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Natalia Sojka, 53 Castlegate, Portarlington, Co. Laois.
Natalia Sojka, 53 Castlegate, Portarlington, Co. Laois.

Date Test Passed -  Thursday 12 July 2018.

Location - Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

I first met Natalia back in June of 2017 when she started her EDT Lessons with me as a total beginner. Because her goal was just to be able to drive to work and home, she really gave everything she had into her lessons. She is one of the very few students who was able to remember all my little quotes which really helped her to remember important routines. I was absolutely delighted when she passed her test today. She worked so hard for her full licence. Congratulations Natalia, we had some great laughs and chats.

"Ray is fantastic instructor, a great friend and I highly recommend him to anyone who wants to pass their test first time!! Thanks Ray, will miss our chats! Good luck " -  Natalia Sojka.

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Kacper Jan Kapturkiewicz, 8 Chancery Park Road, Tullamore, Co. Offaly.
Kacper Jan Kapturkiewicz, 8 Chancery Park Road, Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

Date Test Passed -  Tuesday 19 June 2018.

Location - Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

Kacper is another one of my TY students and a good friend of Adrian Nowak who passed with me just 5 days ago. Like Adrian, Kacper adopted very well to the EDT training and used his lessons wisely. He got in as much practice as he could between lessons and it paid off, because just like Adrian, he went out today and passed the driving test on his very 1st attempt. Congratulations Kacper and remember to always keep with the good habits. Driving is for whole life. 


"Ray was a great teacher throughout all lessons. He gave me some great advice and helped me on passing my exam in first try." - Kacper Jan Kapturkiewicz.
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Gary Byrne, Lough Gate, Portarlington, Co. Laois.
Gary Byrne, Lough Gate, Portarlington, Co. Laois.

Date Test Passed -  Friday 15 June 2018.

Location - Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

Gary started with me way back in November 2016 as a complete beginner with no experience and completed his EDT programme in July 2017. He then went off the grid for a good while but came back this year to complete the driving test. He never forgot any of the good habits I gave him and I knew he had an excellent shot at the test and on his 1st attempt, he went out and nailed it. Congratulations Gary and best wishes for the future.

"Ray was great. He was extremely helpful and patient. He managed to help me pass the test first time, become a much better driver than when I started, all while having a good laugh too. Couldn't recommend him enough. Thanks again Ray!" -Gary Byrne.
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Adrian Nowak, 42 Árd Na Gréine, Cloncollog, Tullamore, Co. Offaly.
Adrian Nowak, 42 Árd Na Gréine, Cloncollog, Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

Date Test Passed -  Thursday 14 June 2018.

Location - Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

When I first met Adrian, he was one of my TY students when I was doing Road Safety lectures in Coláiste Choilm in Tullamore. When he got his Learner permit, he contacted me and we got him started on his EDT Lessons. He was very quick at learning things and showed excellent improvement on each lesson. His reward today was a 1st time pass. Congratulations Adrian, and best wishes for the future. Remember, driving is for whole life, not just licence. Stay safe.


"Ray was a great driving instructor boosted my confidence and prepared me well for the driving test. Helped me get out of bad habits and got my test first time. Thanks for everything Ray." - Adrian Nowak.
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Cian Dunne, 32 Castlegate, Portarlington, Co. Laois.
Cian Dunne, 32 Castlegate, Portarlington, Co. Laois.

Date Test Passed -  Wednesday 13 June 2018.

Location - Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

Cian started off with no driving experience whatsoever. As his lessons progressed, he managed to buy himself his own car to practice in, and it was in this car that Cian went out today and passed his driving test on the very 1st attempt. A very nice, polite young man, I can honestly say, I enjoyed my time in the car with him. Best wishes Cian and stay safe.


"I had very little driving experience when beginning my lessons. However thanks to Ray’s patience and guidance I had no problem passing my test first time. Thanks Ray!" -  Cian Dunne.
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Lúcas Culliton, Abhai-Lea, Lea, Portarlington, Co. Laois.
Lucas Culliton, Abhai- Lea, Lea, Portarlington, Co. Laois.

Date Test Passed -  Monday 11 June 2018.

