so unlucky on his first attempt at the test. Missed it by one mark. However, I knew when he did the pre run on the day, that he would not make the same mistake a second time. Congratulations Kevin. At 17 years old to have a full licence is a great achievement. Stay safe on the roads Kevin and best of luck with your Leaving Cert exam in June.


"Thanks very much Ray for all your help. I was unlucky first time out but remembered everything you taught me today. Absolutely delighted, thanks again" -  Kevin McDonnell.

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Bonnie Dunne, The Bungalow, Chancery Lane, Tullamore, Co. Offaly.Bonnie Dunne, The Bungalow, Chancery Lane, Tullamore. Co. Offaly.
 
Date Test Passed - Friday 07 February 2014.
 
Location - Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

Bonnie first contacted me over a week ago and said that her test was approaching. While she had been driving a while, she had a lot of bad habits that needed urgent attention. She was so determined to pass however, that she came home from college in Galway and dedicated the full week, doing 2 hour lessons every day. Congratulations Bonnie. A first time pass for you and so well deserved. I wish you every success and safe driving. Well done.

"Thanks for the tough love Ray! We went from tears to triumph in only 5 days!! I am still in shock at passing first time round and in such little time, but it just goes to show with a great teacher and lots of determination the impossible becomes possible". - Bonnie Dunne.
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1 ROCK SOLID DRIVING SCHOOLOumkeltoum Khaoury, Tullamore, Co. Offaly.
 
Date Test Passed - Friday 07 March 2014.
 
Location: - Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

An absolute lovely lady who was a bit camera shy, hence the default photo but had taken a great interest in wanting to pass her test on her first attempt. Oumkeltoum had actually wanted to cancel her test because she thought she wouldn't be ready for it. However, I told her to give it a shot and she did. It was all worth it to see the look on her face. Congratulations Oumkeltoum. A great result for you. Best of luck for the future.

"Thank you so much Ray for helping me get my full licence. My husband will be now asking you for lessons so that he can do his test soon aswell." - Oumkeltoum Khaoury.

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Richie Burke, Clonminch Road, Tullamore, Co. Offaly.
Richie Burke, Clonminch Road, Tullamore, Co. Offaly.
 
Date Test Passed - Thursday 10 April 2014.
 
Location - Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

Richie only contacted me for the first time last week and told me his test was coming up. He had developed a lot of bad habits since he finished his EDT lessons with other instructors and was never shown the proper way of performing the manoeuvres. So in a crash course of 2 hours yesterday and 1 hour this morning, Richie passed his test on his first attempt.         Congratulations Richie on a well deserved win. All the very best to you.

"Thanks a lot Ray for all your help. In all the EDT Lessons I did with other driving instructors, I had never seen any of the books that you have or diagrams. Without those 3 hours, I would never have passed that test, because my observations were all over the place. I will pass on your name to my friends if they are looking for a driving instructor. Thanks again Ray" Richie Burke.

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Lanie Slevin, Creeve, Streamstown, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath.
Lanie Slevin, Creeve, Streamstown, Mullingar, Co. Westmeath.
 
Date Test Passed - Tuesday 22 April 2014.
 
Location - Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

I first met Lanie back on 06 April when she said her test was already booked. She was really so determined to do well and put a lot of effort into her lessons. After doing the mock test with her yesterday, I had a good feeling that today was going to be her day. Congratulations Lanie. 

"I would like to thank you Ray for the confidence and reassurance you gave me during tuition right up to and including the day of my test. I will definitely recommend you to all my Filipino friends in this area who will benefit from your reassuring personality and teaching methods. Have no fear, choose Ray O' Connor." -  Lanie Slevin.

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Paul Kielthy, Rose Cottage, Coolagarry, Walsh Island, Co. Offaly.
Paul Kielthy, Rose Cottage, Coolagarry, Walsh Island, 
Co. Offaly.
 
Date Test Passed - Friday 25 April 2014.
 
Location - Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

A man so determined to pass his test that he studied all the handouts I sent to him non stop. Paul was so tuned into trying to do all the good habits and really threw himself into 2 days of crash course intensive lessons and manoeuvres. Congratulations Paul. You have earned it big time. I wish you every success for the future and safe driving.

