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Car Lesson Testimonials

To anyone either starting to drive or doing a prep for their driving test, I highly recommend ISM! My ISM Instructor was very well prepared and knew the routes, questions, and layouts of the test. The car was in the best condition for my driving lessons and my Instructor made my driving considerably better. If I didn’t have ISM I wouldn’t have passed my test. Very professional and always on time!



Dear ISM

My name is Kenneth Matildo. I was your student for a 6 hours but in those 6 hours prior to my examination I have learned more than in a week of daily practice. Your lessons were not just for learning but for refining skills already learned. Each lesson was a constant learning experience. Learning how to refine certain manoeuvres and to spot bad habits and also how to react or act in a certain situation.

ISM’s lessons proved helpful in applying to my day to day practice. The positive nature and tendency to calmly explain my mistakes while teaching me the solution rather than getting annoyed or upset like some other instructors was really nice to experience.

I am really happy for having taken your lessons and I would highly recommend you to anyone else.


Kenneth Matildo

Udo has been a fantastic driving instructor who I would thoroughly recommend to everyone. He has so much patience and is always very good humoured. I was a nervous driver at first however, Udo helped me build confidence while driving and I always looked forward to the lessons. He provided a challenge each lesson so I always felt like I was progressing and learning new skills. I’m happy to say that I passed first time by using all the skills and useful phrases Udo taught me. A big thank you for all your help!


Just would appreciate it if you would pass on my congratulations on a job well done for hiring Dave McCormack my ISM driving instructor. I don’t usually bother with these type of emails but it just has to be said. He not only was disciplined in his teaching but most importantly I actually enjoyed it and was a lot more confident and relaxed going for my test which I passed with no problems. Because of him my wife would like to book some lessons with Dave when she returns from her holidays at the end of the month so she will be in contact with you soon, again, well done and please pass this mail to the relevant person as people seldom write emails to support people, more that ever to just complain so I hope this mail doesn’t fall on deaf ears, he deserves a pat on the back (figure of speech) Thanks again and I will recommend ISM anytime I get the chance.

Dave Clancy

I would like to thank ISM for their help during my lessons and I just want to acknowledge how incredible my instructor, Robert Speroni, was. He had an abundance of patience and had a way of making me believe in myself. He was always so encouraging and obviously took pride in his job. His guidance was invaluable to me and I would recommend his tutelage to anyone hoping to pass their test.

Hazel Murray

Thank you so much for teaching me to drive and for giving me the skills and confidence to pass my driving test first time. With every lesson I progressed so much and with your guidance, encouragement and patience I progressed into a safe and competent driver.

For the special manoeuvres, I found your diagrams and notes to be brilliant because I could study them at home and practice between lessons. These proved to be invaluable in the weeks coming up to my test. I looked forward to all of your lessons. You made them all so informative, enjoyable and varied so as to cover every type of driving situation. John, you are a brilliant driving instructor. Always friendly and in such good form and very understanding of the learner drivers needs. You genuinely want your pupils to be safe and confident drivers for life.

I am delighted to pass my driving test first time. I couldn’t have passed the test without you.

Thanks a million.


Hi, my name is Jurica Pavlek and I had my driving test scheduled in Tallaght.

After many lessons taken from ISM’s competitor I failed my driving test more than often. I went through a difficult time of giving up my driving. I was up the walls terrified of ever going near the testing centre again. I met with my ISM Instructor Danny just 2 months before my test was scheduled. He helped me to realise my mistakes and told me that teamwork always wins. He managed to make me realise that my failures were not personal. He has very professional and conductive approach to learning and I would highly recommend him to anyone who is learning driving skills for life. Thank you very much Danny, you played big role in winning this task!

Jurica Pavlek

A comment of thanks…

I recently passed my driving test after a couple of unsuccessful tries. I turned to the Irish School of Motoring desperately seeking good advice and instruction to help me pass. After a few hours tutorial with my driving instructor around Raheny I was soon feeling confident! I just wanted to get in contact with the School in order to share my gratitude and success story. I hope potential future students read my comment and decide to book with the Irish School of Motoring for their pre-test courses as they encourage and motivate you all the way. Thanks again to ISM. They made my day!

