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The Leaders in Driver Education Since 1961.

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ISM Driving School

Life in the Driver’s Seat

Known as the Leaders in Driver Education Since 1961, ISM Driving School provides driving lessons in all major licence categories for both private and professional drivers, from learners through to the most experienced drivers looking to upskill. Our team of over 200 Approved Driving Instructors provide driving lessons with the newest fleet of vehicles, seven days a week, throughout every county in Ireland.

Each year an incredible 30,000+ learner drivers learn to drive with ISM. ISM Driving School is also a professional driver training provider for organisations of all types and sizes, from government agencies and multinationals through to both large and small Irish businesses. Our network of over 200 qualified driving instructors, and private and public professional driver training contracts are overseen by our General Manager, Steve Murray. Business customers can contact Steve directly at: stevemurray@ism.ie

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Accelerate Professional Growth

ISM Training Services supports both individuals and organisations with continuous skills development, leading to qualifications, certifications, upskilling, or vocational further training. We specialise in Transport & Logistics, Working at Height, and Health & Safety Training. Our Forklift Training Centres are the largest purpose-built training centres in the country, providing Operator, Instructor and Supervisor Courses. ISM Training Services works in tandem with our award-winning Recruitment Services, enabling us to assist trainees to secure employment and further career opportunities.

ISM’s Training Courses are delivered by highly experienced Instructors and Trainers within their area of industry expertise. Our suite of Training Courses support both organisations and individuals by delivering continuous professional development for people at all stages of their careers. Our comprehensive training portfolio and the development and nurturing of long-term client training relationships is managed by Training Services Manager, Paul Kenny. Business customers can contact Paul directly at: paulkenny@ism.ie

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ISM Recruitment

Solutions for Jobseekers and Employers

ISM Recruitment provides permanent, contract and temporary recruitment solutions for jobseekers and employers in the Driver, Logistics, Warehouse, Construction, Healthcare and Office Support industries. For jobseekers, we deliver an effective process from registration to placement. For employers, we source trained, qualified, and talented individuals and match the most suitable staff for available positions. Our recruitment process, for both jobseekers and employers, is seamless and today we partner with over 520 companies throughout Ireland to meet all their recruitment needs.

ISM Recruitment provides practical and effective recruitment solutions under the leadership of General Manager, Mike Fitzpatrick. Mike and his team are dedicated to offering the best career and industry advice and recruitment solutions to both employers and jobseekers. In just 10 years, ISM Recruitment has grown to be Ireland’s No. 1 Driver Recruitment Agency, combining recruitment and training expertise, and setting the benchmark for our other specialist recruitment divisions. Contact: mikefitzpatrick@ism.ie

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The People Behind the Wheel

The first person to pass the driving test in Ireland was taught by our Director and Founder, John Walsh in 1961. Today, ISM is a second-generation Irish family-owned business, and our team of driver education experts, trainers and recruitment consultants is headed by our Managing Director, Karl Walsh.

Karl’s philosophy has been to create services and to build a team that complement each other. Karl’s interests continues to include driver education, specifically driving instructor training. We are proud of the fact that the majority of Ireland’s driving instructors have been trained by ISM! Both ISM Training and ISM Recruitment were developed to be responsive to the training and staffing needs of companies and employers, not to mention jobseekers and employees. For many of our individual customers, the natural pathway is to learn, become qualified and gain fulfilling employment. See our photo archives as we take a drive down memory late.

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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.