"I would like to thank Ray on helping me pass my test on short notice. He took me on with only 2 days until the test. I had no chance, but as usual, Ray turns up trumps. I can't thank you enough and I would recommend you to anyone. Great man and makes it look easy. Cheers." - Paul Kielthy.

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Alvis Stals, 43 Cross Of Newtown, Ballyroan, Co. Laois.
Alvis Stals, 43 Cross Of Newtown, Ballyroan, Co. Laois.
 
Date Test Passed - Friday 02 May 2014.

Location - Tullamore, Co. Offaly.
 
I first met Alvis last October when he started as an EDT student with me. He was always chatting in the car and was very polite and full of good humour. He worked so hard at all his lessons and when I did the mock test yesterday, I just knew he would pass his test on his very 1st attempt. 
Congratulations Alvis. Hope you have many good years of safe driving. 


"I was terrified about the driving test, could not drive by the rules what so ever, but thanks to Ray passed my test with first go." - Alvis Stals.

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Patience Oriyabeh, 32 Eiscir Riada, Tullamore, Co. Offaly.
Patience Oriyabeh, 32 Eiscir Riada, Tullamore, Co. Offaly.
 
Date Test Passed - Thursday 08 May 2014.
 
Location - Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

A lovely lady who had been very unfortunate in 2 previous tests and came to me when recommended by her friend who is currently taking lessons with me. Patience put in a lot of effort with her lessons with me to get things right. And today, it paid off, because on her 3rd attempt, she came out of the test centre with a broad smile on her face. Well done Patience. 

"Please, I just want to say thank you for taking the time to teach me and the encouragement that helped build my confidence to pass this exam. May the almighty God bless you." - Patience Oriyabeh.

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Kamila Rama, 97 Crann Nua, Portarlington, Co. Laois.
Kamila Rama, 97 Crann Nua, Portarlington, Co. Laois.
 
Date Test Passed - Thursday 15 May 2014.

Location - Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

Kamila was one of the most nervous students I have ever met. A lovely girl, who was just a bag of nerves and would actually seize up during a lesson. She let her nerves get the better of her on her first 2 attempts at the test and lost out. Today, however, despite shaking with fear, she managed to overcome it and came home with her prize. Congratulations Kamila. I wish you every success in the future and remember....nothing is impossible. Well done.

"So happy now I have it over. Thanks Ray for believing in me and for all your patience". -  Kamila Rama.

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Cabrini Cahill, Morette, Emo, Portlaoise, Co. Laois.Cabrini Cahill, Morette, Emo, Portlaoise, Co. Laois.

Date Test Passed - Friday 16 May 2014.

Location - Portlaoise, Co. Laois.

A very professional lady in the field of arts, drama and music and with such a bubbly personality, it was a pleasure to be in the car with Cabrini. She was very quick to recognise her own mistakes and was equally as fast at putting them right. I was so thrilled for her when she came out of the centre after receiving the good news of having passed her test. Congratulations Cabrini. I wish you every success in your future endeavours and also your house move. Well done.

"What joy... I got it!!!! I had so many poor habits. By Ray teaching firmly, fairly and with lots of laughter, he 'drove' them out of me, in surprisingly swift time. ( I honestly thought I would be having to try again). He persists, tells the truth and lightens the journey all in the same moment, which instills genuine awareness and confidence when it all just 'clicked'. I will be recommending Ray for people like me but also new learners- do it right from the start- it makes it so much easier. Much gratitude Ray- keep up the great work." - Cabrini Cahill.

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Safa Abdelrahim, Carriag Cluain, Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

Date Test Passed - Friday 06 June 2014.

Location: - Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

A lovely Sudanese lady who was very camera shy, hence the default photo. Safa set her sights on getting her full licence and put in a good bit of effort on her lessons and really worked at her manoeuvres. While she struggled a bit with trying to keep her observations, it eventually came right for her. Well done Safa. I wish you every success and safe driving for the future.

"Thank you so much for all your helpful and patient tips. I am so happy I now have my full licence." - Safa Abdelrahim.

