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“The mediocre teacher tells. The good teacher explains. The superior teacher demonstrates. The great teacher inspires”.
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Seán Molloy, Tinnycross, Tullamore, Co. Offaly.
Seán Molloy, Tinnycross, Tullamore, Co. Offaly. 

Date Test Passed -  Thursday 30 November 2017.

Location - Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

Last year, Seán was one of my TY students in Coláiste Choilm, in Tullamore and this year he got stuck into his EDT Lessons and put in 100%. Very attentive and attention to detail, I knew when I did the mock test with him that unless there was an absolute disaster, that he would pass on his 1st attempt and he did. Congratulations Seán and best wishes going forward.


"An absolute gentlemen. No complaints about Ray what so ever. Got me through my driving test on the 1st attempt and would just like to say thanks Ray". -  Seán Molloy.

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Barry Byrne, St. Brigid's Square, Portarlington, Co. Laois.
Barry Byrne, St. Brigid's Square, Portarlington, Co. Laois.

Date Test Passed -  Tuesday 28 November 2017.

Location - Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

Because Barry was already a driver when I met him, like a lot of students who have their own car and are already driving, they just gather bad habits over the years. However, he used his EDT Lessons well and remembered what was been said to him and on his very 1st attempt, went out and passed his driving test. Well done Barry and Congratulations.


"I cannot recommend 1 ROCK SOLID DRIVING SCHOOL enough. Ray is an absolute gent, and a fantastic teacher. If you want to pass your test and become a better driver go with 1 ROCK SOLID DRIVING SCHOOL.  It's as simple as that. Thanks again Ray. It's  been a pleasure. -  Barry Byrne.

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Gordan Murphy, Clonaslee, Tullamore, Co. Offaly.
Gordan Murphy, Clonaslee, Tullamore, Co. Offaly. 

Date Test Passed -  Monday 27 November 2017.

Location - Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

A hell of a nice guy, Gordan & I got on so well together throughout his training and always had a good laugh together. He has many years of driving skills and used his EDT Lessons just to get rid of all his bad habits. Today, he went out and had no problems whatsoever on his test and passed 1st time. Congratulations Gordan and best wishes for the future.



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Ming Cao, 1 Castlelea Ave, Lansdowne, Portarlington, Co. Laois.
Ming Cao, 1 Castlelea Ave, Lansdowne, Portarlington, Co. Laois. 

Date Test Passed -  Thursday 09 November 2017.

Location - Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

I have know Ming since January 2014 when he started his driving. He was a total beginner and over the course of time built up his skills. Because he was back and forth to China, he only recently managed to get a chance to complete his training. He was very unlucky on his 1st test but today went out and nailed it. Congratulations Ming. I wish you all the best with your driving. 

"Thank you very much Ray. I still remember when I first started, I had no idea about driving at all, nor any confidence that I would make it through the test. And I wasn't a very good student because I've had some big gaps in between lessons. But Ray had all the patience and teaching skills that helped me get through the difficult times. Thanks again Ray, I couldn't have done it without you." -  Ming Cao.
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Austin Grehan, Mountrath, Co. Laois.
Austin Grehan, Mountrath, Co. Laois. 

Date Test Passed -  Tuesday 07 November 2017.

Location - Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

Austin was very unlucky on his 1st test back in July. Having drove all over the world from manual to automatics, he decided upon doing his test in the manual. A lovely guy, very polite and friendly and always took on board what I was telling him. I was really delighted for him today when he passed. Best wishes with your new car Austin and also with your acting career. May the road always rise up to meet you. Congratulations and job well done.

"I just want to say thanks to Ray, for everything. He is the best! Thanks for all  your patience with me. Having driven on 2 continents, getting rid of all of my bad habits, was a massive undertaking, and you did it! Thanks for helping me pass the test today!!  -  Austin Grehan.

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Aileen Quinn, Portarlington, Co. Laois.
Aileen Quinn,  Portarlington,  Co. Laois. 

