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Hello & Welcome To

1 ROCK SOLID DRIVING SCHOOL

Get Me On The Road!

Notice To All Students:

1 ROCK SOLID DRIVING SCHOOL Will No Longer Be Taking Any More Bookings On Sundays. For The Past 11 Years, I Have Worked 7 Days A Week Apart From Bank Holiday Weekends, And Have Decided That Some Quality Family Time, Along With Time Out For Myself Is Needed At Least One Day A Week. I Will Continue To Work Saturdays. This Change Will Come Into Effect From Sunday 29 August 2021. 

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

"Learning Is A Treasure That Will Follow It's Owner Everywhere."

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Ben began his 12 EDT Lessons with me back in January of this year. He had them completed by the end of April and got word of his Driving Test in May. However, the nerves got the better of him on his 1st attempt and he lost out. Ben's driving was always very good and I'm confident that had he done the mock test with me prior to that 1st test, he would have passed on his 1st attempt as he wouldn't have been so nervous. However, this morning, he finally got his full licence. Congratulations Ben. Best wishes to you and stay safe on the roads. Well done.

Ben Fleming

Ballybrittas, Co. Laois.

Date Test Passed:-

Wednesday 28 July 2021

Test Centre:- Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

"I would highly recommend Ray as your instructor for learning how to drive. He got me out of a lot of bad habits that I couldn’t get out of myself, very nice man and very patient. Thanks again Ray for teaching me the right way to drive on the road" 

Ben Fleming.

I first met Caoimhe way back in May 2019 when she began her EDT Lessons with me. She did 3 with me and then switched to another instructor and I never seen her again until June of this year when she came back on EDT No. 10.  She completed the remainder of her lessons with me and went on to do the mock test yesterday and the pre test lesson this morning and in another glorious day of sunshine, she went out and passed on her very 1st attempt. Congratulations Caoimhe and best wishes for the future. You have achieved your goal. Stay safe on the roads.

Caoimhe Kennedy

Killenard, Portarlington, Co. Laois.

Date Test Passed:-

Friday 23 July 2021

Test Centre:- Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

"I completed the end few of my driving lessons and a mock test with Ray, and could not recommend him more! He helped me transform from a very nervous driver to being confident on the roads and taught me all I needed to know for the test. I am so thankful for him because without a doubt I wouldn’t have passed my test first time without his help and guidance". 

Caoimhe Kennedy.

Aodh began his 12 EDT Lessons last Novermber in Portlaoise. From the very start, he was a very polite young man who already had driving skills but just like any other student, bad habits. He quickly learned all the skills to bring him to test standard and he opted to do the Driving Test in Tullamore. He was so unlucky on his 1st attempt on the last day of May as nerves got the better of him. This is very common with students on test day. When he contacted me earlier this week and said he had a 2nd test date for today, I was already booked out with another test and couldn't fit him in for a pre test lesson, but I knew if he overcame his nerves, he would get through and he did. I met him in the car park just afterwards as my other test candidate was coming in and managed to get the photo. Congratulations Aodh. It was a pleasure working with you and best wishes for the future. Stay safe on the roads and remember that driving is for whole of life....and not just a driving test. Best of luck.

Aodh Bowes

Rosenallis, Co. Laois.

Date Test Passed:-

Friday 23 July 2021

Test Centre:- Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

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Santa first started her EDT Lessons with me way back in October 2019. She was living in Portarlington at the time and the vast majority of her lessons were done there as she was a total beginner. She was one of the hardest working students I ever had, and the tears after a lesson because she couldn't grasp certain aspects of the lesson only made her stronger. She moved to Portlaoise and purchased her own car in which she mastered everthing I put into her logbook and after we did the mock test yesterday, I told her the test was hers to throw away. She was so good. And today, she went out in the glorious sunshine and went from (her own words, zero to hero) in about a half an hour or so. I was so proud of her and despite COVID-19, she gave me a hug and her husband shook my hand. Congratulations Santa. You nailed it on your 1st attempt. Well done.

