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1 ROCK SOLID DRIVING SCHOOL

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


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

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Known by all his friends as Ozzy, and originally from Turkey, I met this very nice chap for the first time back in June. He was a good student who spared no expense in wanting to pass his Driving Test 1st time out. A pleasure to teach and he was always willing to learn more. Congratulations Ozzy. I'm very proud of you. This is one Christmas present you will never forget.

Oguzhan (Ozzy) Caglardere

Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

Date Test Passed:-

Monday 17 December 2012.

Test Centre:- Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

"Thank you so much Ray for everything that you have done for me. I can't believe that I passed 1st time out. Most of my friends did it on their 2nd attempt. You have been a great Instructor and I will pass on your name to anyone I know wanting to do their test. Thanks again."

Oguzhan (Ozzy) Caglardere.

I first met Ibrar when he was half way through his EDT training programme and decided to change Instructors. After a very unlucky 1st attempt on his Driving Test, Ibrar came back today fully determined to put things right and finally got the result he so deserved 1st time around. Congratulations Ibrar, and thank you for choosing me to help you through. Best of luck to you.

Ibrar Hussain

Portlaoise, Co. Laois.

Date Test Passed:-

Thursday 13 December 2012.

Test Centre:- Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

"Thank you very much sir for been a great teacher....I learned some really great advice from you and I am so happy that I have now passed my driving test. I will remember all the good habits you showed me. Thank you again sir for all your patience."

Ibrar Hussain.

Timothy got his 1st Irish learner permit on the 01 October 2012. When he contacted me, and said he was exempt from the 6 month rule on the test, the 12 EDT Lessons were done as an intensive course along with the mock test, and pre test. We spent almost 6 hours per day for 4 days in training. This has to be the fastest time anyone has got their full licence from the learner permit. 01 Oct 2012 - 16 Nov 2012. Congratulations Timothy.

Timothy Malaolu

Portarlington, Co. Laois.

Date Test Passed:-

Friday 16 November 2012.

Test Centre:- Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

"Thank you so much for being highly professional Ray! Your professionalism, support and understanding made the difference! When I told Ray I needed to get my full licence in a very short space of time due to work committments, he backed me all the way. I can't believe it myself that I have passed the test 1st time out. A true professional who is very very good at what he does. Thank you so much"

Timothy Malaolu.

I first met Sean back in June of this year and was highly impressed by his kind and gentle manner. We had some laughs along the journey and even though he was nervous before the test, I knew that if he gave half of what he was capable of, then he would be on the road to success. Congratulations Sean. One hell of a nice guy who passed his test on his very 1st attempt.

Sean Murphy

Portarlington, Co. Laois.

Date Test Passed:-

Friday 09 November 2012.

Test Centre:- Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

"I can't believe it but today I passed my driving test on my first attempt ever! I honestly can't talk highly enough of the help I got from Ray. He is a fantastic instructor who takes a personal interest in the success of each and every student. We've been working at these driving lessons ever since early on in the summer and I've never felt let down. Now at long last I can hit the road properly! Thanks again Drill Sergeant O' Connor! I'll be recommending you to all of my friends!" Sean Murphy

Anita and Rodger above, actually met in the test centre today as their paths crossed. Anita went out on her test after Rodger. A truly salt of the earth lady with a bubbly personality who I really liked from the start and it was such a pleasure to see both students get the results they worked so hard for. Congratulations to ye both and safe driving for the future. Well done.

Anita Westman

Ballycumber, Co. Offaly.

Date Test Passed:-

Monday 01 October 2012.

Test Centre:- Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

"I passed my test today, all thanks to Ray... His persistance and hard work got me through it.. It was a pleasure to learn under him... Thanks a mil Ray, you're a legend"

Anita Westman.

Rodger had been driving for many years abroad but unfortunately let his licence expire and had to start all over again. He was so willing and determined to master all the good habits of driving that he was even practicing in his own car when I would only be leaving him after his lessons. A very nice guy who received the result he so much deserved today.

Rodger Tango

Portarlington, Co. Laois.

Date Test Passed:-

Monday 01 October 2012.

Test Centre:- Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

"Ray, I can't thank you enough! Passed my test today first try. Was worried about a few manoeuvres, but your helpful tips seemed to stick. The mock test and pretest came in very handy and your marking was 99% spot on. A brilliant instructor that's there from start to end. I'll recommend you to all my friends, Thanks again Ray and all the best for the future." 

Rodger Tango.

It was Emma's Dad, Andrew who first contacted me in relation to getting lessons for Emma. She had failed her test twice before with another Instructor and was very anxious for her to do well on her 3rd attempt. Emma was an extremely polite young lady who took everything in that I was telling her and I knew when we did the mock test that she would have no problems making her wish come true. Well done Emma. Safe Driving.

Emma Fingleton

Portarlington, Co. Offaly.

Date Test Passed:-

Friday 31 August 2012.

Test Centre:- Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

"Passed my test today all thanks to Ray! After failing before, Ray focused in on the areas I was weak on and gave me tips on what testers would be looking out for. The pre test this morning was great as it allowed you to get familiar with any obstacles on the day. The DVD's were also a great bonus! I cannot thank you enough for your help, I'll be recommending you to all my friends".