Date Test Passed -  Thursday 02 November 2017.

Location - Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

An absolute lovely lady whom I got on very well with from when I met her first. Aileen had been very unlucky at the driving test on 2 previous occasions with different instructors, but after all the hard work she put in with me, I knew that I wouldn't be seeing her again for lessons, as she was test ready. Congratulations Aileen on both a great result on your driving test and also best wishes on your pregnancy. Job well done.


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Pádraig Murphy, Canal Road, Portarlington, Co. Laois.
Pádraig Murphy, Canal Road, Portarlington,  Co. Laois. 

Date Test Passed -  Thursday 05 October 2017.

Location - Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

I first met Pádraig in March of 2016 when he started his EDT Lessons. Pádraig was a complete beginner and was always a great man for asking questions and wanting to know how to get things right. He worked hard and did a total of 26 lessons to get him to driving test standard, and today on his 1st attempt, he nailed it. Pádraig is a brother of Seán who passed his test with me back in November 2012. Congratulations Pádraig. Job well done.

"Just want to say thank you to Ray O'Connor for the hours of lessons spent teaching me to drive from the very beginning, which has now led to me passing my driving test first time! There is not a chance that this could have been accomplished without the help of Ray himself. Absolute gent, and certainly good at what he does. I would recommend 1 ROCK SOLID DRIVING SCHOOLto anyone who wants proper preparation for their driving test. Thanks again Ray. Still delighted." - Pádraig Murphy.

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Raghu Pilli, 16 Castlelea View, Portarlington, Co. Laois.
Raghu Pilli, 16 Castlelea View, Portarlington,  Co. Laois. 

Date Test Passed -  Thursday 14 September 2017.

Location - Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

I first met Raghu back in May and along with most seasoned drivers who have their own car, he had a lot of bad habits, most commonly, the coasting on the clutch, Over the course of his lessons, he worked hard to overcome this and when I did the mock test with him the day before his test, he passed. The real result today was no different. A very nice man. Congratulations Raghu and I wish you many years of accident free driving. 


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Ann Doyle, 50 Kilmalogue Park, Portarlington, Co. Offaly.
Ann Doyle, 50 Kilmalogue Park,  Portarlington,  Co. Offaly. 

Date Test Passed -  Wednesday 13 September 2017.

Location - Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

Ann had almost reached the end of her sanity when she contacted me. She had previously done the test 8 times with other instructors and nerves along with bad habits were letting her down. After a lot of practice to break the bad habits, and lots of encouragement to remain calm, she finally got her result today, and on the day of her 4th Wedding Anniversary. Best wishes Ann on both occasions and all the very best for the future. Job well done.

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Aaron Cooper, 45 Crann Nua, Portarlington, Co. Laois.
Aaron Cooper, 45 Crann Nua, Portarlington,  Co. Laois. 

Date Test Passed -  Tuesday 12 September 2017.

Location - Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

Aaron was with me from the very start of his EDT Lessons and kept improving with every lesson. He was so unlucky on his 1st attempt at the test a couple of weeks ago, but was never going to make that same mistake today. A very nice genuine young man with a lovely personality, we had some great sing songs in the car from time to time, as we're both musicians. Congratulations on an excellent result Aaron. Only 3 faults recorded. I wish you every success and safe driving for the future. JUST KEEP SINGING. 

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Shane Kiernan, 46 Clanmalire Close, Portarlington, Co. Laois.Shane Kiernan, 46 Clanmalire Close, Portarlington, 
Co. Laois. 

Date Test Passed - Monday 11 September 2017.

Location - Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

I first met Shane way back in January of this year when he began his EDT Lessons and from the very start, we just clicked together. He was a total beginner but with every lesson wanted to learn more and more. He grew in confidence and after 21 lessons, he sat the test this evening after a technical mix up with the RSA and passed on his 1st attempt. A down to earth young man, we had some good laughs together. Congratulations Shane and I wish you every success with the new job and now you have the means and ways to get there. Remember, licence is for whole life, not just test. Stay safe.