Santa Lavrinovica

Portlaoise, Co. Laois.

Date Test Passed:-

Thursday 22 July 2021

Test Centre:- Portlaoise, Co. Laois.

"I choose Ray as my driving instructor from one of the highest ratings on google near my location.

I started as a complete zero, had no driving experience or knowledge about cars. He was very polite, we started slowly with the "baby steps". From the first day, he said " I hate to see when a student wasting their driving lessons by not practising and improving their skills. Practice practice practice. Every day."

I tried my best, but I guess I wasn't the brightest student he got. I cried my eyes out almost after every lesson we had. Not because he was shouting or something, but because he's very straight and strict when it comes to driving. Pointing out every mistake I did. Listen to every word he's saying. There is a reason on everything he says.

I was waiting so long for approval from Ray, saying "You did well today" or "it wasn't bad at all, well done Santa".

The turning point was when I got my car.

Saying all this it was a great experience.

I Pass in my first go, and all because of Ray being so strict in his teaching manner.

10 ⭐ and a little more, highly recommend him. Thank you very much, Ray."

Santa Lavrinovica.

Marsel did all his 12 EDT Lessons with me in Portlaoise as he was living there. But he opted to do the Driving Test in Tullamore and unfortunately I couldn't be with him this morning as I was in Portlaoise with Santa on her test. I was so happy for him when he sent me the picture below of his Certificate Of Competency having passed his test on his very 1st attempt. Congratulations Marsel. Safe driving for the future.

Marsel Aliaj

Portlaoise, Co. Laois.

Date Test Passed:-

Thursday 22 July 2021

Test Centre:- Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

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Aron came to me when he had completed 6 EDT Lessons with another instructor and decided to finish out the rest of his training with me. He had plenty of driving experience but a lot of bad habits which needed correcting. He was such a pleasure to work with and when I did the mock test the day before his real test, I knew he would pass today, and he did on his very 1st attempt. The Driver Tester told him that it was the drive of the month. Congratulations Aron and I wish you all the very best for the future. Stay safe on the roads and keep with your good habits. Well done.

Aron O' Connor

Portarlington, Co. Laois.

Date Test Passed:-

Wednesday 14 July 2021

Test Centre:- Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

"Great lessons, passed first time, highly recommended."

Aron O' Connor.


It was just a week before Christmas when Dan first came to me. He had completed 7 EDT Lessons with another instructor and decided to finish out his training with me. He had a lot of bad habits which he worked hard to get rid of and the mock test showed up a lot of these. However, after the pre test lesson this morning, he put all his bad habits behind him and went out and passed his test his 1st attempt. Congratulations Dan.

Daniel Delaney

Borris Road, Portlaoise, Co. Laois.

Date Test Passed:-

Monday 05 July 2021

Test Centre:- Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

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I first met Niamh in August of last year when she began her EDT Lessons. She is a sister of Sarah who passed with me way back in January 2016. (Photo on Gallery) She finished all her lessons in November but like so many students, COVID-19 delayed her test date. However, she went out today and nailed it on her 1st attempt. Congratulations Niamh. Well done and best wishes for the future. 

Niamh Hurley

Killenard, Co. Laois.

Date Test Passed:-

Wednesday 16 June 2021

Test Centre:- Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

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I first met Robbie last September and from the very start, we got on so well. He was such a nice young man and was already a driver, but had a lot of bad habits. He worked hard and finished his EDT Lessons in November. Because of the backlog of tests and COVID-19,  he didn't get called until today, and went out and smashed it on his very 1st attempt. Congratulations Robbie and all the very best of good luck for the future. Stay safe on the roads.

Robert O' Rourke

Redgate, Clonehurke, Ballyfin, Co. Laois.