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Dylan Dunne, 33 Silverdale Estate, Kilcoursey, Clara, Co. Offaly.
Dylan Dunne, 33 Silverdale Est, Kilcoursey, Clara, 
Co. Offaly.
 
Date Test Passed - Tuesday 10 June 2014.

Location - Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

One hell of a nice young man would be the words to describe Dylan. When he first came to me back in April, he was just finishing out his EDT Lessons. However, he wanted to switch Driving Instructors and I was glad he chose me. We got on really well together and always had a laugh. However, Dylan also knew that I was tough when I needed to be, and today, on his very 1st attempt, it paid off for him. I was so happy for him and despite his nerves this morning, knew he would do enough to make it through.


"When I first came to Ray I had loads of bad habits but Ray changed all that and I would never have passed my test without him . Trust me, if you choose Ray as your driving instructor you won't ever regret it. Ray is the soundest and best instructor out there. Thanks again Ray, I really appreciate it." -  Dylan Dunne.

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James Rafferty, 10 Blundell Wood, Edenderry, Co. Offaly.
James Rafferty, 10 Blundell Wood, Edenderry, Co. Offaly.
 
Date Test Passed - Thursday 12 June 2014.
 
Location - Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

Another camera shy young man, who contacted me last week and told me his test was today.  James had a lot of bad habits which needed serious sorting out and after a crash course (excuse the pun) on both of the manoeuvres, things came right for him early this morning. Congratulations James on a job well done. You put in the effort and you always reap what you sow. Best of luck to you for the future.

"Thanks so much Ray for everything you have done. I wouldn't have had a hope of passing that test without your help. I really appreciate it so much and it means so much to me. Thanks again". -  James Rafferty.

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Cian O' Neill, Kilgarvan, Co. Kerry.
Cian O' Neill, Kilgarvan, Co. Kerry.
 
Date Test Passed - Friday 13 June 2014.
 
Location - Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

An absolute gentleman would be the words to describe Cian. He himself is a national school teacher originally from Co. Kerry. Cian was really so committed to wanting to do well and worked really hard on his manoeuvres to try and get them right. A man whose job has him travelling a lot and without the full licence could not use the motorway system. However, his journey times should well and truly be cut now as a result of passing his test on his 1st attempt. Congratulations Cian. I wish you every success and best wishes for the future and many years of safe driving. Well done.


"Ray had quite the job on his hands to get me to pass the test. But by God he did it, and I'd say it wasn't easy for the man. I can honestly say I would not have got the test without him, and particularly first time. I could not recommend him highly enough, and I would tell people to come from all over the country to see him and his excellent teaching methods in action, not just Offaly, Laois and Kildare. He says he doesn't just follow standards, he sets them. And that is the truth. You will be an infinitely better and careful driver after your time with Ray. A wonderful manner: informative and fun. Is múinteoir den scoth é Raymond. Thanks a million Ray, it was all down to you!!" -  Cian O' Neill.
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Tauqir Hussain, Apt 7, Block A, Stradbook, Stradbally Road, Portlaoise, Co. Laois.
Tauqir Hussain, Apt 7, Block A, Stradbrook, 
Stradbally Road, Portlaoise, Co. Laois.
 
Date Test Passed - Friday 13 June 2014.
 
Location - Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

Tauqir was with me from the very beginning, completing all 12 EDT Lessons along with both of the manoeuvres. His brother Ibrar had previously passed his test with me back in December 2012. A very nice, friendly and pleasant man who is a barber by trade, Tauqir concentrated a lot on his lessons and was always asking questions which any ADI loves to hear because it shows a real interest in wanting to do better. He was very unfortunate when he done the test first time out and missed out on his licence by 2 marks, but today, on his 2nd attempt, all he had was just 2 marks. Well done Tauqir and Congratulations.


"Thank you very much sir, for everything. I am so happy. You have made this possible for me and no longer need to have the L plates up. Once again sir, thank you so much". - Tauqir Hussain.

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Robert McNeill, Tara 3, Station Road, Portarlington, Co. Laois.
Robert McNeill, Station Road, Portarlington, Co. Laois.
 
Date Test Passed - Saturday 14 June 2014.
 