Location - Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

I first met Luc way back in late October 2017. Because he was away a lot in boarding school, it took him some time to complete the EDT Lessons, but anytime he appeared for his lessons, he always gave 100% and this stood to him today. He went out and passed his test on the very 1st attempt and I was delighted for him. Congratulations Luc and best wishes for the future.


"I started with Ray back in October, having little experience driving. Ray was fantastic in being able to manage my lessons as I was in boarding school for the period in which I was completing my EDT course. He could always fit me in to his schedule even though i had very specific times. He clamped down on my bad habits straight away and as soon as he would see an ounce of them creeping back into my driving he would ensure to correct and help me. Starting my EDT I'd never had thought that I would have been able to pass my test in six months time but with Rays help he brought me to the standard and surpassed it all while having a great laugh. I passed my test on the first go on the 11/06/2018 and I couldn't have done it without Ray. I would 100% recommend Ray to anyone who wants to pass their test and reach their full potential as a driver." - Lucas Culliton.
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Wayne Keller, 59 Clanmalire, Portarlington, Co. Laois.
Wayne Keller, 59 Clanmalire, Portarlington, Co. Laois.

Date Test Passed -  Friday 01 June 2018.

Location - Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

I first met Wayne back in May 2017 and he had a lot of driving experience, but unfortunately, a lot of bad habits. He really worked hard to get the routines into his head to improve his driving, and today he went out and got his full licence on his very 1st attempt. Wayne is a sister of Linda who passed her test back in January of this year. Congratulations Wayne and I wish you all the very best for the future and safe driving. Job well done.


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Aoife Kirwan, 57 St. Mary's Tce, Portarlington, Co. Offaly.
Aoife Kirwan, 57 St. Mary's Tce,  Portarlington, Co. Offaly.

Date Test Passed -  Monday 28 May 2018.

Location - Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

I first met Aoife way back just after Christmas 2016 and what a roller coaster of a ride we had for the last 2 years. She had absolutley no knowledge of driving and over the course of time and with a lot of tough love, she built up her skills to the point where she had the confidence to purchase her own car and this morning, she went out and passed the test on her very 1st attempt. Congratulations Aoife. You deserve it so much with all the hard work you put into it. You gave it as good as you got it. (LOL) Best wishes for the future and safe driving. 

"So after an initial struggle to grasp driving, I finally got the hang of it and passed my test first time. Ray is an excellent instructor who will stick with you right until the end. He waited while I completed the test and it was a great moment to tell him I had passed." - Aoife Kirwan.

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Steven Mooney, 6 Glebe Court, Rathangan, Co. Kildare.
Steven Mooney, 6 Glebe Court, Rathangan, Co. Kildare.

Date Test Passed -  Thursday 10 May 2018.

Location - Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

This meant a lot to me today because Steven is my nephew and a sister of Claire Mooney who passed her test with me a year ago this month. Steven struggled at the start of his lessons with clutch control but never gave up and having purchased his own car only 2 weeks ago, went out this morning and passed his test on the very 1st attempt. Congratulations Steven, you really worked hard for that licence, and I wish you every success.

"Ray was great throughout all my lessons. Very professional and got me my test first time . Thanks again Ray for all your great help".  - Steven Mooney

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Wayne Carroll, 19 St. Patrick's Tce, Portarlington, Co. Offaly.
Wayne Carroll, 19 St. Patrick's Tce,  Portarlington, Co. Offaly.

Date Test Passed -  Thursday 19 April 2018.

Location - Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

Wayne began his EDT Lessons with me in my car back in May 2017. As time went on, he got insured on his fianceé's car which helped him a lot with getting in practice. A very pleasant young man, Wayne worked hard on perfecting his driving skills and today on the very 1st attempt, it paid off with an excellent result. Congratulations Wayne and best wishes for the future.


"Ray was brilliant. He got me through my driving test first time. Couldn't fault him on anything, he was great. Thanks."
Wayne Carroll.
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Laura Henderson, 2 Sandy Lane, Ballymorris Road, Portarlington, Co. Laois.
Laura Henderson, 2 Sandy Lane, Ballymorris Road, Portarlington, Co. Laois.