"I want to say a massive thank you to Ray for all his time and hard work he has put in with me over the past few months. Today was my first time doing the driving test and because of him I passed first go! I could not have done this without all his help. I am going to miss the craic we used to have in the car.. always such a laugh! Thanks a million again Ray! Keep up the good work" -   Shane Kiernan.
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George Tyrrell, Birdhill, Kishavanna, Edenderry, Co. Offaly.George Tyrrell, Birdhill, Kishavanna, Edenderry, Co. Offaly.
 
Date Test Passed -  Monday 03 July 2017.
 
Location - Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

George began his EDT training in January this year and with every lesson, he just got better and better. He was very reluctant to do the mock driving test with me, but was very glad afterwards that he did as it pointed out a major flaw which would have failed him on test day. Again, because another student put in the work that was needed, George got his full licence on his very 1st attempt. Congratulations George and best wishes for the future.

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Kelvin McHale, Crann Nua, Portarlington, Co. Laois.
Kelvin McHale, Crann Nua, Portarlington, Co. Laois.
 
Date Test Passed - Wednesday 21 June 2017.
 
Location - Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

I first met Kelvin in May of 2016 and throughout his EDT Lessons, we would have some great chats and laughs. He worked hard at trying to get rid of the usual bad habits and as a result went and passed his test 1st time today. Congratulations Kelvin, and I would like to wish you safe driving for the future. Job well done.


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Claire Mooney, 6 Glebe Court, Rathangan, Co. Kildare.
Claire Mooney, 6 Glebe Court, Rathangan, Co. Kildare.
 
Date Test Passed - Friday 26 May 2017.
 
Location - Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

This is my gorgeous niece and godchild Claire who I love to bits. She built up her driving skills and worked on them in her own car and after putting in a lot of work with me, she managed to overcome her left reverse fears and just went out and done it. Claire was really nervous but I knew unless there was an absolute disaster, that she would pass and she did on her 1st attempt. Congratulations pet. I wish you all the very best of good fortune.

"Thank you so much Ray for all the support and patience you gave to me during my driving lessons. The thoughts of the M50 would still terrify me if wasn't for you. Love always xx". - Claire Mooney.
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David O' Connor, 21 Station Court, Portarlington, Co. Laois.
David O' Connor, 21 Station Court, Portarlington, 
Co. Laois.
 
Date Test Passed - Thursday 25 May 2017.
 
Location - Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

One of the proudest moments of my career as a Driving Instructor was to see my son David getting his picture onto the hall of fame. He worked so hard on perfecting every aspect of his driving and in the glorious sunshine today went and passed his test on the very 1st attempt. This was a double celebration as David also graduated from 6th year school today. Congratulations son and may the road always rise up to meet you in life.

"It was a great day today. Passed my driving test for the first time with my graduation that night. It was a lot of hard work preparing for the test but it paid off. Brilliant instructor. Very patient and I ended up passing my test in 1 year. Keep up the good work Dad" - David O' Connor.
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Ola Hassan, The Sycamores, Kilnacourt Woods, Portarlington, Co. Laois.
Ola Hassan, The Sycamores, Kilnacourt Woods, Portarlington, Co. Laois.
 
Date Test Passed -  Saturday 13 May 2017.
 
Location - Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

It was November 2016 when I first met Ola. A very pleasant and polite chap who was nervous as hell when it came to narrow roads and tight spaces. However, over the course of time, he purchased his own car and kept practicing every day. As with anybody who puts in the work, Ola passed his test on his 1st attempt. Congratulations Ola. Job well done. Keep with the good habits always as you have worked hard to earn them.