Location - Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

Robbie has been with me from the very beginning with all his EDT Lessons and more. A very nice guy, he was so unfortunate on his 1st attempt at the test, having a perfect run and then a straight Grade 3 for lack of observation on the reverse manoeuvre. However, Robbie made sure that he didn't make the same mistake twice when he went out today and this time flew through the test. Congratulations Robbie. Well deserved and best of luck to you for the future.


"I FAILED it....lol....no just kidding .....I PASSED...thanks very much for all your help Ray. I really appreciate it. I'm glad it's over. Won't have to do that again". - Robert McNeill.

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Cheng Zhao, 22 Station Court, Portarlington, Co. Laois.
Cheng Zhao, 22 Station Court, Portarlington, Co. Laois.
 
Date Test Passed - Friday 20 June 2014.
 
Location - Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

My next door neighbour who was with me from the very beginning and completed all his EDT Lessons along with a mock test and pre hour run to make double sure of passing 1st time out. A lovely guy who doesn't speak any English and had his wife Angie in the back seat on every lesson translating for me. I was really so happy for them both. They are wonderful neighbours and very down to earth people. Congratulations Cheng Zhao. A great result for you.

"Hi Ray. Thank you so much for all your help. I am so happy to pass the test on my first time. I had very bad habits when I start driving, but you taught me how to drive well. Have to say THANKS again."-  Cheng Zhao.

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Ciara Kelly, Chancery Lane, Tullamore, Co. Offaly.Ciara Kelly, Chancery Lane, Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

Date Test Passed - Thursday 26 June 2014.

Location: - Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

A very determined young woman who really meant business when it came to her lessons. Ciara did not mess around and was constantly taking in all the information I was providing. She really wanted to pass her test on her very 1st attempt and worked really hard at getting the manoeuvres right and also her observations. A very good result today was the outcome of her test and she really deserved it. Congratulations Ciara. I wish you every success. Well done.


"Thank you so much Ray. I couldn't have it done it without your support, and I mean that! Your pragmatic approach was exactly what I needed, but we did have the craic at the same time. I'm delighted to have passed first time round and after our mock test I definitely felt ready despite nerves. Thanks again! *rips up the L plates* -  Ciara Kelly.

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Cormac Bradley,Tullamore, Co. Offaly.
Cormac Bradley, Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

Date Test Passed - Friday 11 July 2014.
 
Location - Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

Cormac didn't have anything else on his mind except wanting to pass his driving test on his 1st attempt. It really showed in the committment he had with all his lessons. When I did the mock test with him yesterday, I had a good idea that he would be successful. Congratulations Cormac. 

"Only for this man, I probably wouldn't have passed my test on my first time around. I struggled with the reverse around a corner and on the day of the test I didn't think I had done it correctly, so I assumed I failed. My only thoughts for the rest of the test was that Ray was going to kill me.  Luckily I passed and it's all thanks to Ray!! Will definitely recommend to friends and family! Thanks so much for your time and effort with me Ray." - Cormac Bradley.

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Michael Whelan, 7 Broomville Court, Dublin Road, Portlaoise, Co. Laois.
Michael Whelan, 7 Broomville Court, Dublin Road, Portlaoise, Co. Laois.

Date Test Passed - Monday 14 July 2014.

Location - Portlaoise, Co. Laois.

I first met Michael 2 years ago in May 2012, when he rang me up just 2 days before his test. Needless to say, he wasn't successful on that occasion. However, this time around he rang me at the end of June giving himself 2 full weeks this time to get things right and get rid of all the bad habits. A very nice guy who deserved his full licence this time round, because he put in the work. Congratulations Michael and all the very best for the future. 

"I have to thank Ray a lot. My lessons with him were the best.Very patient man and you do get rid of your bad habits fast.Thanks for all the help and laughs". - Michael Whelan.

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Joyce Nekpen Lawal, 66 Ballin Rí, Collins Lane, Tullamore, Co. Offaly.
Joyce Nekpen Lawal, 66 Ballin Rí, Collins Lane, Tullamore, Co. Offaly.
 
Date Test Passed - Monday 21 July 2014.