Date Test Passed:-

Thursday 03 June 2021

Test Centre:- Portlaoise, Co. Laois.

"Brilliant driving instructor, a pleasure to drive with and a good man for a laugh and bit of craic, wouldn’t have passed first time without him."

Robbie O' Rourke.

I first met Sally back in January of this year when she had completed 10 lessons with another instructor.. She decided to switch to me and complete the EDT Lessons and applied for a test. She was very unlucky on her 1st attempt, but this afternoon, she was determined not to fail. An absolutely lovely young lady who I got on so well with and enjoyed our time together. Congratulations Sally and all the very best of good wishes to you for the future. Stay safe on the roads.

Sally O' Donnell

Portarlington, Co. Laois.

Date Test Passed:-

Thursday 13 May 2021

Test Centre:- Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

"Ray was such a great instructor. He never shouted at me and he never made me feel like I was terrible at driving. I passed my test on my second go in Tullamore and I am so delighted. I honestly couldn't recommend Ray enough. 5 stars for my favourite instructor!!!!"

Sally O' Donnell.

It's hard to believe that it was last July that I first met Sergei in Portlaoise. A very nice young man, we got on very well right from the beginning. He was already a driver with his full licence from Russia but had a lot of bad habits which he worked on really hard to break. I was so happy for him when he passed the test on his 1st attempt. Congratulations Sergei and well done. 

Sergei Krasnovskii

Killenard, Portarlington, Co. Laois.

Date Test Passed:-

Wednesday 21 April 2021

Test Centre:- Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

"Thank you so much Ray, I passed exam for the first time. This is your merit as an excellent teacher. Your lessons were very interesting and you were very polite with me. Thank you so much."

Sergei Krasnovskii.

It was November 2019 when I first met Niall.  With the initial lockdown of the country in March 2020 due to COVID-19, it delayed Niall completing his 12 EDT Lessons until recently. Congratulations on passing the test on your 1st attempt Niall. I told you that you had this in the bag. Best wishes for the future, especially in your new job which you start on Monday.

Niall Reid

Portarlington, Co. Laois.

Date Test Passed:-

Friday 19 March 2021

Test Centre:- Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

"Brilliant Driving Instructor. Says it as it is. 10/10."

Niall Reid.

From the first time I met Mark back in August 2020 when he began his EDT Lessons, I knew this was a young man who meant business and was so focused on doing everything correctly to achieving his full licence. He was an absolute gentleman and a pleasure to work with and I wish more students were as determined. My job would be so much easier. I was so happy for Mark today when he passed on his 1st attempt with his family there to support him. Congratulations Mark and the very best of good luck for the future. Stay safe and remember that driving is for whole life.....not just a test.

Mark O' Neill

Walsh Island, Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

Date Test Passed:-

Thursday 18 March 2021

Test Centre:- Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

"Thanks a million for everything Ray. I couldn't have asked for a better instructor. For the confidence and the knowledge that I needed to pass my test. 6 months and 12 lessons finally paid off. Couldn't recommend you enough. You're great and I appreciate everything"

Mark O' Neill.

Elizabeth began her EDT Lessons last August in Portlaoise and finished them in Tullamore where she wanted to do her test. A very pleasant and polite young lady, she quickly adopted all the correct procedures and mastering of her driving skills. When I did the mock test with her yesterday, I just knew, unless there was an absolute disaster, that she would pass on her 1st attempt this morning. Congratulations Elizabeth and best wishes. 

Elizabeth Abrama

Portlaoise, Co. Laois.

Date Test Passed:-

Tuesday 16 March 2021

Test Centre:- Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

"Thank you Ray for everything ! I’ve gained so much confidence on the road from each lesson that I’ve had in the past 7 months. I could not be happier with how everything went !"

Elizabeth Abrama.

