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Róisin Byrne, 10 Sandy Lane, Portarlington, Co. Laois.
Róisin Byrne, 10 Sandy Lane, Portarlington, Co. Laois.

Date Test Passed -  Thursday 24 October 2019.

Location - Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

When I met Róisin way back in February of this year, she was insured on her own little car but a very nervous driver. Over the course of the last 8 months, along with her Dad, Ray, she started to get her driving together and started working on the routines that I was teaching her. She did a total of 21 lessons including the 12 EDT Lessons and pre test drive and because of that she passed 1st time today. Congratulations Róisin and best wishes for the future. "Keep her between the lines". 

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Heather Byrne, Randon Lodge, Seskin, Portarlington, Co. Laois.
Heather Byrne, Randon Lodge, Seskin,  Portarlington, Co. Laois.

Date Test Passed -  Wednesday 23 October 2019.

Location - Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

I met Heather last April and began her EDT Lessons. She ended up getting her own car to practice in which really paid off. It proves that the chances of passing a driving test 1st time increase significantly and that's exactly what happened today as Heather got her full licence. Congratulations and best wishes for safe driving in the future. 

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Chloe Duffy, 21 Church View, Walsh Island, Portarlington, Co. Offaly.
Chloe Duffy, 21 Church View, Walsh Island,  Portarlington, Co. Offaly.

Date Test Passed -  Tuesday 15 October 2019.

Location - Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

I only met Chloe back in September. She had already completed her 12 EDT Lessons with another instructor and had already failed 2 tests. She was well able to drive but just had all the bad habits which cost her that full licence so I just spent time getting rid of them bit by bit and when she done the test in Tullamore 1st time with me, she passed no problem. Well done.

"Thank you so much for everything Ray. We did it". -  Chloe Duffy.
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Laura Dunne, 87 Cluain Abhainn, Tullamore Road, Clara, Co. Offaly.
Laura Dunne, Cluain Abhainn, Tullamore Road, Clara, 
Co. Offaly. 

Date Test Passed -  Wednesday 18 September 2019

Location - Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

I only met Laura back at the end of June and from the start, we got on so well together. She is due her 2nd child in November and was in a bit of a panic to get all 12 lessons done and get the test over with before the big day. She worked really hard at her lessons and remembered all the routines that she was shown and today it paid off on her very 1st attempt. Congratulations Laura and thank you so much for the lovely card and scratch card lotto ticket where I actually won €20.00

"Thank you so much Ray for all your help on getting me somewhat decent at driving. You're a great man at your job and we had a good laugh on all the lessons. Hope you have a lucky ticket." -  Laura Dunne.
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Pamela Smith, 73 St. Joseph's Tce, Portarlington, Co. Offaly.
Pamela Smith, St. Joseph's Tce, Portarlington, Co. Offaly.

Date Test Passed -  Tuesday 17 September 2019

Location - Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

I first met Pamela back in May of this year and while she was already a driver for many years she didn't have to do the EDT programme as she had her Learner permit since before 2011. However, it still took a total of 16 lessons including a mock test and pre test lesson to bring her to driving test standard to get rid of all her bad driving habits. I really enjoyed my time in the car with Pamela and she is such a lovely lady. I knew unless there was a major upset, that she would pass the test 1st time today and she did. Congratulations Pamela and remember that driving is for whole life, not just the licence.

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Owen Cooper, The Damsons, Clonanny, Portarlington, Co. Laois.
Owen Cooper, Clonanny, Portarlington, Co. Laois.

Date Test Passed -  Thursday 12 September 2019.

Location - Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

I first met Owen back in July and he was already a driver when I met him so it was only a matter of using the 12 EDT Lessons to get rid of any bad habits he had. By the time he was finished them, he was at a standard where I told him he was ready for the test and today he went out on his very 1st attempt and passed it with only 3 Grade 2 blue marks. Congratulations Owen and well done. Best wishes to you and stay safe on the roads.

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Amy Weston, Lower Clonsast, Rathangan, Co. Kildare.
Amy Weston, Lower Clonsast, Rathangan, Co. Kildare.

Date Test Passed -  Wednesday 31 July 2019.

Location - Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

From the first time I met Amy, we hit it off immediately. We got on so well together and had some great laughs going around. She has a very infectious laugh. She worked really hard on her lessons and always trying to do the right thing. She gave 100% and it paid off today in Tullamore on her very 1st attempt. Congratulations Amy and best wishes for the future. 


"Cannot recommend Ray enough. He is a brilliant instructor, loads of patience and a great sense of humour. Just passed my test 1st go all because of this man. Thank you so much Ray. All the best in the future." -  Amy Weston.

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Wayne Pio O' Donoghue, 7 Old Knockmay Road, Portlaoise, Co. Laois.
Wayne Pio O' Donoghue, 7 Old Knockmay Road, Portlaoise, Co. Laois.

Date Test Passed -  Friday 26 July 2019

Location - Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

I first met Wayne back in May of this year when he started his EDT Lessons. He was already a driver when I met him, but had a lot of bad habits which needed correcting. He did very well on all his lessons and when he passed the mock test with me, I was confident that he would pass the driving test on his very 1st attempt and he did. Congratulations Wayne. Best wishes for the future and remember that driving is for whole life and not just licence. Stay safe on the roads.

"Thanks very much Ray for everything. I really needed to pass the test 1st time" -  Wayne Pio O' Donoghue.

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Aislinn Kinsella, Annamoe, Portarlington, Co. Offaly.
Aislinn Kinsella, Annamoe, Portarlington, Co. Offaly.

Date Test Passed -  Monday 22 July 2019.