Location - Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

A wonderful lady, who had been so unfortunate with other instructors and failed the test 3 times before. However, her friend Patience who passed her test with me back in May this year, put Joyce in my direction. A lot of bad habits were present, and I told Joyce I wasn't going to go easy on her. So, she took a package deal of lessons and then did the mock test with me and the results showed today on her face when she came out of the test centre. Her friend Patience was there to meet her aswell. Congratulations Joyce. I'm delighted for you. You really put in an amazing amount of work and practice and it finally paid off for you. I wish you all the very best of luck.

"I have been going through instructors but I have never seen any as good as 1 ROCK INSTRUCTOR. Mr Ray, you are a great teacher and not just an instructor. You give your students the best lesson that helps them in passing their test at a seating. I really appreciate your effort. Mr. Ray keep the flag flying and God bless." - Joyce Nekpen Lawal.

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Kestutis Adomaitis, The Cottage, Ballinanagre, Tullamore, Co. Offaly.
Kestutis Adomaitis, The Cottage, Ballinanagre, Tullamore, Co. Offaly.
 
Date Test Passed - Thursday 31 July 2014.
 
Location - Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

This has to be one of the craziest students I ever had the pleasure of meeting. Every EDT lesson was always a laugh and a slagging match. I had to really keep on top of Kestutis so that he concentrated on what he was supposed to do. When he passed his test 1st time this morning, he nearly ran to the NDLS office to hand in the certificate before the new laws come into force tomorrow as regards N Plates and more penalty points. Congratulations Kestutis on both passing your driving test and also on becoming a Dad for the 1st time aswell. I wish you every success in both areas. Well done.

NO FEEDBACK LEFT FROM STUDENT.
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Amy Feery, 194 Arden View, Tullamore, Co. Offaly.
Amy Feery, 194 Arden View, Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

Date Test Passed - Monday 11 August 2014.

Location: - Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

A wonderful & polite young lady who was with me right from the very beginning and completed all her EDT Lessons and much more. She was so nervous starting out, but over time, I could see a remarkable improvement in Amy's driving. She bought herself a little car and was practicing every day and today on her very 1st attempt, Amy took down the "L" plates and put up the new Novice "N" plates having passed her test. Well done Amy. 

"Thanks a million for everything Ray. If you told me four months ago, when we were driving around the IDA park that I would have a full licence today... I would have laughed! I am so grateful for the time and effort you put in with me. Taking the mock test really prepared me for the real thing... and you didn't go a bit easy on me!  Even with the lovely N plates.. I have never been happier! Thanks so much Ray, keep up the good work!" - Amy Feery.

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Jake McKenna, 31A, Mountcarmel, Newbridge, Co. Kildare.
Jake McKenna, Mountcarmel, Newbridge, Co. Kildare.
 
Date Test Passed - Tuesday 12 August 2014.
 
Location - Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

I was never as happy as I was this evening in Tullamore when at only 17 years old, Jake got his full licence. Part of my family, Jake is my 1st cousin's youngest son, and both of the lads have now passed with me. John was way back in August 2012. (See photo above) Jake really put in an amazing effort into his driving and the results paid off with almost a perfect sheet. Congratulatioins Jake and I hope you always retain the good habits.

"I would like to thank Ray for all the work he put in for helping me pass my test, I wouldn't have been able to do it without you Ray. All the driving down to Tullamore really paid off in the end and its all thanks to Ray. It is such a pleasure to have you in the family and that you are so dedicated to your job. Thanks again for everything Ray, couldn't have done it without you." -  Jake McKenna.
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Baffour Amposah Danqua, Clondalkin Towers, Ninth Lock Road, Clondalkin, Dublin 22.
Baffour Amposah Danqua, Clondalkin Towers, Ninth Lock Road, Clondalkin, Dublin 22.
 
Date Test Passed - Monday 08 September 2014.
 
Location - Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

A very nice man, who by his own admission had failed the test 4 times before in Dublin and had to come to visit with his uncle in Portarlington. That's where he met me, and Baffour really threw himself into all his lessons to achieve his maximum potential. The results of his hard work paid off with a massive victory today. Congratulations Baffour. Job well done.