Date Test Passed -  Tuesday 17 April 2018.

Location - Portlaoise, Co. Laois.

Laura had tried the test before in Naas a couple of years ago and decided to try Portlaoise this time. A lovely lady, she really worked hard to get the manoeuvres right and unfortunately due to my own ADI Check Test in Tullamore, I couldn't be with her in Portlaoise. I was so happy when she rang me and gave me the wonderful news. Congratulations Laura and thank you for sending me the photo holding your Certificate. Best wishes for the future and safe driving.

"Honestly thank you so much Ray. The route I went on yesterday we had practiced on almost all of it so I was aware of the roundabouts with different layouts etc.  Without that I would have panicked and I would not have passed" 
Laura Henderson.
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Aisling Madden, 40 Avondale, Portarlington, Co. Laois.
Aisling Madden, 40 Avondale, Portarlington, Co. Laois.

Date Test Passed -  Saturday 14 April 2018.

Location - Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

I first met Aisling back in November 2017 when she started her EDT Lessons. A very pleasant and polite lady, we had some great laughs together. She was very consistent with her lessons and put in the work along the way which resulted in a 1st time pass for her this morning. Congratulations Aisling and I hope that you hold onto your good habits because driving is for whole life, not just licence. Best wishes for the future.

"Thank you so much Ray for all your patience and all your help. I genuinely couldn't see myself passing a driving test, let alone passing on my first test. It's incredible what you can achieve when you have a good teacher. I'm so grateful to you. Thank you for your encouragement every week and all the chats and the laughs." - Aisling Madden.

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Roseanne McGuinness, Shandra Woods, Portarlington, Co. Offaly.
Roseanne McGuinness, Shandra Woods, Portarlington, Co. Offaly.

Date Test Passed -  Thursday 12 April 2018.

Location - Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

Despite over 40 years driving experience especially in her home country of Brazil, Roseanne was one of the most nervous students I have ever met. She totally let the driving test dominate her in the build up to it and it almost got the better of her. But she is one hell of a fighter and never gave up on me and this morning, it made my day when she passed her nemesis on the very 1st attempt. Congratulations Roseanne. We had some rough rides along the way, but I was only for your own good. I wish you every happiness and good health and you will never have to do it again. Stay safe and best wishes.

"I was the most nervous person ever during the driving lessons and while waiting for the test. Ray, I cannot thank you enough for everything. Specially for your patience, support and encouragement all the times I wanted to give up. I will never forget - "GOSH and Position is everything"!!!! Thank you Thank you Thank you!!! -  Roseanne McGuinness.

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Michael hIcí, (Hickey) Rahan, Tullamore, Co. Offaly.
Michael hIci (Hickey) Rahan, Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

Date Test Passed -  Thursday 15 March 2018.

Location - Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

I met Michael last August when he started his EDT Lessons. A very quiet young man, Michael took in everything I was showing him and built on his skills. It was in the later stages of his training that he really started asking questions about various scenarios and situations which helped him a lot. Today, he went out and passed his test on the very 1st attempt. Congratulations Michael and remember driving is for whole life, not just test.

"Thanks Ray." -  Michael Hickey.

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Adetayo Damilola Johnson, The Oaks, Kilnacourt Woods, Portarlington, Co. Laois.
Adetayo Damilola Johnson, The Oaks, Kilnacourt Woods, Portarlington, Co. Laois.

Date Test Passed -  Monday 12 March 2018.

Location - Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

Ade only started his EDT Lessons with me back in January and from the very start, threw himself into them and was determined to do everything right. He was always very polite and an absolute pleasure to teach. I was very happy for him today when he passed his test on the very 1st attempt. Congratulations Ade and best wishes on your future career.


"Thanks for today Ray. I really appreciate all your help" -  Adetayo Damilola Johnson.

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James Dunne, Closelands, Ballybrittas, Co. Laois.
James Dunne, Closelands, Ballybrittas, Co. Laois.

Date Test Passed -  Thursday 08 March 2018.