Charlotte Mooney

I completed and passed my test in Navan this morning and thankfully passed, I had a pretest with John, one of your instructors in Navan on Tuesday. I found his advice and guidance excellent! Also I have to compliment you on your website, I signed up for the pretest on line, it was truly informative and such a vital asset in passing my test, it was so convenient to login at times that suited me in the comfort of my own home, it is a wonderful service. I will be recommending ISM to all my friends and family, and for those in the Navan area, I will definitely be recommending John as an instructor.

With my most sincere thanks,

Maria Walsh

Just a quick note to say that I passed my driving test today in Finglas on my first try! I’m absolutely delighted! I want to credit this website, in particular the online driving lessons, the videos are brilliant, very easy to understand and thorough! I spent the last few days searching the web for similar sites, this one is by far the most professionally done. Well done, I will definitely spread the word to everyone I know!

Thanks again,


I just wanted to send a quick email to highlight the great work that one of your employee’s Dermot is doing.
I passed my driving test this morning and while I am obviously delighted; I know I could not have done it without the expertise, guidance and patience that Dermot has shown.
This was the second time I took the test and Dermot worked with me to identify all the areas of concern and one by one rectified them; I will never fear reversing around a corner again!!
Dermot has always been a complete professional, even when I was shouting and getting frustrated at myself, he has always let me get it out of my system and then with great patience and humour forced me to deal with the pertinent issues.
The tester this morning complimented my driving and in particular my use of mirrors and awareness of what was going on around me; this I can categorically say is  purely down to Dermot, who in the space of a month has made me a much better driver.

I would have no hesitation in recommending the ISM and Dermot in particular to any of my friends or colleagues.

Oliver O’Connor

On behalf of my wife Yanyan Sun I wish to express my sincere thanks to David in ISM who has been helping her learn to drive recently. With so many Chinese people now living in Ireland It really is now essential for them to have access to a Chinese speaking instructor while learning to drive. Yanyan’s skill and confidence are growing as a direct result of David’s instruction and when she feels she is ready to take her driving test – she intends to book another series of lessons with David again.

She would also have no problem in recommending David in ISM to her Chinese friends in Dublin.

It is to be hoped that other driving schools will follow your example and employ instructors who have the ability to teach clients in their native language.

Mr Wong

I sat my test today in Finglas Test centre & passed. In the past two months I have been taken lessons from Olivia Whelan. Olivia is a great instructor. Her teaching style is excellent and made you feel confident even after making mistakes. The weekend before the test she made herself available for pre-test drives, which was also invaluable.


Just to let you know that thanks to the lessons with ISM my son David passed his test without problem on Monday! He booked an additional 3 lessons including one on the day of the test.

He was delighted with your instructor and would wholeheartedly recommend him to his friends. We have both liked your page on Facebook and found the pretest videos very helpful.

We will be booking with you again within the next year for my daughter who turns 17 this year!

Many thanks for your help.


Driver CPC Testimonials

I have attended the CPC with ISM Dublin for the past five years, and i have found that they are about the best i have attended, and would advice that any 1 using ISM should look out for the instructor Terry, he keeps the class involved at all times. The place is clean, plenty of space in class, and all the staff are helpful at all times, and easy to find. I see they also offer CPC Training in Tallaght now!

John Darley

I have recently completed 5 modules for driver CPC for trucks in ISM in Finglas. The service and quality of training is exceptional and the facilities are excellent offering a warm and welcoming environment. The class sizes are not to big and the involvement and feedback you get during the class is very good. I had three different tutors Terry, Robert and Andy who delivered each module with the utmost professionalism and in a very friendly manner. Any questions that were asked of them were answered in a concise manner and to the point leaving you with newly gained knowledge of the subject. I also done my forklift training in ISM last year and that was delivered in the same professional way by John and Brian. I can’t recommend ISM enough and would encourage anyone wanting to become a professional driver whether it be trucks, buses or cars to look no further than ISM as you won’t find a better more comprehensive training environment that ISM.

Michael O'Connell

I just wanted let you know that the service provided by ISM’s CPC training courses. I had two very interesting and fun days last Friday and Saturday and it was a very positive experience for me.
Terry Curtis Excellent instructor, friendly, approachable and very knowledgeable.
I am not easily impressed, reserved with my praise, and do not usually complete surveys but Terry Curtis was excellent, the best I’ve experienced.
It was easy going, well put into Powerpoint, interactive with excellent group exercises, and made me feel at ease, able to practise my communicating. Lots of excellent tips and hints, he was able to explain difficult subjects in simple ways.
I intend on taking more courses with ISM in the future and will recommend to my manager as well to friends and workmates.