"Hi everyone. I am grateful to God for giving me Rock Solid. Before I met Ray, I had done FOUR tests which did not produce any positive result. Ray is a very wonderful man,he has all what it takes to make one successful in the test. I thought i knew a lot until i met this brilliant tutor. He has patience, and makes sure what he teaches you is what you do at the test day.Why wait for long, don't hesitate at all. I would recommend him to anyone who wants to pass their test once and no room for failure. Thanks and God bless you." -  Baffour Amponah Danqua.

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Rachel Kelly, Upper Lea, Killenard, Co. Laois.Rachel Kelly, Upper Lea, Killenard, Co. Laois.
 
Date Test Passed - Tuesday 09 September 2014.
 
Location - Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

A very quiet and pleasant young lady who was with me right from the very beginning. As time went by, I could see Rachel was so determined to do everything right and was always pushing herself to do well. When I did the mock test with Rachel, I had a good idea that she would pass on her 1st attempt. Congratulations Rachel. I wish you all the very best of luck.


"I would like to thank Ray for everything and helping me to pass my driving test first time. When I had my first driving lesson in January, I couldn't even drive, and within a few weeks I had improved so much thanks to Ray. I would highly recommend everyone to do the mock test with Ray as I found it really helpful! I'm very glad I picked Ray as my driving instructor as without him I wouldn't have passed my driving test first time at 17! Thanks for everything, it was a pleasure." Rachel Kelly.                                  
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Sean Hughes-Clarke, 20 Kearney Park, Tullamore, Co. Offaly.
Seán Hughes-Clarke, 20 Kearney Park, Tullamore, Co. Offaly.
 
Date Test Passed - Wednesday 10 September 2014.
 
Location - Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

One hell of a nice guy would be how I describe Seán. From the moment I met him, I knew this young man wanted nothing else only his full licence and the committment and passion he put into his lessons was 2nd to none. It stands to reason that is why he is now the proud owner of 2 Novice plates...lol..after passing his test on the very 1st attempt. Congratulations Seán. I wish you many years of safe driving.


"It was an absolute pleasure to work with Ray. I came to Ray EIGHT days ago with only THREE weeks driving experience and I managed to pass my test today all thanks to Ray. He is an excellent instructor and is a real pro at teaching. He tells it as it is and is very encouraging and helpful. He is very flexible with arranging days and times for lessons. I did the mock driving test with Ray and it was invaluable to me and really helped me prepare for my test. There is no doubt in my mind that I never would have passed this test without Ray's help. I fully recommend him to EVERYBODY that is serious about driving and passing their test! Thank you so much for everything Ray, it was ROCK SOLID" - Seán Hughes-Clarke.

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Caroline Carroll, 6 Brookfield Rise, Ballycue, Geashill, Co. Offaly.
Caroline Carroll, 6 Brookfield Rise, Ballycue, Geashill, Co. Offaly.

Date Test Passed - Wednesday 24 September 2014.

Location: - Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

An absolute little gem of a lady is the way I would describe Caroline. So easy to get on with and was a terrific listener. She took in every bit of information I was giving her, and turned it to her advantage. And after a package of lessons, it certainly paid off for her this morning. Congratulations Caroline, not only on passing your driving test, but also on the recent birth of your baby son Conor. I wish you many safe years of driving and if I'm still around in about 17 years time, you can send Conor onto me aswell....lol...Best of luck with everything and well done.

"Last Monday I was sitting staring at my license which was due to expire in the first week of October so before I had a chance to back out I booked a driving test for the following Wednesday. My next step was to google instructors and with a few tabs open, music started playing from nowhere I figured out it was coming from Ray's webpage. I suddenly seen all the testimonials of people who passed their test with Ray and I was impressed so again I picked up the phone and before I could back out I called Ray and explained the situation that I was due to sit my 3rd test in a weeks time, We arranged to meet up for a 2 hour introduction lesson then we had 6 more after. I gelled with Ray straight away he adapted to my way of thinking, he actually taught me and gave me tips that no other instructor had done before for the first time in all my years of driving I didn't feel as If I was just thrown out expected to teach myself, Ray was with me all the way he kept telling me "you can do this, this here is your trophy (full license) come and get it", so this morning 3rd time lucky I walked in prepared and confident. repeating Ray's sayings and rhymes in my head and walked out with my certificate in my hand, and it was all thanks to Ray. His faith and help got me what I wanted in such a short space of time. I will be recommending Ray to people due to sit their tests... Thanks Ray!!! "Always follow the yellow brick road" 
Caroline Carroll.