Location - Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

Aislinn is a sister of Colm Kinsella who passed his test with me way back in September 2015. Aislinn was an excellent student who really got into her lessons and was constantly learning and developing. I got on really well with Aislinn and she was a very pleasant and polite young lady. After flying through the mock test with me the other day, I knew unless there was a major upset, that she would pass her test 1st time today just like her brother and she did. She only had a few green marks and no Grade 2 blues. Congratulations Aislinn and best wishes always.

"Ray is a wonderful instructor and he helped me gain confidence in my driving. He put me at ease and I could always ask him any questions I had. He definitely made it possible for me to pass my test first time and I cannot recommend him enough to anyone looking to achieve the highest standard of driving and to pass first time as well." -  Aislinn Kinsella.

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Aaron Whelan, Bishops Wood Road, Portarlington, Co. Offaly.
Aaron Whelan, Bishops Wood Road,  Portarlington, Co. Offaly.

Date Test Passed -  Thursday 27 June 2019.

Location - Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

I met Aaron when he had already completed a few EDT Lessons with another Instructor but was unable to complete them with him. So he called me and I took him on board. I found Aaron to be a very polite and very easy going young man who was a pleasure to teach as he took everything on board that I was telling him. As a result of his excellent efforts, Aaron passed his test today on his very 1st attempt with a clean sheet. Congratulations Aaron. Best wishes for the future.

"Just want to say a huge thank you to you Ray on making my driving experience a very easy and comfortable one. Always made me feel extremely at ease when driving during the lessons and was always honest with my driving which is great to have. I would highly recommend Ray to anyone who asks and he is a great guy. With Ray's help I was able to pass my driving test first time and Ray made that experience very easy for me. Once again thanks a million for everything Ray." 
Aaron Whelan

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Ciaran Langford, Railway Mews, Portarlington, Co. Laois.
Ciaran Langford, Railway Mews, Portarlington, Co. Laois.

Date Test Passed -  Monday 20 May 2019.

Location - Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

When I met Ciaran, he was already an established driver but with a lot of bad habits such as the most common one, coasting on the clutch. However, he worked hard at beating this and his driving got better and better. I was delighted for him when he passed his test on his very 1st attempt today with only 3 faults against him. Congratulations Ciaran. Best wishes going forward. Remember, driving is for whole life, not just the licence.

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Joleen Ryan, 5 Woodlands Park, Portarlington, Co. Laois.
Joleen Ryan, 5 Woodlands Park, Portarlington, Co. Laois.

Date Test Passed -  Wednesday 17 April 2019.

Location - Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

Joleen had been driving for many years, but as with so many seasoned drivers, the bad habits such as coasting on the clutch were a problem that had to be eliminated. She flew through her lessons and when she did the mock test with me, I knew she would get her licence 1st time, and she did. Congratulations Joleen. Best wishes for the future and safe driving.


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Patrick Gately, 39 O' Higgins Road, Curragh Camp, Co. Kildare.
Patrick (Paddy) Gately, 39 O' Higgins Road, Curragh Camp, Co. Kildare.

Date Test Passed -  Friday 12 April 2019

Location - Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

Paddy & myself go back 31 years as we trained as recruits together in the Army way back in 1988. We were part of the the 7th Platoon, 3rd Inf Bn, Connolly Bks, Curragh Camp. Paddy had been driving for many years but because of his love and passion of horses, he let his licence lapse and had to begin again by doing the 12 EDT Lessons. It was great doing the lessons with him as we went over some old stories from our Army days and remembering the good times we had. I was so delighted for Paddy when he passed his test 1st time this morning. Congratulations old buddy. See you at the next reunion.


"Thank you so much Ray. I know I might have pissed you off a few times but I could not have done it with anyone else because I was so nervous.Thank you friend. No. 7 Platoon, Sp. Coy, 3rd Inf Bn, 1988." -  Paddy Gately.
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Thomas Scully, Forest View, Portarlington, Co. Laois.
Thomas Scully, Forest View, Portarlington, Co. Laois.

Date Test Passed -  Thursday 11 April 2019

Location - Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

I first met Thomas when he started his EDT Lessons last October. He quickly learned all the basic routines that needed learning which helped him better his driving skills. Thomas did the mock test with me and I knew that if he kept his composure that he would fly through the test and he did. A first time pass was the perfect result. Congratulations Thomas and best wishes.


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Aaron Heaney, 9 Station Road, Portarlington, Co. Laois.
Aaron Heaney, 9 Station Road, Portarlington, Co. Laois.

Date Test Passed -  Wednesday 03 April 2019

Location - Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

Aaron started off with me as a complete beginner and quickly applied himself to the training. I found Aaron to be a very polite young man who I took an instant shine to and got on so well with throughout the course of his lessons. I knew Aaron was ready for the test and had no doubt in putting him forward and today, on his very 1st attempt, he nailed it. Congratulations Aaron. I was so proud of you. I wish you every success for the futrue.


"I passed my driving test first time today and it was thanks to the help of Ray. He’s a great driving instructor and also great crack, you can have fun but also get the lessons done and done right! I would 100% recommend him to anyone who is serious about getting their full license!" -  Aaron Heaney.

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Mateusz Kluczynski, 143 Temple Mills, Rathangan, Co. Kildare.
Mateusz Kluczynski, 143 Temple Mills, Rathangan, Co. Kildare.

Date Test Passed -  Tuesday 19 March 2019.

Location - Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

I first met Mateusz last year in April 2018. A very quiet and soft spoken young man, he took an instant passion to driving. He worked very hard for me and managed to get insured on his own car mid way through his training which was a great help in preparing him for the test. He was so unlucky on his 1st attempt at the test, missing out by only 1 mark. However, today, he didn't make that mistake and passed his test with an excellent drive. Congratulations Mateusz and best wishes.

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