Location - Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

I first met James way back in July of 2014. He never had to do EDT Lessons as he had his permit from before 2011. He started off in a manual car but switched to automatic and this worked in his favour. He was very unlucky on his first test attempt in April of 2017 but today, after putting in a lot of work with me, he went out and got his full licence this time round. Congratulations James. Job well done and best wishes for the future.


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Saulius Braciska, 67, The Glen, Portarlington, Co. Laois.
Saulius Braciska, 67 The Glen, Portarlington, Co. Laois.

Date Test Passed -  Monday 05 February 2018.

Location - Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

Saulius & I started off on his EDT adventure way back in December 2016. A very polite and friendly man, he worked so hard at trying to get everything right. He was so unfortunate on his 1st test a while back and nerves got the better of him. But he was always determined to go one  step further and never quit. I was so happy for him, when he passed the test today. Congratulations Saulius and best wishes. Thank you for all your kindness.

"Thank you so much Ray. I am so happy." -  Saulius Braciska.

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Birgit Kvell, Esker Hills, Portlaoise, Co. Laois.
Birgit Kvell, Esker Hills, Portlaoise, Co. Laois.

Date Test Passed -  Saturday 03 February 2018.

Location - Portlaoise, Co. Laois.

I first met Birgit way back in August 2016 when she began her EDT Lessons. A lovely quiet spoken lady. She started off as a complete beginner and decided to switch to automatic from manual. Her driving went from strength to strength and when I did the mock test yesterday, I only had her for a few minor faults. This morning, she achieved her goal by passing the test on her very 1st attempt. Congratulations Birgit, and best wishes for the future. Remember, driving is for whole life, not just licence. Stay safe.

"When I started my driving lessons with Ray I didn't know how to drive at all. When I began driving I was extremely nervous and had no confidence as a driver. After my lessons with Ray I gained confidence and my driving started to improve greatly. Recently I passed my driving test first time and I would highly recommend Ray for anyone to pass their test. Thank You Ray!" - Birgit Kvell.
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Linda Keller, Clonmalire Close, Portarlington, Co. Laois.

Date Test Passed -  Wednesday 31 January 2018.

Location - Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

I first met Linda back in September 2017 and she was always a very good and safe driver. She was so unlucky on her 1st attempt at the driving test with me in November and missed it by only 1 mark. However, she bounced back and booked it again on the same day, and today, she made sure that she was bringing that full licence home. Well done Linda & Congratulations.

"Absolutely delighted finally bagged myself a full licence  huge thanks to Ray for the lessons couldn't have done it without you. Highly recommend this man if your looking to pass your driving test and you be sure to have a laugh along the way  thanks again Ray." -  Linda Keller.
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Michelle Fitzpatrick, Hybla, Monasterevin, Co. Kildare.
Michelle Fitzpatrick, Hybla, Monasterevin, Co. Kildare.

Date Test Passed -  Monday 29 January 2018.

Location - Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

An absoltuely lovely young lady, Michelle & I got on very well from the start and as her lessons went on, I could see her getting better and better. Despite a nervous mock test with me, it made Michelle bounce back and put in 100% today. As with any student who gives their all, Michelle was rewarded with her full licence on her 1st attempt. Congratulations Michelle.


"Don't even know where to start! Ray is brilliant! I never thought I could pass the test and thanks to Ray I passed today! Every lesson paid off and the warm up  lesson before the test put me at ease. Not only does he teach you how to drive and how to knock all your bad habits, but he is a great laugh along the way too. Can not recommend him enough! Thanks for everything Ray." - Michelle Fitzpatrick.

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Chole McLoughlin, Bracklone Street, Portarlington, Co. Laois.
Chole McLoughlin, Bracklone Street, Portarlington, 
Co. Laois. 

Date Test Passed -  Monday 29 January 2018.

Location - Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

I first met Chole way back in March of 2017 when he commenced his EDT Lessons. He did a couple and went off the grid for a long time and when he returned, I thought he would have forgotton everything, but his driving had actually improved because he stayed with the good habits. As a result, he had no problems passing his test this morning on his 1st attempt. Chole is a brother of Karina McLoughlin who passed her test with me back in May 2016. Congratulations Chole and safe driving.

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