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Áine Bradley,Tullamore, Co. Offaly.
Áine Bradley, Tullamore, Co. Offaly.
 
Date Test Passed - Friday 26 September 2014.
 
Location - Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

I was never as happy as I was this evening, when this young lady, who was such a bundle of nerves for such a long time, finally decided enough was enough and just went for it hammer and nail. I really have to admire you Áine. Your determination and grit to never give up, despite a horrible first test, was something that other students should take note of. You can now enjoy your college in Maynooth knowing that you don't have to leave home as early to take the back roads....now you have the motorway. I sincerely wish you every success and safe driving Áine and Congratulations on a much deserved victory this afternoon. 


"Wow, where do I start? I met Ray last November, I had been with a few different driving instructors but hadn't gotten on the best with them and my 1st attempt at my test was rapidly approaching so my friend Stacy recommended Ray. Unfortunately due to my nerves and lack of time with Ray, I failed. Second time around as soon as I booked my test I gave Ray a call and we got started. It was hard because I had lots of habits to break and I definitely gave him more than one fright!!! But Ray is a very patient man and very encouraging! We had lots of laughs throughout our lessons and got the work done too! It has all been worth it in the end because today I got my Full Licence!!!! I would never have managed it without Ray! If you are looking for the best driving instructor who will invest time and energy on you achieving a pass on your driving test then give Ray a call! You won't regret it! Thanks so much Ray. You are a Star!!!!" -  Áine Bradley.

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Liam O' Sullivan, 7 Rathmiles Ave, Killenard, Co. Laois.
Liam O' Sullivan, 7 Rathmiles Ave, Killenard, Co. Laois.
 
Date Test Passed - Friday 26 September 2014.
 
Location - Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

I remember getting a phone call from a lovely gentleman, Roger,  who actually rang me from England and said he wanted to invest in his grandson's driving lessons. The wheels were set in motion and so began my relationship with Liam who was with me right from the very beginning. As the months went by, I could see a huge difference in Liam's driving and yesterday when I did the mock test with him, I could only find 2 faults. This evening, he came back with only 1 fault. A brilliant drive, and a well deserved outcome from someone who put so much time and effort into passing their test on the very first attempt. Congratulations and safe driving for the future Liam. Remember, licence is for whole life....not just the test. Well done.

"Just passed my test first time! Only one blue aswell which is purely down to Ray's teaching! I had no experience with a manual car whatsoever before i staterd my lessons and by the end of my lessons with Ray, the test seemed easy! I'd strongly recommend Ray for anybody looking to do their lessons and even though I never want to see him and that test centre again, now that I have my full, I'm glad i picked him as my instructor! Sound Ray!!!" -  Liam O' Sullivan.

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Lisa Marie Kivikoski, 63 Whitehall, Daingean Road, Tullamore, Co. Offaly.
Lisa Marie Kivikoski, 63 Whitehall, Daingean Road, Tullamore, Co. Offaly.
 
Date Test Passed - Saturday 27 September 2014.
 
Location - Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

A lovely lady who was with me from the very beginning. Lisa Marie was always such a bubbly person and full of chat. She really put in a tremendous effort with all of her lessons. Lisa, sadly lost her Dad after applying for her first test and had to postpone it, and on the 2nd attempt had her handbag along with her learner permit stolen on the very day of her test, which meant again having to be postponed. However, things always happen for a reason, and Lisa finally got her well deserved Novice plates this morning on her 1st attempt at actually doing the driving test. Congratulations Lisa and I wish you many safe years of driving. Wishing you all the best for the future.

