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The Leaders in Driver Education Since 1961.

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ISM Driving School

Life in the Driver’s Seat

ISM Driving School provides driving lessons in all major licence categories for private and professional drivers. We are also Ireland’s largest Approved Driving Instructor training provider. We offer our learner drivers the benefits of six decades of experience, unparalleled local knowledge, and access to a huge range of resources to help our pupils to succeed on their first time. ISM Driving School has a team of over two hundred Driving Instructors operating lessons with the newest learner driver training fleet, seven days a week, throughout every county in Ireland.

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Accelerate Professional Growth

ISM Training Services, launched in 2010, delivers training courses by leading Instructors and Trainers within their area of industry expertise. Our suite of Training Courses supports both organisations and individuals by providing continued skills development, leading to qualifications, certifications, upskilling, or vocational further training. As Ireland’s specialist Training Service provider in Forklift Operator and Instructor training, transport sector Driver and Management training, and construction sector Health and Safety training, we give our commitment to our customers to receive the highest standard, and the most competitively priced, accredited training available on the market today.

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ISM Recruitment

Solutions for Jobseekers and Employers

ISM Recruitment, established in 2012, is an employment agency working in the Driver, Warehouse, Construction, Healthcare and Office Support industries and places candidates in permanent, short-term and temporary jobs throughout Ireland. For jobseekers, we deliver an effective process from registration to placement and assist in preparing a CV and bringing out their best skills and abilities in an interview situation. For employers, we source trained, qualified, and talented individuals and match the most suitable staff for available positions. We use our unique 5-point screening programme for candidate selection. Therefore, our recruitment process, for jobseekers and employers, is seamless and today we are the largest driver recruitment agency in Ireland.

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The People Behind the Wheel

We are proud of our heritage in driver tuition. The first person to pass the driving test in Ireland was taught by our Director and Founder, John Walsh. This year we celebrate and give thanks for our sixty years of promoting safe driving habits in Ireland. We are searching for people who learned to drive with us during the past six decades and we specifically want to know how driving changed their lives for the better. Today, ISM is a second-generation family business, and our team of driver education experts, trainers and recruitment consultants is headed by Managing Director, Karl Walsh. See our photo archives as we take a drive down memory lane.

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Irish School of Motoring opens in 1912 and issues certificates to those who could carefully manage cars in traffic.


The Driving Test was introduced into Ireland. John and Pat Walsh take over ISM and start providing driving lessons.


ISM expands its fleet to 4 training cars, consisting of 2 Morris Minis, 1 Morris 1100 and a Ford Anglia.

Early 1980s

ISM achieves an overall pass rate of 90%. The Driving School expands its offices to Ranelagh, Navan, Donaghmede, Tallaght, Dundrum, Terenure, Dun Laoghaire, Fairview, Fitzgibbon Street, Crumlin and Churchtown.

Mid 1980s

ISM expands its training services to provide professional training in Rigids, Artics, Minibuses, Coaches and Motorcycles.


John and Pat Walsh celebrate a milestone of 25 years in business. ISM introduces a franchise model whereby driving instructors became self employed.


ISM opens up online bookings for driving lessons and closed down final office on Dorset Street in 2009. ISM Training Services is established providing forklift, warehouse and logistics training. This expands into health and safety, fire safety and first aid.

Celebrate 60 Years with ISM

ISM is celebrating 60 years in business.
We wouldn’t be where we are without the learner’s we’ve helped along the way. We would love to hear from you or a loved one who is learning or has learned to drive with ISM!