"Thanks Ray for all the hard work, it has certainly paid off. My message to those out there looking for an instructor, no second thoughts with Ray, he is the coach you are looking for. Keep up the good work. Thanks and all the best".
Ola Hassan.
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Viorel Copceanu, 202 Sycamore, Edenderry, Co. Offaly.
Viorel Copceanu, 202 Sycamore, Edenderry, Co. Offaly.
 
Date Test Passed -  Tuesday 09 May 2017.
 
Location - Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

I first met Viorel just before Christmas. He had some driving knowledge, but a lot of bad habits as most learners do. He was very determined to do well and midway through his EDT Lessons, he got himself insured on his car and maintained the good driving skills right up to test day. As with anybody who puts in the work, Viorel passed his test 1st time out this morning. Congratulations Viorel and best wishes for the future.

"Delighted to have passed my driving test first time.Many thanks to Ray for his professionalism and patience,and I would highly recommend him to anybody looking for lessons. Ray will give you every chance to do well" -Viorel Copceanu.

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Kevin Canavan, Ballycurrin, Headford, Co. Galway.
Kevin Canavan, Ballycurrin, Headford, Co. Galway.
 
Date Test Passed -  Friday 28 April 2017.
 
Location - Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

I first met Kevin last October when he commenced his EDT training. A very pleasant and polite young man, Kevin had some driving knowledge but, as with most beginners, a lot of bad habits. He quickly applied himself to his lessons and as they went on, he became stronger and more confident. A native of Co. Galway, I was delighted for him when he passed his test this morning on his very 1st attempt. Congratulations Kevin and best wishes.

"It was a pleasure to take my driving lessons with Ray. He is a fantastic instructor, patient, professional and very friendly. Ray quickly & easily managed to correct my bad habits when I started taking lessons with him, while giving me the confidence I needed. Passed my test straight away thanks to him. Highly recommended". - Kevin Canavan.

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Sanjeev Kumar Singh, 10 The Willows, Forest Park, Portlaoise, Co. Laois.
Sanjeev Kumar Singh, 10 The Willows, Forest Park, Portlaoise, Co. Laois.
 
Date Test Passed -  Thursday 27 April 2017.
 
Location - Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

I only met Sanjeev for the first time last month in March. He was already a driver but with a lot of very bad habits including every driving instructors nightmare of coasting on the clutch. However, he was really determined to learn and with every lesson that went by, his driving improved a lot. I was delighted for him when he passed on his very 1st attempt this morning. Best of luck for the future Sanjeev and thanks so much for the birthday treat you gave me to Burger King in Tullamore.

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Rachel Downey, Morette, Emo. Portlaoise, Co. Laois.
Rachel Downey, Morette, Emo, Portlaoise, Co. Laois.
 
Date Test Passed - Tuesday 14 March 2017.
 
Location - Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

I first met Rachel last September when she started with no driving experience. In the 6 months we spent together, I have never in my 7 years as an ADI, seen a student who had no means of practice come to such a high standard as quick as she did. An absolute pleasure to work with and this morning when she passed her test on her 1st attempt, it made it more special as she celebrates her 18th birthday tomorrow. Happy birthday Rachel and Congratulations on a well deserved result. Best wishes always.

"Great day today. Passed my driving test first time 1 day before my 18th birthday. Want to say a huge thank u to the best driving instructor EVER Ray at 1 ROCK SOLID Driving School, Portarlington.  What a lovely patient man. Could never have done it without Ray. I went from driving around the train station car park to passing my test in 6 months because of Ray, what a man " - Rachel Downey.
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Veronika Minasianc, 16 Blossom Court, Esker Hills, Portlaoise, Co. Laois.
Veronika Minasianc, 16 Blossom Court, Esker Hills, Portlaoise, Co. Laois.
 
Date Test Passed -  Monday 13 February 2017.
 
Location - Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

Veronika put in a lot of work with me and as a result, she passed her test 1st time out this morning with me. I would like to wish her all the very best of good luck for the future. Congratulations Veronika and well done.


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