"Just want to let you know,Ray, you're a legend! Thank you so much for teaching me to drive so well that I got my licence on the first attempt.You helped me believe in my ability. I love driving because of you. Thank you." 
Lisa Marie Kivikoski
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Evelina Arlauskaite, 169 Church Hill, Church Road, Tullamore, Co. Offaly.
Evelina Arlauskaite, 169 Church Hill, Church Road, Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

Date Test Passed - Monday 13 October 2014.

Location: - Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

An absolute lovely lady who was with me from the very beginning when I issued her with the EDT logbook. Evelina was such a nervous driver in the early days and as time went by, I could see her really working on all the little things I was saying to her. She still remains the only student to date who carries out a full and proper cockpit drill when getting into the car. When she passed on her very 1st attempt this morning, I was really delighted for her. Congratulations Evelina on a wonderful job and also on your recent Wedding. The very best of luck to you for the future.

"Hi Ray,  I just would like to say a million thanks for helping me pass my driving test, First try.  I was so happy and still can not believe that i did it. Thank you so much for all your support. And I would highly recommend Ray to anyone as a true professional instructor.  Thanks again Ray." -  Evelina Arlauskaite.

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Karen Larke, Killenure, Ballybrittas, Co. Laois.
Karen Larke, Killenure, Ballybrittas, Co. Laois.
 
Date Test Passed - Wednesday 15 October 2014.
 
Location - Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

When I first met Karen, she had some knowledge of driving, and when she started her EDT programme, I could see the skills rising. She very quickly adapted to doing things the correct way and very soon it became second nature to her. She was so unlucky on her 1st attempt 2 weeks ago, picking up a Grade 3 fault for a silly mistake, but I told her to apply immediately and she did. This morning, she was never going to repeat that silly mistake and came home with the result she deserved. Congratulations Karen.


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Graham Claffey, 2 College View, Rahan, Tullamore, Co. Offaly.
Graham Claffey, 2 College View, Rahan, Tullamore, Co. Offaly.
 
Date Test Passed - Friday 31 October 2014.
 
Location - Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

A very nice family, Graham is a brother of Stacey Claffey who passed her test with me last Christmas. (See photo above) Graham was an absolute pleasure to teach and such a nice guy. He was hard working and put in a lot of effort into his EDT programme and then in the run up to his test. I was so happy that he passed this morning on his very 1st attempt. Congratulations Graham. All the very best of luck to you for the future.

"Absolutely delighted!!! Thank's a million Ray. With your help and guidance I was able to pass first go. I would highly recommend Ray if you are going for your full licence. He breaks it down in an easy to understand way and by the time your  test comes around you would be able to do it blindfolded. If that isn't enough to convince you, just look at the massive list of amazing testimonials. I highly recommend doing the mock test with Ray also because he knows exactly what the examiner is looking for on the real thing. Thanks again Ray for all you help." -  Graham Claffey.


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Glory Osondu, 39 Broomville Court, Dublin Road, Portlaoise, Co. Laois.
Glory Osondu, 39 Broomville Court, Dublin Road, Portlaoise, Co. Laois.
 
Date Test Passed - Wednesday 17 December 2014.
 
Location - Portlaoise, Co. Laois.

Glory contacted me a couple of weeks ago and told me her test was coming up just before Christmas, so I did the 2 hour introductory lesson with her to evaluate her driving ability. There was a lot of bad habits present, but because Glory decided to put in the effort into more lessons, she made it right this morning with a pass 1st time out. Congratulations.


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Michelle Allen, Rathleash, Portarlington, Co. Laois.
Michelle Allen, Rathleash, Portarlington, Co. Laois.
 
Date Test Passed - Saturday 20 December 2014.

Location - Portlaoise, Co. Laois.

I was absolutely delighted for Michelle when she passed her test this morning. She was so unfortunate on her 1st attempt and when she went to do it only last Saturday, it was cancelled by the examiner due to icy road conditions, but luckily she was given today as a quick test date and finally got what she so deserved. A lovely young lady, we had some great laughs together. What a wonderful Christmas present to get. Well done Michelle.

"Hi Ray. Thank you so much for all your help, patience and guidance while I was preparing to do my test. I really appreciate it. Ray shows true professionalism throughout the lessons and ensures you are fully prepared before you do the test. Thanks again Ray for everything." -  Michelle Allen.

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