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About Us

"When Everything Seems Like An Uphill Struggle, Just Think Of The View When You Reach The Top"

Hello to all new students and a very warm welcome to


an independent Driving School owned by myself, Ray O' Connor.

Originally from Newbridge, Co. Kildare, I married a wonderful Rathangan lady, Patricia, (Trish) on 08 August 1997. We have 2 wonderful kids, David & Katie, and lived in Rathangan until August 2005, when we all eventually moved down to Portarlington, Co. Laois. They have supported me in this business since I left the Army in 2010.


David O' Connor

My wonderful son David who passed his Driving Test on his very 1st attempt in Tullamore on Thursday 25 May 2017 aged 18 years, 1 month.

Trish O' Connor

This wonderful lady is my gorgeous wife Trish who is without any doubt, my own personal "ROCK SOLID" pillar of support to me for the last 32 years. Without her, I have nothing. xxx

Katie O' Connor

My beautiful daughter Katie who passed her Driving Test on her very 1st attempt in Tullamore on

Tuesday 25 August 2020 aged

18 years, 2 months.

What We Believe In

"Driving Is For Whole Life....Not Just A Test"


"To teach all students regardless of driving ability, the correct and safe way to drive on our nations roads, and to bring them to a standard that will not only be sufficient to allow them to pass their driving test, but that hopefully those skills will remain with them throughout the rest of their lives, and to one day protect both them and their own family from any serious injury or death"


Remember that the vast majority of accidents occur within 2 miles of the victims home as a result of familiarity breeding contempt. You must remain focused at all times until you are safely parked up and the engine switched off. Stay safe, stay alive.

Our Instructors

"We Don't Follow Standards....We Set Them"

Raymond O' Connor

Approved Driving Instructor (ADI)

Business Owner & CEO of


After I retired in October 2010 from the Permanent Defence Forces having served over 22.5 years, I realised it was time to put the skills and knowledge that I had acquired over the years as an accident free Army Driver to some good use, and decided upon a career of teaching people how to drive, and getting them up to a standard that would enable them to pass their driving test. This would ensure total independence from the fact of having to be accompanied at all times by a qualified full licence driver and thereby setting them up for the future. My biggest achievements so far have been getting both my children, David & Katie, through their Driving Test on their very 1st attempt, and also for bringing David up to Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) level which now enables him to have a career of his own, and to be able to finally join me in the world of Driving Instruction.



David O' Connor

Approved Driving Instructor (ADI)


David is my 23 year old son and is one of the youngest people in Ireland to become a fully qualified Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) at just 22 years 10 months old back in Februrary. I was so proud to officially announce that after a long and tough 10 month training course, he finally began working with me on Saturday 19 March 2022. David passed his Learner Driving Test on his 1st attempt way back in May 2017 at the tender age of 18, and has his full licence now over 5 years. Since May 2021, David had been in the process of undergoing his Approved Driving Instructor (ADI) training and has, with effect from Tuesday 22 February 2022, passed his final ADI Stage 3 Instruction Ability Test in Athlone, with a massive score of 92.5 out of a possible 100. He had previously acquired a clean sheet, with no faults recorded, in his ADI Stage 2 Driving Test back in November 2021, after an hour and 10 minutes of driving. (All Result Sheets Are Shown Below) He is now fully qualified to give instruction on all lessons including EDT Lessons. We are all so proud and really excited about having him come on board the family business, which has been established now for almost 12 years, and I have no doubt that with his soft calm approach, will, without doubt, prove to be a very valuable asset to


"Congratulations David......Job Well Done Son. Welcome Aboard".

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