Petras Vainilavicius

Motorcycle Lesson Testimonials

I am writing this short note to express my heartfelt thanks to my motorcycle instructor in ISM. I have passed my Category A Motorcycle test yesterday at Finglas on my first attempt. I am happy with the services provided by the ISM folks. Right from booking the IBT via the kind helpful people at the desk to the practice sessions I needed before the actual test.

Special thanks to my ISM instructor who is very knowledgeable and teaches you not just to Pass your test but to develop the necessary skills for survival. I found the IBT training to be exhaustive and very informative. This was my first experience with a Cat A motorcycles and i felt very comfortable with ISM’s facilities and learning to drive these wonderful machines in a safe manner. Even just before the test the words of encouragement was helpful for me to go and face the test confidently.

In a nutshell it was an excellent opportunity for me to learn these from an experienced rider and I am glad I did it with him and with ISM. I would highly recommend them to anyone who wants to start riding.


I would like to take this opportunity to express my gratitude to the Motorcycle Instructor Liam Foley for the tuition I received over the last eight weeks.  When I started my lessons with Liam it was from a beginners perspective.  If you look at the attached documents you will see that I have passed my test, first time around, and with no faults on my feedback sheet.  This can only be attributed to Liams outstanding teaching and his ability to communicate in a positive and encouraging manner.  I have had a wonderful experience learning from Liam and he has encouraged me, from the very beginning, to adhere to what he has thought me and to continue to improve my motorcycle riding skills using the knowledge and skills that he has given me.  I have learned so much from Liam.  He has always been very open and honest and has engaged with me at all times in a very professional but also friendly and relaxed manner.  Returning for each lesson was always filled with excitement because I knew I was in safe hands from the very start and that I could rely on Liam for his support and intuition to keep me safe as we practiced on the streets of Finglas and the wider area.  Liam has really kindled my love for motorcycles and I feel very confident that I can go on to reach a higher level of motorcycle competency with safety.  My experience with Liam will always be remembered for its outcome and in particular the eight week journey I shared with Liam to get there.

I have no hesitation recommending Liam in ISM as an instructor.  I can only express myself in positive terms when I speak of my experience with him.

Nigel Munnelly

I just wanted to express my thanks to Rafal in ISM for helping me pass my motorbike test yesterday.

Rafal was extremely helpful, patient and a pleasure to be taught by.

If I decide to take any future bike lessons I would have no hesitation in dealing with Rafal and I would have no problems recommending his services within ISM.

Mick Kelly

Hi ISM. On successfully completing my motorcycle test I would like to thank ISM for providing such a quality service. The instruction from ISM proved invaluable and I would like to thank them for their guidance and patience.


I’m just writing to let you know that I passed my Cat A Motorcycle Test today on my first attempt…

I just wanted to take the time to thank you for all your help since last August.

I really found ISM to be a very professional business with extremely friendly and competent staff.

As you know I did 99% of my training with Christy, and found him to be an amazing and dedicated instructor, not to mention a very nice person,

Once again I thank you all for your help, I couldn’t of done it without you, and I hope you pass my message onto the ISM Directors\Managers also and know that

I will highly recommend ISM to any of my friends/colleagues looking for any type of driving lessons etc..

I have been in touch with Christy and gave him all the news. I also told him I hope to come back around the end of May start of June just to do a general run out on the streets

Or by the coast to cover a few things I would like covered outside of Motorcycle Test syllabus etc.

Thanks again for everything, I will be off to the track this summer to further my biking skills and experience 🙂


Just a short note of thanks to say I really enjoyed the 18 hours of IBT motor cycle lessons with ISM and can now go out and buy my first bike with confidence!

Your motor cycle instructor Fergus was really great and made the lessons both challenging and enjoyable.

I would recommend ISM to anybody thinking of taking up biking.