I met Dylan for the first time exactly 6 months to the day on 05 September when he began his EDT Lessons. He took to them really well and despite the challenges everyone faces with the COVID-19 pandemic, he kept going, determined to complete all of his training. Unfortunately, I couldn't be with him this morning as I was engaged elsewhere, but was so happy when he contacted me to tell me that he passed the test on his 1st attempt. Congratulations Dylan and best wishes going forward.

Dylan Beacon

Portarlington, Co. Laois.

Date Test Passed:-

Friday 05 March 2021

Test Centre:- Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

"Hi Ray. Hope all is well. I've just passed the test. Thanks very much for all the help in the lessons. I learned a great deal."

Dylan Beacon.

I first got to know Tara way back in July 2020 when she began her EDT Lessons. She was a total beginner with no experience but was always asking questions which always shows me a great interest in learning. She managed to purchase her own car to continue her practice sessions and this really helped her. She couldn't get a test date in Tullamore and opted for Portlaoise which wasn't successful so she re-applied to Tullamore and passed on her 2nd attempt. Congratulations Tara and best wishes.

Tara Pidgeon

Portarlington, Co. Laois.

Date Test Passed:- 

Thursday 25 February 2021

Test Centre:- Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

" Hi Ray, I passed my test today!!!. Just wanted to say thanks so much for all your help over the past few months".

Tara Pidgeon.

Michelle started her 12 EDT Lessons way back in October 2019.  She had very little driving experience but was always committed to doing her very best on each lesson. After a very nervous first test which didn't work out well for her, she applied again for the 2nd time and got back into the training and lost the nerves. I was delighted for her when she passed today. Congratulations Michelle. I wish you every success for the future. 

Michelle Byrne

Portarlington, Co. Laois.

Date Test Passed:-

Friday 19 February 2021

Test Centre:- Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

"I started with very little experience driving, Ray helped me to become more confident behind the wheel and taught me all I needed to know. I would highly recommend Ray for driving lessons and thanks again Ray" 

Michelle Byrne.

I first met Molly back in July 2020 just as the country was slowly been re-opened after the original COVID-19 lockdown. She was a very pleasant and polite young lady and was great for asking questions which showed a real sign in learning. She finished all her EDT Lessons just before Christmas and passed her test today on her very 1st attempt. Congratulations Molly. Best wishes to you for the future and stay safe on the roads.

Molly O' Brien

Portarlington, Co. Laois.

Date Test Passed:-

Tuesday 02 February 2021

Test Centre:- Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

"Ray, I passed first time! I can't believe it....I work all the time with horses on the farm so I got a test at short notice. Thank you so much for all your help."

Molly O' Brien.

I first met Niamh last September. She already had her EDT Lessons completed with another instructor and so we worked on extra lessons to bring her up to Driving Test standard. Niamh was an absolute pleasure to work with, as she took on board everything I was saying and working hard to correct her mistakes. This morning, she passed her test and got her just rewards. Congratulations Niamh and well done. I'm going to miss our chats and our laughs together. Remember, "Driving is for whole life...not just a test". Best wishes for the future.

Niamh Halligan Downey

Droughill, Portarlington, Co. Laois.

Date Test Passed:-

Friday 15 January 2021

Test Centre:- Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

"Ray is such a good instructor.When I started with him I was so nervous but he helped me gain confidence and my driving drastically improved. We always had a good laugh while getting the work done. Couldn't recommend him enough.Thanks again Ray"

Niamh Halligan Downey.

  • I first met Tiernan way back in August 2019 and at that point, he was a complete beginner. He continued his lessons right up to the COVID-19 lockdown in March 2020 and then like so many others, were confined to staying at home. However, he came back with all guns blazing and ready to complete his remaining EDT Lessons. After he completed the mock test with me last week, I knew he would pass today and he did, on his very 1st attempt. Congratulations Tiernan and best wishes for the future.

Tiernan Swords

Edenderry, Co. Offaly.

Date Test Passed:-

Monday 11 January 2021

Test Centre:- Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

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