Emma Fingleton.

For John to pass his Driving test 1st time out today was so important to me because of the fact that he is my 1st Cousin's son. I was so thrilled for him. He had put in a lot of effort and made the journey from Newbridge to Tullamore with me every week for the last couple of months doing 2 hour sessions which were reflected in his result today. Congratulations John, I'm very proud of you and remember, "SAFE DRIVING IS FOR LIFE".

John McKenna

Newbridge, Co. Kildare.

Date Test Passed:-

Monday 27 August 2012.

Test Centre:- Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

"Ray, you're a star, I passed my driving test today and I couldn't have done it without your help. You were an absolutely brilliant instructor from day one. So patient with everything and explained everything clearly. The diagrams of the manoeuvers to demonstrate how the point of turn is found were excellent and also the DVDs. A true professional, and you take massive pride in what you do, You're a gentleman. I cannot thank you enough for what you have done for me. The hard work really paid off. I am delighted. And I wish you all the best in the future". - John McKenna.

Chandar was a very good student to teach. He was forever asking questions which is really what all Driving Instructors love to hear. It shows that the student has a vested interest in wanting to do really well. And it paid off, 1st time out today. Congratulations Chandar. Job well done.

Chandar Lal

Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

Date Test Passed:-

Monday 20 August 2012.

Test Centre:- Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

"Thank you Ray, you were a great, professional instructor. Your tips and advice really helped me to pass the test first time and I will continue following your advice in the future too for safe driving. In my opinion the mock test was very useful and gave me an insight of where I stand before the real test. Your handouts and dvd were beneficial aswell. I really appreciate your teaching and would recommend you to anyone." - Chandar Lal.

The passing of Eoin's test today was so significant for me because Eoin is a brother of Fiona Conroy who passed her test with me back in March of this year. (See photo above) To have a brother and sister pass their test with me was a highlight of my 2 short years as a Driving Instructor. Well done Eoin, I'm very proud of you. Congratulations and safe driving.

Eoin Conroy

Portarlington, Co. Laois.

Date Test Passed:-

Monday 30 July 2012.

Test Centre:- Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

"Many thanks Ray for helping me pass my driving test. You gave me a lot of simple tips that made the manoeuvers that first seemed difficult become simple to do in the test. I found the mock test to be extremely beneficial, and it gave a real feel for what the actual test would be like. You have been a fantastic Instructor and I would highly recommend you to anyone." 

Eoin Conroy.

When I first med Sinéad, she was just a bag of nerves as she said herself. However, she showed great determination and spirit and was willing to listen. A truly nice lady with a big heart, she deserved so much to pass her test today. Congratulations Sinéad and safe driving.

Sinéad Donoghue

Moate, Co. Westmeath.

Date Test Passed:-

Thursday 14 June 2012.

Test Centre:- Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

"Ray, I can't believe I've passed today.....I really thought I had messed things up. I was let down with another Instructor who told me I had no chance of passing the test and then I met you. You gave me great confidence and tips on how to pass and it really worked. My sister is doing her test today aswell and I wish she had you to bring her out. Thanks a lot Ray for all your help". Sinéad Donoghue.

I found Liam to be a very pleasant and polite young man who was really anxious to pass his test. Despite been very nervous, he showed great spirit and determination in wanting to succeed on his 1st attempt and I was so happy and proud when he achieved that goal today. Well done Liam.

Liam Byrne

Portlaoise, Co. Laois.

Date Test Passed:-

Saturday 09 June 2012.

Test Centre:- Portlaoise, Co. Laois.

"Ray, you are a legend....I'm over the moon. Can't believe I've passed 1st time out. I was very nervous in the waiting room but you told me to just relax and focus. I really needed that full licence for August and now I have it...thanks to you."

Liam Byrne.

David was one of my EDT Students who commenced his training last October 2011. After a very unlucky result in his 1st Driving Test back in February, (he missed it by one mark) David quickly bounced back and was more than ready for today's test. Congratulations David. Well done.

David Mazur

Kilbeggan, Co. Westmeath.

Date Test Passed:-

Thursday 17 May 2012.

Test Centre:- Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

"Thank you a lot Ray for helping me pass... Was very scared the first time i was trying to pass my driving test... but i learned what i did bad on my 1st try and passed the second time with your guide.. the videos you were showing were great." 

David Mazur.



Fiona was an absolute joy to teach and took everything on board really well. After an unfavourable result in Portlaoise, she picked herself up and followed my advice to apply again in Tullamore. I was so happy Fiona got the result she so greatly deserved and should have got 1st time around.

Fiona Conroy

Portarlington, Co. Laois.

Date Test Passed:-

Friday 09 March 2012.

Test Centre:- Tullamore, Co. Offaly.

"Thank you so much Ray for all your help. Even after the set back I had, you gave me great confidence in my driving. I definitely wouldn't have been able to pass my test without your help and guidance, so thank you very much".

Fiona Conroy.

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