Anthony McKee

Rigid Lesson Testimonials

All too often people contact a company when things go wrong but are less likely to get back in touch when things go right. So I just wanted to contact your office to say a sincere and heartfelt thanks to all of you who helped me to pass my truck test and achieve my C licence. While speaking to you and the office staff, you were always very accommodating, helpful and ultimately supportive when things did not go well.  My instructors Dave and Ger were extremely patient, constructive and really helpful especially when dealing with me and my shot to pieces nerves each time the test time came close.  I may not have passed the test first time but by the second time I was much better settled and ready allowing me to pass successfully.

Again I just wanted to say a sincere thanks to all involved.

Corinna Hughes

I have recently obtained a full class C driving licence after taking part in an ETB course where ISM were the contracted instructors. Throughout the entire course I found the ISM instructors extremely professional, helpful and approachable, in both the classroom sessions and on the road driving sessions. They explained everything we needed to know in great detail to assure we passed all of our Driver CPC multiple choice, and CPC case studies exams. As far as I can remember all of the students on this course achieved extremely high marks in both.
Throughout the course I was given the chance to drive with all of the instructors. I have to say each and every one of them made me very comfortable behind the wheel. The knowledge and instructional techniques they have between them made the experience of learning to drive a truck very interesting and alot of fun.
After doing this course I passed my driving test with an exceptionally high standard and was even complimented by my RSA driving tester on my high standard of driving.
I would highly recommend ISM without reservation to anyone looking for driving instruction.


Coach Lesson Testimonials

I recently passed my Category D Test with ISM and I would like to take this opportunity to thank my coach instructor, Freddie. He was a great instructor, very patient – he needed it with me – and has a very friendly approachable manner. I honestly believe Freddie got me to test level and built my confidence to take on the challenge. I will be highly recommending Freddie to family and friends.

Thank you to all the crew in ISM Finglas.


I recently passed my Category D Test with ISM and I would like to take this opportunity to thank my coach instructor, Tom Bates.

His instructional guidance was both informative & effective and his ability to set the state for learning is, in my opinion, invaluable.  I completed a course of 10 hours with him last year & another 10 sessions this year leading up to my test, which I passed comfortably.  In all the sessions, he helped create an environment that was conducive to productive learning.

I would commend ISM on its decision to have an instructor of the calibre & professionalism of Tom Bates on its team.

Colm Byrne

I have recently passed D licence and would like to express my appreciation to one of your employees – driving instructor Freddie.
Being a high professional and such a friendly person, he made my learning process smooth and less stressful. I enjoyed taking lessons with him and think that Freddie has all the characteristics required by a good instructor – he’s skilled, patient, quick witted, easy going and is a pleasure to work with. By the way, I passed the test from the first try and am most happy about it.
I would like to wish Fred all the success in his future personal and professional life.

Elijus Budrikit

MiniBus Lesson Testimonials

First email sent ever and its a big thank you to all the staff in I.S.M. Finglas but especially to my instructor Dave who helped me pass my bus test first time. If driving instruction was like writing music. Dave could write a symphony. Thanks very much ISM.


Artic Lesson Testimonials

Hi ISM. John Walsh here, i would like to take this opportunity to thank you for the place on the HGV course your company ran through ETB in Tallaght. I thought it was run to the highest of standards and your instructors and tutors are of the highest standard. Andy in the classroom was exceptional at his job answering every question in full and with great detail and took the time to make sure we understood all answers. He delivered the content of the course in such a way everyone understood the content. I found the tutor to be a very pleasant and patient tutor and he is fabulous at his job and would be very grateful if you could pass on my regards to him. Arthur was my instructor in the lorry and i have to say i found him to be fabulous. He was very patient and very good at teaching us how to drive the truck. His instructions and patience with us was second to none even when we made silly mistakes. He is a first class instructor and cannot praise both Andy and Arthur enough. I found yourself to be the same and any problems we had if any were dealt with in a very professional manner. I would like to say i had a very pleasant experience and truly enjoyed my time on the course. Anyway the reason i wanted to send you this email is to let you know i have been approached by a local haulage company and have been offered a position to start in January as a driver once i have passed my test which i have no doubt i will do thanks to yourself and your team. Once again a big thank you to you and your team and if you would pass on my thanks to all involved, I would be grateful. I would like to say if ever i hear of anyone looking for lessons i will highly recommend they contact ISM as it is the best experience i have had in my driving career.